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May/June 2016 Counselor E-Newsletter

Thank you for visiting The University of Alabama’s High School Counselor Admissions Portal and End-of-the-School Year newsletter. As we enter the last few weeks of the 2015-2016 academic year, we would like to provide you with information you may find valuable. This edition of our newsletter includes the latest campus news, redesigned SAT information, a review of our new student success initiative, summer programs and campus visits, UA Early College, spring awards ceremonies, and a profile of one of our outstanding students. We hope you enjoy the remainder of the school year and have a wonderful summer!

Redesigned SAT Information

Please note our policies regarding the implementation of the redesigned SAT. This information will be available to students on our website, so both students and their families can easily access these updates.

  • The University of Alabama will accept from both the previous SAT and the redesigned SAT (any SAT taken after March 5th, 2016).
  • If you have taken the previous SAT and the redesigned SAT, we will use your highest score for your admission and scholarship application reviews. Highest score will be determined by utilizing test score conversion by College Board.
  • The optional writing section in the redesigned SAT will not be required for admissions or scholarship purposes.
  • The writing section of the ACT will no longer be required for admissions or scholarship purposes.

Campus News: Tuscaloosa, AL Profiled on C-SPAN’s American History TV

The city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama was recently profiled on C-SPAN’s American History TV to highlight the rich history and impact the community and University have had in the region. The video includes segments that discuss Moundville Archaeological Park, the 19th century rise, fall, and rebirth of campus, as well as various interviews that emphasize how our traditions and historical impact have created such a unique community. Watch the various segments and discover what makes Tuscaloosa the home of the “Capstone of Higher Education.”

Campus Spotlight: Capstone Center for Student Success

In an effort to provide greater, comprehensive support for our students, The University of Alabama has launched our Capstone Center for Student Success. This resource is part of a new initiative to provide all students with even more assistance as they pursue their academic goals. Components of the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Individualized academic success coaching
  • On-site satellite tutoring
  • Extended office hours for academic advising
  • Personalized success plans
  • Freshman orientation courses
  • Access to exclusive technology lab and instructions
  • Alternate individual and creative spaces
  • Collaborative meeting spaces for group study
  • Frequent holistic academic advising
  • Campus resource referrals

Every University of Alabama student is a unique individual and our goal is to ensure that students receive the personalized experience that allows them to achieve their goals. Despite record growth over the last several years, UA maintains a student-faculty ratio of 24:1 and programs such as the Center for Student Success embody our commitment to education.

Summer Programs

The University of Alabama is proud to host a variety of summer programs for students of all ages. Programs range in duration and subject matter in order to serve students who would like to spend their summer exploring topics that interest them. Descriptions for each program are available at k12summer.ua.edu.

UA Early College

The University of Alabama created UA Early College to give motivated high school students a chance to get ahead and begin their college career earlier. With UA Early College, students have the opportunity to earn up to 30 hours of college credit, online or on-campus, with college courses from a top-50 research university while still in high school.

Summer Campus Visits

The University of Alabama continues to offer official campus tours and personalized visits to students during the summer months. Students may register for a tour online at gobama.ua.edu/visits and contact their recruiters if they would like to schedule a more personalized in-depth visit.

Of course, we welcome you to campus as well! If you plan to be in the area this summer, please let your recruiter know and we will be happy to schedule a personalized tour for you. We would love for you to experience what makes UA so special!

Spring Awards Ceremonies

The University and your local recruiter would love the opportunity to present scholarship certificates to students in-person at your upcoming awards ceremonies/senior banquets. Please work with your recruiter to discuss this option, or alternative methods for providing students with their certificates.

Meet Our Students

Meet Samantha Tilson, a senior chemical engineering major and Goldwater Scholar with a passion for biochemical research.