How to Apply - Undergraduate Admission

Admission is required in order to enroll in coursework. The application steps vary, based on the type of admission you are seeking. If you have questions, contact the Bama By Distance Student Services office to speak with an Enrollment Counselor.

Formal Admission (Degree Seeking)

Follow the steps below to apply for admission as a degree seeking student. There is a $40 non-refundable application fee. Applicants are encouraged to speak with an Enrollment Counselor prior to application submission.

  1. Visit
  2. Click Online Application
  3. Click Begin Application
  4. Create a login ID
  5. Click Create a New Admissions Application
  6. Scroll down the application menu page and click on Distance Learning Programs
  7. Select Undergraduate Distance Learning Programs
  8. Click on the Create a New Application link to begin application
  9. Select the General Degree Application Type

It is very important that you select the correct Application Type. The application type selected determines what you will see as available majors. Most applicants will select General Degree, unless you are applying to one of the specific programs listed or as a non-degree seeking student. If you already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, you should select Post-graduate instead of General Degree

Non-Degree Seeking Admission

Applicants wishing to enroll in courses, but not earn a degree may apply as a non-degree seeking student. Students may take up to 12 credit hours under the non-degree status. Students must verify transferability of coursework with their home institution. Taking non-degree coursework will not make you admissible if you do not meet the minimum required transfer GPA requirements. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Non-degree applicants should follow steps 1-6 above. For application type, select Non-Degree Seeking.

Readmission (Previous UA Students)

Previous University of Alabama students must apply for readmission. You may access the application at Scroll down to the Applying For Readmission section to find the online application. There is a $15 non-refundable application fee.


Distance learning applicants must meet general admission requirements as outlined below. Some programs, specifically Food and Nutrition and Mechanical Engineering, may have additional program admission preferences. Please consult with an Enrollment Counselor before submitting an application to either of these programs.

General Admission Requirements: 

  • A minimum high school GPA of
      • 2.5 (graduation date must be at least four years prior to application date).
      • or if you graduated high school less than 4 years from the application date, you must have a 3.0 high school GPA.
  • No ACT/SAT scores are required if high school graduation was at least four years prior to the application date. If graduation was less than four years prior to the application date, you must submit official test scores. 
  • A 2.0 GPA on all college level coursework attempted. If you have attempted at least 24 credit hours of transferable college level coursework, you will not need to submit a high school transcript or ACT/SAT scores. Technical and military credit cannot be counted as transfer credit.
  • If you did not complete high school, but took the GED, the minimum acceptable GED score is a 510.

Transcript Submission

Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted. Failure to list all institutions attended on the admission application is grounds for administrative withdrawal of the admission application. Official transcripts should be sent to the addresses below. Electronic submission of transcripts is acceptable.

Official College Transcripts

University of Alabama Registrar
Box 870134
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Official High School Transcripts

University of Alabama
Undergraduate Admissions
Box 870132
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

International Admissions

International applicants must provide the following documents in addition to meeting minimum GPA admission requirements:

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score from agency or proof of degree completion in the U.S. or completion of English Composition (EN 101) with a grade of “C” or higher at a U.S. institution
  • Official transcript(s) and agency evaluation
  • If residing in the U.S., must provide VISA or permanent resident documentation

If residing outside of the U.S. and applying to a program that requires campus attendance, it will be the student’s responsibility to secure the appropriate VISA type to allow entrance into the states. The student will also be responsible for all expenses associated with travel to the states.

International applicants should contact:

Caitlin Kelley
International Admissions
(205) 348-7026 or (205) 348-9418