You must complete all three steps before we will consider your application.

1. Complete the UA Early College Online Application

  • Complete the online application (with $40 nonrefundable application fee)
  • DO use the application link called “Early College”
  • DO use the UA Early College application tutorial, so you can see exactly how to complete the correct application
  • DO NOT use the application link for “Distance Learning Programs”

2. Counselor Cover Memo and Transcript

  • Open the Counselor Cover Memo
  • Fill out the top portion of the Counselor Verification Cover Memo, and print the form
  • Take the printed Counselor Verification Cover Memo to your high school counselor for his or her verification and signature
  • Counselors may use the attached counselor memo and can submit the transcript either
    • By mail to UA Early College, Box 870365, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487-0365
    • By secure email to
    • Using your electronic transcript provider
    • By secure fax to 205-348-3165

3. Student Essay

After you complete the online application, use this link to submit the Student Essay (suggested browsers: Firefox or Safari) by responding to the below prompt.

Compose a 400-word essay based on two of the following topics:

1. How will UA Early College help you achieve your college goals?
2. What skills and abilities do you possess for college study, and how will they make you successful as a UA Early College student?
3. Describe your academic achievements and how they have prepared you for college study.

If you have questions, email or call 205-348-7083.