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Congratulations on your admission to the University of Alabama at Birmingham! You’re just a few steps away from becoming a Blazer. Complete this checklist, created especially for transfer and nontraditional students, to help make your transition smooth and simple.

Step 1. Activate BlazerID

You’ll need a BlazerID to make a reservation for orientation, register for classes, and do many other important things. Use your student number (found in your admission decision email) to set up your BlazerID and password. But choose carefully: Your BlazerID is permanent and will be part of your email address—and will stay that way even if you become a UAB employee one day.

The BlazerID and password take one hour to activate once you create them.

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Create your BlazerID

Step 2. Explore BlazerNET

BlazerNET is the official portal to the UAB community and the most reliable source of information for UAB students. It’s convenient, secure, and provides easy access to your UAB email, class schedule, financial aid status, transfer credits, Graduation Planning System (GPS), important announcements and more. Use your BlazerID and password to login.

Begin Exploring

Step 3. Make a Reservation for Orientation

Blazer Beginnings is a required rite of passage for all new Blazers. During the half-day event, you’ll register for classes, get your ONE Card (UAB ID), learn about support services, meet other new students, and do much more. Guests are invited to attend the concurrent Parent and Family Orientation.

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Reserve Your Spot

Step 4. Apply for or Accept Financial Aid

All it takes is just one form. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. Use Code 001052 to send your application to UAB.

Priority Deadlines

  • Summer/fall students: December 1
  • Spring students: Not applicable

If you receive financial aid award, accept or decline the offer at uab.edu/blazernet.

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Step 5. Apply for On-campus Housing

Living on campus is optional—but it’s a very convenient option. Residence halls are a short walk from the Commons on the Green dining hall, Hill Student Center, campus libraries, and classroom buildings. Space is limited, so submit your application soon.

Apply for Housing

Step 6. Take Math Placement Assessment

You must take this test if you have not completed a college-level math course (excluding remedial math and finite math) with a grade of C or better. Take note of the deadline: You must take it at least one week prior to your orientation session. Register by clicking “Math Placement Assessment” on BlazerNET.

Step 7. Submit Your Immunizations

You’re required to show proof of these immunizations:

  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
  • Tdap (tetanus and diphtheria)
  • meningococcal, and
  • varicella.

You must also be screened for tuberculosis, and School of Nursing and School of Health Professions students may need additional immunizations.

Before you get any new vaccinations, log in to the UAB Patient Portal and check your immunization requirements. Immunization records for Alabama residents that are already on file with the state registry are added automatically. If you’re an Alabama resident with questions about immunizations, contact a medical clearance associate through the Patient Portal.

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Step 8. Submit Health Insurance

If you’re a full-time student, then you must show proof of health insurance coverage. Don’t have private coverage? Then you’ll be enrolled automatically in UAB’s Student Health Insurance Plan. The premium will be added to your student account unless you submit a waiver indicating proof of personal insurance coverage.

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Step 9. Submit Your ONE Card Photo

Choose a photo of yourself for your ONE Card—your official student ID—and upload it at least 24 hours before the beginning of your orientation session. Be sure your photo follows the guidelines listed on the submission website. Pick up your new ONE Card at your orientation session.

Submit your photo

Step 10. Check Out Off-Campus Student Services

If you’re planning to live off campus, this department is ready to provide you with resources and support. Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) can assist you with finding housing, getting involved at UAB, and more. OCSS also hosts weekly events for students and houses the Off-Campus Student Council and Transfer Student Organization. Find OCSS in the Off-Campus Student Lounge in the Hill Student Center, Suite 140.

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Step 11. Accept Scholarship Offer

If you were offered a UAB merit-based academic scholarship, be sure to accept your offer as soon as possible—and no later than the deadline. Your scholarship offer will be cancelled if you fail to meet the deadline.

Deadlines

  • Summer/fall Students: May 1
  • Spring students: January 1

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Accept your scholarship

Contact Admissions

Do you have questions? Does your family have questions? The UAB Office of Undergraduate Admissions—or your admission counselor—is happy to answer them all.

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