The University of West Alabama (abbreviated as UWA) is a public university located in Livingston, Alabama
Founded in 1835, University of West Alabama began as a church-supported school for young women called Livingston Female Academy. The original Board of Trustees of Livingston Female Academy was selected in 1836, and four of the seven board members were Presbyterians.
The university serves students in several academic colleges and divisions on a 600-acre (2.4 km2) campus in west-central Alabama. UWA offers a wide arrangement of degree programs including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and educational specialist degrees. The university hosts concerts, lectures, fall and spring theatrical productions, fall and spring commencement exercises, and intercollegiate athletic events.
Its athletics teams – known as the UWA Tigers — are members of the Gulf South Conference and compete in the NCAA’s Division II in all sports except two. The men’s and women’s rodeo teams compete in the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
The mission of the University of West Alabama is “to provide opportunities for students to pursue a quality education and assist in developing the important qualities of independent thinking, respect for the ideas of others, personal integrity and character in order to realize their quests for a philosophy of life and self-fulfillment.”
UWA offers more than 60 undergraduate programs and 10 graduate programs through its academic colleges and divisions at the bachelor’s, master’s, and educational specialist levels.