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

Day 1

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

Check-in & Onsite Registration

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Ferguson Student Center, 2nd floor
Receive your materials, nametag, 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.)

Optional a la carte Opportunities *

8:15 – 9:45 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 Honors College, Capstone Center for Student Success, and Veteran & Military Affairs. Additionally, campus tours will be offered during this time if you have not had a chance to see UA’s beautiful campus.

Welcome to The University of Alabama *

10:00 – 10:20 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

10:20 – 10:30 a.m.
At this time, students are dismissed to attend student-only sessions. Parents & family members will rejoin students for the afternoon’s College Visit and dinner.

Academic Essentials

10:30 – 10:50 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.

Transition to Life on Campus: Housing at UA

10:50 – 11:30 a.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!

Dismissal to Small Groups

11:30 – 11:35 a.m.

Parent Ambassador Small Group

11:35 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Various Locations
You will be escorted from the Ferguson Center Ballroom to various locations in the building to get inside information and tips, all from current UA students!


12:20 – 1:10 p.m. Ferguson Center Food Court, 2nd floor
Enjoy lunch with other parents and guests alongside the Parent Ambassadors.

Crucial Conversations

1:10 – 1:40 p.m. Ferguson Center Ballroom, 3rd floor
Your student has not yet left the nest. A staff member from Parent & Family programs will help you navigate some of the important family conversations to have in preparation for your student’s transition to UA.

Travel to College Visit with Parent Ambassadors

1:40 – 2:00 p.m.

College Visit *

2:00 – 4:00 p.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

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Get Down to Business *

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Take this time to check some tasks off of your Bama to-do list with your student. Pick up their Action Card (student must be present with photo id). Get your individualized questions answered by Financial Aid (open until 4:45 p.m.), Student Account Services, or your student’s academic advisor. Staying on campus tonight, check into the residence hall.

Dinner *

5 – 6:30 p.m. Lakeside Dining
Enjoy dinner with your student. If you need food accommodations, a Bama Dining staff member can assist you.

Explore Tuscaloosa

Take a stroll on the Riverwalk. Grab dessert or coffee at one of Tuscaloosa’s many restaurants. Swing by the Orientation Help Desk for recommendations.

Day 2

Check-out (If staying in Ridgecrest South)

7:15 – 8:30 a.m. Ridgecrest South Residence Hall

Breakfast *

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Lakeside Dining
Meet up with your student, enjoy a full breakfast, and prepare for an exciting Day 2.

Student Life Welcome

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Ferguson Center Ballroom, 3rd floor
Hear a special message from one of UA’s premier Division of Student Life staff members.

Supporting your Student’s Wellness

9:00 – 9:30 a.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

9:30 – 9:50 a.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

9:50 – 10:20 a.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

10:20 – 10:40 a.m. Learn from Student Account Services representatives about the logistics of payment at UA.

Financial Aid at UA

10:40 – 11:00 a.m. Better understand the process of financing your student’s education and utilizing financial aid resources.

End of Parent & Family Orientation

11:00 a.m.

Capstone Connections Info Fair *

11:00 – 1:30 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.

Departmental Open Houses *

11:30 – 2 p.m. Various Locations, see below for more details

Office of Disability Services1000 Houser Hall
SafeZone Resource CenterFerguson Center Suite 2419
Student Care and Well-BeingFerguson Center Suite 2500
Veteran and Military Affairs3000 Houser Hall

Optional Interest Sessions *

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Various Locations, see below for more details

Career CenterFerguson Center Suite 3500
Fraternity & Sorority Life Ferguson Center Ballroom
Study AbroadFerguson Center Room 3104