September/October 2016 Counselor Newsletter

Thank you for visiting The University of Alabama’s High School Counselor Admissions Portal and our first quarterly Newsletter of the 2016-2017 academic year. 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.

To access the Student Status Check, you’ll need to have an account through myEMTech.ua.edu. 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 myEMTech.ua.edu 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.

Online Counselor Guide

We have also released copies of our counselor guidebooks for both in-state and out-of-state counselors. Following UA’s commitment to a sustainable environment, 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

Looking back at the 2015-2016 academic year, the University of Alabama has experienced great triumphs and changes. (Watch a short video highlighting some of those events.)

Campus Spotlight: CREATE Path to the MBA

The University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce is proud to announce the development of the CREATE Path to the MBA which focuses on attracting high-quality undergraduate students majoring in disciplines that routinely practice creativity and will allow participating students the opportunity to complete their MBA in one additional calendar year.

Applicants who hold a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and a minimum ACT score of 28 or old SAT score of 1250 or new SAT score of 1310 will be considered for admission to the CREATE Path to the MBA program. During their junior year, students will apply for admission to the Graduate School for the MBA program. (Read more)

New SAT Scoring Information

The University of Alabama will accept old and new SAT scores for admissions, scholarships and Honors College. Applicants may submit scores from either the old SAT or the new SAT. The optional writing section in the new SAT will not be required for admissions or scholarship purposes. UA will use a student’s highest score for admission and scholarship application reviews. Highest score will be determined by utilizing the test score conversion by College Board.

Scholarships

First-time freshmen who meet the December 15th scholarship priority deadline, have a qualifying score of at least a 27 on the ACT or 1210 old SAT (critical reading and math scores only), or 1280 new SAT (evidence-based reading and writing plus math, 1600 scale), 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. (View in-state or out-of-state scholarship information.)

The scholarship application may be accessed via a student’s myBama account 2-3 business days after submitting their admissions application. The last exams that 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 Scholars. (More details)

Application Checklist

The admissions application for Summer or Fall 2017 is available to students at apply.ua.edu. In order to consider a student’s admissions file complete and ready for review, the following items need to be submitted: Official high school transcript(s), official ACT composite or SAT score(s), and the $40 application fee. For scholarship consideration, a student must have a complete application file and scholarship application on record with us no later than December 15th. UA guarantees that any student with a complete application by February 1st will receive an admission decision by the end of February.

Transcript Processing

UA will accept transcripts via mail or electronically (Docufide/Parchment Exchange, Scrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse and Naviance). 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 2016 University Days — October 3, October 17 and November 14. 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. Dates and registration information are available at universitydays.ua.edu.

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 information on scheduling a personalized visit.

Recruiter Travel Information

Our admissions recruiters throughout the nation will be traveling to various high schools and college fairs. If you would like to view their upcoming visits, go to the Find Your Recruiter page of our website and follow the links for each state. 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.