New Student Orientation (Transfer & Nontraditional)

Intro


Congratulations on your acceptance! Now you’re a Blazer (kind of).

To really be a Blazer, you have to understand a Blazer, live like a Blazer, maybe even occasionally wear a blazer. All of that—except for the jacket—happens at Goin’ Green New Student Orientation. It’s your most important first step, and all of the programs and information are designed to connect you to us and prepare you for success. You’ll:
  • meet with faculty and academic advisors
  • register for classes
  • discuss academic expectations
  • discover resources designed to help you succeed
  • build a network of campus contacts
  • meet other students—current and new—and start building new friendships
  • get your UAB e-mail address, your ONE Card, and everything else that makes you one of us

Goin’ Green is required for all entering transfer and non-traditional students, so you should plan for it early. And remember that attending an earlier session will mean earlier registration, which means a better chance of getting the classes you want. The size of each session is limited so your advisor and other campus reps can work closely with you.

Dates


All entering transfer and non-traditional students are required to attend an orientation and registration session, and attendance at all portions of the session is required.

Students entering in Spring 2016 may make reservations in October for Goin’ Green New Student Orientation by clicking on the Reservations tab above.


Reservations


The Reservations site for students entering in Spring 2016 will open in October.

Our secure reservation website page lets you reserve your spot for orientation and pay your enrollment fee online with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Once you’ve made a reservation, a confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address you provided during the reservation process—be sure to print it out for your records. A final confirmation that includes your parking pass for your orientation session will be e-mailed to your UAB e-mail address 7 days before your session. If you prefer to make a reservation by mail, call (205) 975-7999 for instructions.

Transfer and Non-traditional New Student Orientation

Reservations may be made for Summer and Fall semester orientations beginning in mid-March while reservations may be made for Spring semester orientation beginning in early October. The nonrefundable fee for transfer and non-traditional student orientation is $40 for each student—this covers your meal, refreshments, program materials, and administrative services. If you choose to bring a parent or guest, there will be an additional $10 charge. When you make a reservation for orientation, you can pay by check or money order (if you’re making a reservation in person or by mail) or with a credit card (if you’re making a reservation online, which we think will be a lot easier for you).

If you are unable to make a reservation for orientation online, please contact the Office of New Student Orientation at (205) 975-7999 for instructions regarding mailed payments.

Schedule


Please note that ALL portions of orientation are required for students. Parent programming is optional.

The schedule for Spring semester orientation will be posted soon.


 

Directions/Accommodations


We want you to be able to make it to campus on time and find your designated parking area—we’ve provided directions, a campus map, a parking pass (e-mailed to you to print out and bring with you), and very important instructions for exactly where to park while you’re on campus. Be sure to check your UAB e-mail address seven days before your orientation session begins for last-minute instructions and to print off your parking pass.

If you need overnight accommodations, Birmingham has plenty of hotels close to campus—some offer a UAB discounted rate, some will allow you to use your loyalty or rewards cards, and some will do both. When you make your reservation, remember to ask for the UAB discount and any other special offers that may get you the best price.