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General Questions

Is The University of Alabama test optional?

The University of Alabama will not require standardized ACT or SAT scores from students applying through the Fall 2022 Semester. For more information contact your recruiter or call Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-933-BAMA.

For students applying for the spring, summer and fall of 2023, The University of Alabama currently plans to allow students the option to submit standardized test scores as part of the test optional pilot program. All updated undergraduate admission requirements for the 2023 cycle, including policies on standardized tests, will be finalized by June 1, 2022.

What are your deadlines for applying for admissions, financial aid, scholarships and housing?

See the steps to enrollment. The University of Alabama offers rolling admissions, but does have priority deadlines for some steps in the enrollment process. For more information, contact your recruiter or call Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-933-BAMA.

Is it too late to apply for admission?

The University of Alabama offers rolling admissions, but does have priority deadlines for some steps in the enrollment process. Please contact your recruiter, or call Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-933-BAMA, to discuss your timeline and goals. 

How can I find someone to talk to about my major?

Start with the Undergraduate Majors and Programs list – you can also find links below of colleges and schools with opportunities for Undergraduate students. If you’d like more information contact your recruiter or call Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-933-BAMA.

What if I don’t know what to major in?

At The University of Alabama, you’ll have plenty of time and resources to find out. You might want to begin by exploring coursework and programs using our Undergraduate Academic Catalog. You can also visit the Career Center, where career counselors can help you pinpoint your interests and choose a major based on your interests.

Where can I see all of the scholarship opportunities?

Visit UA’s Scholarships website to learn more about opportunities available to you. You may also reach out to your recruiter or call Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-933-BAMA.

Where can I find information about financial aid?

Visit UA’s Student Financial Aid website to learn more about opportunities available to you. You may also reach out to your recruiter or call Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-933-BAMA.

How do I select my room on campus?

To participate in room selection you must be admitted to UA and have completed your housing application by February 1. Students who are admitted after February 1 and/or complete their housing application after this priority date will be assigned a room. For more information, contact your recruiter or call Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-933-BAMA.

Does UA offer orientation sessions?

Yes, freshman students are required to attend Bama Bound Orientation, UA’s new student orientation. This includes registration for the first semester’s classes, placement testing and seminars on UA policies, procedures and services. For more information, visit UA’s Bama Bound Orientation website. 

What kinds of career planning and placement services does UA offer?

From aptitude/personality tests to resumé services and on-campus interviews, UA’s Career Center works with students to help them find the careers they want. We encourage our students to start planning from their very first semester, so contact the Career Center early.

What kinds of services are available for students with physical or learning disabilities?

The University of Alabama is committed to making its programs and services accessible to all qualified students. UA offers a wide variety of support programs and services. Check out the Capstone Center for Student Success and Office of Disability Services, two of our campus centers for disability-related accommodations and support.

What if I need special help with my coursework? What kinds of programs are available?

Contact the Capstone Center for Student Success. UA students have access to individualized counseling and instruction and have access to tutors, special review sessions and videotaped lectures for some classes, workshops on study skills and time management and more.

How big are classes at UA?

Our student-to-faculty ratio for the Fall 2020 Semester was 20:1. Some of your classes might have large lecture sections with smaller discussion or lab sections that provide more individualized attention. Many more classes, including freshman composition, will be small and will include lots of student-faculty interaction. For the most up to date information on class sizes please visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

How long will it take me to graduate?

Most of our academic programs are based on four-year curricula, as seen in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog. In most UA degree programs, you can complete all of your major and University requirements in four years (eight semesters), and the courses that fill your major and university-wide requirements will be available during that four year period. That doesn’t take into account special circumstances, such as double majors and minors or changing majors. To ensure you’re always on track to reach your goals, talk to your academic advisor. 

What student organizations are available on campus?

Visit The SOURCE for a current listing of UA student organizations. Once on campus, you should attend Get on Board day at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Many organizations set up a display table to provide a snapshot of what the organization is all about.

What dining options are available on campus?

Bama Dining provides several meal plan options for students. Visit the Bama Dining website to learn about meal plans, mobile ordering, restaurant locations on campus and the food truck schedule. The University of Alabama requires students living in on-campus housing to participate in the Residential On-Campus Meal Plan. For more information, contact your recruiter or call Undergraduate Admissions at 1-800-933-BAMA.