Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the mailing address for the Graduate School?
Office of the Graduate School
102 Rose Administration
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Telephone: (205) 348-5921
How many students attend the University of Alabama?
In the Fall 2009, over 28,000 students attended The University of Alabama and the total graduate student enrollment was over 4,200. During the fall 2009 term, female graduate students comprised 59.84% of the graduate student population as compared to 40.16% of male graduate students on campus. Minority students make up approximately 12.43% of the graduate student population.
Can you give me information about Tuscaloosa?
Tuscaloosa is located in Tuscaloosa County situated in west central Alabama, about 57 miles southwest of Birmingham. Northport and Brookwood are other municipalities in the county. Tuscaloosa city is comprised of about 90,000 residents and its main industries include: health care, educational institutions, and manufacturing. The University of Alabama was founded in 1831 and was the first public university in the state. The University has ranked in the top 50 public universities in U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years. For more information about the City of Tuscaloosa, please visit the website at http://www.ci.tuscaloosa.al.us.
Does the Graduate School offer any off-campus or Internet classes?
Yes, distance courses and degrees are available through the Internet, written correspondence, videotape, and videoconferencing. Students interested in distance education may visit the Distance Education website at http://academicoutreach.ua.edu/. Students may also contact the Distance Education office at (205) 348-9278 or toll free at 1-800-452-5971.
What constitutes a full time student?
Graduate students are considered full time if they are enrolled in at least 9.0 (nine) credit hours for the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.
What type of financial support does the University offer graduate students?
The University assists graduate students through fellowships and assistantships totaling more than $21 million each year. Over 1,200 Teaching and Research Assistantships are awarded annually through departments. Graduate Council Fellowships are awarded annually by the Graduate School to students based on departmental nominations. The Graduate Student Travel and Research Support Fund and the National Alumni Association Graduate Scholarships are available to all graduate students. The Joint Faculty Development Programs are awarded to students from minority groups who are planning careers in college or university teaching. More information can be found at http://graduate.ua.edu/financial/handbook/
Where can I get information regarding financial aid?
Financial aid information for graduate students is available online at http://graduate.ua.edu/financial/ . The Financial Assistance Handbook is also available in the Office of the Graduate School. You may also visit the Financial Aid Office located at 106 Student Services Center, online at http://www.financialaid.ua.edu For more information, please contact your academic department.
How do I Apply?
The Graduate School understands that applying to a graduate program can be overwhelming. For this reason, we want you to know that applying to the University of Alabama does not have to be a stressful task. Our application is simple, yet precise, and can conveniently be completed online. You will find all pertinent information on the UA Graduate Schoolís Application Center website at http://graduate.ua.edu/application/.
What are some important deadlines to remember?
What materials are required to be considered for admission?
Action cannot be taken on an application until the following have been received:
Citizens or permanent residents of the United States:
What is an official transcript?
In order to be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School by the registrar of the issuing institution. Transcripts issued to students, must be in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution.
What is the current status of my application?
You may check your
application status online through the UA website
When can I expect to be notified of an official decision?
After we receive all application materials, please allow 2-4 weeks for your official letter from the Dean of the Graduate School. Some academic departments require more time.
How can I contact my department?
You can access your departmental website by going to specific links to departments available at: http://graduate.ua.edu/academics/
Am I required to submit scores from national admissions tests such as the GRE, GMAT, or MAT?
Please consult your academic department for any entrance exam requirements. In order to schedule an entrance exam at the University of Alabama or at a location nearest you, please contact the Testing Service (205) 348-6760. UA Testing Services website is: http://testing.ua.edu/
What is the application deadline?
Visit the page http://graduate.ua.edu/application/appdeadlines.html for chart of application deadlines. Applications should be submitted as early as possible to allow for review. Many departments have early deadlines, and all materials should be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance of department deadlines. Please contact the office of the department or program in which you plan to major for specific application deadlines.
How are admission documents mailed?
Where can I get information about housing?
The University provides an excellent residence program that supports graduate students. Please visit Residential Life online http://www.sa.ua.edu/reslife or call (205) 348-6676.
There are two free apartment guides for the Tuscaloosa area: Tuscaloosa Apartment Guide and Apartment Finder. Students can reach the Tuscaloosa Apartment Guide
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