“U” Topics


Acceptable short form or second reference for The University of Alabama, noun and adjective forms. Never use U of A.

University Core Curriculum

See Core Curriculum, University of Alabama.

University Honors Program, UHP

UHP is acceptable in all contexts as a second reference for University Honors Program.

University of Alabama, The

In 1974, The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama passed a resolution designating the proper name of “the institution [within The University of Alabama System] whose location is principally in Tuscaloosa” as “The University of Alabama.” The board also authorized the use of “University” upon second and subsequent references, reserving the abbreviation “UA” for “internal use.” Since 1974, however, “UA” has become an acceptable second and subsequent reference for The University of Alabama.

Always capitalize our proper name as follows: The University of Alabama.

  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • The University of Alabama System
  • The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama

Capitalize University when it takes the place of our full name.

use, utilize

See Appendix C: Usage.

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