Since 1960, Freshman Forum has provided leadership education and training as well as civic engagement opportunities for students at the Capstone. Freshman Forum is centered on the values of leadership, scholarship, and service. Through Freshman Forum, freshman students build a network of peers, faculty, and staff across campus, gain an awareness of campus resources, and develop their personal leadership identity.

What is Freshman Forum?

Freshman Forum is a network of freshman students seeking personal and professional development through interactive discussion, leadership training, and civic engagement led by former members who strive to unlock participant’s unique potential.

 Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will formulate their personal leadership identity.
  • Students will design a foundational plan for their Capstone experience.
  • Students will build skills relevant to leadership work, including self-assessment, dialogue and listening, and critical thinking.
  • Students will expand their personal frame of reference to include different perspectives, values, and cultures.
  • Students will develop a network of peers, UA professional staff, and Tuscaloosa community members.
  • Students will be able to describe the importance of ethical leadership.
  • Students will be able to defend the importance of civic engagement.
  • Students will experience a successful transition to the Capstone.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2018-2019 Cohort are due September 5, 2018 at 5 p.m. More information about the Requirements are available on the Freshman Forum Application page.


For more information about Freshman Forum, contact First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives at or 205-348-8404.