Admission Requirements for Freshman Students

For students applying for the class of 2022, The University of Alabama employs a holistic admission process. Holistic admissions at The University of Alabama includes both academic and non-academic criteria. Academic components considered include high school GPA, performance in core subjects, academic honors and standardized test scores, should a student elect to submit them. Non-academic items include leadership experience, volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, employment and non-academic honors. All students must complete the minimum unit requirements.

Minimum Unit Requirements

In terms of educational preparation, the college preparatory curriculum minimum unit requirements for regular admissions are

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of social sciences, including world history or a comparable course (second foreign language will satisfy one of the four required social science requirements)
  • 3 units of mathematics (must include algebra I, algebra II, and one unit of either geometry, trigonometry, or calculus)
  • 3 units of natural sciences, including two courses with lab components
  • 1 unit of foreign language
  • 5 additional units of academic courses (We recommend courses in fine arts or computer literacy, with additional courses in mathematics, natural sciences, and foreign language.)

* For students at high schools where foreign language is not a graduation requirement or without a foreign language program, we will accept courses that reflect an enhanced understanding of global and cultural perspectives.

Test Score FAQ

Are you test optional?

Yes, the University of Alabama allows students applying for the Spring, Summer or Fall 2022 semesters the option to submit or not submit a test.

I have scores, should I send them?

Students may elect to send scores. Students who do not send scores will not be penalized as we will review all applications for admission under our holistic model.

Do you superscore test scores?

UA will super score for admission purposes. We will not superscore for automatic, merit-based scholarships. For competitive scholarships, the superscore is only considered as one of several factors within the scholarship application.

What is considered if you do not have a test score?

Holistic admissions at The University of Alabama includes both academic and non-academic criteria. Academic components considered include high school GPA, performance in core subjects, academic honors and standardized test scores, should a student elect to submit them. Non-academic items include leadership experience, volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, employment and non-academic honors. All students must complete the minimum unit requirements.

How long will you be test optional?

The University of Alabama will remain test optional for freshman entering Spring, Summer and Fall 2022 Semesters. All rising seniors can apply to UA beginning in July either with or without an ACT or SAT score.

Am I eligible for merit scholarships without a test score?

Students who are admitted without test scores can be eligible for merit awards. Later this summer, we will provide detailed guidance on scholarships.

I’m applying as a transfer student with less than 24 credit hours, so I still need to submit a score?

Transfer students who have completed fewer than 24 credit hours will have the choice to be considered test optional. If you have test scores, you are welcome to submit them. Applicants will not be penalized if test scores are not submitted.

Additional Testing Info

For students who wish to submit a score, please see additional information below.

  • The University of Alabama will accept from both the previous SAT and the redesigned SAT (any SAT taken on or after March 5th, 2016).
  • We will use the highest section score within the same test from any test date for admission. This scoring is only used for admission. Automatic merit scholarship consideration uses composite score only.
  • The optional writing section in the redesigned SAT will not be required for admissions or scholarship purposes.
  • The writing section of the ACT will no longer be required for admissions or scholarship purposes.

Test Scores and Scholarships

There are two ways in which students can be eligible for merit scholarships under our current test optional admission policy.

  • Automatic Merit Awards – to qualify for automatic merit awards, students will need to provide a test score and official transcript to be eligible for automatic awards.
  • Competitive Awards – students who elect to not send a score can be eligible for merit awards. Later this summer, we will provide detailed guidance on scholarships.

Admission Decisions

Students who apply to the University of Alabama may receive one of the following decisions.

  • Fall Admit – Regular admission to the University for the fall 2021 semester
  • Summer Admit – Regular admission for the summer 2021 semester
  • Spring Admit – Regular admission for the spring 2021 semester (very limited)
  • Edge Admit – Admission into our Crimson Edge Program
  • Pending – File under review. All pending decisions will receive a final decision by July 1.
  • Deny – Students who receive this decision are denied admission into the freshman class

Statement on Admission

The University of Alabama reserves the right to refuse admission or re-enrollment or to place conditions on admission or re-enrollment of applicants and former students who it determines represent a safety risk to University students, employees, and University property. Applicants have the right to appeal any such decision to the Undergraduate Admissions Advisory Committee within 7 business days of the date the notice was received.

Withholding information or giving false information may make you ineligible for admission to, or continuation at, the University. Therefore, by submitting this information, you certify that it is true, correct, and complete. Also, by submitting this application, you give permission for the University to obtain additional information from others pertinent to your record prior to attending the University.