The University of Alabama in Huntsville is located in Huntsville, Alabama and is commonly known as UA Huntsville. This university is a part of the Alabama educational system and is an extension of the University of Alabama.
UA Huntsville was founded in 1950 and became part of the UA system in 1969. UA Huntsville offers over 67 programs of study where a prospective student can earn a degree of their choice. UA Huntsville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and because of their accreditation, UA Huntsville has the power to award bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees to its’ students.
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University of Alabama- Huntsville has a liberal student acceptance policy. Each application is evaluated on a case by case basis with final decisions on admittance determined by a students’ GPA grade point average (GPA) and their ACT or SAT score. The university also requires writing scores from the ACT and SAT from all incoming freshmen. Once the student decides to apply to UA Huntsville, they must have their test scores sent to the undergraduate admissions office along with their most recent high school transcripts.
UA Huntsville offers the choice of applying for admittance online, by US mail or in person. When applying for admissions, it is important for students to complete a scholarship application to be considered for any scholarships offered by UA-Huntsville. The university offers a number of scholarships, and all of the details with regard to qualifications and applications can be found on the UA Huntsville website.
Transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete the application for admission and the application for scholarships. All SAT and ACT scores must be sent to the schools’ office of undergraduate admission. All colleges or universities attended by the potential transfer student must send an official transcript to the office of the Registrar at UA Huntsville. The transcripts will then be evaluated and a determination will be made as to which courses, if any, will transfer into the student’s desired program.
Prospective international students are encouraged to start as early as possible arranging and completing paperwork for admissions. There are several documents that the student must have in place before an application can begin to be processed, which includes immigration and financial documents.
Students who wish to transfer from abroad to UA Huntsville must have their official transcripts sent to the university and translated to English. Also attached should be a detailed course description of the program of study so transfer credits can be applied. For additional information, international students are encouraged to visit the UA Huntsville website and contact the Office of Admissions with additional questions.
UA Huntsville has several ways for students to finance their education, including scholarships, grants, loans, veterans’ assistance and student employment. Grants, such as the Pell Grant, do not have to be paid back. Grants are typically available only to undergraduate students who have not earned any other degrees.
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is another form of financial aid that does not have to be paid back. This grant is for students who can demonstrate financial need, which is why the SEOG is made available to those students who have a very low expected family Ccontribution (EFC) as it relates to financing their education.
Each student is encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible to help cover the cost of their education. The application is free and can be obtained online at the FAFSA website. This option assists students in obtaining any federal student loans that are available. Students are required to pay federal student loans back. Each student who obtains a student loan will sign a promissory note. The promissory note is a legal and binding contract.
The University of Alabama- Huntsville offers on-campus housing for its students. Each residential hall has its own Resident Advisor (RA) that is capable of assisting students as they adjust to campus life, particularly freshmen and new transfer students. These advisors are knowledgeable about the university and are able to help make the transition from home to college much easier.
The Office of Student Affairs is an office dedicated to the welfare of UA-Huntsville students. One of the primary goals of the Office is to bring about universal collectiveness to all students regardless of their school or degree level, and to provide support to maximize each student’s college experience.
UA Huntsville encourages each student to get involved as being involved enhances the overall college experience by connecting the student to his or her passions and to other students as well. Currently, there are many educational, auxiliary and social organizations available at the university. There is something for everyone; from spiritual organizations, to cultural awareness, sports, and performing arts.
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The University of Alabama-Huntsville has a National Alumni Association with more than 30,000 active members nationwide. The alumni office is governed by a board who actively participates in the functioning of the school. The alumni office is very important to UA as it supports the school financially and is highly involved in the recruitment process of new students and private donors.
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As a part of UA Huntsville’s belief in academic achievement, the university offers an honors program. There are certain requirements for admittance into the program; however, each student is encouraged to apply. Upon successful completion of the student’s program of study, the student will receive an Honors Diploma.
UA Huntsville understands and respects family values. The faculty of the University understands that a students’ success is partly due to parental involvement. UA-Huntsville has established a unique open line of communication between students and parents. Parents are encouraged to sign up for the pen pal program where they are kept in the know and are always informed of campus happenings. Orientation for parents is offered along with a parent weekend. In addition, the University has established a Fund Program for Parents.
The parent orientation event is geared towards assisting parents in adjusting to the change of their child transitioning from home to college. Orientation allows parents to meet other parents, find out more about what their student will experience, and to have the AU-Huntsville experience overall. The family weekend offered by AU is a yearly event. The main purpose is to support the students and their family by welcoming them to a great beginning through celebration and by providing a host of fun filled activities.
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University of Alabama-Huntsville. University of Alabama-Huntsville Alumni Association. Web. 15 July 2011.
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