Family Weekend Virtual Visits

UA Virtual Campus Tour

You really don’t know The University of Alabama until you’ve seen our campus. We’re excited to bring UA to you through a virtual reality campus tour guided by our Capstone Men & Women. This 360-video tour can be viewed on your computer or a smartphone. If you have access to a virtual reality headset, experience Tuscaloosa for yourself.

Virtual Campus Information Sessions

The University of Alabama is hosting virtual information sessions each weekday to provide opportunities for students and families who are unable to visit campus at this time. We’re offering college/interest-specific sessions, broad admissions information programs and virtual chats with our UA Student Ambassadors to offer the same information you would have during an on-campus visit. You can schedule a Virtual Campus Information Session here.

Hallowed Grounds Tour: Race, Slavery, and the University of Alabama

Please note this tour is on campus and self-guided.

Hallowed Grounds Tour (11” x 17” Printable PDF)

Created by Hilary N. Green in 2016, this tour seeks to shed light onto the lives, experiences, and legacy of the many enslaved men, women, and children who lived, worked, and even died at the University of Alabama, 1829-1865. This is the printable 11 x 17 pamphlet version of the full tour. At a leisurely pace, it takes about 90 minutes. 

Hallowed Grounds Tour (Mobile Phone/ iPad friendly)

Created by Hilary N. Green using Adobe Spark, this is device friendly version of the shortened alternate campus tour designed for classes (50 minute or 75 minute) and Black History Month. At a leisurely pace, it takes about 45-60 minutes. 

Hallowed Grounds Tour (Google My Map Version)

Created by Hilary N. Green, this tour seeks to shed light onto the lives, experiences, and legacy of the many enslaved men, women, and children who lived, worked, and even died at the University of Alabama, 1829-1865. This is a Google My Maps of the version of the full tour and updates the printable version created in 2016. At a leisurely pace, it takes about 90 minutes to visit the sites of slavery and its complex legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and Civil Rights Movement. 

Autherine Lucy: Forgotten Hero

Developed by Dr. Meredith Bagley using Adobe Spark, this alternative campus tour explores the campus history of Autherine Lucy and her legacy for the University of Alabama.

Autherine Lucy Tour (Mobile Phone/ iPad Friendly)

Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail

Consisting of UA faculty, Stillman faculty, community members, and former Civil Rights Movement (CRM) foot soldiers, the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Task Force created this alternate city tour documenting the important figures and sites of the long Civil Rights Movement in Tuscaloosa, including Bloody Tuesday.

Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail Brochure

Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Thanks for taking part in our #BamaFW20 Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt! We encourage you to also upload your photos to social media and tag us on Twitter + on Facebook! #BamaFW20 Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt flyer

Photo Locations:

  1. Nick Saban’s statue at the Walk of Champions
  2. In front of Bryant-Denny Stadium
  3. The elephant topiary in front of Rose Administration
  4. Denny Chimes
  5. Hands in Walk of Fame handprints (of any player of your choosing!) at Denny Chimes
  6. President’s Mansion
  7. Malone-Hood Plaza with the Autherine Lucy Clock Tower
  8. Russell Hall – home to the Capstone Center for Student Success
  9. Gorgas Library
  10. With “Goldie,” the robot statue in Woods Quad
  11. At your student’s current residence hall (or the residence hall they lived in during their first year on campus)
  12. Engineering Quad / Shelby Fountain
  13. Dr. Robert E. Witt statue at the Witt Student Activity Center
  14. Ferguson Center
  15. Student Recreation Center
  16. With a Crimson Ride bus in the background
  17. At your student’s favorite place to grab a bite to eat on campus
  18. Park at Manderson Landing
  19. Tuscaloosa mural at the corner of University Blvd + Red Drew Avenue 
  20. At your student’s favorite spot on campus or in Tuscaloosa!

Submissions for the Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt are now closed.

Family Weekend On-Demand Activities

President Stuart R. Bell welcomes you to Family Weekend 2020. Watch Dr. Bell’s welcome video here.

Honors College Virtual Open House 

The University of Alabama Honors College welcomes you (virtually) to Family Weekend 2020. While we cannot meet in person, we hope that you can learn a bit about our college, programs and our faculty and staff.

Honors College and Programs

Honors College Partner Programs 

Counseling Center

Watch a brief video highlighting services that the Counseling Center on campus offers. This page also includes resources on a variety of topics that are available to your student during their time at UA.

Counseling Center Resource Video

Graduate School: Accelerated Master’s Program

The University of Alabama’s Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) can help you meet your goal of earning a graduate degree while saving time and cutting costs. Fill out a brief interest form here and watch an information video about the program.

Accelerated Master’s Program Video and Information

Culverhouse College of Business

Take a virtual tour of the Culverhouse College of Business, get more info about student organizations, and learn more about our academic programs.

Culverhouse College of Business Virtual Tour and Information

College of Nursing Video Tour

Take a peek into the Capstone College of Nursing’s facilities including the Clinical Practice Lab and Simulation Centers, which offers innovative training for CCN students.

College of Nursing Clinical Practice Lab and Simulation Center Virtual Tour

School of Social Work 360 Virtual Tour of Little Hall

Take a virtual 360 degree tour of Little Hall and learn more about the School of Social Work.

School of Social Work 360 Degree Virtual Tour and Information

Visit Virtually with the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering invites families who would like to explore the College of Engineering to attend a College of Engineering Virtual Information Session through the Undergraduate Admissions website. Additionally, the College of Engineering website has a Virtual Visits page that highlights aspects of the College of Engineering through videos and 360 panoramic views in and around their facilities. These opportunities will be available for your participation and viewing throughout the fall 2020 semester.

College of Engineering Virtual Visits Page

College of Communication & Information Sciences Virtual Tour

Watch a brief welcome from the Dean of CIS and take a virtual tour of Reese Phifer Hall and the Digital Media Center. 

Welcome Video from Dr. Mark Nelson, Dean of CIS

Communication & Information Sciences Virtual Tour Link

University Recreation Virtual Classes

Join University Recreation for a virtual fitness class via their YouTube Channel.

Virtual On Demand Classes via YouTube

Education Abroad Showcase Recordings

Watch recordings of the 2020 Fall Study Abroad Showcase sessions from September 14th, 15th, and 16th.

2020 Fall Virtual Study Abroad Showcase Recordings

University Libraries

Explore University of Alabama Libraries services and resources.

Find out more about how campus libraries have prepared for health and safety this fall: University Libraries Welcomes Students and Faculty for Fall 2020

Roll Tide Research is an online course that consists of a series of interactive tutorials and other multimedia resources focusing on concepts and skills essential to academic research. The Roll Tide Research tutorials can be completed in any order.

UA Museums

UA Museums encompasses five museums, two research departments (Research & Collections and the Office of Archaeological Research), and the Emmy-winning Discovering Alabama television program.

  • Alabama Museum of Natural History
  • The Gorgas House Museum
  • Paul R. Jones Museum
  • Moundville Archaeological Park
  • Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum

You can visit the UA Museums YouTube channel to watch their “Museums From Your Home” series, this year’s Bama Bug Fest: On the Web, and much more.

Family Weekend Live Sessions

President Stuart R. Bell welcomes you to Family Weekend 2020. Watch Dr. Bell’s welcome video here.

Zoom Sessions from Friday, September 25, 2020.

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life will host two thirty minute sessions: one session will be for parents and families who have a student who is a currently a member of the community and the other session will be for those whose students are not yet a member. 

Both sessions will explain the role of OFSL and the council advisors to the chapters. They will also explain the resources and places where parents and families can find more information.

Then, students (Greek Ambassadors) in each of the sessions that will address questions around involvement and how a student can join if they have not yet joined a chapter.

Watch a recording of OFSL Session 1 (Students Are Already Members)

Watch a recording OFSL Session 2 (Students Are Not Members)

College of Communication & Information Sciences Virtual Q&A

Watch a brief welcome from the Dean of CIS, take a virtual tour of Reese Phifer Hall and the Digital Media Center, then attend a live Zoom Q&A with faculty, staff, and a few student organizations. 

Welcome Video from Dr. Mark Nelson, Dean of CIS

Communication & Information Sciences Virtual Tour Link

Watch a recording of the Communication & Information Sciences Q&A Zoom

The College of Continuing Studies: Empowering Lifelong Learners

The College of Continuing Studies will host a virtual open house event. The open house will highlight the numerous opportunities offered for lifelong learners, including Bama By Distance, New College LifeTrack, and OLLI. 

Watch a recording of the College of Continuing Studies Virtual Open House Zoom

FYI from FYE

The Office of First Year Experience invites you to join us for our “FYI from FYE” virtual event. Your student receives our “FYI from FYE” newsletter at the beginning of each month, and we want to share the good news with you, too! In this hop-on, hop-off virtual session, join us to learn about our 20+ programs and resources for first-year students to build community and find their place at the Capstone. 

Watch a recording of the First Year Experience Virtual Event Zoom

Learning about University Libraries

In this Q & A panel, librarians from The University of Alabama will answer questions about library services and resources. James Gilbreath and Alex Boucher will provide input & answers on how The University Libraries can help students succeed at The University of Alabama. 

Watch a recording of the University Libraries Live Q&A Zoom

Family Weekend Q&A with Education Abroad

Join the Education Abroad office for a live study abroad Q&A with Brooke Caneer and our director Carolina Robinson. We will give families the opportunity to ask us any questions they have about our process as well as give them information about our office.

Watch a recording of the Education Abroad Live Q&A Zoom

2020 Fall Virtual Study Abroad Showcase Recordings

University Programs

Various Dates Throughout the Semester

Join University Programs for various events scheduled throughout the semester. You can find links to these programs and more on the University Programs Event Calendar.

Moody School of Music Virtual Live Concert Series

Various Dates Throughout the Semester

Students and families can watch concerts hosted by the School of Music throughout fall semester. You can find the full schedule of upcoming concerts on the calendar page of their website. Attend a concert by clicking on the YouTube livestream link at the designated time and date indicated on the events calendar. Please note all times are central time, and concerts will not be available on Youtube at a later time once the concert has ended. 

School of Music Event Calendar

School of Music Livestream YouTube Channel

University Recreation Virtual Classes and Live Sessions

Weekly Live Sessions and On Demand Virtual Sessions

Join University Recreation for a virtual fitness class via their YouTube Channel. Students and guests can also register to attend live classes on their Group Exercise schedule. Please note, space is limited and registration is required for live sessions.

Virtual On Demand Classes via YouTube

Live Group Exercise Schedule and Registration

Family Weekend 2020 Games and Activities

Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition between families? We do, but we mostly love to see your family photos! 😍 This year, we’re offering two different family activities to show us your excitement about being part of the UA family, whether you’re in Tuscaloosa or at home!

  • Our ‘Show Us Your Spirit’ Contest allows you to show off your family’s remote tailgate setup to cheer on the Crimson Tide against Mizzou on Saturday, September 26th!
  • Our #BamaFW20 Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt gives your family a chance to see some campus landmarks and practice your selfie-taking skills! Check as many off our photo list as you can for a chance to be feature on our social media accounts!

Show Us Your Spirit Contest flyer#BamaFW20 Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt flyer

Show Us Your Bama Spirit Contest

Show Us Your Bama Spirit Contest. Whether it's a home-gate, on the go-gate, or a virtual-gate, we want to see your remote tailgate setup for the UA at Mizzou game on Saturday, September 26.

While we wish we were all together this Family Weekend, we’re excited to see your remote tailgate setups to cheer on the Crimson Tide against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, September 26!

Thank you for taking part in our #BamaFW20 ‘Show Us Your Spirit’ Contest! The rules are listed below and we can’t wait to see your family photos!!

Rules:
  • Only one entry per family with a currently enrolled UA student.
  • Student name and email address must be submitted to confirm enrollment.
  • Each submission must include at least 2 photos, but no more than 5. We’d love to see a family photo + your “tailgate” setup!
  • We encourage you to also upload your photos to social media and tag us – @BamaParents on Twitter + “UA Parent & Family Programs” on Facebook!
  • *Please practice mask-wearing + social distancing, when appropriate.
  • *Please do not include alcohol in photo submissions.

Families who submit their tailgate setup will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize pack from the UA Supe Store! [Prize pack must be picked up at the Supe Store by your student.]

All photos must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Monday, September 28th, 2020. 

Submit Your Photo

Around T-Town

Around Tuscaloosa

While you’re in Tuscaloosa visiting your student, we want you to be able to explore your student’s new city! Whether it’s taking a socially-distanced stroll down the Riverwalk, picking up some local fruits + veggies at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning, or doing some shopping at Midtown Village, University Mall, or the Shoppes at Legacy Park, we want you to see all of the benefits of living in our beautiful Tuscaloosa! Check out Visit Tuscaloosa for even more things to do + places to check out in the Druid City!

Take a look at our list of places to check out around Tuscaloosa:

Check out visittuscaloosa.com for more suggestions on where to eat, where to visit, and what to do around Tuscaloosa!