Newsletter for March/April 2015
Thank you for visiting the The University of Alabama’s High School Counselor Admissions Portal and Spring 2015 Newsletter. This edition includes campus news, program updates, and deadline reminders for current seniors.
Campus News: Office of Veteran and Military Affairs
We are excited to announce The University of Alabama has been named a GI Jobs and Military Advanced Education “Best for Vets” school for 2015. The mission of The Office for Veteran and Military Affairs at The University of Alabama is to provide, facilitate, and coordinate programs and services to meet the special needs of veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors in order to ease their transition to college life and fulfill their educational goals. The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs handles all GI Bill certification and questions, but is also open to students not receiving federal benefits.
Also, please note that UA is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. This program is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that provides funding for tuition and fees above the maximum in-state tuition and fee rates. The University of Alabama is an “unlimited school,” meaning all students who receive Yellow Ribbon through the GI Bill will have all out-of-state tuition paid.
For more information, please visit vets.ua.edu or call 205-348-0983.
Campus Spotlight: Adapted Athletics
The University of Alabama Adapted Athletics program has taken another step forward with the addition of non-competitive sporting options. With this expansion, every student on campus who has a physical disability — no matter skill level or experience — will now have a recreational outlet.
Building upon our current adapted athletics offerings which include high-performance sports (men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball and tennis) and the new emerging sports (rowing, track and golf), the University has added adapted sports classes in which students can learn to play each sport. Additionally, the University is committed to ensuring that both of the student recreation centers on campus offer equipment that can be used by those with physical impairments. These offerings address the needs of this vibrant community on campus by providing students with disabilities a feeling of accomplishment, teamwork and determination, and helps them lead healthier lives.
UA’s Adapted Athletics program began in 2003 with women’s wheelchair basketball. The wheelchair basketball and tennis teams have won a combined six national titles, and more than 20 UA student-athletes and coaches participated in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
New SAT Scoring Information
As you all know, the SAT is being redesigned to more closely reflect the core skills and knowledge that current research shows is essential for college readiness and success. These changes will make it more useful for college admission, more focused for K–12 teachers, and clearer for students. A new partnership with Khan Academy will provide free test preparation for students around the world — whether they are taking the current SAT or the redesigned SAT. The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be in spring 2016 (this will probably occur in March 2016).
- Fall 2015: First redesigned PSAT/NMSQT® administered; first data load for SAT using the new data layout.
- Winter/Spring/Summer 2016: First redesigned SAT offered and first scores received on campus.
- Fall 2016: Use redesigned SAT to begin to make decisions for students applying as freshmen for fall 2017.
- Essay: UA will require one writing test for admission, although it will be an optional portion of the SAT.
Composite Score: The redesigned SAT will report a composite score that will be the sum of two area scores: (1) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and (2) Math. The SAT composite score will be reported on a scale ranging from 400 to 1600. The scores for the Essay will be reported separately and not factored into the composite score.
Concordance: Because the redesigned SAT is a different test than the current SAT, a numerical score on one test will not be equivalent to the same numerical score on the other. A new concordance will be available from SAT to assist K-12 educators, counselors, students, and parents transition to the new test scores. In all probability, the release of the concordance will be in May 2016.
Test Scores: The University of Alabama will accept current and new SAT scores. UA will use the highest score from one sitting, whether the score is from the old or new version of the SAT.
The University of Alabama is proud to host a variety of summer programs for students of all ages. Programs range in duration and subject matter in order to serve students who would like to spend their summer exploring topics that interest them. Descriptions for each program are available at k12summer.ua.edu.
The University of Alabama continues to offer official campus tours and personalized visits to students during the summer months. Students may register for a tour online at gobama.ua.edu/visits and contact their recruiter if they would like to schedule a more in-depth visit.
Final Enrollment Checklist / Important Dates
As students begin to make their final college decisions, we hope the following checklist will be useful to both you and your students.
- Freshman Enrollment Deposit: This is a $200 non-refundable tuition pre-payment. The enrollment deposit must be submitted prior to moving forward with the enrollment process. Deposits are made via a student’s myBama account and the deadline for payment is May 1.
- Housing: Freshmen enrolled as first-year students are required to live on campus. Students may view residence hall descriptions and submit their housing contract and deposit by following the instructions provided at housing.ua.edu. The housing application fee is a one-time, non-refundable payment of $25 and the housing deposit is $275. Students who submitted their housing application and deposit by February 1 are guaranteed online room selection in the spring. Those who did not submit it by the February 1 date are encouraged to do so by the preferred deadline of April 1 and will be assigned a room by our housing staff. Students who cancel their housing contract by May 1 will receive a refund of $275 and those who cancel between May 2 and June 1 will receive a $175 refund.
- Orientation: Once the enrollment deposit and housing application/deposit are made, students may register for their Bama Bound orientation session. Registration for Bama Bound is available online and spaces are first-come, first-serve. Sessions cost $120 for one student, with additional fees for those attending Parent or Sibling Orientation. Dates and important information is available at orientation.ua.edu.
- Scholarship and Financial Aid Award Notifications: Scholarship recipients will receive their final award letters in March. Those who submitted the FAFSA form by March 1 will receive their award letters late March or early April. Students and families must follow the instructions provided to accept or decline their packages.
Honors College Reminder
The Honors College at The University of Alabama operates on a rolling admissions policy and currently requires a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and 28 ACT (composite score) or 1250 SAT (critical reading and math only) for incoming freshmen. Once qualifying students are admitted to UA, they may submit their Honors College application by following the instructions online at honors.ua.edu. Comprehensive information is available at honors.ua.edu/admission-to-honors. Those interested in the Honors College, but who do not meet the minimum requirement as an incoming freshman, may be admitted after earning a 3.3 GPA for their college coursework.
Meet Our Students
Watch a brief 2 minute video about two of our students and discover how they found their homes on the UA campus.
Spring Awards Ceremonies
Your local recruiter will be contacting you soon regarding scholarship award ceremonies at your school and the possibility of presenting our scholarship certificates to students in-person. Please work with your recruiter to discuss this option, or alternative methods for providing students with their certificates.
Please keep UA in mind when making your summer plans. If you, or a member of your counseling staff, would like to schedule a visit to our campus, please contact your Regional Recruiter. We will be happy to set-up a custom visit for you. Our students, faculty and staff look forward to sharing with you the campus they proudly call home!