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This Program Is For:
11th and 12th Grade High School Students

You're smart, why wait? Jump start your college degree now. With UAB Start, you can earn college credit while you finish high school. UAB’s online courses make it easier to fit college classwork into your schedule and busy life without having to attend classes on campus.


UAB Start is designed for high school juniors and seniors who want an academic challenge. Once accepted students will be allowed to take up to two courses on campus or online.

There are two options of how credit is earned:

  • Dual Enrollment: Students earn high school and college credit
  • Concurrent Enrollment: Students earn only college credit

While enrolled, students will have an opportunity to speak with UAB staff regarding their progress.


  • Must be in the 11th or 12th grade
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA
  • Must have a 20 on ACT
  • Must provide a letter of support from your school counselor or principal
  • Must provide a letter of permission from your parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • Must submit a one page essay on "Why online classes are right for me." (Concurrent Only)


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Why Start College Early?

Here are just a few reasons why you (or your child) should consider taking college courses while still in high school

  • Make it easier to transition into a full schedule of college-level courses.

  • Graduate from college earlier.

  • Take courses on topics that you are interested in.

  • Earn dual credits that apply towards your high school and college degree.

  • Get one step closer to finding a career you'll love.

Sample Courses

Check out some of the online courses that UAB offers. Once enrolled in UAB Start, an advisor will help you choose your courses.

  • Bioethics
  • Chemical Problem Solving
  • Computer Music
  • English Composition 1
  • Intro to African American Studies
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personal Finance
  • Physical Science
  • Pre Calculus Algebra
  • Success in College

Frequently Asked Questions

Click the questions below to see the answers.

+ Am I eligible for UAB Start program?

If you are a high school junior or senior you can apply to the UAB Start program.

+ Are the admissions requirements for UAB Start the same as for regular admissions to UAB?

No. Here are the admissions requirements for UAB Start students:

  • Students need to have a 3.0 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Students need to have a 20 or higher on the ACT
  • Students need to get a recommendation letter from their counselor or principal
  • Students have to have a permission letter signed my parent or guardian

+ What’s the difference in dual and concurrent enrollment?

Dual enrollment means that students are earning high school and college credit at the same time. Concurrent enrollment means that students are only earning college credit.

+ Is there a deadline for applying for the UAB Start program?

Yes. Here are the deadlines:

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: April 15

+ Do I have to attend a UAB orientation session?

Students are required to complete an online orientation session before they can register for classes.

+ Do I have to apply to UAB?

Yes. Students have to apply to UAB for admission to participate in UAB Start.

+ How do I know what courses to take?

Once a student is admitted they will be contacted by an advisor who will go over classes with them.

+ Will I have an advisor?

Yes. Students will have access to an advisor.

+ I do not live in Alabama. Can I still participate in the UAB Start program?

Yes. There are a few program restrictions depending on which state that you live in (see the State Authorization page), but the vast majority of UAB's online courses can be taken in other states. If you are participating in the program to only earn college credit, you will be able to continue your degree at UAB following high school or can transfer the credits to a regionally-accredited college or university (individual colleges/universties have different policies when it comes to credits that are accepted from other institutions). If you would like to earn high school and college credit, you will need to check with your high school for any special requirements.

+ How can I get more information about the UAB Start Program

The best way to receive more information about the UAB Start program is to fill out and submit the interest form above. You can also contact Deidre Murray by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 205-975-2984.