• Frequently Asked Questions about Admission
      

    What is academic advising?
    Where can students buy books?
    When should students purchase their books?
    Can books be sold back to the bookstore at the end of each fall and spring semester?
    Where do students go to get mail?
    What fraternities and sororities exist at UWA?
    Should your son or daughter get involved in campus organizations? 
    What activities are offered for students?
    I know it is important for my daughter/son to be involved in student activities; how can I help her/him get involved?
    How much money should my child need on a weekly basis while at UWA?
    Are there medical services on campus?
    What type of career planning and placement does the University of West Alabama offer? 
    Does UWA provide counseling for students?
    Our son/daughter has been a pretty good student in high school, but might need help in math class. Where can he/she go for help?
    Our child has a learning disability; how can I make sure he/she receives the needed services?
    In what form can I send money to my son/daughter?
    How will I know how much (if any) I owe?
    What forms of payment will UWA accept?
    What are the qualifications for Financial Aid?
    What food services are provided at UWA?
    Is Insurance offered?
    Where can my student go if he/she is ill?
    What about medical emergencies?
    What sports are offered by UWA?
    Does UWA provide athletic scholarships?
    What NCAA or UWA academic requirements must a student achieve before participating in intercollegiate athletics?
    What should a prospective student-athlete do if he/she is interested in playing at the intercollegiate level?
    What are UWA residence halls like? 
    Where should I live?
    What security is offered on campus?
    Can my son/daughter bring a car to campus? 

     

    What is academic advising?

    At the University of West Alabama we believe that academic advising is a key component of student retention. Students will be advised by UWA faculty based on the students’ initial area of interest. For those students who have not yet determined which degree to pursue, they will be housed in the College of Liberal Arts.

    The advisors maintain files on each of their advisees. Each file contains degree requirements, transcripts, and other pertinent information. Students may meet with their advisor at any time, especially during Pre-registration to discuss degree requirements. top

    Where can students buy books?
    The bookstore sells textbooks that have been ordered by the instructors and are labeled as class requirements. The UWA bookstore is located in the Student Union Building. top

    When should students purchase their books?
    The bookstore is normally well stocked when students arrive for a new term. Students wishing to purchase used texts need to do so as soon as their schedule is complete. Used books are the first to sell. If a text must be returned (new or used), a full refund will be given within a specified time period with sales receipt and no marks in the textbooks (including your name). top

    Can books be sold back to the bookstore at the end of each fall and spring semester?
    The bookstore purchases books back that will be used again. Buy-back is usually scheduled the last week of each semester. Signs are always posted indicating dates of the book buy-back. top

     Where do students go to get mail?
    At the top of the Student Union Building, mailboxes are available to UWA students at a cost of $5 per semester. top

    What fraternities and sororities exist at UWA?
    There are eleven active social Greek organizations on the UWA campus. These organizations are governed by undergraduate students with a UWA faculty or staff advisor. The advisors oversee all fraternity/sorority activities: leadership development, personal growth and any other types of university involvement.

    The Greek system at the University of West Alabama consists of six Fraternities and five Sororities. Although unique, the principles upon which each organization was founded are similar, including the pursuit of academic excellence, good citizenship, and the development of leadership abilities among its members and fellowship. These shared principles provide the foundation upon which the Greek system was constructed. Hazing is an illegal activity that attacks this foundation, challenging the very principles upon which it was founded. For more information on Greek organizations, read the UWA Tiger Paw or contact the Office of Student Life. top

    Should your son or daughter get involved in campus organizations?
    Student involvement in activities is very important in regards to student retention. The University of West Alabama has a wide variety of student organizations on campus. Becoming involved in a student organization helps a student with the transition from high school to college and allows students to make lifelong friends. Many employers are not only interested in the applicant’s academic performance, but extracurricular activities as well. Consult the Tiger Paw Student Handbook for information concerning each student organization. Getting involved in campus organizations is a vital component of the educational process; therefore, participation is encouraged. top

    What activities are offered for students?
    There are a wide variety of extracurricular activities at UWA in which to get involved. There is an abundance of games, contests, concerts, and intramural activities. Interested students may contact the Office of Student Affairs concerning being involved on campus. UWA has many facilities open to its students at no charge. These facilities include a weight room, athletic fields, tennis courts, beach volleyball court, Olympic size swimming pool, and a 54-acre lake with picnic areas. For more information concerning student activities, contact the Student Activities Office at the SUB. top

    I know it is important for my daughter/son to be involved in student activities; how can I help her get involved?
    You are right; it is very important that students become involved with the school. Research has shown that students who become involved with their school are more likely to succeed than students who do not get involved. Unfortunately, there is not much that parents can do to involve their student. Parents can, however, suggest to their student to ask questions concerning campus activities to staff, other students, instructors, etc. If your student is having trouble adjusting to new activities at UWA, contact the Office of Student Affairs. top

    How much money should my child need on a weekly basis while at UWA?
    The money issue is different for each student. Parents need to have discussions with their student prior to the start of school. Communicate with the student the amount of money that is affordable and the amount of money the student is to contribute. Students can be introduced to financial responsibilities through a variety of methods. Some students keep a daily expense record for a few months to arrive at a monthly allowance. Still other students receive a lump sum of money at the beginning of each semester and budget their money accordingly. The most important factor is that students should be responsible for their financial management. top

    Are there medical services on campus?
    There are no medical services on campus.  The University maintains a partnership with Anderson Family Medical Center, which employs Dr. James Robinson.  Dr. Robinson maintains office hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm/  The Anderson Family Medical Center is located at 711 North Washington Street.  Appoints may be made at 205.652.5778.  As the University physician, Dr. Robinson sees students regarding routine matters.

    Counseling for students in need of assistance with personal or academic difficulties and career needs is available on campus through the Student Success Center. top 

    What type of career planning and placement does the University of West Alabama offer?
    The University of West Alabama’s Career Services office is located in the Student Success Center, which is in Foust Hall Room #7. It strives to help develop a sense of career awareness in students. The office promotes the desire to connect career planning with life planning through the Student Development Model.
    Students are encouraged to initiate and pursue career exploration activities during their freshman year. The Career Services office provides a collection of career resources for students’ interests and coordinates on-campus visits by employers and graduate schools. The office advertises student employment and classes are taught in Career Exploration. Students are helped on an individual basis to develop resumes, cover letters, applications to graduate schools, and follow-up job possibilities. Students are assisted in conducting a job search and in setting up a credentials file, which is then maintained for the student’s use after graduation. Most of the services through the Career Services office are provided free or for a minimal fee.

    During the spring semester, the annual Career Fair and Education Interview Day bring numerous employers on campus to talk with students about employment opportunities in Business, Government, and Education. top

    Does UWA provide counseling for students?
    Counseling for students in need of assistance with personal or academic difficulties and career needs is available through the Student Success Center located in Foust Hall Room #7. Students seek assistance for a variety of reasons including college adjustment, academic skills, personal development and college major and career choices. All counseling sessions are confidential and voluntary. Individual and short-term counseling is available on an appointment basis.

    Students who would be more comfortable talking with an off-campus counselor may also be provided with a referral to other regional providers in their hometown area.
    The counseling services offered are available at no charge to students. For an appointment, students can call (205) 652-3651. top

    Our son/daughter has been a pretty good student in high school, but might need help in math class. Where can he/she go for help?
    The Student Success Center is available to all UWA students. The center is located in Foust Hall #7. The students will find counselors and computer programs. These services are free to UWA students; however, the student must make the effort to use the services available.

    Through the early warning system, students will be referred to an academic success coordinator in their area of study. These students have been identified by their instructors or placement activities as needing assistance. Coordinators will work with students to obtain available help.

    Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program to assist students needing academic support. The program is located in Foust #6. SSS offers assistance in the areas of academic and financial aid advisement, career planning, personal growth, as well as peer tutoring. top

    Our child has a learning disability; how can I make sure he/she receives the needed services?
    It is usually a good idea to let your student assume the responsibilities for his/her education. It is important if students require special accommodations that University officials have knowledge of the condition. Appropriate documentation may be filed with the Vice President of Student Affairs, and students will be given assistance in determining the appropriate actions to meet their needs.

    Students can call 205-652-3651 to set up an appointment for counseling services offered by the University’s Counseling and Career Services offices. top

    In what form can I send money to my son/daughter?
    Checks are best in our opinion. The two places where a student can cash a check are at the Bookstore and on the second floor of Webb Hall at the Student Accounts Office. top

    Check Cashing Policy (Cashier)
    1. Make checks payable to student.
    2. $50.00 limit on personal checks.
    3. No check-cashing fee.

    How will I know how much (if any) I owe?
    Students have access to Web Advisor, which gives a full statement of their financial record, classes, schedules, and even planned courses. Students are asked to monitor this system constantly in order to keep up with their account. top

    What forms of payment will UWA accept?
    Remember to include the student’s name and student ID with any remittance. The University accepts payment programs, cash, checks, money orders, cashier’s checks, VISA, and MasterCard. top

    Once a student has completed registration, the student is liable for all registration fees unless an official withdrawal form has been completed. Credit for withdrawal is given based on the refund schedule published in the UWA general catalogue. top

    What are the qualifications for Financial Aid?
    Need based financial aid (grant, work-study, or loan) is awarded solely on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Students are required to complete the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive consideration for financial aid. The information on student reports on the FAFSA is used to determine the student’s expected family contribution and eligibility for financial assistance.

    The Financial Aid office will send eligible students an award letter that lists the amount of aid that the student can receive for attendance at UWA. top

    What food services are provided at UWA?
    All students living in campus residence halls are required to participate in one of the meal plans offered. Any student who must follow a specific diet may supply the Director of Food Services with a prescription diet from the student’s physician. Every effort will be made to accommodate the student’s special dietary needs. Meals are served in the cafeteria according to the schedule found posted at the cafeteria.
    Commuter meal plans are also available to students living off campus. top

    Is Insurance offered?
    Insurance and Investment Consultants, Inc. offers to the University of West Alabama students both a student medical insurance and a student vision insurance plan. Information regarding this insurance program, its cost and coverage may be obtained in the Office of Student Affairs. top

    What about medical emergencies?
    The University will not be able to provide transportation to the hospital, but will arrange for ambulance service, if requested. The student will be responsible for the expense of all hospital services and ambulance transportation, if applicable. On-campus residents should contact a resident assistant or their hall director if there is a medical emergency. The Housing staff member will contact campus police. The campus police officer will determine whether an ambulance should be called. top

    What sports are offered by UWA?
    UWA sponsors 11 intercollegiate varsity sports at the NCAA Division II. Those sports include: Cross-Country (M-W), Basketball (M-W), Baseball (M), Softball (W), Volleyball (W), Football (M), Outdoor Track (M-W), Golf (M-W), Soccer (M-W) and Tennis (M-W). UWA also sponsors intercollegiate Rodeo (M-W). top

    Does UWA provide athletic scholarships?
    Yes. Each varsity sport sponsored by UWA has student-athletes who receive athletic financial aid. This aid is administered by the head coach of each respective sport and must be renewed annually. top 

    What NCAA or UWA academic requirements must a student achieve before participating in intercollegiate athletics?
    As a member institution of the NCAA, a prospective high school student-athlete must achieve the minimum eligibility requirements as set forth in the NCAA by-laws. Those include:
    1. Graduate from High School.
    2. Attain a GPA of 2.00 (based on a maximum of 4.00) in a successfully completed core curriculum of at least 14 academic courses.
    3. Achieve a 820 combined score on the SAT verbal and math sections or a 68 sum score on the ACT (must be taken on a national testing day).

    A transfer student must also satisfy academic eligibility requirements as stated in the NCAA bylaws. top

    What should a prospective student-athlete do if he/she is interested in playing at the intercollegiate level?
    A prospective student-athlete should first make sure he/she becomes academically eligible to compete at the intercollegiate level. An eligibility form from the NCAA Clearing House (obtained from high school guidance counselor) must be completed. Once this is filed, the student-athlete should then contact the respective coach and discuss his/her potential as a student-athlete at UWA. top

    What are UWA residence halls like?
    The University of West Alabama is proud to provide six residence halls for approximately 800 students. The Staff includes Hall Directors, which are graduate students or upperclassmen, and undergraduate students who are called Resident Assistants. Together, they provide assistance to residential students, especially those who need information, advice, support, or just someone to talk to about college life.  top

    So, where should I live?
    Deciding where to live when you go to college can be a very stressful situation at some universities. At the University of West Alabama we try to reduce that stress by having all new students live on campus. We require that new freshman students reside on campus in Gilbert Hall. top

    What security is offered on campus?
    In recognition of its responsibilities to provide a safe and secure atmosphere, the University of West Alabama maintains its own Police Department, which is located in the Craiger House. The University Police Department operates twenty-four hours a day, three hundred sixty-five days a year. Students are encouraged to contact the University Police on matters pertaining to their safety and protection while on campus. If you are at any pay phone on campus, or you have a phone in your room, you only have to dial 911. The main number to the University Police is 652-3602 or 652-3682. top

    Can my son/daughter bring a car to campus?
    Yes. All student vehicles must be registered with the Campus Police Department. Registration for a vehicle lasts for one academic year ending the last day of summer session. The registration fee per vehicle for the academic year is $15.00 for on-campus student and $25.00 for commuters.. The student also needs to show proof of liability insurance. Commuters as well as residential students may have a car on campus. top