Please note that posted schedules are tentative and final schedules will be given at orientation check-in.

1 Day Freshman Express

* Designates sessions attended by both students and parents/family members

Check-in & Onsite Registration

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Ferguson Student Center, 2nd floor
Receive your materials, name tag, and information for the day. Didn’t register in advance? No problem! You will be able to register onsite. (New UA students must be registered in advance for Bama Bound.)

Quick Interest Sessions (optional) *

8:15 & 8:35 a.m. Ferguson Student Center, 2nd floor
Choose your own adventure and attend the sessions that best meet your interests or needs. Sessions offered by a variety of campus departments (i.e.: Honors College, Capstone Center for Student Success, Veteran & Military Affairs, etc.).

Welcome to The University of Alabama *

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Ferguson Center Ballroom, 3rd floor
Welcome home to the Capstone! Join the orientation leaders to learn what to expect during orientation and how to connect with the UA community.

Dismissal of Students

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
At this time, students are dismissed to attend student-only sessions. Parents & family members will rejoin students for the College Visit, and then continue with their Parent & Family Orientation programming.

Academic Essentials

9:30 – 9:55 a.m. Ferguson Center Ballroom, 3rd floor
Learn essential academic information you’ll need to best support your student in their academic endeavors at UA.

Travel to College Visit with Parent Ambassadors

9:55 – 10:15 a.m.

College Visit *

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Various Locations
You will be escorted by members of the Parent Ambassador team to your student’s school or college. During this session, you will learn of opportunities within your student’s academic area and begin conversations about your student’s class schedule.

Travel Back from Colleges

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


12:00 – 12:55 p.m. Ferguson Center Food Court, 2nd floor
Enjoy lunch with other parents and guests alongside the Parent Ambassadors.

Transition to Life on Campus: Housing at UA

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Ferguson Center Ballroom, 3rd floor
Whether your student is living on or off campus, Housing and Residential Communities is a great resource for all students and their families!

Supporting your Student’s Wellness

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Ferguson Center Ballroom, 3rd floor
Learn about the programs and services provided by UA to support student wellness.

Supporting Student’s Safety on Campus

2:00 – 2:20 p.m. Ferguson Center Ballroom, 3rd floor
University Police will share information about UAPD’s services and programs and provide effective tips for reminding your student to stay safe on campus.

Bama Basics

2:20 – 2:40 p.m. Ferguson Center Ballroom, 3rd floor
Learn about essential services and resources available for students; everything from Action Card, meal plans, transportation, and more – don’t miss it!

Way to Pay at UA

2:40 – 3:00 p.m. Learn from Student Account Services representatives about the logistics of payment at UA.

Financial Aid at UA

3:00 – 3:20 p.m. Better understand the process of financing your student’s education and utilizing financial aid resources.

Wrap Up with Parent & Family Programs

3:20 – 3:30 p.m. Ferguson Center Ballroom, 3rd floor
Get a quick overview of next steps and helpful information you’ll use as you prepare for your student’s return to campus.

End of Parent & Family Orientation

3:30 p.m.

Capstone Connections Info Fair *

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Ferguson Student Center, 2nd floor
Visit with campus partners to learn more about specific opportunities, organizations, and resources that will enhance your student’s college experience.

Action Card Pick Up *

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. SupeStore, Ferguson Student Center, 1st floor

Your student can pick up their Action Card (student must be present with photo id).

Departmental Open Houses *

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Various Locations, details provided at check in