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[Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration]

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission as a Freshman Student

A student who meets the criteria for admission to The University of Alabama as a freshman student is eligible for admission to the freshman class of the College. Specific information about these criteria is available from The University of Alabama, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Box 870132, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0132; (205) 348-5666 or toll-free 1-800-933-BAMA in the continental United States.

Admission as a Transfer Student

A student seeking to transfer to the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration from another college or university must have an official transcript sent directly to the UA Office of Undergraduate Admissions (see address in preceding paragraph) from each college or university previously attended. A grade point average of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better for all college-level work attempted is required for admission to the University and to the College. Transferred credit hours will be applied as appropriate to a student's degree program. The authority to apply or to deny transferred credit rests with the College.

Transfers from two-year colleges. A maximum of 62 semester hours of junior college credit may be applied toward graduation requirements. If at the time of initial enrollment at The University of Alabama a student transfers fewer than the limit of 62 hours, additional junior college credit may be transferred later, with the further limitation that once 62 hours toward a degree have been accumulated from all sources, no more than 12 additional hours may be transferred from a junior college.

Only courses that are equivalent to courses numbered 100 or 200 at the University (freshman- and sophomore-level courses) may be transferred to C&BA from junior colleges. Junior college transfer students may transfer courses equivalent to (a) the College's general education requirements; (b) restricted and unrestricted electives; and (c) the University's sophomore-level courses satisfying business administration functional field requirements [i.e. the introductory courses in accounting (AC 210), statistics (ST 260), and the legal environment of business (LGS 200)]. All courses for which credit is to be transferred must be of essentially the same quality as the equivalent courses at The University of Alabama.

Transfers from senior colleges and universities. Courses transferred from institutions accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) will be accepted within the broad limits of the graduation requirements of the College and the University. Students seeking to transfer credit from institutions not accredited by AACSB or by a regional or national accrediting agency may be granted transfer credit on a provisional basis. Provisional credit may be validated by completing 24 semester hours in residence with a "C" average or better. Consult the C&BA registrar or the UA Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

A maximum of 6 semester hours of professional courses taken at another institution may be applied toward a student's major program requirements (in Curriculum I, these requirements total 27 semester hours; see p. 132). Approval is required from the head of the department in which the student expects to earn a degree. All courses for which credit is to be transferred must be of essentially the same quality as the equivalent courses at The University of Alabama. All coursework required in the major program of the Culverhouse School of Accountancy must be done in residence.

Transfers from other divisions of The University of Alabama. Students who wish to transfer from one division of the University to another should consult staff members in the dean's office or student services office of the division into which they intend to transfer. Students are encouraged to contact the new division well ahead of the time they intend to actually transfer. Students will need information about the applicability of previous and present coursework to the new division's requirements, and on the procedures involved in transferring.

Admission to the College's Upper Division

Effective with the entering freshman class of 1990-91, students are required to apply for admission to the upper division of the College, and to apply to a major program. Application must be made upon completion of a set of specific requirements, outlined below.

Entering freshman students who plan to major in programs offered by C&BA are designated "PREB" (prebusiness) students until they have been admitted to the upper division. All prebusiness students are administratively housed in the College, and they receive academic advising in the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center in 10 Bidgood Hall.

Requirements. Students are eligible for admission to the upper division and to a major program, and are therefore entitled to enroll in 300- and 400-level business courses, only if they meet the following standards:

  1. At the time they are admitted to the upper division to begin 300- and 400-level coursework and work in a major program, students must have achieved junior standing. For the purposes of this policy, junior standing is defined as having earned and/or being enrolled to earn a minimum of 55 semester hours of credit. Credit earned by such means as Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, or departmental placement is counted toward the 55-hour requirement. Students who have completed coursework at other institutions and wish to have that work applied to the 55-hour requirement must see to it that transcripts from the other institutions are forwarded as soon as possible to The University of Alabama. Hours completed but not officially transferred to the student's University of Alabama record cannot be included in the calculation of the 55-hour requirement. Courses (and hours) in which a student has earned a grade of "Incomplete" ("I") cannot be included in the calculation of the 55-hour requirement until the grade has officially been changed to a passing grade.

  2. Students must be enrolled in or have completed with passing grades the following required general education courses:

    CS 102 (or CS 114 and CS 116)1
    EC 110 and EC 111
    EN 101 and EN 102
    MATH 112 and MATH 121 (or MATH 115 and MATH 1252)
    ST 260

    In addition, students must be enrolled in or have completed with passing grades the following lower-division business administration functional field courses:

    AC 210
    LGS 200

    The remaining hours applied toward the 55-hour requirement should consist of courses required in the University of Alabama Core Curriculum.

  3. Students admitted to the upper division of the College and approved to begin C&BA coursework at the 300 and 400 level must have grade point averages of "C" (2.00) or higher for all college-level coursework attempted, and they must have grade point averages of "C" (2.00) or higher for all University of Alabama coursework attempted. These standards of academic performance have been established by the C&BA faculty and are subject to change.

  4. Please refer to the sections of this catalog devoted to the majors in accountancy and in management information systems for details on admission in those programs.


1Students majoring in management information systems are required to complete CS 114 and CS 116 instead of CS 102; they are further advised to complete MATH 115 and MATH 125.
2Students concentrating in quantitative finance are required to complete MATH 125 and MATH 126.

Applying for Admission to the Upper Division

Students seeking admission to the College's upper division should apply in the A. H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center, 10 Bidgood Hall, according to the following schedule:

  1. A student who wishes to apply for admission to the upper division and to a major program, and who wishes to begin taking junior-level courses and courses in the major during the Interim term, summer session, or fall semester, should apply by March 1 preceding those terms.
  2. Qualified new transfer students, and returning students who will qualify as a result of attending summer school, should apply for fall-semester admission no later than July 15.
  3. A student who expects to begin upper-level work in the spring semester should apply no later than October 1.

Obviously, students who are applying for admission to the upper division at the midpoint of a semester will be applying based on coursework they expect to complete during that semester. A decision concerning admission will be conditional until the successful completion of coursework produces the required cumulative hours and grade point average. Admission will be revoked should a student fail to achieve the required average or complete the required courses and hours in which he or she is enrolled during the semester in which application is made.

Students who have completed 55 semester hours and the specific course requirements listed above, but who are otherwise not eligible for admission, may petition the director of undergraduate programs for conditional admission. In making a decision for conditional admission, the director shall consider the student's complete academic record (special scrutiny will be given to work in C&BA courses) and any extraordinary circumstances that may apply.

Students who attempt to enroll in 300- or 400-level C&BA courses in violation of any of these policies will be administratively disenrolled from courses for which they are not eligible.

Admission to the Culverhouse School of Accountancy

The Culverhouse School of Accountancy has developed its own standards for admission and retention. Please consult the Culverhouse School of Accountancy section of this catalog (p. 137) for details.

Admission to the Management Information Systems (MIS) Program

The MIS program has developed its own standards for admission and retention. Please consult the MIS program section of this catalog (p. 140) for details.

Non-Business Majors in Upper-Level C&BA Courses

Students from other divisions of the University may enroll in 300- and 400-level C&BA courses subject to the following conditions:

  1. Students must have achieved junior standing, defined for the purposes of this policy as 55 semester hours earned. Economics majors and economics minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may enroll in 300-level economics (EC) courses prior to earning 55 hours.
  2. Students must have met the specific prerequisites established for the course(s) in which they wish to enroll.
  3. The total number of hours in C&BA coursework for which a non-business major may enroll may not exceed 30 semester hours (excluding EC 110, EC 111, and ST 260).

Students who attempt to enroll in 300- or 400-level C&BA courses in violation of any of these policies will be administratively disenrolled from courses for which they are not eligible.

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