The Office of Student Retention Programs coordinates activities designed to improve your chances of success at UAB. Whether you are a freshman, an upper level student or a student inquiring about VA educational benefits, our services can help you maximize your college experience. Programs coordinated by Student Retention Programs include the Minority Scholars Program, Student Success Seminars, and UAB-Veterans Affairs.

  • The Minority Scholars Program (MSP) provides special resources and services designed to help prepare you to further your education after graduation. MSP is a four year multifaceted program focused on academic excellence and social development. The undergraduate program components include faculty/staff and peer mentoring, leadership development, internship and research opportunities, honors program, tutorial program, and course survey program. After graduation, students are invited to join the Minority Scholars Alumni Chapter (MSAC). MSP takes students from the freshman year to graduation and beyond, which exemplifies the program’s motto: “Each one, reach one.”
  • The Student Success Seminars provides a variety of online topics like study skills, time management, taking tests, managing your finances, and learning from others. These online seminars are available seven days a week from any internet-linked computer.
  • UAB Veterans Affairs (UAB-VA) provides assistance to veterans and their dependents. Enrolled veterans and dependents that are eligible for educational benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs should apply online at the VA website, You may also pick up a paper application from UAB-VA in the Office of Student Retention Programs. After processing your application, the Regional VA office will contact you in reference to your eligibility to receive benefits. UAB-VA is responsible for verifying your enrollment and semester hours and forwarding the information to the Regional VA office. If you served in the United States armed forces, you may be eligible for academic credit depending on the length of service, military courses and service schools attended. To determine if you are eligible for academic credit, contact the Office of Academic Programs and Policies, Room 470, Hill University Center. For additional information about the Minority Scholars Program or UAB Veterans Affairs, contact the Office of Student Retention Programs, Room 524, Hill University Center, call 934-8804, or email or veteransaffairs@