Road Map for Success

Stay Connected to UA!
  • E-mail and the Internet are the prime means of communication.

Stay Connected with your Parent/Parents/Guardian!
  • Together - everyone achieves more.
  • E-mail and the Internet are an inexpensive means of communications.
  • You should be your parent's primary source of information.

Activate your myBama username & password AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
  • Visit and click on Get Bama e-mail account information.
  • If you have any problems activating your account:
    • Phone 205-348-HELP (4357)
    • E-mail
    • Walk-in service, Gordon Palmer, A-203.
    • Service hours.
      • 8:00 am - 4:45 pm Monday - Friday
  • DO NOT have your UA e-mail redirected unless you are "positive" your UA e-mail will NOT be filtered out as SPAM by your Internet Service Provider. Visit and click on E-mail for more information.

Obtain Your UA Action Card [ID].
  • In Person Only: Action Card Services located on the Ground Level of the Student Services Center.
  • For details visit:

Know Your Privacy Rights - Students/Parents/Guardian!
  • Governed by Federal Law Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Prior consent of the student is required unless the parent can prove his/her son/daughter is dependent as defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
  • A separate release form is required for the educational record and the financial record.
  • Educational record release forms may be obtained from the Office of Academic Record & University Registrar, 206 Student Services Center.
  • To learn about FERPA visit
  • To see UA's FERPA Policy Statement click here.

Familiarize Yourself with the Business Practices of the University!
  • Know & understand registration and registration procedures by visiting
  • Know & understand the University Rules regarding Grades and related issues. For details visit and then click on Grades and Grade Points.
  • Be a "model" student. For details visit: Student Handbook.

Know University Due Dates & Deadlines!
  • A semester is based on a 16-week calendar.
    • 15 weeks for classes.
    • One week for Final Exams.
  • Visit our calendar for Important Dates.

Register for Your Courses In a Timely Matter!
  • Key points to remember:
    • PLAN AHEAD. Review the Schedule of Classes on-line to begin planning your schedule. Visit and click on the Student Tab.
    • ADVISING. All undergraduate students are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration. You should do so well before your registration date and time.
    • PERMISSIONS. If permission is required for a course, have your advisor or the course offering department post the permission before you visit the web. Remember: Getting permission to enroll in a class does not guarantee a seat in the class -- you still must register for the course. Make sure you secure permission before you try to register.
    • PREREQUISITES. Also, check to see if you meet all the pre-requisite requirements for your course selections before you register.
    • HOLDS. If you have a hold on your account, you need to have the hold cleared 2 business days before your registration date and time; otherwise, your registration may be blocked.
    • ALTERNATES. Have several alternate courses already picked before you visit the web - just in case your first choice is not available.
  • Visit under the Student Tab.

Pay Your Fees In a Timely Matter!

Be safe
  • Your safety is one of our primary concerns. Safety needs to be yours too. For more information, visit

Attend class
  • Those who do are most successful.

  • A good "Rule of Thumb" is - you should spend at least two hours out of class (studying) for every one hour that you spend in class.
  • Use "common sense" and "be flexible" - difficult courses require more time; easy courses require less.

Maximize YOUR college experience - in and outside the classroom!!!!!

When in doubt - please ask - "I did not know is not a good excuse."