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 performance on the ACT and/or SAT, your high-school grade point average, and your high-school course schedule. (For example: A student with a 21 ACT or 1000 old SAT [critical reading and math scores only] or a 1080 new SAT [evidence-based reading and writing plus math, 1600 scale] along with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 should be successful at the University.)

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.

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
  • 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.)

Students who exceed the minimum number of units in math, natural sciences, or foreign language will be given additional consideration.

The Advanced Academic Diploma awarded by Alabama high schools meets all University of Alabama course requirements.