March/April 2017 Counselor Newsletter

Thank you for visiting The University of Alabama’s High School Counselor Admissions Portal and our March/April 2017 newsletter. This resource will allow you to stay up-to-date with the latest information from our campus. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive access to information that will assist you when working with students.

Dean’s List

A total of 11,758 students enrolled during the 2016 fall semester at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s). Do you have any students from your high school that attend UA? If so, be sure to check out who made our Dean’s List.

Program Spotlight

If you have any rising sophomores, juniors or seniors interested in learning about communication and media industries, please tell them about our Communication and Information Sciences Communication & Media Preview (CAMP). CAMP will expose participants to the world of communication and media in areas such as broadcast, media production, promotion, social media, writing and public speaking. CAMP will also provide your students with a hands-on learning environment that includes interactive guest speakers, collaborative workshops, a culminating project and off-site trips and give them a taste of residential life at UA as they will stay in suite-style residence halls while on campus. Interested students can learn more here. Other summer programs are available at The Capstone are listed on our K-12 Summer Programs site.

Alumni Spotlight

Meet Michael Luwoye, a proud University of Alabama Theatre and Dance alum, who has been honored to play the lead role in the hit musical Hamilton.

Enrollment Checklist

Although the priority application deadline for summer or fall 2017 enrollment was February 1st, the admissions application is still available for students to apply.

  • Freshman Enrollment Deposit

    Once admitted, students can submit a $200 nonrefundable freshman enrollment deposit. Priority deadline for payment is May 1.

  • Housing

    Complete the residence hall housing contract at and submit the $300 housing application fee and prepayment to Housing and Residential Communities. Important dates and details about the housing application are available on the Housing and Residential Communities website.

  • Orientation

    Students are able to register for Bama Bound Orientation after submitting their housing application and prepayment. Registration for 2017 Bama Bound Orientation is now open and costs $120. To learn more about our orientation sessions from a student perspective, please take a few minutes to view our UA orientation video.

  • Financial Aid

    Financial aid award notifications will begin in mid-March. For planning purposes, we recommend that students plan for a minimum of six weeks from submission of the FAFSA to receipt of an award notification from the financial aid office after March 1st.

Scholarship Information

All incoming freshmen who receive scholarship offers will be notified by postal mail before the end of March. Offers will also be posted on the student’s myBama account once letters are mailed. Students have until May 1, 2017 to accept or decline their scholarship offers.

National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Do you have any National Merit Finalists at your school? If so, please let them know the details of our Finalist Package:

  • Value of tuition for up to five 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 you receive 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 Allowance $1000

National Merit Finalists need to be accepted by May 1, 2017 and send us ( a copy of the letter stating they were named a National Merit Finalist. They will also need to designate The University of Alabama as their first choice with the National Merit Corporation by May 1st in order to receive the scholarship.

Spring Visits/Spring Break Schedule

Spring is a great time to visit the UA campus. With the azaleas, dogwoods and flowers in full bloom, the campus is absolutely stunning. We have guided campus tours available most weekdays and many Saturdays. Schedule a tour at UA. If a student is interested in scheduling an in-depth visit to campus, they can contact their regional recruiter.

Please be aware that UA’s spring break is scheduled for March 13-17. As a result, UA faculty and staff who work outside of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be unavailable for meetings during that time.

Recruiter Spring Travel

Please reference our recruiter’s travel schedules frequently during the spring semester to note when a recruiter will be in your area. Individual recruiters will update their schedule throughout the spring to reflect local college fairs, coffee chats, and individual high school visits. If you plan to host a college fair or panel discussion at your high school and would like a UA representative to attend, please contact your regional recruiter.