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Freshman Requirements

The University of Alabama will not require standardized ACT or SAT scores from students applying through the Fall 2022 Semester. Admission consideration for freshman entering through the Fall 2022 Semester will be based on a holistic review. 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.

Minimum Unit Requirements

Course CategoryNumber of Units
English4 units.
Social Sciences4 units, including world history or a comparable course. A second foreign language will satisfy one of the four required units.
Mathematics3 units, including algebra I, algebra II, AND 1 unit of either geometry, trigonometry OR calculus.
Natural Sciences3 units, including two courses with lab components.
Foreign Language1 unit, If foreign language is not a graduation requirement or there is not a foreign language program in your school system, we will accept courses that reflect an enhanced understanding of global and cultural perspectives.
Other Academic Courses5 units, We recommend courses in fine arts or computer literacy, with additional courses in mathematics, natural sciences and foreign language.

Test Scores

The University of Alabama will not require standardized ACT or SAT scores from students applying through the Fall 2022 Semester. The presence of a score will not create an unfair advantage or disadvantage to students applying for admission.

For students who do not wish to submit a score:

  • If you indicate that you do not want your test scores included in the review of your application for admission, you may still submit test scores for automatic merit scholarship consideration.

For students who wish to submit a score:

  • If you indicate that you want your test scores included in the review of your application for admission, your application will remain incomplete until official test scores are received from ACT/SAT.
  • For admission consideration UA will use the highest section score from any test dates of the same exam. 
  • For automatic merit scholarship consideration UA uses composite scores only. 

Scholarships

There are two ways in which students can be eligible for scholarships under UA’s current test optional admission policy.

  • Competitive Scholarships – The competitive scholarship application is part of your application for admission. Students who elect not to send a test score are eligible for competitive scholarship consideration if their application for admission and supporting documentation is submitted by January 15. 
  • Automatic Merit Scholarships – To qualify for automatic merit scholarships, students must provide a test score and official transcript. Applicants may indicate that they do not want their test scores included in the review of their application for admission and still submit test scores for automatic merit scholarship consideration by May 1.

After you are admitted to UA, you will be notified about the Freshman Supplemental Scholarship Application.. This is an optional scholarship application that will be accessible in myBama.

Statement on Admission

The University of Alabama reserves the right to refuse admission or re-enrollment or to place conditions on admission or re-enrollment of applicants and former students who it determines represent a safety risk to University students, employees and University property. Applicants have the right to appeal any such decision to the Undergraduate Admissions Advisory Committee within 7 business days of the date the notice was received.

Withholding information or giving false information may make you ineligible for admission to, or continuation at, the University. Therefore, by submitting this information, you certify that it is true, correct and complete. Also, by submitting this application, you give permission for the University to obtain additional information from others pertinent to your record prior to attending the University.

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