University of West Alabama (UWA)

University of West Alabama (UWA)

The University of West Alabama (UWA) is a public university in Livingston, Alabama. Founded in 1835, the school 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, educational specialist, and educational doctorate degrees.

Its athletics teams, known as the West Alabama 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 University of West Alabama began as Livingston Female Academy in 1835. As a church-related female academy, it admitted its first students in 1839. The school was established by ethnic Scots-Irish Presbyterians, who controlled the majority of seats on the first board of trustees selected in 1836. The purpose of the school was to educate future teachers, while also offering coursework in art, music, languages, and home economics. Tuition at this time was $20 annually with an additional $25 charge for piano lessons and $10 for French language and embroidery.[8] Jones Hall was the first building constructed on the campus in 1837 and was located near what is now Brock Hall. (The building was lost to fire in the 1890s). On January 15, 1840, state lawmakers incorporated Livingston Female Academy, granted it tax-exempt status, and gave the board the authority to establish rules and regulations.

Livingston Female Academy awarded its first diploma in 1843 to Elizabeth Houston, the daughter of M. L. Houston, a prominent local businessman, and a school trustee. The first principal of the school was A. A. Kimbrell, followed by Margaret McShan. In 1853, Dr. Robert Dickens Webb arrived in Sumter County and served as a trustee for more than 40 years. He led the school during the American Civil War and Reconstruction through the 1870s, helping to keep the institution open. The main administration building that sits in the middle of campus today is named in his honor. In 1878, the institution changed its name to Livingston Normal College.

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The University of West Alabama
Admission and Enrollment Management
Brock Hall 108, Station 4
Livingston, AL 35470
Office: 205-652-3578