The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been ranked the top young university in the United States for the second year in a row and secured a spot as the No. 12 young university worldwide in the Times Higher Education 2019 Young University Rankings.
"The dedication of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community supporters have once again enabled this prestigious recognition for our institution," said Ray L. Watts, president of UAB.
Times Higher Education's university rankings are among the world's most comprehensive and trusted. They are considered a vital resource by academics, students, their families, industry and governments globally.
Universities 50 years of age and under are eligible to be included in the Young Universities ranking. The group ranked more than 300 institutions from 60 different countries in this year's Young University Rankings, which employ the same rigorous indicators as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings -- with young universities measured across their teaching, research, citations, international outlooks and industry outcomes.
UAB, which spans more than 100 city blocks -- roughly a quarter of downtown Birmingham -- is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. With almost 22,000 students and more than 23,000 faculty and staff, UAB has grown into the largest employer in Alabama, with an annual economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion.
It boasts many nationally ranked programs, with 16 graduate and professional programs in the schools of Health Professions, Nursing, Medicine, Engineering, Education, Business and Public Health and the College of Arts and Sciences all ranked in the 2020 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings. The Master's in Health Administration program in the School of Health Professions received the number one ranking as the best in the country.
With annual research expenditures exceeding a record $572 million, UAB continues to create new knowledge and solve worldwide issues. UAB is a leader in federal research funding, ranking 21st in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding to climb 10 places on the NIH rankings in the past five years. During that time period, UAB's total NIH funding rose more than $100 million, topping the $234 million mark in 2018. Only seven other academic medical centers in the United States increased their NIH funding by more than $100 million during that same timeframe, placing UAB among an elite group of eight academic medical centers.
UAB Hospital is among the 20 largest hospitals in the United States. UAB Hospital's American College of Surgeons Verified Adult Level 1 Trauma Center is the only one of its kind in Alabama. UAB Hospital and clinics saw more than a million patient visits last year. The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals report listed 10 of UAB's medical specialties in the nation's top 50 programs of their kind, and UAB also has the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in Alabama and a five-state region.