Freshman Forum serves as your opportunity to start your leadership journey at The University of Alabama. Whether this is your first experience with leadership development or you have explored multiple leadership opportunities, Freshman Forum inspires you to unleash the leader within to make a unique and positive impact in the world while developing leadership skills. Participants learn through interactive discussion, leadership training, and civic engagement.

About Freshman Forum

Apply for Freshman Forum

Freshman Forum Application

Applications for Freshman Forum are due September 5, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

Important Dates

  • Application Available: June 1, 2022
  • Application Due: September 5, 2022
  • Interview Offers: September 9, 2022
  • Interviews: September 14, 2022
  • First Session: September 21, 2022


Before applying, please review the requirements of Freshman Forum members listed below:

  1. Attend all Sessions on Wednesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. from September 21, 2022 through March 8, 2022.
  2. Participate in the Civic Engagement Project including a fall semester service day and group planned project in spring semester.
  3. Complete each project and activity built into the curriculum.
  4. Contribute to dialogue during sessions.
  5. Engage in social and service opportunities.
  6. Participate in Out 2 Lunch.
  7. Design and present a Capstone Plan.
  8. Pay $40 in program fees.

Learning Outcomes

Freshman Forum participants will:

  • Formulate their personal leadership identity.
  • Design a foundational plan for their Capstone experience.
  • Build skills relevant to leadership work, including self-assessment, dialogue and listening, and critical thinking.
  • Expand their personal frame of reference to include different perspectives, values, and cultures.
  • Develop a network of peers, UA professional staff, and Tuscaloosa community members.
  • Be able to describe the importance of ethical leadership.
  • Be able to defend the importance of civic engagement.

Meet the Interns

Freshman Forum Small Groups are led by a team of Interns who are former participants in the program. Interns serve a primary role of facilitating Freshman Forum curriculum lessons as well as serving as a mentor to members of their small group to aid in preparing for the first year of college and future leadership journeys.