~University of Alabama~

By:Destiny Nicholson

The University of Alabama

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Academic Divisions of the University of Alabama


College of Arts and Sciences1909

Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration1929

College of Communication and Information Sciences1997

College of Community Health Sciences1971

College of Continuing Studies1983

College of Education1928

College of Engineering1909

Graduate School1924

Honors College2003

College of Human Environmental Sciences1987

School of Law1892

Capstone College of Nursing1975

School of Social Work1975


The university reopened in 1871 and in 1880, Congress granted the university 40,000 acres (162 km²) of coal land in partial compensation for $250,000 in war damages.[6] The military structure was dropped approximately a decade after the school was officially opened to women in 1892 after much lobbying by Julia Tutwiler to the Board of Trustees.[5]


The first attempt to integrate the university occurred in 1956 when Autherine Lucy successfully enrolled on February 3 as a graduate student in library sciences after having secured a court order preventing the university from rejecting her application on the basis of race. In the face of violent protests against her attendance, Lucy was suspended (and later outright expelled) three days later by the board of trustees on the basis of being unable to provide a safe learning environment for her. The university was not successfully integrated until 1963 when Vivian Malone and James Hood registered for classes on June 11.


Governor George Wallace made his infamous "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door", standing in the front entrance of Foster Auditorium in a symbolic attempt to stop Malone and Hood's enrollment. When confronted by U.S. Deputy Attorney GeneralNicholas Katzenbach and federal marshals sent in by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Wallace stepped aside. President John F. Kennedy had called for the integration of the University of Alabama, as well.[11] Although Hood dropped out of school after two months, he subsequently returned and, in 1997, received his PhD in philosophy. Malone persisted in her studies and became the first African American to graduate from the university. In 2000, the university granted her a doctorate of humane letters. Autherine Lucy's expulsion was rescinded in 1980, and she successfully re-enrolled and graduated with a master's degree in 1992. Later in his life, Wallace apologized for his opposition at that time to racial integration. In 2010, the university formally honored Lucy, Hood and Malone by rechristening the plaza in front of Foster Auditorium as Malone-Hood Plaza and erecting a clock tower – Autherine Lucy Clock Tower – in the plaza.

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UA is home to several museums, cultural facilities and historical landmarks.

The Alabama Museum of Natural History at Smith Hall exhibits Alabama's rich natural history. The oddest artifact there could be the Sylacauga meteorite, the largest known extraterrestrial object to strike a human being who survived. The Paul W. Bryant Museum houses memorabilia and exhibits on the history of UA athletic programs, most notably the tenure of football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Athletic trophies and awards are displayed at the Mal Moore Athletic Building near the Bryant Museum. The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at Garland Hall hosts revolving exhibitions of contemporary art, including from the university's own permanent collection. The Ferguson Art Gallery at the Ferguson Center also hosts revolving art exhibitions. The Jones Archaeological Museum at Moundville exhibits the history of Mississippian culture in Alabama.

Numerous historical landmarks dot the campus, including the President's Mansion, Denny Chimes, Foster Auditorium (a National Historical Landmark), the Gorgas–Manly Historic District, and Maxwell Observatory.

A cemetery next to the Biology building includes the graves of two slaves who were owned by faculty members before the Civil War. Both men died in the 1840s, and their graves went unmarked until 2004.[18]

Campus culture facilities include the Bert Man Jrs. Theater, the Marion Gallaway Theater, Morgan Auditorium, and the Frank M. Moody Music Building,[19] which houses the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and the UA Opera Theatre, as well as three resident choirs.

Foster Auditorium,University of Alabama

National attention was focused on Foster Auditorium on June 11, 1963, when Governor Wallace stood in the doorway of the auditorium to prevent the registration of two black students. His infamous “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” was to ensure that his motto of “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever” was upheld. President John F. Kennedy intervened by federalizing the Alabama National Guard and addressing the nation on fairness and equality that evening. Foster Auditorium, a part of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark on April 5, 2005.

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Yea Alabama, Crimson Tide! If you enjoy watching or participating in championship sports, or reveling in a unique gameday atmosphere, then you will feel right at home at The University of Alabama.

From football, to gymnastics, to basketball, rowing, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball, The University of Alabama can boast 22 team NCAA Championships and countless more conference championships and individual achievements.

Intramural sports, club sports, sports for students with disabilities, and a student recreation center ranked among the best in the nation give every student an opportunity to participate in the pride and tradition that define Alabama athletics.


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