Roll Tide! Roll Tide! Roll Tide!... Hard Words for this Georgia Girl!
Written By: Stacey Mell
Recently I had the opportunity to visit the University of Alabama. I knew UA was a large school, but I truly had no idea what to expect. The streets of Tuscaloosa, known as Ttown to the students, were lined with majestic, mansions, one after the other. The beautiful three story white mansion on the left was breathtaking. I thought to myself, this must be the president's mansion. It was. We ate breakfast there the following morning. This was not what I had expected, not at all.
My three day visit at UA provided me with a tremendous amount of new information. The mid range 50% for SAT is 24-27. UA offers incredible scholarships for students who are National Merit Finalists (see below for other merit scholarship options). Alabama has a top rated business school offering a variety of majors in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Business, Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Operations Management. The School of Business is open to students who complete the required 60 hours of core and earn a minimum 2.5 GPA. The School of Nursing is an excellent program of study at UA and admits about 240 students a year. A freshman who is a declared nursing major will be placed in the lower level nursing courses and will work to complete the 60 required core hours. An assessment and a 2.5 GPA are required for continued acceptance in the program. The nursing program is a required 9 semester program. The program offers practice situations with multiple nursing simulation mannequins. These mannequins can simulate a real birth that can be healthy or with problems and variety of other learning situations.
Alabama has a college that is called the New College. This is for students who want to major in a field that Alabama may not have a degree in. The students with their mentor advisor will create an academic path that will foster the growth and development of the student’s career interest. The student would graduate with a major in Interdisciplinary studies--fill in the blank with your desired area of study.
University of Alabama also offers has a College of Human Environmental Sciences. The majors housed in this college are Addiction and Recovery, Apparel Design, Athletic Training, Consumer Affairs, Early Childhood Education, Fashion Retailing, Family Financial Planning and Counseling, Food and Nutrition, Hospitality Management, Human Development of Family Studies, Interior Design, and Public Health. That is a list of so many possibilities. This was a wonderful visit to a school that has a lot to offer. Outside of Alabama, Georgia sends the most students to UA. I encourage you to give them a look...you just might like what you see...I know I did.
University of Alabama Out-of-State Merit Scholarships for 2019-2020
First time freshmen who meet the December 15 scholarship deadline, have a qualifying score on the ACT or SAT, and have at least a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA through the junior year will be eligible for the following merit-based scholarships:
Capstone: A student with a 27 ACT or 1260-1290 SAT score and a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA will be selected as a Capstone Scholar and will receive $24,000 over four years ($6,000 per year).
Collegiate: A student with a 28 ACT or 1300-1320 SAT score and a minimum GPA of 3.5 will be named a Collegiate Scholar and will receive $32,000 over four years ($8,000 per year).
Foundation in Excellence: A student with a 29 ACT or 1330-1350 SAT score and at least a 3.5 GPA will be named a Foundation in Excellence Scholar and will receive $60,000 over four years ($15,000 per year).
UA Scholar: A student with a 30-31 ACT or 1360-1410 SAT score and at least a 3.5 GPA, he or she will be named a UA Scholar and will receive $80,000 over four years ($20,000 per year).
Presidential: A student with a 32-36 ACT or 1420-1600 SAT score and at least a 3.5 GPA will be selected as a Presidential Scholar and will receive $104,000 over four years ($26,000 per year). Students graduating with remaining scholarship semester(s) may use these monies toward graduate school and/or law school study at UA.
Presidential Elite: A student with a 4.0 GPA and a 36 ACT or 1600 SAT will be selected as a Presidential Elite Scholar and will receive:
Value of tuition for up to four years for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate or law studies
One year of on-campus housing at regular room rate
$1,000 per year stipend for four years
$2,000 one-time allowance for use in summer research or international study (after completing one year of study at UA)
$2,000 book scholarship ($500 per year for four years)
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