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Frequently Asked Questions

For more specific questions, see the freshman FAQs or transfer FAQs.

General Questions

How much does UA cost?

View our latest rates at studentaccounts.ua.edu/cost.

How do I enroll for classes?

Incoming students will enroll in courses during Bama Bound Orientation held at the beginning of each academic semester.

When do classes start for Spring 2021?

The Spring 2021 semester will begin January 13 and will run through April 23. Final exams will be given April 26-30. More details are available on the academic calendar.

Does my AP and dual credit transfer/convert?

For students with AP or IB credits, check the credit by examination policy to determine the credits you will receive.

Students enrolled in dual enrollment programs can find the course equivalency by searching their institution on the Transfer Credit Equivalency home page.

Application Questions

I accidentally selected that I have a fee waiver, but I dont. How can I fix this issue?

Return to your application and unmark the fee waiver box. Now, you may pay your $40 application fee online with a credit or debit card, or you can send a check or money order to the below address. Allow 5-10 business days for your payment to arrive.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The University of Alabama
Box 870132
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

What is my CWID?

The CWID is your campuswide identification number that will be important to remember during your time at UA. If you are unable to locate your CWID, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@ua.edu.

What is the status of my application? Have I been accepted?

You can check the status of your application by logging into myBama and selecting Application Status in the student tab. See application status for more information.

I didn’t receive my myBama login information. How do I get that?

Please email application.status@ua.edu to request your myBama login information.

Why can’t I pay the $40 application fee?

You might have accidentally marked fee waiver. Double-check that the fee waiver box is unchecked on your application.

I am not receiving any emails from the University. Is my email correct?

Our official confirmation is sent to your Crimson email account. If you wish to change your personal email account, you can do so through your myBama account.

I want to transfer to UA. What should I do first?

Great question! For your first steps to UA, visit our transfer guide.

I’d like to defer admission. How do I do that?

Please email application.status@ua.edu and scholarships@ua.edu (if applicable) with your name, CWID, the semester you wish to start and a brief explanation of why you wish to defer.

Have you received my ACT or SAT test score? What about my transcript?

You can find the status of your application by logging into myBama, clicking on the Student tab and then selecting Check Application Status.

Can I take my Spring 2021 classes online and stay at home (out-of-state) like I did for Fall 2020?

Yes, you can continue to take online classes Spring 2021, but make sure to contact your academic advisor prior to course registration.

Test Score Questions

Are you test optional?

Yes, The University of Alabama will allow students applying for the Spring, Summer or Fall 2022 Semesters the option to submit or not submit test scores.

If I have scores, should I send them?

Students may elect to send scores. Students who do not send scores will not be penalized as we will review all applications for admission under our holistic model.

Do you superscore test scores?

UA will superscore for admission purposes. We will not superscore for automatic, merit-based scholarships. For competitive scholarships, the superscore is only considered as one of several factors within the scholarship application.

What is considered if you do not have a test score?

Holistic admissions at The University of Alabama includes both academic and non-academic criteria. Academic components considered include high school GPA, performance in core subjects, academic honors and standardized test scores, should a student elect to submit them. Non-academic items include leadership experience, volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, employment and non-academic honors. All students must complete the minimum unit requirements.

How long will you be test optional?

We will not require a test score for students applying for Spring, Summer or Fall 2022 Semesters.

Am I eligible for merit scholarships without a test score?

Students who are admitted without test scores can be eligible for merit awards. Later this summer, we will provide detailed guidance on scholarships.

I’m applying as a transfer student with less than 24 credit hours, so do I still need to submit a score?

Transfer students who have completed fewer than 24 credit hours will have the choice to be considered test optional. If you have test scores, you are welcome to submit them. Applicants will not be penalized if test scores are not submitted.

Scholarship Questions

When will I know which scholarships I have received?

Students will receive a Consolidated Scholarship Letter in mid-March that outlines their scholarship award package for the coming year and will have until May 1 to accept.

What kind of scholarships does UA offer?

There are a variety of automatic merit and competitive scholarships available for incoming freshman and transfer students. Incoming freshmen should submit their scholarship application by January 15, transfer students by March 1, for the Fall 2021 enrollment.

What are my chances of obtaining a competitive scholarship?

We cannot calculate this probability as competitive awards are based on the review of a student’s application in the pool of candidates. We encourage all students to submit their scholarship application by the priority deadline to receive full consideration.

What other scholarships can I apply for?

In addition to automatic merit scholarships, students can apply for competitive scholarships. All competitive scholarships are awarded by the scholarship application. Complete yours by January 15 for full consideration.

Will UA have competitive academic scholarships next year?

Scholarship offerings for the entering freshman of Fall 2022 have not been determined and are typically announced mid-summer.

What is the last acceptable ACT or SAT date you accept for Fall 2021?

The February ACT or SAT scores are the final scores accepted for scholarship consideration.

When is the scholarship application due for Fall 2021 entering freshmen?

Admitted freshmen entering Fall 2021 must submit their online scholarship application by January 15, 2021.

When is the currently enrolled student’s Fall 2021 scholarship application due?

All currently enrolled students must submit their scholarship application by March 1, 2021. Freshmen who entered Fall 2020 will receive access to the application in January 2021.

How do I defer my scholarship for Spring 2021 if I am a current student?

Currently enrolled students wishing to defer their scholarships can submit the Scholarship Deferral Request form found in myBama under the Admissions/Scholarship tab. Please read the Break In Enrollment Policy for the requirements of this request.

How do I defer my scholarship for Fall 2021 if I am an entering freshman?

Entering freshmen wishing to defer their scholarship must email scholarships@ua.edu and application.status@ua.edu with your name, CWID, the semester you wish to start and a brief explanation of why you wish to defer. Please read the Gap Year Policy for the requirements of this request.

Campus Tour Questions

The campus tours are full. What should I do?

We encourage you to regularly check back as additional campus tours may be added or some individuals may cancel their registration. You also can check out the virtual tour as well as virtual information sessions hosted by our different academic areas.

How long does a campus tour last?

Generally, the tour lasts about 90 minutes to two hours.

Is UA giving campus tours?

UA is offering tours Monday through Friday with a combination of walking and driving tours. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the capacities have been lowered and a variety of safeguards have been put in place to protect participant’s safety.

Campus tours will resume on January 11, 2020. Check out visit.ua.edu to schedule a date and time that works for your schedule.

I did not receive a confirmation email for the campus tour. Can I get that resent?

You will receive a confirmation email with driving directions and check-in information 72 hours prior to your tour. If you have any questions prior to your tour or did not receive the confirmation email, driving directions and additional information is available on our website.

Where do I park for my campus tour?

You will have a variety of parking options, including a free one. Please refer to your reminder email for parking details, including our pay-to-park for tour guests and additional lots for visitors. Additional parking information is available at bamaparking.ua.edu/visitor-information.

Where do I go for my campus tour?

You will check in for your campus tour at the Admissions Welcome Center located on the 2nd floor of the Ferguson Student Center.

How do I add a guest to my group for a campus tour?

Due to limited space on our tours, we cannot guarantee space for guests not previously registered. If you feel you need to register additional guests, please complete a second online registration and include the total number in your party with the second registration. The second registration cancels your first one.

Housing Questions

What are the residence halls like?

UA has a variety of living options available for students, including traditional-style residence halls as well as suite style. Please check out our descriptions of the residence halls on campus.

How do I apply for housing?

Once a student is admitted, they need to pay their Freshmen Enrollment Deposit ($200 nonrefundable pre-payment on fall tuition) before applying for housing.Your housing application will be available for completion 24 hours after submission of your Freshman Enrollment Deposit. Visit the housing website to submit an application.

Are all of the housing options the same price?

The cost of residence halls varies by the type. Rates for the 2021-2022 academic year will be released in the spring. Current housing rates are available now.