How to Apply

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Avoid Processing Delays! Select Bachelor’s Level and Online on the first page of questions.
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Duration of Application: 30-45 minutes. Have your academic records nearby for reference.
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There is a nonrefundable application fee of $40 for the application.
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Within 48 hours of application submission, you will receive an email with your Campus Wide Identification Number (CWID). Save this number for future reference.

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Bama By Distance Admission Requirements

Bama By Distance applicants must meet general admission requirements as outlined below. Some programs — specifically Food and Nutrition, Mechanical Engineering, New College LifeTrack and UA Early College — have additional admission criteria. Please contact Bama By Distance at uadistance@ua.edu before submitting an application to any of these programs.

General Admission Requirements

  • If you did not complete high school, but took the GED, the minimum acceptable GED score is 510.
  • If you completed high school more than four years before your application date, you must have had a 2.5 high school GPA.
  • If you completed high school less than four years before your application date, you must have had a 3.0 high school GPA.
  • No ACT/SAT scores are required if high school graduation or GED was more than four years before your application date. If graduation was less than four years before your application date, you must submit official test scores.
  • You must have a 2.0 GPA on any college-level coursework attempted. If you will have earned fewer than 24 credit hours (36 quarter hours) at the time of your application to the University, have your high school transcript and ACT or SAT score(s) sent to The University of Alabama. Technical and military credit cannot be counted as transfer credit.

Application Type

On the second page of the application, you will select one of the following application types. If you have questions about which application type is appropriate for you, please contact an admissions counselor.

Freshmen Admission

Students who have earned a high school diploma and have not earned college credit other than during high school or the summer immediately following high school graduation should select First Time Freshmen under Application Type.

Transfer Student Admission

Students seeking to transfer to UA from other colleges should select Transfer Student under Application Type.

Readmission (Previous UA Students)

If you have previously attended The University of Alabama, you must apply for readmission (follow the link and scroll down to the Applying for Readmission section for details). On the undergraduate application, on the first page of questions, be sure to answer “Yes” when asked if you have ever enrolled in classes as a degree-seeking student at UA. There is a nonrefundable $15 readmission application fee.

Post-Graduate Admission

Students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and wish to pursue a second bachelor’s degree should select Post-Graduate (Degree Seeking) under Application Type.

Non-Degree-Seeking Admission

If you are interested in enrolling in undergraduate courses without earning a degree, you may apply as a non-degree-seeking student. Under this status, you may take up to 12 credit hours. You must select the Non-Degree Taking Undergraduate Coursework application type instead of Bachelor’s when filling out the first page of the application and on the second page of the application under Application Type. Taking non-degree coursework will not make you admissible to the degree program if you do not meet the minimum admission requirements. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

New College LifeTrack

Students seeking to complete requirements toward an interdisciplinary major for bachelor’s degrees should select New College LifeTrack on the second page of questions in the application, under Application Type. The New College LifeTrack program requires additional admission criteria. Visit the How to Apply section of our New College LifeTrack website to learn more.

UA Early College

Students seeking to enroll in UA courses online or on campus while still in high school should select UA Early College on the second page of questions in the application, under Application Type. This program requires additional admission criteria. Visit the Steps to Take section of our UA Early College website to learn more.

Within 48 hours of submission, you should receive an email with your Campus Wide Identification Number (CWID). It is important that you remember this number. It is your campus ID and will be required in future university business and academic interactions.

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 application. Official transcripts should be sent to the addresses below. Electronic submission of transcripts is acceptable and must be submitted to registrar@ua.edu.

Official College Transcripts

The University of Alabama
Office of the University Registrar
Box 870134
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Official High School Transcripts

The University of Alabama
Undergraduate Admissions
Box 870132
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

International Admissions

After applying online, international applicants must submit the following documents in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • A copy of your passport photo page submitted directly to International Admissions.
  • Proof of eligibility to study distance courses. In order to do this, please submit one of the following:
    • If you will be residing in the U.S. to complete your program, please submit a copy of the U.S. immigration status documents you currently hold (such as U.S. Permanent Resident Card or a non-student visa). Once you have applied, documents can be submitted directly to International Admissions.
    • If you are residing out of the U.S. and intend to complete your program from outside of the U.S., UA requires a statement detailing your residency and this can be emailed to admissions@ua.edu.
  • Proof of English Proficiency to be admitted into academic courses.
  • Degree-seeking students must also provide complete, translated and evaluated transcripts for all schools previously attended.
    • The University of Alabama requires that all international curriculum transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation agency and receive a course-by-course evaluation with GPA calculation provided. For a list of approved agencies, please visit the NACES website.
    • If a transfer student has completed more than 24 credit hours at a university, UA requires submission of transcripts. If less than 24 credit hours have been completed, UA also requires high school transcripts for your last three years of school.

For information about international admission procedures, please contact International Admissions at international.admissions@ua.edu or (205) 348-7026.

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Bama By Distance admission counselors are ready to guide you through this process. Reach out to them today for help!

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Avoid Processing Delays! Select Graduate Application – Distance Learning as the application type.
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Duration of Application: 30 minutes. Have your academic records nearby for reference.
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Nonrefundable application fees are $65 for domestic and $80 for international applications.
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Remember your login information so that you may check your application status later.
Within 48 hours of application submission, you will receive an email with your Campus Wide Identification Number (CWID). Save this number for future reference.

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More Information About the Application Process

Non-Degree-Seeking Admission

If you are interested in enrolling in graduate-level courses without earning a degree, you may apply as a non-degree-seeking student. Under this status, you may take up to 12 credit hours. All non-degree applications must be approved by the academic department, and taking non-degree coursework will not make you admissible to the degree program if you do not meet the minimum admission requirements. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Readmission (Previous UA Students)

If you have previously attended The University of Alabama, you must apply for readmission. Review the steps from the Graduate Catalog (scroll down to the Readmission section for details).

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

To review financial aid information, please visit the Financial Aid section of our website.

Scholarships are also available to distance students. You may apply for some scholarships available through the University as well as scholarships reserved only for distance learning students.

Still have questions?

Bama By Distance admission counselors are ready to guide you through this process. Reach out to them today for help!