The University of Alabama
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 at 33,602 in the fall of 2012. 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.”
Shelton State Community College
Shelton State is a state-supported, comprehensive community college whose primary purpose is to provide accessible post-secondary 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 training support for business and industry.
Shelton State is also proud of its distinction as the Alabama Community College of the Fine Arts. The college is 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 parties interested in building a skilled 21st century workforce.Stillman College
Rich in history, Stillman College is a four-year coeducational, liberal arts college. Stillman’s stately 105-acre campus is located within walking distance of downtown Tuscaloosa. 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 and is noted for its outstanding programs in biological sciences, business administration and teacher education. Harte Honors College and pre-professional programs in law and medicine are more recent additions.
Stillman is proud of its success producing global leaders in many fields, and pleased to have Stillman students and graduates—and the businesses that recruit them—stamp their approval on what the college calls “The Stillman Way.” The college is ranked 32 among 309 baccalaureate colleges in the 2011 College Guide for the Washington Monthly and was named “1 of the 15 Most Wired College Campuses” by U.S. News & World Report.