Newsletter for November/December 2015
Thank you for visiting The University of Alabama’s High School Counselor Admissions Portal and November/December 2015 newsletter. This resource will allow you to stay updated with the latest information from our campus, including your students’ admissions statuses, scholarship opportunities and other news and deadlines for the remainder of the academic year. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive access to information that will assist you when working with students.
Stats on Fall 2015 Freshman Class
Enrollment at The University of Alabama reached a record 37,100 students this fall, and it includes another academically talented freshman class. The fall 2015 freshman class has quite a few reasons to be proud, including:
- An average ACT score of 26.6, the highest in school history
- 36% scored 30 or higher on the ACT, placing them in the top 5% of students who take the exam
- An average GPA of 3.66
- 174 National Merit Scholars and National Achievement finalists
We are excited more students are discovering the opportunities available to them at The University of Alabama and are choosing UA for their collegiate careers.
Campus News: UA Part of National Stem Initiative
The University of Alabama is a founding member in a national effort to support minority women and girls interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, the White House recently announced. The National Academic STEM Collaborative is a consortium of 19 institutions of higher education and nonprofit partners committed to identify and scale effective, evidence-based strategies to improve STEM diversity in the nation’s colleges and universities with a special focus on women and girls of color from under-represented communities.
Campus Spotlight: Digital Media Center
In 2014, The University of Alabama opened our new Digital Media Center, a state-of-the-art, 46,594-square-foot facility located in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Four professional entities are housed in the Center, including Alabama Public Radio, the Center for Public Television, Crimson Tide Productions and WVUA 23, where students gain first-hand experience from industry professionals. The Digital Media Center has 90 staff members and 100+ student interns each semester. These students work alongside industry professionals to write, shoot, edit, report, package, produce, create graphics, and sell advertising. Below are some unique facts:
- WVUA is the only university-owned, commercial television station in a top 50 market in the U.S.
- Alabama Public Radio has been named “Most Outstanding News Operation” in the state for four consecutive years and is the largest provider of public radio news in the state.
- The Center for Public Television produces programming for public broadcasting regionally and nationally and has an award-winning history for producing documentaries and commercial pieces.
Crimson Tide Productions is the multimedia component of The University of Alabama Athletic Department.
Scholarship Deadline is December 15th
As the end of the fall semester approaches, so does the scholarship deadline for UA. Students who wish to be considered for automatic merit-based scholarships must submit all application materials to UA by December 15th. Students who wish to be considered for our competitive scholarships should also submit the supplemental scholarship application by December 15th. The supplemental scholarship application may be accessed via a student’s myBama account 2-3 UA business days after submitting their admissions application. Although UA does not super-score ACT or SAT scores, we will accept the highest composite score from one sitting. The last exams we will accept for scholarship consideration are the December ACT and SAT. Final scholarship offers are mailed to recipients in March.
National Merit Scholar Awards
The University of Alabama offers very generous scholarship packages to National Merit Scholars.
National Merit Semifinalists who are admitted to UA with a 3.5 cumulative GPA will receive the Presidential Scholarship, which pays the value of tuition (in-state or out-of-state, as applicable) for four years or eight semesters. Students must have a complete application on file by December 15th of their senior year in high school to receive this award.
National Merit Finalists who list The University of Alabama as their college of choice with the National Merit Corporation by May 1, 2016 will receive the following:
- Value of tuition (in-state or out-of-state, as applicable) for up to 5 years or 10 semesters for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate studies.
- One year of on-campus housing at regular room rate (based on assignment by Housing and Residential Communities)
- A $3,500 per year Merit Scholarship stipend for four years. A student must maintain at least a 3.3 GPA to continue receiving this scholarship stipend. If a corporate-sponsored scholarship from the National Merit Corporation is received, the total value cannot exceed $3,500. (For example, if the student receives a corporate-sponsored scholarship of $2,000 per year, UA will contribute $1,500 per year to reach the total stipend amount of $3,500.)
- One-time allowance of $2,000 for use in summer research or international study (after completing one year of study at UA)
- Technology enrichment
Enrollment Process: First Steps
Once a student has been admitted to UA, they may begin the next steps in the enrollment process. At this time, the following steps are available for completion by admitted students:
- Freshman Enrollment Deposit: $200 non-refundable tuition pre-payment. Deposits may be submitted online through the student’s myBama account. Deadline for payment is May 1st. Upon completion of this step, students may begin the housing application process.
- Housing: As of October 1st, admitted students who submitted their enrollment deposit, may submit their housing application ($25 fee) and deposit ($275). First-year undergraduate students enrolled full-time are required to live in campus residence halls. Housing preference is first-come, first-serve and the residence hall housing contract may be completed at housing.ua.edu. Students who cancel their housing contracts in writing by May 1st will receive a refund of $275, and $175 by June 1st. A roommate finder is also available at the housing website.
Beginning in February, students who have applied for housing may register for Bama Bound Orientation.
Undergraduate Admissions Web Tour
We invite you to watch our new online campus tour and share the tour with your students who are interested in learning more about UA and who have yet to visit our campus in-person.
University Days Visit Dates
University Days offer prospective students information on topics such as admissions, majors and minors, academic support and programs, costs, financial aid and scholarships, and on-campus living and dining. Spring 2016 dates are February 1, February 15 and March 7. Students who are unable to attend a University Days event and would like to visit campus may schedule a campus tour or contact their recruiter for more information.