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    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. 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.)

    Test Scores and Admission

    Standardized test scores are a part of the application review process at The University of Alabama. We ask that students provide either an SAT or an ACT score. We require a test score for all admitted students by May 1, 2021.

    Applying without Test Scores
    Because of the current uncertainty around testing availability due to COVID-19, we realize that some students may not have taken any test at the time they wish to apply and will need to test later in the fall or early spring. Therefore, students who do not have any test score on file at the time of application can apply and be considered for conditional admission. Below are the parameters for admission for students who apply without a test score.

    • Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above who do not have at least one test score are granted conditional regular admission.

    • Students between 2.0-2.99 who do not have at least one test score are granted conditional admission into Crimson Edge.

    • All students conditionally admitted without a test score must submit a test score no later than May 1.

    • Students can use a residual ACT test taken at The University of Alabama’s campus to satisfy this requirement.

    • Once a test score is received, the office of admission will re-evaluate a student’s application in light of that test score which will result in the following actions

      • Regular Admission

      • Crimson Edge Admission

      • Denied Admission 

    Due to the evolving nature of testing availability nationwide, The University of Alabama will continue to monitor students’ ability to test, which may result in additional modifications to our use of standardized test scores within admission. Please check this page regularly.

    Additional Testing Information

    • 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 scores 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
    A standardized test score is required for The University of Alabama’s automatic merit awards. Because of the current uncertainty around testing availability, we are monitoring student’s ability to test nationwide. Students who are unable to test before our last score accepted date (February 2021) and who do not have a previous test score on file are strongly encouraged to fill out a scholarship application. By having the scholarship application on file, this will allow our scholarships office to consider students for aid who were unable to test before our February deadline. Awards are considered based on a student’s cumulative GPA and the contents of their scholarship application.
    As a reminder, all students are strongly encouraged to fill out the scholarship application even if they have test scores on file.

    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

    • Spring Admit – Regular admission to 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.