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Newsletter for September/October 2015

Thank you for visiting The University of Alabama’s High School Counselor Admissions Portal and September/October 2015 newsletter. We hope the start of the school year is going well.

As we proceed through the school year, this resource will allow you to stay updated with the latest information from our campus, including your students’ admissions statuses, scholarship opportunities as well as other news and deadlines for the academic year. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive access to information that will assist you when working with your students.

In order to gain access to the Student Status Check feature on this site, you’ll need to create an account through MyEMTech. Once on the MyEMTech site, click “Register” at the top right corner, and fill out the registration form with your information, and choose HS Counselor as the Account Type. Your account will be created in 1-3 UA business days.

We recommend using your school email address in the Bama Email Address section. If you are an independent educational consultant, please contact your regional recruiter for student statuses.

Online Counselor Guide

We have also released copies of our counselor guidebooks for both in-state and out-of-state counselors. As preference for these documents shifts to an online format, we are offering this resource online only. The guidebook provides updated admissions information, equivalency charts for AP/IB credit, application and enrollment timeline, and much more. (View counselor guides)

Campus News: UA Names Dr. Stuart R. Bell as 29th President

The University of Alabama is excited to announce that Dr. Stuart R. Bell became the 29th president of The University of Alabama on July 15, 2015. Dr. Bell has worked in higher education for more than 30 years; most recently, as the chief academic officer and chief operating officer at another SEC institution. In 1986, Dr. Bell joined the UA community as an assistant professor in UA’s department of mechanical engineering and accepted a position as department head 9 years later. While serving at UA for more than 16 years, Dr. Bell founded and directed an interdisciplinary research center on campus. His expertise includes alternative fuels for engines, innovative engine designs, and modeling of engine and engine processes. We look forward to his leadership at The University of Alabama.

Campus Spotlight: Value Investing Specialization

A recent $3 million gift will enable UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce to become the first business school in the nation to offer a value investing specialization at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, it will give members of the student-run Culverhouse Investment Management Group a dedicated space for meetings, along with the tools and equipment needed to make real-world investment decisions.

The new facility, which is scheduled to be operational in time for the 2016 fall semester, will be located in Alabama’s Bidgood Hall, along with Culverhouse’s recently created Business Analytics Lab. The trading room will include Bloomberg terminals and stock tickers that students can use to monitor and analyze real-time financial market data. (More information about the value investing specialization)

Meet Our Students

Watch a brief 2 minute video to see how many University of Alabama Honors College students spent their first week on campus giving back to their new community through the 15th annual Alabama Action project. This year’s projects, which were planned and implemented by the students, took place at two Tuscaloosa County elementary schools.

New SAT Scoring Information

The University of Alabama will accept current and redesigned SAT scores for admissions, scholarships and Honors College. Applicants may submit scores from either the current SAT or the redesigned SAT. A writing score is not required but can be reviewed if a student does not meet regular admissions standards as set forth by the ACT/SAT and GPA requirements.

Application Checklist

The admissions application for Summer or Fall 2016 is available to students at: In order to consider a student’s admissions file complete and ready for review, the following items need to be submitted by February 1 for priority consideration / December 15 for scholarship consideration: Official high school transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, $40 application fee or fee waiver.


First-time freshmen who meet the December 15 scholarship deadline, have a qualifying score of at least a 27 on the ACT or 1210 SAT (critical reading and math scores only), and have at least a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA upon completion of their junior year will be eligible for merit-based scholarships that range in value.

The scholarship application may be accessed via a student’s myBama account, 2-3 UA business days after submitting their admissions application. The last exams we will accept for scholarship consideration are the December ACT and SAT. Final scholarship offers are mailed to recipients in March.

Please note that The University of Alabama offers very generous scholarship packages to National Merit and National Achievement scholars. Detailed information can be found at

Transcript Processing

UA will accept transcripts via mail or electronically (Docufide/Parchment Exchange; Scrip-Safe and National Student Clearinghouse). Mailed transcripts should be sent to The University of Alabama, Box 870132, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.

Campus Visit Opportunities

The University has announced dates for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 University Days. 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. (View dates and registration information)

Students who are unable to attend a University Days event and would like to visit campus may schedule a campus tour or contact a recruiter for more information.

Recruiter Travel Information

Our admissions recruiters throughout the nation will be traveling to various high schools and college fairs. All college fairs for individual recruiters are updated throughout the year. If you have an opportunity for a UA representative to be part of a panel discussion or college day/night program hosted by your high school, please contact your local recruiter. (View individual recruiter profiles and travel schedules)