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Before Orientation

  • Take The Math & English Placement Assessments
    • You are required to take the Math & English placement assessments if you have not earned college-level credit for either course.
    • If you do not complete the placement assessment at least two weeks prior to your orientation date, you may not be able to register for the appropriate course during orientation.
      • Please note that if you do not complete the math placement assessment and are placed in remedial math, it may affect your registration for science courses and timely completion of any science-dependent major will be delayed/impacted.
    • For exceptions, deadlines, and instructions, please visit uab.edu/placement.
  • Complete Canvas Orientation Modules
    • You must complete all orientation modules in Canvas no later than noon central time the day before your orientation begins in order to register for classes
    • Visit the Canvas website to access Canvas. Contact Orientation with any questions or issues.
  • VMASC Freshman Registration Survey
    • Survey link is emailed approximately one week ahead of orientation.
    • Responses sent to your VMASC Academic Advisor.

During Orientation

After Orientation


  • Why is my major listed as undeclared?
    • Students who are admitted to UAB without a specific major interested are listed as "undeclared." However, do not worry! We will work with you to make sure that you take classes that count for a wide variety of majors, and we will assist you in exploring majors that may be a good fit.
    • Sometimes, students may be pursuing admission to specific programs (such as nursing, biomedical sciences, healthcare management, or engineering), but they haven't quite met the program's academic requirements. When this happens, the student will be listed as undeclared with an interest in a certain program.
      • Although they are still technically "undeclared," we work with students to help them meet the eligibility requirements for their program of interest until they are eligible to declare their major.
    • Read more about changing majors by visiting the UAB Admissions Orientation FAQ.
  • What is the importance of taking a First-Year Experience (FYE) course, such as UASC 101?
    • First-Year Experience courses offer students the opportunity to learn about UAB and the resources we have to offer, which aids in a smooth transition to college.
    • UASC 101 is specifically designed for undeclared students and aims to help them explore major and career interests that may be a good fit.
    • Furthermore, First-Year Experience is a graduation requirement for all UAB undergraduate students. First-time freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 24 credit hours of college coursework are required to take a firstyear experience course before graduating.
  • When should I contact my academic advisor?
    • Your academic advisor will reach out to you approximately one week prior to orientation.
    • If you have questions before then, please reach out to the Orientation office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the Admissions office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
    • Once you have received an email from your advisor or spoken to them at orientation, you should plan to meet with your advisor once a semester to discuss courses for the upcoming term, as well as your academic progress and goals.
    • Your advisor will also reach out periodically with updates, announcements, and reminders.
  • I transferred to UAB from another university. How can I know what credits I have already earned?
    • Make sure to request your official transcripts be sent to UAB from the institution you transferred from.
    • If you attended multiple colleges prior to UAB, you will need to request transcripts from all schools you attended.
    • To see how your classes will transfer to UAB, you can consult the transfer credit equivalency database.
  • Who can I contact for general questions before the first day of classes?
    • Contact One Stop Student Services. They can answer general questions or direct you to the correct office for more complicated questions.

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