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International Freshman Admissions

Admission Deadlines

TermAcademic CalendarApplication Deadline
Fall SemesterAugust – DecemberMay 1
Spring SemesterJanuary – MayOctober 1
Summer SemesterJune – AugustMarch 1

Application Procedures

Complete your application for undergraduate admission via the UA Freshman App.

Please upload required documents when prompted while completing the application

Incoming International Freshman Graduating from a US High School

Admission Requirements

International freshmen graduating from US high schools must meet the same admissions criteria as domestic applicants. More information can be found on UA’s Freshman Admission Requirements page.

Required Documents

Submit official transcripts

Ask your school to submit your official high school transcript either electronically or via post

Submit your official SAT or ACT test score (optional)

  • Incoming students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission, but they must be submitted for merit scholarship consideration
  • Test scores must be received directly from the testing agency or on your high school transcript
  • UA’s ACT code is 0052 and SAT code is 1830
  • Information on these tests is available from your high school counselor or from the testing agency
    • ACT, Box 451, Iowa City, IA 52243
    • SAT, College Board ATP, Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08541

Incoming International Freshman Graduating from Schools Outside the US

Admission requirements

The University of Alabama employs a competitive admission process that includes reviewing and evaluating each application on an individual basis for an applicant’s abilities as a student and a scholar.

  • The undergraduate international admissions office will review the applicant’s transcripts within the context of the school, curriculum and country.
  • GPA will be calculated on all coursework, not just core subjects. UA considers applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for admission.
  • UA will accept unofficial transcripts for admission purposes. These can be emailed or uploaded by the student. 
    • If a student applies with unofficial documents, we MUST receive the official documents directly from the school or testing authority by July 1 for Fall admission and November 1 for Spring admission. 
    • Any student who does not provide official copies will not be able to enroll for courses. 
    • If a student’s official documents are not available by that time, exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Students requesting an exception must email international.admissions@ua.edu before the deadline to be considered.
  • For academic admission, students must meet the English proficiency requirement. For more information see UA’s English Language Proficiency page
  • Students who meet the academic and financial qualifications, but do not meet the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score requirement may apply for conditional admission.
    • Conditionally admitted students will begin their studies in the English Language Institute and then enter directly into their academic coursework once they have satisfied English proficiency. 
    • For more information see UA’s conditional admission page.
  • Students requiring F-1 and J-1 visas must also send documentation in order to secure an I-20 or DS-2010.
  • Successful candidates for UA will have completed a college preparatory curriculum.
Course CategoryNumber of units
Language4 units
Mathematics3 units, including algebra I, algebra II, and one unit of either geometry, trigonometry or calculus
Social Studies4 units
Natural Science3 units, including 2 units with a laboratory
Other academic courses5 units (courses recommended are in fine arts or computer literacy, with additional courses in mathematics, science and foreign language)

Required Documents

  • Copy of your passport
  • Relevant visa and immigration documents (This includes PR card, current visa, or F-1/ J-1 visa request and supporting documents)
  • Unofficial transcript copies from every secondary school you have attended. This includes academic transcripts, mark sheets, grade reports, diplomas or certificates, national standardized examination results, or other academic course work.
    • Include an English translation for all documents not written in English. If you need assistance translating your documents into English, we recommend using the American Translators Association to find a certified translator.
    • Students graduating high school in Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, The Gambia or Sierra Leone must submit a copy of their WASSCE results and scratch card information (serial number and PIN) in order to complete their application.
  • Students that graduated 6 or more months ago should also provide a brief statement listing any academic activities since graduation (including any post-secondary coursework at institutions inside or outside of the US, English language programs, study abroad programs, etc.) List name(s) of the institutions and dates of attendance. If you have no additional academic activities, please write a short statement that speaks to your activities during the gap period. In the statement, please include the following and send to International Admissions at intladm@ua.edu:
    • Full Name
    • Address
    • High School/Secondary School
    • Graduation Date

Provide proof of English

All students must meet the English proficiency requirements OR apply for conditional admission.

Submit your official SAT or ACT test score (optional)

  • Incoming students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission, but they must be submitted for merit scholarship consideration.
  • Test scores must be received directly from the testing agency or on your high school transcript
  • UA’s ACT code is 0052 and SAT code is 1830
  • Information on these tests is available from your high school counselor or from the testing agency
    • ACT, Box 451, Iowa City, IA 52243
    • SAT, College Board ATP, Box 592, Princeton, NJ 08541