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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog
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The admission process is accomplished by completing the appropriate application for admission and furnishing the required credentials. You may apply online at For questions, please contact Undergraduate Admissions.



Admission to any undergraduate division of the University requires acceptable evidence of previous academic performance and scores on a recognized admission test. A medical history, including proof of current measles (MMR) and meningitis vaccinations and TB screening, must be submitted prior to enrollment for classes. The medical history form can also be downloaded from Also, any student whose first language is not English will be required to provide proof of language proficiency.

Applications for admission are accepted as early as one year prior to the anticipated date of enrollment. After an evaluation of the applicant’s credentials, admission is granted into various categories, depending on the strength of the applicant’s academic background. Once admitted, a student may enroll in courses in any term and must submit a final transcript. For this reason, prospective students should ensure that their application credentials are submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as early as possible.

The University of Alabama employs a competitive freshman admission process that includes reviewing and evaluating each application on an individual basis for an applicant’s abilities as a scholar. Decisions about the potential for a student’s academic success are based on ACT and/or SAT performance, high school grade point average and high school course schedule. The writing section of either the ACT or SAT is required. Applicants for freshman admission must submit official copies of their high school transcripts. Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts of all college-level work attempted. Currently, there is a $40.00 nonrefundable application fee for freshman and transfer students. If admission is denied, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions may suggest alternative ways to meet admission criteria at a later time. More specific requirements for freshman, undergraduate transfer, transient, special, or international student admission appear in the sections that follow. Some University of Alabama academic divisions may have different policies or requirements regarding admission—see the appropriate division’s section of this catalog for details.

Freshman Admission

Freshman orientation and registration. An orientation/registration program (Bama Bound) is provided for all new freshman students to assist them with the transition to college. Information about orientation and registration is mailed to each student after admission is granted. Each orientation session includes placement examinations, counseling, academic planning, career advising, and course selection and registration. Several orientation sessions are provided each year. To learn more, visit

Preparation for college-level work. The University of Alabama Core Curriculum, required of all graduates, provides the foundation of every undergraduate degree program at the University. In addition to providing a solid understanding of the subjects covered, the core curriculum acquaints students with the ways knowledge is created.

The core curriculum includes academic courses in writing, the humanities, the fine arts, the social sciences, the natural sciences (including laboratory experience) and mathematics; it also requires knowledge of a language other than English. To prepare for the core curriculum, applicants are encouraged to take maximum advantage of their high school experiences by accumulating as many academic units as is practical.

Minimum requirements for admission. In terms of educational preparation, 1) the college preparatory curriculum minimum unit requirements for regular admissions are

English4 units
Mathematics3 units, beginning with algebra I, algebra II and one unit of either geometry, trigonometry, or calculus
Social studies4 units, including world history or comparable course
Natural science3 units, including 2 units with a laboratory
Foreign language1 unit
Other academic courses5 units. Courses recommended are in fine arts or computer literacy, with additional courses in mathematics, science and foreign language.

The Advanced Academic Diploma awarded by Alabama high schools meets all University of Alabama course requirements. The Credit Based diploma awarded by Alabama high schools is accepted; however, students must have the preparatory curriculum minimum requirements as listed.

2) These course requirements are in addition to the requirements of a “B” average and an acceptable score on the ACT or SAT. The writin section of either the ACT or SAT is required.

The course/unit requirement also applies to transfer students who have completed fewer than 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of college-level courses.

Home-Schooled Students

The University of Alabama welcomes applications from students who are schooled in the home. Home-schooled applicants should meet the following requirements for admission:

  1. Home-schooled applicants should meet the ACT/SAT, including the writing essay section, and grade point average (GPA) requirements of general admission if they present certified transcripts at the completion of their programs. Refer to the “General Undergraduate Admission Requirements” section.
  2. Students who do not present certified transcripts must take the GED and meet the admission requirements as outlined in the University of Alabama GED Admission Policy. See “Non-graduates of high school” under “Special Programs” below.

Special Programs

Capstone Summer Honors Program. Designed to provide an enriched learning experience between the junior and senior years of high school, this residential campus-based program allows participants to earn college credit while benefiting from cultural, social and recreational opportunities. Admission is based on the high-school record and scores on either the ACT, SAT, or PSAT. Application should be made as early as possible in the spring term of the junior year. The program is conducted through the Honors College during the first session of summer school.

Early admission. Students who have exceptionally high grades (3.5 or higher grade point average) and at least a 28 ACT or a 1250 SAT (math and critical reading only) and who have strong endorsements from their high school principal, guidance counselor and parents or legal guardians may be considered for admission without completing the senior year of high school.

Concurrent enrollment. Students who meet the necessary requirements may attend The University of Alabama while still in high school. Students in area high schools may enroll as concurrent high school students/University freshmen. Typical students admitted to this program have a “B+” grade point average, at least a 26 ACT or 1170 SAT (math and critical reading only) and the recommendation of their high school principal or guidance counselor and parents or legal guardians. Students take coursework in areas for which they have adequate preparation and the approval of their principal and/or counselor.

Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit Agreement. The University of Alabama participates in dual enrollment/dual credit programs with local boards of secondary education. Through these programs, certain high school students are allowed to enroll in college-level courses in order to earn credits that apply to both undergraduate degrees and high school diplomas. Students are eligible under the following conditions:

  1. The student must be in grade 11 or 12 or have an exception granted by UA based on the written recommendation of the student’s principal and the local superintendent of education and in accordance with Alabama administrative code regarding gifted and talented students.
  2. The student must have a “B+” average, as defined by local board policy, in completed high school courses.
  3. The student must meet the entrance requirements established by UA.

Students who are currently in high school and have concurrent college credit or dual enrollment or concurrent college credit, are not considered transfer students. Students must have one official transcript sent to the Office of the University Registrar directly from each college or university previously attended.

Non-graduates of high school. Admission may be granted to non-graduates of high school who are 18 years of age and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year. Applicants must score at least 510 on the General Educational Development (GED) Test and submit acceptable ACT or SAT scores. Applicants 23 years of age and older are required to score at least 510 on the GED test. In addition, they may be required to submit ACT or SAT scores for advising purposes.

Undergraduate Transfer Admission

Applicants who have attended other colleges or universities are considered transfer students, regardless of the period of enrollment or amount of credit earned. Students who are currently in high school and have dual enrollment or concurrent college credit are not considered transfer students. Students seeking to transfer to The University of Alabama must meet the following requirements:

Transferring from two-year colleges in Alabama. Students transferring from two-year colleges in the Alabama College System may contract with The University of Alabama under STARS (Statewide Articulation Reporting System). The STARS program will guarantee the transfer and applicability of the two-year college credit under the following restrictions:

This agreement is subject to termination should changes in UA requirements be initiated by any agency outside University control. Such agencies include, but are not limited to, the State Department of Education, ACHE, SACS, NCATE, CLN, AACSB, ABET and other accreditation agencies.

Conversion of credits. The University of Alabama is on the semester system. Credits earned as quarter hours will be evaluated as semester hours. One quarter hour is equal to two-thirds of one semester hour—for example, a five-quarter-hours course equals three and one-third semester hours. However, when a student is seeking to transfer credit that will be applied toward degree requirements, final authority for evaluating that credit rests with the academic division, which may use a different formula.

Transfer student orientation and registration. Attendance at an orientation/registration session (Bama Bound) is required of each newly admitted transfer student. Considerable assistance is available at each session, and the groups are kept small to encourage individual attention. To learn more, visit

Distance Learning students are not required to attend orientation/registration. Distance Learning students should contact Academic Outreach,

Transfers Within the University

Procedures governing transfers between academic divisions of the University are administered by the Office of the University Registrar. For further information, please refer to the section “Academic Records and General Academic Policies.”

Admissions of Special Category Students

Adult. Applicants who graduated from high school at least four years prior to the date of anticipated enrollment may be admitted to the University without the ACT or SAT, provided their high school grade point average is 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. However, for placement purposes, the ACT or SAT may be required of all students who are enrolled.

Auditor. Applicants who wish to attend credit courses as auditors must follow standard admission procedures. They must be registered for the courses, must pay all required fees, are expected to attend all class meetings and must conform to all requirements of the instructor of the course. In certain cases, admission as an auditor may be granted without satisfaction of normal admission requirements; however, the University reserves the right to establish appropriate standards for such enrollment. Auditors may not receive credit applicable to the requirements for degrees.

Dean’s admission. The deans of the University may, upon appeal, waive or modify conditions of admission for individual freshman and transfer applicants.

Crimson EDGE (Education Guarantees Excellence). This two-semester program helps students manage the transition to a university academic environment. Students in this category are not on probation but are limited to 12-14 credit hours during their first semester and must enroll in an academic support class. A Crimson Edge advisor in each college will help students determine appropriate course selection for the fall and spring semesters.

Irregular postgraduate. Applicants with baccalaureate or advanced degrees may be admitted on the basis of the appropriate degree. Standard admission procedures are followed.

Special student. Special student enrollment is a nondegree status. Special students may apply for admission as degree-seeking students by requesting a change of status and by meeting regular admission requirements. Students who have never enrolled in college are generally expected to have been out of high school for two or more years before enrollment at the University as special students. Students who are currently on academic probation or under academic suspension imposed by another college and who have not been enrolled in school for two years may be admitted with special permission. Enrollment in specific courses will be on a space-available basis. If a course has prerequisites, permission must be granted by the instructor before enrollment in the course. To continue as a special student beyond one academic year of continuous enrollment, after a break in enrollment, or beyond 12 semester hours of earned credit, permission must be granted by the dean of the school or college in which the special student is enrolled.

Transient student. Admission as a transient (visiting) student may be granted for any term. Standard application procedures must be followed. Approval may be given on the basis of an official statement of good standing from the last institution attended. Transient status may be granted for only one term.

Admission of International Students

Undergraduate applicants who are not American citizens should address all inquiries to The University of Alabama, Undergraduate International Admissions, Box 870132, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0132; Applicants who need to learn English or improve their English proficiency should write for information to The University of Alabama, English Language Institute (ELI), Box 870250, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0250. Correspondence concerning undergraduate admission should be initiated at least six months in advance of the anticipated date of enrollment.

Complete, properly translated official credentials are required. Applicants with post-secondary study completed outside the United States are encouraged to submit those credentials for a course-by-course evaluation to World Education Services (WES), Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087 or contact WES at This evaluation along with a course syllabus may expedite the decision to grant transfer credit. Evaluations received from credential evaluation agencies other than WES are subject to approval by the academic division reviewing transfer credit.

The University of Alabama requires students to obtain a minimum English test score or satisfactory completion of the English Language Institute (ELI) before a student may begin an academic program. The minimum score requirements on the TOEFL are 500 on the paper-based test and 61 on the Internet-based test. A score of 6.0 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or at least a score of 54 on the Pearson’s Test (PTE) are also acceptable to meet the language proficiency requirement for admission if the academic reading and writing modules are selected. Conditional admission may be offered to students who meet the academic and financial qualifications, but do not meet the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score requirement. These students will be required to register full-time in the ELI until they meet the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE requirement or satisfactorily complete the ELI program.

English placement for non-native speakers of English. In order to place non-native speakers of English in appropriate writing courses, each such student who does not have credit for EN 101 from a regionally accredited U.S. institution with “C” or better will be given a University of Alabama language proficiency exam (EPPE). Results from the EPPE determine whether students must enroll in either an English Language Institute (ELI) course, or in the Department of English course that suits their demonstrated abilities.

The English courses prescribed (ELI, EN 120, EN 121, or a combination of these) must be completed in sequence, beginning with the first semester of the student’s enrollment or when the course is offered at The University of Alabama, and the student must be continuously enrolled in these undergraduate courses until they are successfully completed. This policy applies to all non-native speakers entering The University of Alabama for the first time who do not have credit for EN 101 from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

Students who have credit for EN 101 from a regionally accredited U.S. institution but do not also have credit for EN 102 are encouraged to register for EN 121 (rather than EN 102) at The University of Alabama.

Academic Second Opportunity

A student who has been separated from The University of Alabama for at least three academic years may petition the dean of his or her college to apply for readmission through “Academic Second Opportunity.” The petition must be received in the dean’s office prior to the last day of class for the semester in which the student returns to the University. If the petition is approved, the student will be readmitted regardless of previous scholastic performance, unless separation from the University resulted from academic misconduct. In cases of academic misconduct, readmission will be reviewed by the academic dean (or his or her designee) for the school or college in which readmission is sought.

If the application for Academic Second Opportunity is accepted, all previous academic work remains on the student’s permanent record, but the grades for previous work are not used in computing the grade point average. Grades of “C” or higher earned during previous college attendance are computed as “passing hours” (“P”) and may be applied to major program, distribution and graduation requirements. Grades of “D” earned during previous college attendance may not be applied to major program, distribution, or graduation requirements. The student pursues his or her academic program with no University of Alabama or Higher Education grade point average, and thereafter is subject to the conditions of warning, probation and dismissal that govern all students. Once invoked, Academic Second Opportunity cannot be revoked and it may be awarded only once and may not be awarded retroactively. Students who are awarded Academic Second Opportunity are excluded from candidacy for the Latin honors designations of cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. These honors may also be referred to as “university honors.”

A student who has a degree from another institution but was previously a student at UA or who has a degree from UA is not eligible for consideration.

Readmission of Former Students

A former University of Alabama undergraduate student who has a break in enrollment, for more than two semesters, excluding summer, who wishes to return to the University must apply for readmission. An application for readmission is available online at and must be submitted with an application processing fee to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Students who withdraw, co-op, or participate in the National Student Exchange program and who return in the immediate following semester are not required to apply for readmission. Students participating in an approved internship or in a Consortium Agreement through Student Financial Aid will not be charged the readmission fee due to a break in enrollment.

It is essential to the readmission process to include information about dates of prior attendance as well as the name and student number under which the student was registered at the University. A student who attended another institution following his or her last enrollment at The University of Alabama must submit an official transcript of work attempted at that other institution. The work attempted may be accepted at the University in accordance with the appropriate sections of this catalog. Students who were on scholastic probation at the end of their last enrollment at the University will be readmitted on scholastic probation. If the readmission application for a student who was academically suspended from the University is approved, that student will be readmitted on scholastic probation. International students who seek readmission must meet the above requirements and the requirements of the U.S. immigration law.

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