Application Requirements

Application Requirements

It’s easy to apply for admissions to UAH, and the Admissions Office is here to help you through the process! Make sure to carefully read through our application instructions and review our admission requirements before applying. If you have any questions along the way, please let us know. 

Credentials and documentation required for admission vary by type of application. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to a specific degree program. The Colleges of Business Administration, Nursing, and Engineering and programs in Teacher Education and Music may have additional requirements. See the appropriate college or program section for more details.


Freshman Students

Prospective students currently attending high school should apply for admission during the fall semester of their senior year in high school. Tentative admission will be granted on  the basis of ACT or SAT scores and the high school record through the junior year. A final official transcript showing work completed in the senior year and confirmation of graduation will be reviewed before a student's final admission.

Applying for Admission as a Freshman:

Step 1: Apply for admission.

Step 2: Pay the $30 application fee.

Step 3: Have your official high school transcript sent to the Admissions Office (2.9 GPA minimum).

Step 4: Have your official ACT or SAT results sent to the Admissions Office (20 ACT/ 970 SAT minimum). 

ACT school code: 0053
SAT school code: 1854

*Note: we accept ACT or SAT scores listed on your official high school transcript.

Step 5: If applicable: have any official AP/IB credit sent directly from the testing agency to the Admissions Office to have your scores evaluated for credit. UAH AP code: 1854.

Each applicant is evaluated based on individual merit and demonstrated success in a rigorous academic environment. High school coursework, grade point average, and ACT/SAT scores are weighed heavily; however, these criteria do not constitute the entire foundation for an admission decision. An applicant with a minimum grade point average of 2.9 and a minimum composite score of 20 on the ACT or equivalent SAT, for example, is considered a strong candidate for admission.

High school seniors are expected to have completed the following courses:

  • A minimum of four units of English.
  • Three units of mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry (Trigonometry is also required by the College of Engineering and recommended by all other colleges).
  • Three units of science.
  • Four units of history and/or social studies.
  • Academic electives to meet the required twenty Carnegie high school units. These may include foreign language, computer programming, religion, and philosophy courses as well as higher-level science and math courses.

Applicants with deficiencies in the required high school courses may be admitted in good standing under certain circumstances. The deficiencies, however, must be remedied during the first year of enrollment in a manner approved by the department concerned. Courses taken to remedy entrance deficiencies cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. High school graduates who have been out of high school for five or more years may not be required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.


Home Schooled Students

High school students who are home schooled apply and are reviewed for admission and scholarships at UAH under the same criteria as students from public and private high schools.

The required official high school record of courses completed should contain the titles of the courses taken in each subject area, beginning with grade nine, with annotation of the general content in the academic courses and the textbooks used. The teaching credentials of the home school teacher may be included if desired.


General Education Development (GED) Recipients

Applicants who have not graduated from high school may be admitted on the basis of a satisfactory score on the GED test.

Applying for Admission as a GED Recipient:

Step 1: Apply for admission.

Step 2: Pay the $30 application fee.

Step 3: Have your official GED test scores sent to the Admissions Office (minimum score of 170).

Step 4: Have your official transcript of completed high school courses sent to the Admissions Office.

Step 5: If you have been out of high school less than 5 years have your official ACT or SAT results sent to the Admissions Office.

ACT school code: 0053
SAT school code: 1854

*Note: we accept ACT or SAT scores listed on your official high school transcript.

UAH is a testing center for the GED program. Anyone seeking additional information or wishing to take the GED examination should contact the Office of Testing Services at  256.824.6725.


Conditional Admission for High School Graduates

Individuals who have applied for regular admission but do not meet the admission criteria may be considered for admission based on an evaluation of their previous academic credentials and evidence of serious commitment to academic pursuits.

Conditionally admitted students are normally limited to a maximum of a 12 semester hour course load until a total of 15 semester hours of work are completed with at least an overall C (2.0) average.

Upon satisfactory completion of 15 or more hours of work with at least a 2.0 GPA on all UAH coursework, the conditional classification will be changed to regular student status. Credits earned as a conditional admit are recorded on the student's permanent record and may count if applicable toward a regular undergraduate degree program.