The University of Alabama Overview
The University of Alabama
Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship university of the University of Alabama System
Landmarks include the President’s Mansion, the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, and Denny Chimes, a campanile equipped with a 25-bell carillon, all of which are located on or near the Quad, the central green on campus. The Quad lies roughly at the geographic center of the campus. On-campus cultural facilities include the Paul Bryant Museum, the Alabama Museum of Natural History, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, and the Frank M. Moody Music Building, which houses the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.
The University today recognizes 48 social Greek letter organizations. An unknown number of unofficial fraternities and sororities also exist. Three governing boards oversee the operations of the Greek organizations: the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Association, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Over one quarter of undergraduates at Alabama are now members of a social Greek letter organization.
The number of Greek men has more than doubled since 2002 to almost 2,500 for the fall of 2008 with fifteen fraternities now recording memberships of more than one hundred. For the fall 2008 over 3,500 females or 30% of undergraduate females were in a social sorority at UA. Following 2008 fall recruitment, almost all Panhellenic sororities participating through all rounds had potential new member class sizes of 80 or more; nearly all Panhellenic sororities also now have more than 200 total members.
The University of Alabama football program is the most nationally-known of all Alabama’s intercollegiate athletics programs. Started in 1892, it is one of the oldest and most tradition-rich football programs in the country. The team has won 21 SEC titles and 12 national championships in major polls. They are also known for sayings like
“Hey Auburn! Hey Auburn! Hey Auburn! We just beat the hell out of you! Rammer jammer, yellow hammer. Give ‘em hell, Alabama!”