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The First Impact Program, established in 2019, is designed to provide leadership opportunities for new freshmen and new transfer students. Students selected for this program will build peer relationships, learn about campus resources and involvement opportunities, explore strength-based leadership and emotional intelligence, and build a network of peers. First Impact members are divided into groups and assigned an upperclassman mentor. Mentors are selected from the previous year’s First Impact cohort. First Impact meets twice per month during the academic year. Meetings are hosted on Tuesday nights at 5:00 p.m. Participants are required to attend meetings and workshops; for a full list of meeting times, please refer to the list below.

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Learning & Programmatic Outcomes

As a result of serving as a First Impact member within the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership, students will be able to:

  1. Build and maintain collaborative relationships.
  2. Develop an action plan that supports involvement while prioritizing wellness.
  3. Identify and apply personal strengths and emotional intelligence to achieve involvement goals.


Minimum Requirements for Freshman Applicants:

  • 2.75 high school GPA required
  • Must be a first-time freshman at UAB
  • Must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) for the entire academic year

Minimum Requirement for New Transfer Applicants:

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA required
  • Must be a new transfer student at UAB
  • Must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) for the entire academic year


First Impact


Selection Timeline

Applications Open Monday, August 14
Applications Close Thursday, August 31 at 11:59pm
Interview Signups Open (emailed to applicants) Friday, September 8
Interviews September 11 - 15
New Members Announced Tuesday, September 19


First Impact Program Schedule

Date/Time Event/Activity
Tuesday, September 26 | 5pm Workshop #1
Tuesday, October 10 | 5pm Mentor-Team Meeting
Tuesday, October 24 | 5pm Workshop #2
Tuesday, November 14 | 5pm Mentor-Team Meeting
Tuesday, November 28 | 5pm Workshop #3
Tuesday, January 16 | 5pm Mentor-Team Meeting
Tuesday, January 30 | 5pm Workshop #4
Tuesday, February 13 | 5pm Mentor-Team Meeting
Tuesday, February 27 | 5pm Workshop #5
Tuesday, March 26 | 5pm Mentor-Team Meeting
(No workshop in March due to Spring Break)
Tuesday, April 9 | 5pm Final Workshop