FAQs for Bama Bound

Will I receive a confirmation?

Admitted students are emailed when Bama Bound registration officially opens. An email confirmation is distributed following online registration and payment. If you have paid and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact the Office of Orientation and Special Programs.

Once you have registered and received a confirmation, you will receive additional emails that include a parking pass, directions to campus, and other important details regarding your Bama Bound session.

Is there a fee to attend Bama Bound?

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

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

Can my parent or family members attend?

Yes! UA hosts Parent & Family and Sibling Orientation programs which are offered during most summer Bama Bound sessions. We warmly welcome parents, guardians, guests, and siblings who wish to accompany students to their session. Many of the activities incorporated in Parent & Family and Sibling Orientation integrate family members into some of the same workshops as Bama Bound students.

How do I get to campus and where do I park?

You will receive a parking pass for the Ferguson Parking Deck in your Crimson Mail two weeks prior to your Bama Bound session.

For a detailed campus map, please visit ua.edu/map.

Where will I stay?

Students staying on-campus during their Bama Bound Orientation session will reside in Ridgecrest South . 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 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 3 p.m. to 6 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 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on your scheduled date.

What Should I bring to Bama Bound?

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:

  • Bama Bound confirmation mailer with temporary parking pass
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Jacket or sweatshirt (some of the buildings can be cold inside)
  • Phone, laptop, 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:

  • Overnight bag and toiletries
  • Twin-size bed linens, pillow, towel and blanket (the residence hall can be cold at night)
  • Gym clothes/tennis shoes for the REXPO at the Student Recreation Center

What if I’m in Honors College?

The Honors College will be at each of the freshman Bama Bound sessions. Students who have been accepted into the Honors College will have direct access to the Honors College within their session.

What if I need disability accommodations?

If you have dietary restrictions or need certain accommodations during Bama Bound, please contact Orientation at 205-348-49999, toll-free 800-933-BAMA or TDD 205-348-3081 at least two full-weeks prior to your sessions.

We work closely with the Office of Disability Services to arrange the appropriate accommodations to assist you during your Bama Bound experience.

Something came up. Can I change my session?

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.

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Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Local: 205-348-4999
Toll Free: 1-800-933-2262 (opt. 4)
Email: orientation@ua.edu


The University of Alabama
205 Student Services Center Box 870110
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487