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  • I came to UAB knowing I wanted to learn as much about the world as I could. I wanted to meet people and learn about their backgrounds and experiences because I always felt that the knowledge you can gain from people is how we better shape the world and our futures.
    Yancey Williams II, biomedical engineering major, Class of 2023
  • Just the faculty, the lengths they will go through to [help you] figure it out. It’s just crazy how willing they are to help and how much they care about us — as creatives, as actual human beings — separate from what we are doing as a career.
    Troy Serena, musical theatre major, Class of 2023
  • Being on campus, and the fact that it is a young university and I have the chance to play a role in shaping the impact it has, was really meaningful to me, and that is why I chose UAB.
    Ritika Samant, neuroscience major, Class of 2023
  • Coming from a small high school, I knew I wanted to go to a college that did not have any closed gates or doors — where I could meet people from all over — and that’s what I have found at UAB.
    Chandler Mull, Class of 2022, kinesiology major
  • UAB has been playing a pivotal role in developing the startup community in Alabama and provided one-of-a-kind experience. They do a great job of connecting students to internships at startups, which provides an immense amount of experience for a student.
    Katie Lovelady, industrial distribution major
  • Being at UAB and having such close proximity to the medical campus was attractive to me, and I am excited about the opportunities ahead of me as I continue my coursework and collegiate experience as a Blazer.
    James Shi, freshman majoring in neuroscience and member of UAB's Early Medical School Acceptance Program, who was selected as a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar
  • I never expected my research, mentorship and leadership experiences to help me grow so much to where I am today, and I am truly grateful for these experiences through UAB.
    Leanna Miku Crafford, biology major, Class of 2021
  • There are so many people around me that have helped make this possible, and my gratitude to them cannot be overstated. I am so thankful for the mentors, professors and friends that have believed in me along the way.
    Zahrah Abdulrauf, senior majoring in cognitive science, is a Rhodes Scholar finalist
  • In high school, I was discouraged from pursuing engineering because it was deemed a man’s field. After completing my undergraduate studies from UAB, I began working for UAB, and it was fitting to continue my studies with a program I knew and loved.
    Ashlyn Manzella earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering in spring 2020
  • UAB has not only shown me to believe in myself, but there is opportunity for everyone, and it doesn’t matter if you have a disability. UAB is one of the best colleges that focuses on diversity.
    Cheqana Jervey, history major, Class of 2020