Blazing Start Program

What is Blazing Start?

The Blazing Start program is a retention program aimed to provide students with the resources and support necessary to be successful in college. During the first year our goal is to help each student to build a foundation of academic excellence, encourage community and campus involvement, and develop an overall sense of accountability for their education.

The Blazing Start program operates out of the Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center.

What Can I Expect from the Blazing Start Program?

The Blazing Start program was designed with needs of first year students at its core. As a participant of the program you can expect to:
  • Enroll in appropriate courses instructed through the Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center
  • Attend six study hours in a week that will be monitored in the Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center
  • Have personalized attention through advising sessions with the Blazing Start Program Coordinator
  • Perform well academically through appropriate use of all Blazing Start and Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center resources.

Can I Apply for the Blazing Start Program?

Students can not apply directly to the Blazing Start program. Once you have completed your Undergraduate Application for Admission, we will review your academic record and make our decision based on the information provided.

What Are My Next Steps After I am Admitted to the Blazing Start Program?

Once you are offered admission to the Blazing Start program, you must accept your offer of admission by June 15. You also must agree to the Blazing Start terms of agreement. To complete these steps, please log into your MyUAB page to inform us of your decision.


If you have any additional questions, or would like to learn more about the Blazing Start program please contact Andrea Bennett at 205-975-4885 or

If you have additional questions or need more information regarding your admission, please contact the UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions.