Ignite UA is a community-building program specifically designed for first-year students as they continue to transition to life at The University of Alabama. Ignite UA provides a space for first-year students (freshman and transfer) to build connections with peers, develop their own identity and an appreciation of difference in others, gain knowledge about UA opportunities and resources, and network with faculty and staff. Through Ignite UA, students gain tangible skills for success as a first-year student and a community of peers and staff at UA. Participants do not need previous experience to join, only a commitment to allow Ignite UA to be the spark to ignite your life and experience at UA!

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop interpersonal skills to build relationships effectively.
  • Students will formulate a network of peers, faculty, and staff at UA.
  • Students will identify campus resources and involvement opportunities that contribute to their academic and social goals.
  • Students will formulate a plan of action for their UA career.
  • Students will develop skills essential to their success as a first-year student and throughout their collegiate career.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion at UA as outlined in the Capstone Creed.
  • Students will demonstrate confidence and a sense of belonging at UA.

Program Dates

Ignite UA  will meet on Tuesdays in the spring semester. Below you will find the required program dates and times for participation in Ignite UA. Please review these before applying to the program.

2020 Sessions

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 (3:30 – 5 p.m.)
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (3:30 – 5 p.m.)
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (3:30 – 5 p.m.)
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (3:30 – 5 p.m.)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (3:30 – 5 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (3:30 – 5 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (3:30 – 5 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (3:30 – 5 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (6 – 7:30 p.m.)

Apply for Ignite UA

2020 Ignite UA Application

For more information about Ignite UA, contact First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives at fye@ua.edu or 205-348-8404.