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Every Family Member has a Place at UA!

By The University of Alabama Parent & Family Programs


UA Early College logoby Jennifer Hayes

The University of Alabama experience is one designed for the whole family. From the very beginning, parents and family members are encouraged to be involved. Whether it’s touring campus and meeting with faculty and staff to learn about the numerous academic and extra-curricular opportunities available, the decision to join the Crimson Tide family is one the whole family makes and enjoys.

As younger siblings look to potentially follow in the footsteps of older brothers and sisters, they actually do not have to wait to begin their own University of Alabama journey. High school students, beginning as early as the summer after 9th grade, can begin taking college classes through UA Early College. Some students are able to have their classes count as dual-enrollment credit, which is when a student earns both high school credit and college credit simultaneously.

Most UA Early College students take college classes online during the fall, spring, or summer terms. Because of the convenience of online classes, high school students from around the world are able to participate. The flexibility of online classes and how they can fit around other academic and social commitments of high school make earning college credit a viable reality for many.

One thing that also sets UA Early College apart from other colleges and universities is the support system and personal attention students and families receive. Of course, this is nothing new to a UA family as they experience this in every other area of campus. From Peer Coaches, who check in with the students periodically and offer support and advice, to the UA Early College Academic Advisor and student-centered faculty who truly are invested in the success of the students, UA Early College students find a caring and supportive network of individuals focused on their success.

In addition, the Summer Residential Experience provides students the opportunity to take classes during June and/or July, to transition to life on a college campus, and to be introduced to the numerous campus resources available to them. Additional events and activities are planned, around the required study hall hours, for the students to meet others across campus and have fun during their stay.

While every student has their own path and The University of Alabama attracts many, not all students will choose UA to pursue their full-time collegiate work. With UA Early College classes, students are earning full college credit that can be transferred to most colleges and universities across the state and nation.

To learn more about UA Early College and find out if your high school student may be eligible for a partial tuition scholarship for these classes, visit uaearlycollege.ua.edu or call 205-348-7083.

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