Bama Bound is a 2 day orientation. You choose which Bama Bound session you want to go to. They start in May, the last session is shortly before school starts to accomodate kids who are coming from far away, and who couldn't come to an earlier session.
The honors Bama Bound sessions are usually in May and June. The other Bama Bound sessions are in June, July, and August. We liked attending an Honors session, so that our kids would meet other honors kids..
For honors kids who are coming from OOS, I think that (if you can), your child should try to attend an honors session.
There is a cost for Bama Bound. That cost includes the one night in the honors dorm. It also includes placement testing for math, English, and/or Foreign languages. If your child scored over a certain ACT in English or Math, then you don't have to take the English or Math placement tests.
The cost also includes various materials, lanyard, tote for stuff, don't remember what else.
Parents are welcome/encouraged to come, too. There is a smaller charge for parents. Parents can either pay to be in a dorm or pay at a hotel (the Five Points Sheraton Capstone, which is on the campus, is very nice.) I don't think both parents need to go, although both parents often do go. Usually one is plenty.
Bama Bound is a good experience. A mixture of info and fun. Sometimes your kid will be with you and sometimes not. There usually is a pool party for the kids at night. The parents are in the bar at the Sheraton at night...LOL
For an extra $25, a kid can stay 2 nights (my kids did this so that they could get there the night before and not be rushed in the morning.)
Parents can be good ice-breakers at such events. During the times that parents are with their students, it's often the parents that strike up conversations, and the kids end up meeting, too. For a shy kid this can be great. Of course, the kids also meet new friends during the "student only" events, in their dorm suite assignment, and the pool party.
I don't remember if meals are included. But, the parents have a nice luncheon, and I know that was free.
This is also the time that future students register for classes.. Students register for classes on Day 2 of Bama Bound.. Before Day 2 of each student's Bama Bound, there is a hold that prevents them from registering before that day. I think the hold is lifted sometime in the morning of Day 2.
Alabama carefully holds back spaces in the various freshmen classes and releases some for each Bama Bound orientation, so that there are class spaces available for kids who go to later Bama Bounds.
..but here's a hint...
Parents are usually not permitted to go with their students during registering time. But...
If your child figures out his schedule before going to Bama Bound (with a few 2nd choice options), and writes down the CRN numbers, then when it's time to register it can be done rather quickly. He just inputs the CRNs and presses enter. The other kids will be trying to put together a schedule and getting mixed up, but your child will be done.
Another hint...Unless your child is a NATURAL early riser (with bushy tail!!! LOL), don't have him sign up for 8:00am classes. I know that they just were in high school and may have had earlier classes or practices. But, that doesn't matter...college is different..
Most new freshmen are notorious for staying up late when they first go away to school. Maybe it's the newness, the excitement, or the distraction of living with new friends, but most stay up too late to be wide awake by 7 am to make it to a 8 am class. It can just be too tempting to skip an 8am class if the kid is too tired. Generally, a kid can get up in time for a 9:00 or 9:30 class ... LOL ... This problem usually goes away by sophomore or junior year. But, to be honest, my junior still has never taken an 8 am class and probably never will....
But, seriously, a student can get off on the wrong foot, if he might have trouble getting himself up for 8am classes.
Another hint...A student should check mybama the night before registering to make sure his choices are still available and make any changes on his list at that point. But, again, always have some alternative choices.
Notes about Freshmen registration for classes ...
A student has to have a couple of options in case some desired class fills up before he can register.
Once a student attends Bama Bound and has his schedule, he can change it as many times as he wants before classes start. So, even if a class is filled during your Bama Bound, wait until the 2nd day of other Bama Bounds, and check again. More freshmen class spaces will likely open.
For a first semester freshmen, it may be harder to snag a 200 level course because upper classmen have already registered. My DS1 wasn't able to get into a desired 200 level honors class (Arts and Parody) until his second year. The class is super popular. So is the Arts in Tuscaloosa class.
However...if you want a particular class and it's filled, check back often, especially late at night or early morning. Students are changing their schedules constantly. If one spot opens, snag it quickly!!
Also, if a class is filled that you really want/need, you can email the prof and ask for an override. You give your CWID number and the course name/time and CRN number. Often, the prof will give you one unless there is a set number of seats (like 40 seat auditorium).
Sometimes you can put yourself on the online waiting list, but I don't know the process for that. Anyone know???? If so, please describe in a post. Thanks.