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Newsletter for January/February 2015

Welcome to The University of Alabama’s High School Counselor Admissions Portal and January/February 2015 Newsletter. From here, you can find the latest information about your student’s admission and scholarship applications, as well as news, dates and deadlines for the upcoming Fall 2015 semester. As a reminder, Student Status Check accounts are valid for one year and expired on June 30. If you created an account during the last academic year, you will need to re-register and be verified.

Scholarship Update

  • New Program will Allow UA Presidential Scholars Who Graduate Early to Use Remaining Scholarship Funds for Graduate School: University of Alabama students who have been awarded Presidential Scholarships and complete their undergraduate degrees early will now be able to use their remaining scholarship funds for graduate school at UA after completing their undergraduate degrees in less than eight semesters. Presidential Scholarships provide tuition for a full-time undergraduate student for eight semesters, and are awarded to outstanding first-time freshmen based on ACT or SAT scores and high school GPA. The new Presidential Scholarship graduate option will allow motivated, high-ability students the opportunity to complete two degrees under their existing scholarship funding. The UA Graduate School has over 35 University Scholars programs and multiple other accelerated or dual degree programs including the STEM-MBA option, where students can start their master’s degree during their senior year and finish both degrees within an additional year. (More information on The University of Alabama Graduate School)
  • National Merit and Achievement Finalists: As National Merit and Achievement Finalists begin receiving notifications, please contact our Scholarship Department to let them know so that their 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 recruiters so that they can learn more about the National Merit Finalist and National Achievement Finalist scholarship packages.
  • Final Scholarship Letters: All incoming freshmen who receive scholarship offers will be notified via mail around mid-March.
  • View more information on scholarships at The University of Alabama.

Campus Spotlight

The undergraduate Psychology major at The University of Alabama is designed to provide students with a broad background in psychology that will prepare them for the opportunity to specialize in an area of particular interest in graduate school. Our faculty are nationally recognized in a wide range of specialty areas including developmental, social, cognitive, child clinical, gerontology, health, and psychology and law. Students also gain practical skills including critical thinking, writing reports, conducting and evaluating research projects, interpreting data analysis, and applying psychological principles to everyday life. Additionally, the major can help prepare an undergraduate for careers in disciplines other than psychology. Many of our undergraduates go on to attend law school, medical school, and graduate programs in business and social work.

UA’s Psychology Department offers numerous opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research laboratories, with over 200 students participating in various projects each year. Currently, undergraduate students are working in multiple research areas, including – but not limited to- studies of school readiness, children’s peer relations, intellectual disabilities, neuroscience, pain management, psychopathy and jury perceptions, ADHD, and geropsychology.

The Honors program in Psychology is designed to afford qualified junior and senior majors the opportunity to participate in activities preparatory for graduate training. The two-year program is research-oriented, involves interactions with selected faculty and peers in an enriched and accelerated academic environment, and the completion of an independently conducted research project equivalent in quality to a master’s thesis.

Campus News

The Culverhouse College of Commerce at The University of Alabama is pleased to announce the founding of the innovative Analytics Lab at Culverhouse with Lockheed Martin, SAS and Healthcare Business Solutions LLC as its first partners. The lab will be a cutting-edge facility dedicated to the field of data science and is the first lab of its kind in the United States. The unique lab setting will augment the traditional classroom experience by focusing on the development and application of analytics technology; strengthening the analytics labor pool to meet industry needs for a diverse workforce; and providing visual, hands-on experiences that represent the foundations for analytics applications and research. Additional partners will be announced soon. (More information)

Greek Preview Day

Individuals interested in joining a fraternity or sorority at The University of Alabama for fall 2015 are invited to attend Greek Preview Day on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Co-hosted by the Alabama Panhellenic Association, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and the United Greek Council, Greek Preview Day is open to senior high school students and parents/guardians. Participants will have the opportunity to meet current fraternity and sorority members, learn about the various recruitment opportunities, and understand the obligations of fraternity and sorority membership. Greek Preview Day participation is optional; prospective members do not have to attend in order to join a fraternity or sorority. Interested students should visit the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at ofsl.ua.edu or contact their regional recruiter for registration information.

University Days

University Days is a day of information-sharing designed to introduce prospective students to many of the opportunities available to them at the University. The topics covered include: admissions; majors and minors; scholarships; academic support; student organizations and activities; costs, financial aid and payment options; and on-campus living and dining. The dates for the Spring 2015 University Days sessions are February 2, February 16 and March 9. Students can register on the University Days website or by contacting their Regional Recruiters.

Counselor Visits

The University would like to invite you and your counseling department to visit campus for a tour. If you are interested in a counselor visit, be sure to contact your recruiter to help facilitate this process. High school spring breaks are a wonderful time to see campus!

Enrollment Checklist for Entering Freshman

  • 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 their $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit (fall tuition pre-payment). Deposits may be submitted online through myBama. Deadline for payment is May 1.
  • Housing: 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 pre-payment by February 1 will have access to online room selection in spring 2015. Students who apply for housing from February 2 and after will receive their assignment from our housing staff, beginning in mid-May. Students who cancel housing contracts in writing prior to May 1st will receive a refund of $275 of the $300 housing deposit. If the housing contract is cancelled between May 2nd and June 1st, a student will receive a refund of $175.
  • Orientation: Students are able to register for Bama Bound Orientation after submitting their housing application and prepayment. Registration for 2015 Bama Bound Orientation will be available online in February and will cost $120.
  • Financial Aid: 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 Travel

Be sure to check the admissions travel schedule periodically to determine when a recruiter may be in your area. All college fairs for individual recruiters are updated throughout the spring and many list their high school visits. If you have an opportunity for a UA representative to be part of a panel discussion/college night program hosted by your high school, please contact your local recruiter.