In November 1949, Huntsville's leaders learned that their lengthy campaign to open an extension center in the city had been approved by the University of Alabama. Three months later, in what later became Stone Middle School, the new University of Alabama Huntsville Center began offering ten freshman-level classes. In 1969, with the addition of new facilities, UAH was made an autonomous university by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama.
UAH is a comprehensive research university that offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs from the following colleges:
- College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
- College of Business Administration
- College of Education
- College of Engineering
- College of Nursing
- College of Professional & Continuing Studies
- College of Science
- Graduate Studies
- Honors College
The department of Online Learning offers programs for online master’s degrees in business, education, engineering, and nursing, as well as online bachelor’s degrees in professional studies and nursing. Courses are offered fully online or in hybrid formats.