Enrollment at the University of North Alabama has topped 10,000 for the first time in institutional history, with gains across all student types.

UNA’s Enrollment Tops 10,000 for First Time; Growth Experienced Across All Categories

Oct. 11, 2022

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – Enrollment at the University of North Alabama has topped 10,000 for the first time in institutional history, with gains across all student types. University officials credit this Fall 2022 semester growth to an ongoing strategic, intentional, and diversified enrollment strategy as well as to Fall 2 beginners in several online graduate programs, the online Bachelors of Business Administration, and elsewhere.

“Our growth strategy is intentional, and this historic enrollment of more than 10,000 is evidence that our academic priorities around workforce development resonate with learners of all types,” said UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts. “The UNA campus is vibrant and thriving, and this benchmark is part of UNA’s overall success, from our record fundraising year to our full and active NCAA Division I status. It is truly a great time to be at UNA!” 

As part of the intentional and diversified enrollment strategy, the University has strategically aligned its academic priorities around workforce development, which translates to in-demand jobs in a variety of areas, including computing, engineering, nursing and health professions, accounting and professional management, and elementary and early childhood education. 

“UNA has listened to the needs of our local and state legislators in the development and implementation of innovative academic programs,” Dr. Kitts said. “We have worked closely with industry partners in order to prioritize degrees that lead to jobs in the Shoals, the region, and the state. It is a critical component of our growth.” 

In addition to the enrollment growth among freshmen, transfer, international, online, and graduate cohorts, more than 250 students have enrolled with UNA through a partnership in engineering and technology with Guizhou University-University of North Alabama International College of Engineering and Technology in Guiyang, China.

“While exceeding 10,000 students is certainly a noteworthy achievement, UNA’s ascendency as a first-choice university for every type of learner throughout a career and a lifetime is just remarkable,” said Dr. Ross Alexander, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/