Admission Requirements for Freshman Students

The University of Alabama employs a competitive admission process that includes reviewing and evaluating each application on an individual basis for an applicant’s abilities as a student and a scholar. Decisions about the potential for your academic success at UA are based on your high-school grade point average, high-school course schedule, and performance on the ACT and/or SAT should students wish to submit a score. We are looking for students who show a commitment to academics and who welcome the robust exchange of ideas that occurs within a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Typically, the number of applications received exceeds the number of spaces available in the freshman class.

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 Scores and Admission

Because of limited testing opportunities throughout the United States, the University of Alabama will not require standardized ACT or SAT scores from students applying for the Spring, Summer or Fall 2021 semesters. Submission of a test will not create an inherent disadvantage against those who elect not to submit a score nor will it be an advantage to students who do submit a score.

Conditional Admission

For those who were conditionally admitted, your file will be reviewed under our test optional policy. Students should expect to see an updated admission no later than October 15.

Test Score FAQ

Are you test optional?

Yes, the University of Alabama allows students applying for the spring, summer or fall 2021 semester the option to submit or not submit a test

I have scores, should I send them?

UA encourages students to submit available ACT and/or SAT scores to provide additional support to their application. Submission of scores will not be an advantage or disadvantage to an applicant.

Do you superscore test scores?

UA will super score for admission purposes. For scholarships, the superscore is only considered as one of several factors within the competitive awarding process which includes a full submission of the competitive scholarship application.

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

UA reviews additional academic materials including your core GPA, cumulative GPA, strength of curriculum, and whether minimum application requirements are met.

How long will you be test optional?

Currently, we will not require a test score for students applying for spring, summer or fall of 2021.

Am I eligible for merit scholarships without a test score?

Yes, students who are admitted without a test score can be eligible for merit awards. Students must complete the competitive scholarship application to be qualified for awarding in absence of a test score. Students without a test score will be reviewed for scholarships on the basis of their completed application and their core GPA. More information can be found here.

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

Yes, those students who are transferring in with less than 24 credit hours will need to submit their high school grades and standardized test score.

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 Academic Awards – students who elect to not send a score can be eligible for merit awards but must complete a competitive scholarship application and send an official transcript.

As a reminder, ALL students are strongly encouraged to fill out the scholarship application as this application qualifies you for additional scholarship dollars on top of either automatic merit or test optional.

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.