Newsletter for December 2013
Welcome to the High School Counselor Admissions Portal and 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 fall semester. As a reminder, Student Status Check accounts are valid for one year and expired on June 30th. If you created an account last academic year, you will need to re-register and be verified. You may create an account individually or opt to share one account with authorized users of your school’s counseling department.
To be considered for scholarship opportunities, all admission materials must be received by December 15th, along with a completed UA scholarship application. The scholarship application is available for students to complete online through their myBama account 24-48 hours after they submit their admissions application. The student will receive an email that provides instructions on how to access, complete and apply for scholarship. The last test dates that UA will accept scores for scholarship are the December ACT and SAT. Students receiving scholarship offers will be notified in March.
Housing Policy Update
Students interested in participating in online room selection should plan to submit their Freshman Enrollment Deposit and Housing Application/Deposit by February 1st. Freshmen who submit housing applications after February 1st are still guaranteed housing. However, UA reserves the right to determine where the student will live on campus. There is a $300 housing application fee and prepayment required when completing the housing contract.
Greek Life Update
As part UA’s continuing effort to increase diversity, and address access opportunities to Greek Life, please see this brief video message from Dr. Bonner for a status update.
First Scholars Scholarship Program (Alabama Residents Only)
The First Scholars program provides a $5,000 scholarship, renewable for four years. It is a holistic program designed to level the playing field for first-generation students by providing college success strategies, campus involvement opportunities, a living-learning community experience, and a comprehensive support network of mentors and First Scholars staff to help Scholars succeed during college and beyond. To qualify for First Scholars, students must:
- Be a first-generation student, whose parents have no more than two years of education beyond high school and no post-secondary degree.
- Be a first-time, full-time freshman when beginning college.
- Apply, and be admitted, to the University of Alabama
- Have an ACT score between 20-27
- Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.
The deadline for applications is February 1, 2014. For an application and more information, visit either firstscholars.ua.edu or First Scholars Program Application (PDF). Additional questions can be directed to Jessica Barnes Franks, Coordinator of the First Scholars Program at email@example.com or (205) 348-6559.
Need-based Financial Aid
Financial assistance is an important key to helping students reach their educational and career goals. Students interested in applying for financial assistance should have a completed FAFSA on file by March 1st. The Office of Student Financial Aid provides need-based assistance through grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment. To learn more about need-based aid visit financialaid.ua.edu.
UA offers families a variety of ways to visit campus, including University Days, guided campus tours, large-group tours for high school students, and customized in-depth visits built around the student’s interests. The remaining 2013-2014 University Days will be held on Monday, February 3rd, Friday, February 14th, and Monday, March 10th. To learn more about campus visits go to gobama.ua.edu/visits.
New Minor Program: Natural Resources Management
UA’s College of Arts & Sciences, through New College, introduces a new minor program in natural resources management, available to students majoring in the College of Arts & Sciences or the Culverhouse College of Commerce. This new minor will prepare students for professional opportunities in environmental monitoring, such as endangered species and wetland delineation, restoration of disturbed land, and management of forested lands. For more information, please visit Natural Resources or contact Dr. Carl Williams at 205-348-1817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2013 Freshman Class Profile
- Freshman Class Size – 6,478
- Total number of applications – 30,975; Admits – 17,515; Selectivity – 56.55%; Yield – 37%
- Average ACT 25.8 (SAT 1160); Average GPA 3.6