University of West Alabama

Station One, Livingston, AL 35470

School Details

The University of West Alabama, also known as UWA, is a public university that is situated on a rural, 600 acre campus in Livingston, Alabama.  It has a 54-acre lake and nature trails on campus.  Livingston is a small town that is located in the west-central part of Alabama, and near the cities of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.

UWA was established in 1835 as a church-affiliated female school known as the Livingston Female Academy.  UWA was founded by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, and its purpose was to provide an education to future teachers while also offering classes in music, art, home economics and languages.  The name of the institution changed to the Alabama Normal College for Girls and Livingston Female Academy in 1883, and offered students the choice of either two or four year academic programs.  In 1929, the college was renamed the Livingston State Teachers College, and became Livingston State College in 1957, Livingston University in 1967 and received its current name, The University of West Alabama, in 1995.

There are more than 2,200 on-campus students enrolled at the University of West Alabama, and 2,800 students enrolled in its online program.  UWA offers bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees and has over 60 undergraduate programs and ten graduate programs.  UWA’s programs are offered through the academic divisions that include:

  • Julia Tutwiler College of Education
  • College of Business
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Division of Technology
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • Ira D. Pruitt School of Nursing
The Ira D. Pruitt School of Nursing offers an associate’s degree, and upon graduation from UWA, students have the option of earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing that exist through a partnership that exists between UWA and the University of Alabama.  Over half of the classes at UWA consist of less than fifty students.

Educational programs at UWA are designed to develop and enhance the communication, computer literacy, leadership and critical thinking skills of students.  UWA provides opportunities for students to grow outside of the classroom, and these opportunities include programs and extracurricular activities that take place in a culturally and intellectually diverse environment.  UWA encourages its students, faculty and administration to freely exchange ideas in an attempt to help students develop independent thinking qualities and to have respect for the ideas of others, which builds character and personal integrity foundations and contribute to self-fulfilling lives.

The online program at UWA offers more than 30 master’s and education specialist degrees, and also offers B.A. degrees in business technology, business administration, and accounting.  Online courses are offered over the time frame of eight weeks, and five sessions are available per year, which makes it possible for students to finish their program in an accelerated manner.  The Blackboard Learning Management System houses UWA’s online courses.  Undergraduate online courses cost $429 per credit hour and $477 per credit hour for graduate courses.  A scholarship program is available for active military members wishing to take online classes.
A career services center at UWA is available to assist students with career planning and job preparation and offers assistance with resume writing and career counseling.  Free, confidential counseling is available to UWA students, staff and faculty through UWA counseling services department, which also offers group and family therapy, enrichment workshops & seminars and academic counseling.  Over fifty clubs and organizations as well as intramural sports give students the chance to be involved in activities outside of the classroom.  UWA’s athletic teams are members of the NCAAII athletic conference.

The average cost of attending UWA is $11,054 per year for undergraduate students, and $16,518 for out of state students.   Financial aid is available to qualified students, and an estimated eighty percent of students receive financial aid.

UWA is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of The Southern Association of Colleges and UWA’s teacher certification programs are accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and are approved by the Alabama State Department of Education.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Master's degree
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