Your first year at UA is a time of transition and often leads to a variety of questions. Below you will find the Frequently Asked Questions we receive in the First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives office. If you have other questions not found below, please contact us at fye@ua.edu or (205) 348-8404.

Before the First Year

I have been admitted to UA. What should I do now?

After admission, you will need to complete a variety of registrations to confirm your enrollment. Please refer to the Admitted Student Checklist for more information.

In addition to Bama Bound, are there other programs I can participate in to meet new students before the academic year?

Absolutely! We highly recommend Camp 1831 for all incoming first-year students. Camp 1831 is a 3-day program on-campus centered on the four main themes of leadership, service, adventure, and history & tradition. Check out fye.sa.ua.edu for more information.

Where will I live when I come to UA?

All freshman students are required to live on campus. You have the opportunity to select your residence hall during the housing sign-up period. Visit housing.sa.ua.edu for more information. Transfer students have the opportunity to live off campus. You can find recommendations and information about off-campus housing at offcampushousing.ua.edu.

Do I need to bring my car with me to campus?

This is a personal choice for all students. UA offers a variety of transportation options including the Crimson Ride, 348-RIDE, and shuttles to locations off campus that make life convenient to students who do not bring their car to campus. If you choose to bring your car, you will need to register for a parking pass in a designated zone from Transportation Services.

What is the difference between Dining Dollars and Bama Cash?

Dining Dollars are $325 per fall and spring semester applied to the Action Card Account of all undergraduate students enrolled in 9 or more hours. These funds are automatically billed and can be used at all Bama Dining locations plus a few local vendors. Bama Cash is an optional account with a prepaid deposit of funds that can be used to make purchases at over 100 on-campus and off-campus locations. You can find more information at actcard.ua.edu.

Academics During the First Year

How do you know what is the right major?

Choosing a major and/or minor is a personal choice for each student. If you are unsure of your major/minor choice, consult your academic advisor. If you would like information about exploring career options within a major, contact the Career Center.

Is free tutoring available?

Yes! The Center for Academic Success exists on campus to support you in your academic endeavors. Visit their website at cas.ua.edu for more information and view a schedule of tutoring options on the events calendar.

How many libraries are on campus? And, can I use all of the libraries regardless of my major?

There are 4 libraries on campus available to students. Although each library specializes in an area of study with materials available, students may utilize any of them for studying and resources. Learn more about each library at lib.ua.edu and visit them all to find the perfect match for you!

I don’t have a personal printer. Are there options for printing on campus?

No printer? No worries! UA offers a variety of printing services to students. You can visit any computer lab across campus and print documents in black and white for $0.05 and in color for $0.10. Additionally, you can visit Crimson Copies for a variety of printing needs.

How do I connect with my professor outside of class?

You may find your first large lecture course a bit intimidating. Even more, you are likely to find talking with your professor of that course to be out of your comfort zone. However, it is important for you to know that your professor wants to meet you and observe you succeed in their course. The easiest way to connect is by visiting your professor’s office hours – a designated time each week for you to meet individually with a professor. Another opportunity is to participate in a program called Out 2 Lunch where you can invite a faculty or staff member out to lunch at any Bama Dining location to learn more about them and research shows that you will also begin performing better in the classroom!

Student Life During the First Year

What are the Top 3 tidbits of advice for a successful first year?

  1. Meet your faculty members early in the semester. Check out the Out 2 Lunch program for an easy way to connect with faculty!
  2. Get involved with at least 1 organization! There are almost 600 to choose from on campus through thesource.ua.edu.
  3. Self-care must be a priority! UA offers a recreation center for fitness, health center with medical professionals on staff, a counseling center, and more to help you be your best self.

How does the campus transit system operate?

On campus, we offer several options for getting around campus – Crimson Ride, 348-RIDE, Shuttles, and Bama Bikes.
Crimson Ride – The Crimson Ride is the campus bus transportation system. With 9 bus routes, the Crimson Ride can help you get most places on campus! Use the transloc app to locate the bus you need and time estimates for the arrival.
348-RIDE – This transit service is available from 6 PM to 7 AM by calling (205) 348-7433.
ShuttlesDowntown Express, Sunday Shopping Center, Campus/Downtown Trolley, and Airport Shuttles are available for your convenience to travel around town.
Bama Bikes – Rent a bicycle for $10 per month from the Outdoor Recreation Center.

How do you find Off Campus Housing?

There are a variety of off-campus housing options to explore. Visit offcampushousing.ua.edu to learn more about available properties, identify Crimson Choice options, and find potential roommates.

Where can I find information about activities in Tuscaloosa?

A great resource for learning more about life in Tuscaloosa from students like you is the A-Book. This digital publication is available to you year-round to learn more about campus life and the City of Tuscaloosa. You can also check out visittuscaloosa.com for more events and information.

How can I get involved on campus?

Campus involvement is a crucial piece to your experience and success as a student at UA. There are numerous opportunities to get involved based on your interest and available time. Check out thesource.ua.edu for a complete listing of UA clubs and organizations. Also, visit fye.sa.ua.edu/programs to learn more about what FYE has to offer.