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.)
The institution of Study: University of Alabama
Nationality Eligible: American students
Level of study: High school diploma
National Merit Steps:
- Take the PSAT
The PSAT may be taken as a sophomore or a junior depending on the high school you attend. Consult your high school guidance counselor for details about when the test is administered at your school.
- Semifinalists Announced
If you qualify as a National Merit Semifinalist, you will be notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in September of your senior year of high school.
- Finalists Announced
If you qualify as a National Merit Finalist, you will be notified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in February of your senior year of high school.
- Choose Alabama
National Merit Scholars designate The University of Alabama as your first choice with the National Merit Corporation by May 1st.
National Merit Finalist Package:
- Value of tuition for up to five years or 10 semesters for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate (or law) studies
- Four years of on-campus housing at regular room rate* (based on assignment by Housing and Residential Communities)
- $3,500 per year Merit Scholarship stipend for four years.**
- One-time allowance of $2,000 for use in summer research or international study (after completing one year of study at UA)
- $2,000 book scholarship ($500 per year for four years)
How to apply: Entering freshmen must submit the following in order to be admitted by December 15 of their senior year and considered for academic scholarships:
- Application for admission
- Official high school transcript*
- Official test score on either the ACT or SAT
Entering freshmen should apply for scholarships during the fall of their senior year in high school. You must be admitted in order to access the scholarship application. If you need help, please refer to the step-by-step instructions for completing the scholarship application.
You must be admitted by December 15 in order to complete the scholarship application. This means the national December ACT and national December SAT results are the last college entrance examination results accepted for students who wish to be considered for scholarships.
In order to be considered for any non-merit scholarships you are eligible for as an incoming freshman, a completed scholarship application must be submitted online. To complete the scholarship application, go to myBama, log in, click the Admissions/Scholarships link from the main menu, then select the Application for Scholarships link within the Scholarships section of the page.
Once a scholarship application has been submitted, changes cannot be made to the application online. All changes must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships using the contact form.
When a student submits the scholarship application, it is disseminated to the National Alumni Association and the college/school in which you will major (e.g., Arts and Sciences, Business, etc.) for scholarship consideration. Entering freshmen are not responsible for submitting numerous applications to different departments.
Deadline: Each Fall of senior year
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