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The UAB Health System, one of the largest academic medical centers in the United States, is affiliated with the university. UAB is the state’s largest employer, with more than 21,000 faculty and staff and over 53,000 jobs at the university and in the health system. An estimated 10 percent of the jobs in the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area and 1 in 33 jobs in the state of Alabama are directly or indirectly related to UAB. In 1936, in response to the rapid growth of the Birmingham metropolitan area and the need for the population to have access to a university education, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa established the Birmingham Extension Center. By the 1960s, it grew apparent that the extension center was becoming a university in its own right.
An engineering building was built close to the medical center in 1962, and in November 1966, the Extension Center and the School of Medicine were merged into the University of Alabama in Birmingham, with Dr. In the 1970s, the university began a period of rapid growth. Enrollment at the beginning of the decade stood at 6,629, including 2,724 women. To accommodate the growing student population, UAB acquired land in the Southside. The university created an intercollegiate athletic program, joined the NCAA and began fielding teams beginning with golf in 1970 and men’s basketball in 1978.
The university’s name was changed to the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984, simply exchanging the preposition “In” for “at. By 1990, UAB had awarded its 50,000th degree. 1 up-and-coming university in the United States. UAB is located in the Southside neighborhood of downtown Birmingham. Spanning around 83 blocks, the UAB campus blends with the urban character of the Southside. The campus is rectangular in shape with University Boulevard serving as the main axis of the rectangle and Campus Green serving as the center of the campus.