Applying to UA - Questions?

<p>I am currently applying to UA and i have a few questions about the application process…</p>

<ol>
<li><p>Would specifying my religion (Catholic) give me any dis/advantage for admittance?</p></li>
<li><p>Does setting my major as “undecided” lessen my chances of getting in?</p></li>
<li><p>If i submit my application today, how long do you think before i will get a response?</p></li>
</ol>

<p>thanks guys… first application ever and i am just a little confused!</p>

<p>suxess: I'm no expert but I'll try my best.</p>

<p>1) Religion has no impact on your admissions decision. UA is a public institution and cannot discriminate based on race, religion etc. There is a fairly substantial Catholic population in Tuscaloosa. I'm sure other parents will join in to tell you about the local Catholic parish.</p>

<p>2) A lot of incoming students are undecided. Again, I don't think it would impact your admissions decision at all. </p>

<p>3) Once you submit your application, get your test scores sent and have your HS send your transcript, you should hear back within a few weeks. The school can't make a decision until they have all three pieces in hand, so if you submit your application, but your scores & transcript don't get there until the end of September, that will hold things up.</p>

<p>UA makes its decisions based on GPA and test scores. And the earlier you apply the more lenient they generally are with borderline stats. Based on your stats, are you thinking you are qualified for any of the automatic scholarships?
Best of luck!</p>

<p>Well that's all good news! I'll send them my transcripts and SAT scores on monday. Is UA even looking at applications yet? or will I have to wait longer untill they start reviewing them?</p>

<p>& My GPA is 3.2
SAT: 1780
CR:550
M:540
W:690
I'm out of state, from Georgia.</p>

<p>I'm thinking that especially by applying early I should most likely get in, or is it more of a reach than I am thinking?</p>

<p>
[quote]
i haven't read other posts so i may be repeating but..
basically out-of-state to get into alabama all you have to do is be able to tie your shoe.

[/quote]
</p>

<p>Greetings, suxess. Remember when you posted the claim above? I think you're finding out now that it's a different ballgame out there.</p>

<p>My intent is not to bust your chops, but to welcome you to the wonderful Bama family on this forum, and to offer a little help. I took a peek at some of your other posts on CC and note that you have a 3.2 GPA and a 1780 SAT score (oops, looks like your post beat mine to the punch!). That's good news regarding your admission to UA. Here's a direct quote from UA Undergraduate Admissions:</p>

<p>"ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR FRESHMAN STUDENTS
The University of Alabama employs a competitive admission process that includes reviewing and evaluating each application on an individual basis for an applicant's abilities as a student and a scholar. Decisions about the potential for your academic success at UA are based on your performance on the ACT and/or SAT, your high-school grade point average, and your high-school course schedule. (For example: a student with a 21 ACT or 1000 SAT along with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 should be successful at the University.)"</p>

<p>So take heart and get that application in ASAP. Also, go to Apply</a> for Admission - Undergraduate Admissions - The University of Alabama for lots of useful info to guide you through the process.</p>

<p>Last, I noted that you've posted an interest in majoring "in something along the lines of Fashion merchandising/management and minor in journalism/writing." UA has a wonderful business school and journalism program. Declaring a major doesn't lock you into it, but perhaps for starters you might consider putting down business as an intended major on your application.</p>

<p>Again, welcome, and Roll Tide. Let us know if we can help in any other way. And yes, UA is not only looking at applications now, they are admitting students on a rolling basis.</p>

<p>*I am currently applying to UA and i have a few questions about the application process...</p>

<ol>
<li><p>Would specifying my religion (Catholic) give me any dis/advantage for admittance?</p></li>
<li><p>Does setting my major as "undecided" lessen my chances of getting in?</p></li>
<li><p>If i submit my application today, how long do you think before i will get a response?
*</p></li>
</ol>

<p>Hi, Welcome.... :)</p>

<p>Bama has a Catholic parish across the street...St Francis of Assisi. Very nice pastor there - I knew him when he was in the Huntsville area. </p>

<p>Being Catholic won't hurt you at Bama. Bama has about a 10% Catholic population which is high for the south. </p>

<p>The only negative about applying as an undecided major is that you lose the opportunity for being considered for dept scholarships. For instance, if you were an education major, the education dept might give you a scholarship. </p>

<p>So, you might think about what you might want to major in. Even if you don't know right now, I think if you indicate a major by Dec 1st on MyBama, and also indicate one on your scholarship app, you'll be considered.</p>

<p>Yes, Bama is accepting apps now and some students have already been accepted!</p>

<p>After you apply, you'lll get a followup email within a couple of days. That will contain the info you need to set up mybama and to apply for scholarships.</p>

<p>If you apply today AND your school sends transcripts AND you get your SAT sent, you would should have an acceptance within a few weeks. :)</p>

<p>I agree with the recommendation above....majoring in some kind of business (maybe marketing) might be right for you.</p>

<p>Nick Saban is Catholic, so we give you guys a pass now. But if he ever loses another game, then the lot of you Mary worshipers will be banished from the city limits. :-)</p>

<p>LOL...</p>

<p>We don't worship Mary...we honor her. :)</p>

<p>It's called hyperdulia in Latin.</p>

<p>Hi, I had a question about admissions as well. Do you have to self report your GPA , etc. ? And if you do/ decide to should I report my weighted of of 5.0 gpa or out of 4.0. I have a 4.3 ish weighted and a 3.7 unweighted. Thanks! Also, where can I find the information about applying to the Honors college, because that is a separate application in addition correct ?</p>

<p>^^^Hey, alliesaywhat, as I indicated in my response to a similar question of yours on another thread, you don't need to worry about self-reporting your GPA on your UA undergraduate application. With respect to the Honors College, once you've been admitted to UA you will be able to apply to the Honors College online from your myBama account. It's a pretty simple application and there you will be asked to self-report your GPA on a 4.0 scale. If your SAT/ACT scores (whichever are relevant) are commensurate with your unweighted GPA of 3.7, you've got nothing to worry about.</p>

<p>Don't worry about what you self-report...your transcript is what matters.</p>

<p>If I remember correctly, you self-report on Honors College, but it doesn't let you put more than a 4.0 (I think). Since Bama uses weighted GPAs, and the highest you can put is 4.0, then put 4.0 or 3.7...whichever one you want.</p>

<p>Thank you for answering again on this thread ! Like I said on the other one, I just went ahead and self reported on the normal app and my transcripts should be mailed shortly.</p>

<p>Thanks for the help yall!
I'm extremely interested in going to Alabama and I really hope i get in! I'm always all over the place with what colleges I want to go to buy I think I've finally settled on Alabama. I've submitted my application and they have received my transcripts, but my SAT scores were sent last friday so they have yet to receive them. </p>

<p>How long do yall think itll be until I get word of whether or not I am accepted?</p>

<p>I decided to apply as a Business major. </p>

<p>Also, when I apply for scholarships through the school, approximately when will I know what scholarships I'll get? This will be a big determining factor as to whether or not I go.</p>

<p>Given that you have applied early, you should hear within the next few weeks. My son applied Oct. 20, 2008. He knew by the following Monday (or eight days later). As for departmental scholarships, they come out in the spring.</p>

<p>Is that your weighted GPA?</p>

<p>You won't hear about dept scholarships until spring.</p>

<p>Be sure to list your major on your scholarship application and your school app. </p>

<p>As a business major, you'll probably be listing something like pre-business, or pre-finance, or pre-accounting. That's how it is for incoming freshmen.</p>

<p>Also...will you be taking the SAT again (like in October or November) or the ACT in October? If so, that might improve any scholarship chances.</p>

<p>How much will your parents spend each year on college?</p>

<p>im just curious, but why do colleges (and the college board, act, etc) want to know what religion you are?</p>

<p>
[quote]
suxess wrote: I'm extremely interested in going to Alabama and I really hope i get in!

[/quote]
</p>

<p>Ah, you've chosen wisely, suxcess! I hope you get in as well (and I'm betting you do!). Best of luck to you and please keep us posted.</p>

<p>*im just curious, but why do colleges (and the college board, act, etc) want to know what religion you are? *</p>

<p>I think colleges ask to let various clubs and college chaplains know for contact purposes.</p>

<p>We received letters from the pastor of the Catholic church after our sons applied.</p>