Frequently Asked Questions

Admitted students are emailed when Bama Bound registration officially opens. An email confirmation is distributed following online registration and payment. Students will receive additional emails prior to Bama Bound that include a parking pass, directions to campus, and other important details students will need to know about their Bama Bound session.

The basic orientation registration fee is $120 for freshmen and $80 for transfer students. This fee includes academic advising, materials, services, and funds for dining at an on-campus dining facility.

Payment for Orientation is required at the time of registration and is a non-refundable fee.

Admitted students, who have paid the Freshman Enrollment Deposit and made accommodations for housing, may register and submit payment for the appropriate session online through myBama.

Once you have logged in to the myBama system, under the Currently on myBama section, select the Orientation Registration link to complete your registration process.

Formal Parent and Sibling Orientation programs are offered during most summer Bama Bound sessions. We warmly welcome parents and siblings who wish to accompany students to their session. Many of the activities incorporated in Parent and Sibling Orientation integrate family members into some of the same workshops as Bama Bound students.

We discourage parent participation in Avanti Orientation Leader meetings and academic advising sessions, to allow each student the opportunity to establish an independent rapport with his or her Avanti Orientation Leader and departmental academic advisor.

Students staying on-campus during their Bama Bound Orientation session will reside in the Ridgecrest South Residential Community. Students will enjoy an apartment-style overnight experience with up to three other members of the incoming class. Students will each have a private bedroom within each Ridgecrest apartment suite. Visit the Ridgecrest South page on the Housing website for more information and visual images of Orientation housing.

Check-in for students staying on-campus during Bama Bound will be between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ridgecrest South Residence Hall.

If you are staying overnight the night prior to your session begin date, please plan to check into Ridgecrest South Residence Hall between 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. on your scheduled date.

We recommend you dress casually and comfortably. In the summer, students and parents will be walking between various campus buildings. Please plan attire appropriately.

Other items you should bring include:

    We recommend you dress casually and comfortably. Students and family members will be walking between various campus buildings. Please plan attire appropriately.

    Other items you should bring include:

    • Bama Bound confirmation mailer with temporary parking pass
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Pen and paper
    • Campus Wide Identification Number (CWID)
    • Photo identification (driver's license, military ID, etc.)
    • Umbrella or raincoat

    In addition, students staying overnight for summer programs should bring the following items:

    • An overnight bag and toiletries
    • Twin bed linens, pillow, and towels
    • An alarm clock
    • Gym clothes/tennis shoes, for Student Recreation Center visit (freshmen sessions only)

The Honors College will be represented at each of the freshman Bama Bound Orientation sessions. Students who have been accepted into the Honors College may elect to attend one of the sessions designed specifically for students in the Honors College. Bama Bound sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and Honors students who are unable to attend the early Honors College orientation sessions may enjoy direct access to Honors College personnel during the Capstone Connections Session of their Bama Bound.

Your interests may have changed since you completed the application for admission. If you would like to change your major, you may declare a new major by logging into myBama, clicking the Admissions/Scholarship tab, and click Change My Application Major in the Undergraduate Admissions pane. At Bama Bound, you will enjoy advising services from the faculty and staff advisors in the specific college of your major.

The major difference between early Bama Bounds and sessions scheduled later in summer is the date of the event. Each orientation session type follows the same schedule design. Additional sections of courses are made available for all Bama Bound sessions so that students may enjoy equitable class selection opportunities.

Students with disabilities requiring special accommodations during Bama Bound should contact Orientation at 205-348-4999, toll-free 1-800-933-BAMA, or TDD 205-348-3081 at least two full weeks prior to their assigned sessions. You may also contact us via this contact form.

Orientation staff will work closely with the Office of Disability Services in arranging the appropriate accommodations to assist you during your Bama Bound experience.

To change your Bama Bound session to an alternate date, please log in to the Orientation Registration System through the myBama portal. When you have accessed your Bama Bound registration record, use the scroll down session menu to select a new session from the available options in the list.

If you have any questions, please contact us.