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The First Impact Program, established in 2019, is designed to provide leadership opportunities for new freshman and new transfer students. This program is sponsoredby the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership. Students selected for this program will build peer relationships, learn about campus resources and involvement opportunities, develop basic leadership skills, and be mentored by executive leaders of the 4 student organizations below.

Blazer Spirit Council
Good Games UAB
Leadership & Service Council

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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 to achieve involvement goals.

First Impact Member duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Attend required biweekly First Impact Program workshops and mentor meetings on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Attend one meeting and/or serve as a volunteer at one event per month hosted by the assigned organizations and participate in reflection activities.
  • Participate in teambuilding and volunteer activities with the group.

Minimum Requirements for Freshman Applicants:

  • 2.75 high school GPA required
  • Must be a first-time freshman at UAB in the 2022 calendar year
  • Must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) for the entire 2022-2023 academic year
  • Must submitan interest form andparticipate in the group interview process

Minimum Requirement for New Transfer Applicants:

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA required
  • Must be a new transfer student at UAB in the 2022 calendar year
  • Must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) for the entire 2022-2023 academic year
  • Must submit an interest form and participate in the group interview process


Selection Timeline

Interest Form opens on Engage May 20 at 8:00 a.m.
Interest Form closes August 24 at 11:59 p.m.
Interview Sign Ups Open August 26 by 12 p.m.
Interview Sign Ups Close August 29 or once slots are full
Candidate Interviews August 31 - September 1
Selections Announced September 2

First Impact Program Schedule

Date/Time Event/Activity
Tuesday, September 13 | 5pm Workshop #1
Tuesday, September 27 | 5pm Workshop #2
Tuesday, October 11 | 5pm Mentor Meetings
Tuesday, October 25 | 5pm Workshop #3
Tuesday, November 8 | 5pm Mentor Meetings
Tuesday, November 29 | 5pm Workshop #4
Tuesday, January 10 | 5pm Mentor Meetings
Tuesday, January 24 | 5pm Workshop #5
Tuesday, February 14 | 5pm Mentor Meetings
Tuesday, February 28 | 5pm Workshop #6
Tuesday, March 14 Spring Break
Tuesday, March 28 | 5pm Workshop #7
Tuesday, April 11 | 5pm Workshop #8

**Note: November and April dates do not fall on the 4th Tuesdays