University of West Alabama

Institution Location

University of West Alabama, Station 51
Livingston, Alabama

Accrediting Agency

The University of West Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelors, master’s and education specialist degrees. The College of Business and Technology is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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Institution Type

  • Baccalaureate University/College (4 year)
  • Masters University/College


Fall Deadline: February 15 to July 1st
Spring Deadline: August 1st to December 1st
Summer Deadline: January 1st to April 1st

Contact Info

Dr. Mark Davis, Dean College of Liberal Arts, Director International Programs
Phone: 205-652-3570
Fax: 205-652-3717
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Welcome to the The University of West Alabama.  UWA is a state-supported, coeducational institution of higher learning governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor. Valuing a diverse student enrollment it welcomes students from throughout the United States and from other countries.  We pride ourselves on our ability to provide wonderful opportunities for students to pursue a quality education through associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and education specialist degrees in liberal arts, natural sciences and mathematics, pre-professional programs, nursing, technology, business, and education. Importance is placed on providing opportunities within the curricula for the development of enhanced skills in critical thinking, communication, leadership, and computer literacy. The University also seeks to provide students opportunities for growth beyond the classroom through a wide range of extracurricular activities, programs, and services and through the maintenance of an environment of cultural and intellectual diversity.

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Specialized Programs

  •  College of Liberal Ats: History, English, Fine Arts, Psychology, Sociology, and Communications.  Master of Science in Psychology (General, Health and Sports Psychology, and Clinical Psychology)
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Conservation Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Athletic Training, Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport Management.  Master of Science in Conservation Biology
  • Nursing
  • Business and Technology: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Technology, Automotive Engineering Technology, and Industrial Maintenance.   Masters of Business Administration: Accounting, Finance, and a number of other options.
  • Education: Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development, Elementary Education, Special Education, Family Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Student Affairs, and Library Media.
  • Graduate Programs:
  • Online Education:

Carnegie Classifications

  • Master’s Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
  • Professions plus arts & sciences

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Research Programs

Does your institution have a Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) Program for students?

Overview of the research emphasis of our institution/faculty/students

We have research opportunities in all academic areas.  We take great pride in educating students through our research opportunities.

Liberal Arts: Psychology, Sociology, History, English, and Communications

Sciences: Biology and Mathematics

Business: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, Computer Science, and all technology areas.

Education: All areas in Education.

Research Area

Contact the Deans of the college for more specific research opportunity information.

  • Liberal Arts: Psychology, Sociology, History, English, and Communications
  • Business: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, Computer Science, and all technology areas
  • Sciences: Biology and Mathematics
  • Education: All areas in Education


Internships/Cooperative Education (COOP)

Does your institution have an internship program?

Does your institution support Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?

Education Abroad

Does your institution offer education abroad opportunities for all students?

  • Faculty led abroad
  • Short term abroad
  • Semester abroad
  • Exchange abroad
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We have study abroad opportunities in the following countries:







South Korea



English as a Second Language and Support Services

Does your institution offer academic admission to international students under the condition that applicants will meet the English Proficiency requirements prior to enrolling in their academic program?

Does your institution provide ESL Support Services?

If yes, do you require international students to take an English proficiency test before beginning their university program?


Campus Life

600 acre open campus with a small town environment.

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Cross Country
  • Rodeo
  • Golf
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Triathlon
  • Softball
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  • THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION promotes the exchanging of cultural values and ideas and serves as a support group for all international attending UWA
  • SOCIETY FOR PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS is an organization for students interested in journalism.
  • MATHEMATICS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, STUDENT CHAPTER is a national organization to promote mathematics and mathematics education.
  • ALABAMA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY is an organization for students interested in archaeology.
  • AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, STUDENT AFFILIATE is a national organization to inform students of the opportunities for professional chemists in business, industry, government and education.
  • UWA Student Life:

Student Organization Information


  • Single Occupancy
  • Double Occupancy
  • Suite Single Occupancy
  • Suite Double Occupancy
  • Housing for Disabled Students
  • Off Campus Housing
Academic Facilities Available

Please go to this link for information on residence life at UWA:


US Immigration Compliance Information

Does your institution issue I20 for F1 visa status and/or DS2019 for J1 visa status?

If yes, does your institution offer employment based immigration support services such as H1b, TN, LPR, etc. for employment?


US Immigration Support Services

Cost and Financial Aid

International Student Costs

Category $ Per Year $ Per Semester
Undergraduate tuition (per semester)* -- $8,350
Graduate tuition (per semester)* -- $6,000
Room and Board (per semester)* -- $11,800

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International Financial Aid

Does your institution offer financial aid (scholarships, institutional aid, etc.) for admitted international students?


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Stories Within the State Lines

Coming to UWA is a very good choice for me. It gave me a lot of opportunities and chances to get to know people and learn more about the local American culture. With all the other international students, you are actually building the connection with the whole world. It was an awesome experience when I studied at UWA.

- Meiqi Lyu

The Instructional Leadership program at the University of West Alabama helped prepare me to become an educational leader in multiple ways. First, it challenged my educational philosophy. The program introduced me to curriculum and situations that allowed me to become more open minded in dealing with educational curriculum and specifically with people. Also the program prepared me to become a leader by allowing me to work closely with other leadership minded people from across the state and from various backgrounds. The professional relationships that I was able to form in my time in this program continue to pay off for me to this day. I use the advice and encouragement of my former peers often in my leadership roles.

- Adam M. Andrews, Assistant Principal, Wilson Hall Middle School

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