Beginning freshmen are students who have never attended another college or university. Students who have attended another institution(s) during the summer immediately after high school graduation are also considered to be beginning freshmen. Likewise, high school students who have taken dual-enrollment college classes during high school are also considered to be new freshmen. To support the application process, they are to ask that ACT (or SAT) scores and high school transcripts be sent directly to the UNA Office of Admissions. Transcripts are typically sent by designated guidance counselors upon request by the students. If application is made while still enrolled in high school, the transcripts should show the latest available grades at least through the junior year, and ACT or SAT scores. Subsequently, final transcripts must be sent showing confirmation of graduation and the graduation date. Having these documents sent to UNA is the responsibility of the applicant, and it should be clearly understood that application procedures are incomplete until all items are on file. Failure to complete this process will jeopardize a student’s admission to the University. Students seeking admission on the basis of General Education Development (GED) tests must have copies of those scores sent.
Graduates of approved high schools who meet the specified general aptitude and academic competency requirements may be granted unconditional admission to the freshman class at the University of North Alabama.
Applicants must demonstrate general aptitude by obtaining a composite score of 18 or higher on the American College Test (ACT) or 870 or higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
Applicants must demonstrate academic competency by achieving a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (4.0 scale) on a core of at least 13 high school units distributed as follows:
- English: (4 units)
- Mathematics: algebra I, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, or calculus (2 units)
- Natural or Physical Science: one biological and one physical science (2 units)
- Social Studies: one unit American history and at least 1/2 unit in government, with the balance from world history, state history, economics, geography, psychology, political science, or anthropology (3 units)
- Other: foreign languages, computer sciences, or any of the courses listed in the above areas which are not used to meet requirements in those areas (2 units)
High school graduates who do not meet the standards for unconditional admission may be granted conditional admission if they meet ALL THREE of the following conditions: (1) the ACT composite score is 16 or above (SAT of 790 or above); (2) at least 11 units have been earned from among the high school academic core; (3) the GPA on the high school academic core is at least 1.75. Students admitted conditionally will be restricted to carrying a maximum course load of 13 hours (six hours during the summer term) for the first semester or term of coursework under the supervision of an assigned adviser. Such students will follow prescribed courses of study designed to strengthen their basic skills in areas where weaknesses are apparent. These requirements are effective Fall 2010. (Exception: The 2010 high schools graduates must meet these requirements beginning Summer 2010 term.)
Special consideration will be given to certain categories of applicants. Exceptions will be made under the following conditions:
- New freshmen that are discharged veterans must meet the admission requirements for unconditional or conditional admission. New freshmen that are honorably discharged veterans and eligible for admission may be granted unconditional admission.
- Applicants who have successfully passed the General Education Development (GED) test and can present a copy of the Certificate of High School Equivalency (GED certificate) may be granted admission to the University if the high school class of which they were a member has graduated. ACT scores must be submitted if the student is under the age of 25 or if the high school class for which they were to graduate has been out less than five years. Students with an ACT score of 18 or higher will be granted unconditional admission to the University. Students not meeting this educational requirement may enroll only by obtaining special permission.
- High school graduates who have never attended college and who have been out of high school for five or more years, as well as those who are more than 25 years old, must comply only with the basic competencies requirement, and are exempt from the general aptitude standards.
- Home-schooled applicants must meet the ACT/SAT and grade point average (GPA) requirements of unconditional admission if they present certified transcripts at the completion of their program. Applicants who do not present certified transcripts must take the General Education Development (GED) test and meet the admission requirements as outlined in item (2) listed above. Students not meeting this educational requirement may enroll only by obtaining special permission.