Tuscaloosa County is known as the “Capstone of Education” in Alabama. The University of Alabama is one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning and research. It is also one of Tuscaloosa County’s greatest assets for economic and community development.
Founded in 1831 as Alabama’s flagship university, the University of Alabama continues to grow with enrollment topping 30,000 for the first time in the fall of 2010. The outstanding academic credentials of that freshman class clearly demonstrate that the university is improving in quality as it grows in size.
The Honors College offers the best and brightest students on campus an array of enriched curricular opportunities.
In addition to an outstanding core curriculum, the university offers extensive international study opportunities, internship programs and cooperative education placement. The Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility helps prepare students to serve as effective, engaged and ethical citizens.A student-centered research institution, the university is a place where both undergraduate and graduate students can work with faculty to solve problems. An example is the Center for Materials for Information Technology (MINT), where research carried out in cooperation with industrial partners prepares students for exciting careers.
The university’s outstanding student-athletes have earned past Southeastern Conference championships or National Collegiate Athletic Association championships or both in baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming, tennis, track and field, gymnastics, softball and swimming. When people hear the name “Crimson Tide” they rightfully associate it with the word “champion.”
Crimson is the color that comes to mind for most people when they think of the University of Alabama. However, because of the university’s outstanding reputation, crimson is no longer just a color. Crimson is excellence.Shelton State Community College is a state-supported comprehensive community college whose primary purpose is to provide accessible postsecondary education in the academic, technical and occupational fields. It is one of Alabama’s largest and oldest two-year institutions and has an annual enrollment of more than 7,500.
Located in the $40 million Martin Campus complex south of Tuscaloosa, Shelton State also administers the C. A. Fredd Campus, which is designated as a Historical Black College. The college is proud to continue the mission of promoting educational access and opportunity for all students in a culturally diverse community.
Shelton offers Associate’s of Arts, Associate’s of Science and Associate’s of Applied Science degrees in a wide variety of academic and technical subject areas. In addition, there is an array of certificate courses, lifelong learning experiences, adult education programs, a variety of community and continuing education offerings and highly effective training support for business and industry.
Shelton State is also proud of its distinction as the Alabama Community College of the Fine Arts. Its mission is to provide accessible, inclusive educational and cultural opportunities for students and citizens of Alabama through quality instruction and innovative arts programming. The college is also home to the Sandra Hall Ray Fine Arts Center, which houses its Fine Arts Division, Theatre Tuscaloosa and the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame.
The college is also the site of the Center for Workforce Development, a public-private partnership of all parties interested in building a skilled 21st century workforce. Through this partnership, the college provides instruction of basic skills along with customized training as identified by leaders and innovators in business and industry.
Rich in history, Stillman College is a four-year coeducational, liberal arts college. Stillman’s beautiful, 105-acre campus is located within walking distance of downtown Tuscaloosa. Noted for its stately magnolias, historic architecture and spacious, well-maintained grounds, the institution was established in 1876 by the Presbyterian Church.
With an annual enrollment of more than 1000 students, Stillman offers degrees and programs in a wide range of subject areas, including Business, Computer Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, Religion, International Studies, Music and Nursing. The college also has pre-professional programs in engineering, law, the ministry, medicine and social work.
An unusually low student-faculty ratio ensures that every student receives personal attention—a hallmark of the college’s elite, private education.
Stillman also offers a wide range of social, special interest and performing arts groups as well as some that address campus Christian life.