Submit your official transcripts

If you did not submit official transcripts (transcripts directly from your other institutions) during the application process, please ensure that these have been submitted.

Electronic transcripts from each higher education institution you attended for 15 or more hours should be sent to grad.transcripts@ua.edu. If your institutions cannot send electronics transcripts, please request that they send paper transcripts to one of the following addresses: 

 

Regular mail: 

Graduate School, The University of Alabama
Box 870118
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0118

 

Express Mail or Courier: 

Graduate School, The University of Alabama
Suite 100 Rose Administration Building, 801 University Boulevard
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

 

Take care of international requirements

If you are an international student, review our Pre-arrival and Arrival Checklist for immunization and travel requirements.

 

Find graduate housing

UA Housing and Residential Communities has graduate student housing available at Bryce Lawn, located between Campus Drive and University Boulevard.

There are also several student-friendly apartment complexes in Tuscaloosa, many of which are walking distance to campus or located along Crimson Ride off-campus routes.

Learn more about off-campus housing on our UA Off-Campus Resources page. 

 

Temporary housing

The University of Alabama has a limited amount of temporary housing available at Highlands Apartments. These apartments are reserved for graduate students searching for permanent housing and available between July 8 and July 28, at a rate of $32/night.

Please complete the Reservation Request form to request temporary housing.

 

Learn your Campus Wide Identification Number (CWID)

Your CWID is your official UA identification; you will use it for a variety of purposes. We recommend you memorize it.

If you do not know your CWID, you may check it in myBama:

  1. Click the ‘Academics’ tab.
  2. Under Banner Self-Service, select the ‘Student Records’ folder.
  3. Click ‘View Student Information.’
  4. Your CWID will be in the top-right corner.

 

Learn how to stay connected

Familiarize yourself with myBama and Crimson email. These will be your primary networking tools at UA. If you need help, see OIT’s resources for navigating myBama or setting up Crimson email forwarding.

 

Set up DUO two-factor identification

DUO two-factor authentication adds a second layer of security to your myBama account. It requires two factors to verify identity. These factors include something you know (your username and password) and something you have (a phone or passcode) to authenticate and gain access to an account. 

DUO is required for all current UA students. It is required to access your myBama and digital ACT Card accounts. Visit OIT to get started. 

 

Get your UA ACT Card

Your UA Action Card (or ACT Card) is your official student ID. Use it for Bama Cash, Dining Dollars, building access and more. Here are a couple of useful links:

Note: If you intend to upload identifying documents (e.g. a driver’s license or ACT Card photo), you must register for DUO two-factor identification. Visit OIT for more information.

 

Register for classes

To enroll in classes, you must do the following:

  1. Log in to myBama.
  2. Select the ‘Academics’ tab on the right.
  3. Click the ‘Student Services’ folder from the Banner Self-Service directory (top-left).
  4. Open the ‘Registration’ folder, and select ‘Add or Drop Classes.’
  5. Select your enrollment term, choose your classes and submit your enrollment.

For in-depth resources, please consult the Registration Help page. It contains a complete set of instructions and a tutorial video.

Pro tip: You can check your hours and map your courses by logging into DegreeWorks, located in the center column of the ‘Academics’ tab.

If you need assistance selecting classes, please contact the Graduate Program Director in your department/college.

 

Get acquainted with the Graduate School

To prepare for your UA experience, register and attend UA’s Graduate Orientation and Welcome (GROW) event. The program complements your department orientation with a fuller view of the University as a whole.

Confirm your scholarship and financial aid package

If you receive a scholarship awarded by an agency outside The University of Alabama, the organization needs to contact Student Financial Aid and forward appropriate documentation as directed. 

 

Know how to get your funds

If applicable, you may set up direct deposit for surplus fellowships and scholarships processed through your student account (not payroll) using the following steps:

  1. Log in to myBama.
    If you are unable to log in, please contact the HR Service Center at 205-348-7732 or hrsvctr@ua.edu.
  2. Click the ‘Employee’ tab.
  3. Navigate to the Banner Self-Service section (top, left corner).
  4. Click ‘Employee Services.’
  5. Click ‘Pay Information.’
  6. Click ‘Direct Deposit.’

For more detailed instructions, consult the Banner Self-Service Direct Deposit guide.

If you have an assistantship, make sure your department provides you a Memorandum of Appointment listing your entitlements and obligations. If you have not received a memorandum, be sure to request one from your hiring department.

Also, be sure to complete your I-9 form. You may find it, and other required student worker payment forms, on the Forms & Paperwork section of the Student Jobs website. For more information, including a complete list of payroll guides and forms, visit the UA Payroll Services page.

Purchase a car or bicycle permit

Whether you plan to drive a vehicle or ride a bike on campus, you must purchase a parking or bicycle permit online or complete the form at the Transit Hub, located at 451 Campus Drive East.

First-semester graduate students may request a waiver in-person at the Transportation Services Office if their desired zone is no longer available online.

If you do not own a bicycle and wish to ride one around campus, then you may rent one from Outdoor Recreation. For quick transportation, Gotcha bikes are available around campus.

Pro tip: You may find the parking and bicycle permit portal on myBama under the ‘Currently on myBama’ section of the ‘Home’ tab.

For more information about transportation, including Crimson Ride and Fleet Services, visit Transportation Services.

Submit immunization and test verification to the Student Health Center

The Student Health Center requires proof of your immunization record against diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and TB; this information is required for all students before the beginning of classes. If you do not have these records verified, you will be dropped from your classes.

Visit the Student Health Center immunizations page for more information.

 

Purchase health insurance

Students who wish to purchase the UA student health insurance plan and/or add spouse or family coverage must register and pay the associated premiums through the United Healthcare/UA website.

Domestic students with a graduate assistantship: For most students supported on an assistant or fellowship the University will pay for the single-coverage premium for the university-sponsored student health insurance plan unless you have alternative insurance and decline the University’s plan. The payment amount is based on the FTE of your assistantship: 0.50 FTE will receive full benefit; 0.25 FTE will receive half. Those students with 0.25 FTE will be required to pay the balance of the premium cost through the Student Health Center; otherwise the benefit will be forgone. You must formally accept or decline the coverage through the Student Health Center. 

International students: International students with a graduate assistantship or fellowship will be automatically enrolled in the UA student health insurance plan and have a grant applied to their student account to offset the cost of the single coverage premium. You can be exempted from automatic enrollment in the UA health insurance plan (and provision of the associated grant) if you provide timely proof of adequate student health insurance that is approved by the University before the start of classes each semester. Contact the Health Insurance Specialist at the Student Health Center (205-348-4086) with questions.

Note: Forms must be completed before the registration enrollment period expiration date. Enrollment dates may be found on the Student Health Center website

Check in with your department

Attend your department’s orientation and International Student Orientation, if applicable. Contact your program for specific dates and times. 

 

Be GTA ready

If you are scheduled to begin working as a teaching assistant in the fall semester, we recommend you attend the August Workshop for New Graduate Teaching Assistants. Your Graduate Program Director should have already signed you up.

 

Get a head start on writing right

Attend one of the thesis/dissertation seminars presented each semester by the Graduate School dean’s office and visit The UA Writing Center to take advantage of their many resources, including:

  • Free, friendly, one-on-one writing consultations on papers, conference abstracts, proposals, literature reviews and dissertations
  • Writing tools and style guides
  • Writing workshops
  • Dissertation writers’ retreats

 

Develop your research expertise

Take advantage of UA’s world-class resources. Visit University Libraries in-person or online for help with:

  • Research tools (citation managers, research guides, Scout)
  • Using the library (workshops, interlibrary loan, computers, software and equipment)
  • Personalized assistance (research consultations, subject specialists, etc.)

UA’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) offers training classes for investigators whose research involves human participants and requires IRB certification to conduct research.

 

Fund your work with help from PIVOT

PIVOT is a valuable online tool, free to UA students, that helps find funding opportunities, grants, scholarships, fellowships and research collaborators. Set up your account to receive weekly updates on funding opportunities that meet your search criteria.

For a complete overview on PIVOT, check out the PIVOT Training Guide on the Research & Economic Development site.

 

Perfect your presentation skills

Need help with your public speaking skills? Schedule an appointment with The Speaking Studio – a free service, staffed with public speaking consultants who facilitate the recording and immediate feedback of individual or group presentations. Schedule a coaching session with one of their experts to hone your stage presence or overcome your public speaking anxiety.

 

Prepare for the job market

Want a jump-start on your new career? Contact the UA Career Center to learn about:

  • Career fairs
  • Handshake online recruiting
  • CV, resume and cover letter development
  • Interview skills
  • Job search strategies
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking skills and strategies

Arrange disability support

If applicable, contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) for information regarding services for students with disabilities. 

 

Investigate family resources

If you are a student who has a child, sign up for the Graduate Parent Support (GPS) program to learn more about family resources, and family events.

 

Join International Spouse Group

The International Spouse Group is designed to bring together the spouses of international students, faculty, staff and scholars for activities and interaction. Their goal is to offer an opportunity for spouses who have come to Tuscaloosa with an international student, faculty, staff or scholar to connect with others, learn from each other and share unique knowledge and experiences.

This group is open for the wives or husbands of international students, faculty and staff, as well as American spouses who are interested in making international friendships.

 

Join the Tide Together Mentoring Program

The Tide Together Mentoring Program helps traditionally underrepresented students in graduate programs reach personal and professional success as they navigate the higher education journey. This program is unique in that they primarily serve first-generation students, women in STEM fields and racial and ethnic minorities.