What’s your first step in setting your world on fire? As you might expect, it’s actually becoming a Blazer — applying and being admitted to UAB.
Once you’ve applied to UAB and been accepted, there are two paths to joining the Honors College.
1. Invitation. Students admitted to UAB with a minimum ACT score of 28 or redesigned SAT score of 1310 (ERW+M) or 1260 on the former exam (CR+M), and a minimum 3.5 GPA, will receive an offer both by email and traditional mail to join the UAB Honors College. The invitation can also be found online in the MyHonors Portal. Be sure you visit www.uab.edu/myoffer to accept your invitation to join!
2.Application. Students who don’t meet the criteria to receive an invitation letter can still apply to be considered for admission. A committee will review the application materials (essay, résumé, and two letters of recommendation) on an individual basis and send notification when a decision is made.
Applications will open on October 1 for Fall 2017. Contact the Honors College to learn about applying for admission as a current UAB student.
Applying to a Specialized Program. Each of UAB’s specialized honors programs — GCL, STH, and UHP — requires a separate application following acceptance into the Honors College. To be considered, you first need to accept your offer from the Honors College. Then, submit an application to your specialized program(s) of choice no later than January 15 and schedule your program admission interview.
Incoming students must accept their UAB Honors College offer by May 1.
We’re just your average, multicolored, multilingual, science-loving, artistic, and high-functioning family.
— Ben McCafferty, Honors College
Visiting our campus — and meeting our students — is one of the best ways to see where you fit within the UAB Honors College. On your Gold Visit, you’ll get to tour UAB’s outstanding facilities, talk to professors in the Honors College, sit in on a seminar, check out the honors floors in the residence hall — get a taste of the whole UAB Honors experience. (We’ll even buy you lunch at the Commons on the Green.) Most importantly, your visit will be guided by one of our Honors student leaders — a friendly and knowledgeable current honors student who knows Honors College life from a student’s perspective and is ready to answer any questions you have.
Watch your email inbox for more information on Gold Visit opportunities.
Orientation and New Student Retreat
The Honors College holds events throughout the year to keep our students informed, entertained, and connected — to make sure you feel like you belong as much as we feel like you belong. At the very beginning, though, our goal is mostly to keep you from getting lost and/or lonely. Here’s how we do that.
UAB’s campus can be confusing, this is probably your first time at college, and you might not know anyone else in the Honors College. Relax. We’ve got you. Honors Orientation gets you ready to start life as a UAB honors student.
- Enjoy a special meet-and-greet dinner at honors orientation sessions for you and your family, courtesy of the Honors College.
- Meet other new students and current students who will be happy to help you get settled.
- Talk with your adviser to plan your personalized honors curriculum — and that all-important first-semester schedule.
- Register — early, so you can be sure to get the classes you want.
- Get an idea of the services available to make your move into the Honors College smooth, healthy, and successful.
New Student Retreat
Your honors education isn’t like anything else out there. Your fellow honors students? Also not like anything else. So your introduction to the UAB Honors College will be similarly singular: You’ll be exploring the campus and the city thoroughly, deeply, and together. The three-day New Student Retreat helps you to get to know your fellow honors students — and get to know yourself as an honors student.
To start the retreat, honors students move into the residence halls early (and at no extra charge — just one of the perks of Honors life) and get briefed on their first semester, and subsequent seven semesters, in the Honors College. They take part in fun activities on campus. They explore Birmingham, studying the “City as Text” and visiting culturally and historically significant sites. And they participate in service projects, giving their time and energy to local schools and nonprofits — because knowing the community means knowing the entire community, and knowing yourself means knowing where you fit in it all.