The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is an autonomous campus of The University of Alabama System and is located in Huntsville, AL, also known as the Rocket City. A Tier 1 national university, it serves 8,468 students (6,507 undergraduate, 1,961 graduate) from 44 U.S. states and 84 countries. Included among this year's record-setting enrollment was an incoming freshman class with both the highest average ACT score (27.6) and GPA (3.81) in the school's history.UAH offers nearly 90 degree programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels across eight academic colleges - Engineering; Nursing; Education; Science; Business; the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; College of Professional & Continuing Studies; and the Graduate School. Its 432-acre campus is also home to an Honors College for students interested in a more intimate and challenging academic experience. Class sizes are small, averaging just 27 students, while a low faculty-to-student ratio of 1:17 fosters the strong connections that are crucial to academic success. Outside of the classroom, UAH's students enjoy a vibrant campus life featuring more than 170 student-run organizations, 13 fraternities and sororities, and 18 NCAA sports - including the only Division I ice hockey team in the Southeast. The university's research division is responsible for $90 million in research expenditures annually and operates 16 high-tech research centers that provide faculty and students outstanding research opportunities in major university thrust areas. These include the Aerophysics Research Center; the Center for Applied Optics; the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research; the Center for the Management of Science and Technology; the Center for Modeling, Simulation and Analysis; the Earth System Science Center; the Information Technology Center; the Office of Technology and Commercialization; the Propulsion Research Center; the Research Institute; the Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center; the Systems Management and Production Center; Cybersecurity Research and Education; the Center for Management and Economic Research; the Nano and Micro Devices Center; and the Humanities Center.UAH serves the anchor tenant for the second-largest research park in the nation. The university also maintains strong partnerships with local federal and commercial employers like the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the Missile Defense Agency, the DIA Missile and Space Intelligence Center, and the U.S. Army Materiel Command. This ensures that UAH's students enjoy ample opportunity to conduct hands-on research and gain real-world experience through internships and co-ops long before graduation.UAH is regularly ranked the best return on investment among all schools in Alabama, and has been named by the Brookings Institution as the best university in the state based on the economic outcomes of its graduates. Famous UAH alumni include astronaut Dr. Jan Davis, Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, HudsonAlpha co-founder Jim Hudson, and Smarter Every Day host Destin Sandlin.UAH is committed to maintaining a diverse academic community of the highest quality and to providing an environment that facilitates intellectual, cultural, personal, and professional growth. It fosters leadership, creative, critical thinking, and clear communication skills, in addition to a respect for knowledge and the pursuit of truth, and an engagement in the challenge and pleasure of a lifetime of learning. Through its graduates and its programs, UAH is also a major contributor to the economic advancement, health care, cultural enrichment, and the high quality of life throughout the region, state, and nation.