How to Apply - Undergraduate Admission

Admission is required in order to enroll in courses. Application steps vary based on the type of admission you are seeking.

Formal Admission (Degree Seeking)

Thank you for your interest in Bama By Distance. Follow the steps below to apply for admission as a degree seeking student. There is a $40 non-refundable application fee. Applicants with questions are encouraged to speak with an Admissions Counselor prior to submitting an application.

Bama By Distance students follow the same steps for admission as on-campus students. It is very important that you select the correct Application Type. The application type selected determines what you will see as available majors.

  1. Visit
  2. Click Online Application
  3. Click Begin Application
  4. Create a New Account
  5. Click Create New Application
  6. Select Online
  7. Select Bachelors Level and Submit
  8. Click on the Create a New Application link to begin application
  9. Fill Out the Name and Citizenship sections
  10. In the Application Type section, select your Degree Application Type (see application type descriptions below)

Within 48 hours of your application submission, you should receive an email with your Campus Wide Identification (CWID) number. It is important that you keep this number somewhere safe and refer to your CWID number in future interactions regarding university business. 

First Time Freshmen Admission

Students completing a high school diploma and have not attended a college other than during high school or the summer immediately following high school graduation should select the First Time Freshmen application type. 

Transfer Student Admission

Students seeking to transfer to UA from other colleges should select the Transfer Student application type. 

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 the Post-graduate (Degree-seeking) application type.

Non-Degree Seeking Admission

Students wishing to enroll in UA online courses only and not pursue a degree may apply as a non-degree seeking student. Under the non-degree status, students may take up to 12 credit hours. Students should select the Non-Degree Taking Undergraduate Coursework application type. Completing courses as a non-degree seeking student will not make you admissible if you do not meet the required minimum transfer GPA requirements. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

New College LifeTrack

Students seeking to complete requirements towards an Interdisciplinary major for Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees should select the New College LifeTrack application type. The New College LifeTrack program requires additional admission criteria, click here to learn more.

UA Early College

Students seeking to enroll in UA courses online or on campus while still in high school should select the UA Early College application type. This program requires additional admission criteria, click here to learn more about applying to this program.

Readmission (Previous UA Students)

Previous on-campus and distance learning UA students must apply for readmission. To be readmitted to your previous degree program, follow the steps for Applying for Readmission. After readmission, you may request a change of major if needed. There is a $15 non-refundable readmission application fee.

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 Student Services at 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 a 510.
  • 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 or GED 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 will have earned fewer than 24 semester 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.

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 and must be submitted to

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 US to complete your program, please submit a copy of your US immigration status documents you currently hold (such as US 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 US and intend to complete your program from outside of the US, UA requires a statement detailing your residency and this can be emailed to
  • 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 a course-by-course evaluation with GPA calculation provided. For a list of approved agencies, please visit
    • 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 has 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 or (205) 348-7026.