The University of West Alabama was chartered in 1835 as a church-related female academy and admitted its first students in 1839. After difficult times during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods, the school reopened in the late 1860s or early 1870s.
At UWA, you’ll explore a variety of options, and with the guidance of your professors, you’ll find the path that best suits your passion, and your enthusiasm for learning will translate into a more meaningful college experience. By pursuing your passions and building the foundation of your career, you will be empowered to shape the world. Are you ready to do something that matters?
The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, known as OSPR, is a key part of the UWA campus. Located in Lyon Hall, OSPR is a service division providing assistance to faculty, staff, and students seeking external funds through proposal development and helping manage awarded grants.
As you progress through your coursework at UWA, our Career Services Office can help you get that first job out of school, but more importantly, help start you on a path towards a career. Working with employers, we post job openings and host career fairs and on-campus interviews. Our goal is to find the right candidate for the right job every time. To prepare you further, we offer mock interviews and provide counseling on everything from resume writing to how to conduct yourself in the workplace.
The Division of Student Affairs consists of the Departments of Admissions, Career & Counseling, Financial Aid, Housing & Residence Life, Registrar, Student Activities, Student Life, Student Support and Upward Bound. We take pride in being advocates for our student population and believe in a total college experience.
The residence halls at the University of West Alabama provide a convenient location to your classes and the many campus services available to you. Many on-campus residents form friendships that last a lifetime. We hope that you will let us be “your home away from home.”
We are proud to announce online access to some of our historic archival collections. The Alabama Room at The University of West Alabama houses the library's special collections and archives. Several collections make up the Alabama Room holdings, including the Alabama Collection.We offer services ranging from library instruction to equipment checkout.
For the safety of our campus community, all students are required to have certain up-to-date immunizations before arriving on campus. As such, all new students must verify their immunization and medical histories through our Student Medical Report and Immunization form.
The freshman year is an exciting time but it also presents many challenges. For this reason, the University of West Alabama houses all new freshmen together in Gilbert Hall. Gilbert Hall is the newest residence hall on the UWA campus. Fourteen Resident Assistants live in Gilbert Hall, providing support and guidance for freshmen as they adjust to college life.
When we think about education, we think of the classroom. Of course. But a healthy body is every bit as important to anyone reaching his or her full potential. The UWA Fitness Center has everything you need, from free weights to fitness classes, to strengthen your body.
At the University of West Alabama, there are over 60 student clubs and organizations, providing opportunities for students of every interest.
The University of West Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's and education specialist degrees.
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