December 2016 Counselor Newsletter

Thank you for visiting The University of Alabama’s High School Counselor Admissions Portal and December 2016 Newsletter. This resource will allow you to stay updated 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.

To access the Student Status Check, you’ll need to have an account through If you registered through this site last year, your account should be active and you will no longer need to re-register at the start of each academic year. To register a new account, once on the myEMTech site click “Register” at the top right corner and fill out the registration form with your information. Choose HS Counselor as the Account Type. The form will ask you to identify a myEMTech ID and password. You may set this and share the information among your colleagues. In the field labeled Bama Email Address, just list your email address. After completing the form, your account will be created in 1-3 business days.

If you are an Independent Educational Consultant, please contact your regional recruiter for student statuses.

Once your account has been created, you can check the status of students by returning to and selecting the “Log in” link in the top right corner of the screen. Following login, click “EM Tech Support,” then choose “Student List” from the dropdown menu.

Note: Please contact us when employees from your school retire from or resign their positions so we may update your school’s account.

Barth Selected for UA Enrollment Management Position

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Richard “Rick” Barth as UA’s Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Barth is a three-time UA graduate who holds bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees from the Capstone. He served as Vice President of Enrollment Management at the University of Montevallo for the last five years and has held previous administrative positions at Plymouth State, UAH, the University of West Florida and the University of Florida.

Dr. Barth replaces Mary Spiegel who is retiring as UA’s Associate Provost and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Mary has been a member of the Crimson Tide family since 1979 and we thank her for her dedicated service. She will certainly be missed.

Read more about Dr. Rick Barth.

Scholarship Deadline is December 15th

Students who wish to be considered for automatic merit-based scholarships must submit all application materials to UA by December 15th. Students who wish to be considered for our competitive scholarships should also submit the supplemental scholarship application by December 15th. The supplemental scholarship application may be accessed via a student’s myBama account 2-3 UA business days after submitting the admissions application. The last standardized tests we will accept for scholarship consideration are the December ACT and SAT. Final scholarship offers will be mailed to recipients in March.

Read more about UA’s academic scholarship offerings.

Stats on Fall 2016 Freshman Class

Enrollment at The University of Alabama reached a record high of 37,665 for Fall 2016. The entering freshman class of 7,559 students is the largest and best qualified in UA history. More than 40 percent of UA’s Fall 2016 freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT and an average GPA of 3.66. UA is also a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 600 currently enrolled as of this fall.

Of the 37,655 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students enrolled at UA in the fall 2016 semester, 43% come from Alabama, 53% come from elsewhere in the United States, and 4% are international students from 77 countries. We are excited more students are discovering the opportunities available at The University of Alabama and are choosing UA for their collegiate career.

National Merit Scholar Awards

The University of Alabama offers very generous scholarship packages to National Merit Scholars.

National Merit Semifinalists who are admitted to UA with a 3.5 cumulative GPA will receive the Presidential Scholarship, which pays the value of tuition (in-state or out-of-state, as applicable) for four years or eight semesters. Students must have a complete application on file by January 15th of their senior years in high school to receive this award. Feel free to pass this video from UA President Dr. Stuart Bell along to your National Merit Semifinalists.

National Merit Finalists who list The University of Alabama as their college of choice with the National Merit Corporation by May 1, 2017 will receive the following:

  • Value of tuition (in-state or out-of-state, as applicable) for up to 5 years or 10 semesters for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate (or law) studies.
  • One year of on-campus housing at regular room rate (based on assignment by Housing and Residential Communities)
  • A $3,500 per year Merit Scholarship stipend for four years. A student must maintain at least a 3.3 GPA to continue receiving this scholarship stipend. If a corporate-sponsored scholarship from the National Merit Corporation is received, the total value cannot exceed $3,500. (For example, if the student receives a corporate-sponsored scholarship of $2,000 per year, UA will contribute $1,500 per year to reach the total stipend amount of $3,500.)
  • One-time allowance of $2,000 for use in summer research or international study (after completing one year of study at UA)
  • Technology enrichment

Academic Spotlight: Blount Scholars Program

The Blount Scholars Program is a residential learning program targeted at high academic achievers and focused on integrating academic and social life. Students in the program experience small, seminar-style classes, extensive interaction with faculty, and an interdisciplinary curriculum leading to a minor in Liberal Arts. They also participate in a diverse array of program-sponsored social events and recreational activities. This integration of social and academic life provides Blount students with the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college in the midst of a major research university. A philosophical mainstay of the program is that liberal arts training, with its emphasis on critical problem solving, persuasive written and oral communication, and analytic and synthetic thinking skills, prepares students for both career success and a well-informed and well-balanced life.

Admission to the program is competitive and is open to incoming students of any major. Additional program information and the online application form can be found at The priority application deadline is December 15th; thereafter the program accepts applications throughout the year so long as space in the entering class remains.

Program Spotlight: STEM Students Seeking Global Solutions

UA’s STEM Path to the MBA program visited India recently to provide business solutions to communities in the developing country. (Read More)