University of Alabama touts another record year of enrollment

Out of 8,037 freshmen, 2,987 are from Alabama
University Of Alabama

The University of Alabama hit another record for enrollment this fall, including a record number of National Merit Scholars.

This fall, 38,645 students enrolled, topping 2017’s record of 38,563. There are also 1,088 students attending who are recognized as National Merit Scholars, the most ever attending UA.

Record enrollment was boosted by the largest freshman class in Alabama’s history with 8,037 students including 322 National Merit Scholars.

The number of freshmen hailing from Alabama is 2,987 students.

“The University of Alabama experience is continuing to draw diverse, talented students from all over the state, nation and world,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell in a statement. “As high achieving students graduate and begin their careers or further their education, they demonstrate the incredible value of a UA degree. The many who do so by remaining in Alabama are critical to growing and strengthening our local and state economies.”

This fall also marks a record enrollment of students of ethnic and racial minorities with 8,542 students, a more than 2% increase from last year. This includes an all-time high of 4,344 Black students and 2,138 Hispanic students.

There are students at UA representing all of Alabama’s 67 counties, all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and 88 countries around the world.

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