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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. For admission directly to the College's upper division, a grade point average of 2.5 is required. 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 50 percent of the total number of hours required for the bachelor's degree in business may be taken at two-year colleges and applied toward graduation requirements. Most of the business programs in this catalog require 124 semester hours; therefore, in most cases, the maximum number of two-year-college hours applicable to a degree in the Culverhouse College of Commerce is 62 hours.

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 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business–International 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–International 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. 134). 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 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

Business students are required to apply for admission to the upper division of the College and to a major program. Application for admission to the upper division and to a major program 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. Students must have achieved junior standing, defined as a minimum of 61 hours of credit. Students may apply for admission to the upper division either in the semester during which junior standing will be achieved or after junior standing has been achieved. Credit earned by such means as Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, or departmental placement is counted toward the 61-hour requirement. Students who have completed coursework at other institutions and wish to have that work applied to the 61-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 61-hour requirement. Courses (and hours) in which a student has earned a grade of "Incomplete" ("I") cannot be included in the calculation of the 61-hour requirement until the grade has officially been changed to a passing grade.

  2. Students must be enrolled in or have completed with grades of "C-" or higher the following required general education courses:

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

    Students will have a maximum of three (3) attempts at completing the general education and the lower division business administration functional field courses with a grade of "C-" or higher. A grade of "W" counts as an attempt.

    The remaining hours applied toward the 61 hour requirement should consist of courses required in the University of Alabama Core Curriculum and must include courses in the following categories:

    At least 4 hours of natural science
    At least 3 hours of fine arts, literature or humanities
    At least 3 hours of history or social and behavioral sciences (in addition to EC 110 and EC 111)

  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 2.5 or higher for all college-level coursework attempted, and they must have grade point averages of 2.5 or higher for all University of Alabama coursework attempted. A student whose grade point average falls below these standards may petition the assistant dean of undergraduate programs for admission to the upper division if the student's grade point average for the last 30 hours attempted is 2.5 or higher. These admission standards 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.

  5. Requirements for admission to the college's major program in general business may be found on p. 143 of this catalog.

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. Business students will not be permitted to enroll in upper-division courses unless they have applied and been admitted to the upper division. Students who have completed all requirements for admission to the upper division but have failed to complete the required application for admission will be barred from enrolling in upper-level courses unless and until the application is completed. The application deadlines are specified below:

  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.

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 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. 139) 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. 142) 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 as a minimum of 61 hours of credit. Economics majors and economics minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may enroll in 300-level economics (EC) courses prior to achieving junior standing.
  2. Students must meet specific prerequisites established for the courses in which they wish to enroll and must have completed EC 110.
  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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