January/February 2016 Counselor E-Newsletter
Thank you for visiting The University of Alabama’s High School Counselor Admissions Portal and January/February 2016 newsletter. This resource will allow you to stay up-to-date 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.
Campus News: UA Strategic Planning Initiative
This fall, University of Alabama President Stuart Bell, who began his presidency in July 2015, announced that a new strategic plan for the campus would be unveiled in spring 2016. He has described the endeavor as a journey as UA works to continue its tremendous growth and momentum of the past decade. The plan will be crafted by a committee of administrators, faculty, staff and students led by interim Provost Kevin Whitaker.
Campus Spotlight: UA Honors College Expanding Education Outreach Program
The University of Alabama Honors College is expanding its Education Outreach program in 2016. Education Outreach pairs Honors College mentors with underprivileged students in the Tuscaloosa County and Tuscaloosa City school systems to provide them with guidance and positive influence.
Currently, some 265 Honors College students participate in three mentoring initiatives: a literacy program for elementary students; a character development program for middle school students; and a science, technology, engineering, arts and math program for pre-kindergarten children. By the start of the spring 2016 semester, the number of student volunteers is expected to increase to more than 400 as Education Outreach adds more schools to its scope and doubles the number of shifts during which mentors work with children. The program is estimated to reach some 1,000 children a week next year.
The University of Alabama Honors College provides an environment where exceptional students can thrive. The College supports a culture of community and collaboration. In turn, Honors College students achieve a world-class education based on these four pillars: innovative scholarship, advanced research, cultural interaction and civic engagement.
National Merit Finalists: As National Merit Finalists begin receiving notifications, please contact our Scholarship department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know so the student’s scholarship package can reflect their change in status. Also, if you have students who are named Finalists and who had not previously considered UA, please have them contact their local recruiter so that they can learn more about our National Merit Finalist scholarship package.
Final Scholarship Letters: All incoming freshmen who receive scholarship offers will be notified by postal mail around mid-March.
The University of Alabama Office of Undergraduate Admissions, along with our campus partners, would like to invite your counseling department to visit our campus for a tour. A campus visit is a great opportunity to learn first-hand what your students experience in Tuscaloosa. If you are interested in a counselor visit, contact your regional recruiter to facilitate this process. We hope to see you soon!
Recruiter Spring Travel
With the arrival of the new year, our recruiters are gearing up for spring travel. Please reference the admissions travel schedule frequently during the spring semester to note when a recruiter will be in your area. Individual recruiters will update their schedule throughout the spring to reflect college fairs and some individual high school visits. If you plan to host a college fair or panel discussion at your high school and would like a UA representative to attend, please contact your regional recruiter.
Priority Admissions Consideration
- Students should submit the application for admission, the $40 application fee, and any required documents to Undergraduate Admissions by February 1 for priority consideration.
Freshman Enrollment Deposit
- Upon admission, students may submit the $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit (fall tuition prepayment). Deposits may be submitted online through their myBama account. Priority deadline for payment is May 1.
- First year undergraduate students enrolled as full-time students will be required to live in campus residence halls. Students should complete the residence hall housing contract at housing.ua.edu and submit the $300 housing application fee and prepayment to Housing and Residential Communities by the preferred deadline of April 1. Students who submit their housing contract and prepayment by February 1 will have access to online room selection in May 2016. Students who apply for housing after February 1 will receive their assignment from our housing staff, beginning in mid-May. Students who cancel housing contracts in writing prior to May 1 will receive a refund of $275 of the $300 housing deposit. Students who cancel the housing contract between May 2 and June 1 will receive a refund of $175.
- Students are able to register for Bama Bound Orientation after submitting their housing application and prepayment. Registration for 2016 Bama Bound Orientation will be available online in February and will cost $120.
- Students interested in applying for financial assistance should have a completed FAFSA on file by March 1 for priority consideration. The Office of Student Financial Aid provides need-based assistance through grants, loans, and student employment. Financial aid award notifications will begin in March.
Spring 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. Available spring 2016 dates include 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 regional recruiter for more information.
Meet Our Students: Million Dollar Band
Performing in front of millions of fans each year, the Million Dollar Band has been a Crimson Tide tradition for more than 100 years. Saturdays at the Capstone would not be the same without the excitement provided by the 400 members of the Million Dollar Band, which is one of the most respected university marching bands in the country. Members of the Million Dollar Band are majors in almost every school and department within the University and the band is easily the largest student organization on campus. Watch this 4-minute video to get a behind the scenes look at The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band. You may even see some familiar faces!
ALL potential Million Dollar Band members MUST audition prior to May 1, 2016, including entering freshmen. Registration for auditions is available now.