You’ve been accepted, what next?
One thing is certain: you have what it takes to succeed at the University of West Alabama. For the Fall 2017 class, we’ve had a record number of applications. Based on your academic achievements, you’ve earned your place on our campus. You’ve worked hard, accomplished so much but without a doubt the best is yet to come.
So what’s next? Let us help you with one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. No matter what kind of information you need — we’re here for you at every step in the process. Below you’ll find the most important “next steps” that will help you reserve your place at UWA!
If you haven’t been to campus yet — it’s time to schedule a visit! As you make your decision, one of the most important things to consider is fit — does the college fit your life and do you fit in on campus. The best way to know is to visit in person and see for yourself.
During a tour, you will be able to speak with an Admissions Counselor, speak with a student ambassador, see the amazing dorms where you’ll live, and tour our beautiful facilities.
Confirm Your Enrollment
Now is the time to confirm your plans to become a UWA Tiger by paying your $200 Enrollment Confirmation fee. This one-time fee confirms your spot in the incoming class and covers items like your housing application, orientation registration and scholarship acceptance. You won’t have to pay anything else before your enrollment. When you are ready, you may pay your Enrollment Confirmation Fee online.
Sign up for Orientation:
Going from high school to college is a major step. For many people, it’s the first time they’ve ever lived away from home; there are new responsibilities and an important adjustment to the academic demands of college.
To help you be successful, we require all incoming freshman to go through Westbound orientation. At orientation, you meet different departments on campus, as well as people from a huge variety of student organizations. You’ll even get the chance to register for your first classes.
We offer orientation before each semester. It looks like we’re going to have our largest freshman class in history this year, reserve your spot at orientation early!
Summer Term Orientation
May 29, 2018
For students starting in the Summer 2018 term
Freshman 1 Orientation
For freshman starting Fall 2017
250 student limit
Freshman 2 Orientation
July 12-13, 2018
For freshman starting Fall 2018
250 student limit
July 10, 2018
For all transfer students starting Fall 2018
August 9, 2018
For students who can’t make earlier sessions
Apply for Housing
After you pay your Enrollment Confirmation fee, you’ll need to apply for housing. You can find what you need to apply here. The application for Summer 2017 is live now. We’ll begin accepting applications for the 2017/2018 academic year on March 15. The application deadline for Fall term is May 1.
Complete your Financial Aid:
Even with UWA’s great affordability, more than 80% of our students receive some type of financial aid.
Our Financial Aid Office is here to help you apply for the many types of grants, scholarships and loans that we have available.
One of the most important steps you can take is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Before you begin, gather your financial information, including all income and asset information, federal tax returns, etc. For the 2017 academic year, you will need your financial information from 2015. Priority deadline is May 1.
You’ll also need the UWA school code: 001024
Know the FAFSA priority filing deadline:
UWA has a priority deadline of May 1 each year, so be sure to complete your application as quickly as possible. Check your UWA email account regularly for updates on your financial aid application. Your email account is your official mode of communication with the University. If we need additional information or documentation, we’ll send you an email request.
Complete your admissions file:
After you have been accepted and finished everything else, make sure that the Admissions Office has everything we need to complete your file. Now is the time to request a copy of your final transcript from your high school, with your graduation date. Have your school mail it to the Admissions Office. You will also need to complete the medical/immunization requirements, as well as the scholarship application, if you have not done so already.