Transfer Students and STARS
The Transfer Process
Current Culverhouse College of Business students who plan to take courses at another institution are required to meet with an advisor in 10 Bidgood Hall. This meeting must take place PRIOR to enrolling in the courses to determine if and how the courses may be applied toward a specific degree program at UA. The Culverhouse College of Business cannot guarantee courses taken at another institution will apply to a particular degree program without the recommendation of an advisor. Any major program coursework a student desires to apply to the major program must have departmental chair approval PRIOR to enrolling in the course. Students should log into myBama and complete a Letter of Transiency. This letter is your contract between you and the University, granting permission for the course to transfer.
The Letter of Transiency must be mailed to the institution you plan to attend prior to registering for the course/courses. Upon completion of the course(s) and after a grade is posted, remember to request that an official transcript is sent to The University of Alabama Registrar’s office: Box 870134, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
Only coursework submitted on an official transcript will be evaluated for degree credit. Until an official transcript is submitted with an application for admission, any discussions (written or verbal) regarding course equivalencies will be considered UNOFFICIAL.
To determine if and how a course will transfer to The University of Alabama, please explore the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide. Select your transferring institution and use the drop-down option to view the course and its equivalent. Please pay close attention to the group codes.
Transfer courses with a Group Code (indicated in the far left column of the table) indicate how two or more transferring courses together determine the UA equivalency. These courses will also have a UA equivalency specified when transferred as an individual course. Please note that you must take all courses with the same group code to receive the designated UA course equivalency for that group. If not, then you will receive the course equivalency specified for the individual course(s).
Courses equated with GEC 197 and\or 397 are considered elective credit only.
The University of Alabama Registrar’s Office is responsible for reviewing and evaluating all 100/200 level courses and for assigning equivalencies. Questions about how a course will transfer should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.
Students may apply up to 60 hours from regionally accredited two-year institutions and 90 hours from a regionally accredited four-year institution. No 300/400 level courses may be taken at a two-year institution. GBA 300 and GBA 490 may NOT be transferred.
Appeals for transfer courses are handled through the assistant registrar in The Culverhouse College of Business. A syllabus and/or detailed course description will be required for all appeals.
Major program courses may only transfer from regionally accredited four-year institutions, with prior approval from the department chair. Only 6 hours of major program courses may be transferred.
Students transferring to The University of Alabama and The Culverhouse College of Business, must apply for admission here.
Students with fewer than 24 credit hours must also submit ACT\SAT scores and high school transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
Schedule a Bama Bound session upon acceptance to The University of Alabama. Transferring students will register for classes and participate in advising for the upcoming term.
After students have made an application, been accepted, and scheduled a Bama Bound session, an evaluation of transferring coursework and applicability to a degree in The Culverhouse College of Business will be mailed.
Visit the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide for a reference of course equivalencies from transferring institutions. A course not listed on the equivalency guide may still be eligible for transfer. A course not listed on the equivalency guide means we have not yet received and equated this particular course.
Only coursework submitted on an official transcript is evaluated for degree credit. Until an official transcript is submitted, along with an application for admission, any discussions (written or verbal) regarding course equivalencies are considered UNOFFICIAL.
The Culverhouse College of Business has a mandatory advising policy. Advisors are not assigned, except for OM/MIS majors, but students MUST make advising appointments within the first 3 weeks of each Fall and Spring semester. Students may not register for classes until after meeting with an advisor.
Sixty hours may be applied to a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited two-year collegiate institution. All coursework, except technical and remedial, is calculated into the GPA, even if it doesn’t apply to the degree. If courses are not calculated into the GPA at the transferring institution, they are not calculated at UA. This would include repeats and\or forgiveness.
Ninety hours may be applied to a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution. All coursework is calculated into the GPA, even if it doesn’t apply to the degree. If courses are not calculated into the GPA at the transferring institution, they are not calculated at UA. This would include repeats and/or forgiveness.
Major program courses MUST have departmental approval before enrollment at another institution to apply to a degree. Only 6 of the 18 hours in a major program may be taken at another regionally accredited four-year collegiate institution.
Business courses at the 300/400-level taken at a two-year institution will NOT count toward a degree.
GBA 300 (Business Communication Strategy) and GBA 490 (Strategy and Policy) are NOT transferable from any institution.
STARS: In State Transfers
If you are planning to transfer to The University of Alabama from a regionally accredited junior or community college, you will need to know the junior/community college equivalents. STARS (Statewide Transfer Articulation and Reporting System) provides guidance and direction for you.
The STARS system allows you to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of your choice. The agreement guides you through your first two years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to The University of Alabama and The Culverhouse College of Business. Please print and bring your agreement with you to your Bama Bound Session. If you change your major, then the agreement will no longer be valid. Although transfer guides/agreements may only be printed for two-year to four-year transfers, STARS may also be used as a guide from four-year to The University of Alabama.
- Area I: Composition
- Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts
- Area III: Natural Science and Mathematics
- Area IV: History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Area V: Pre-Professional, Major, and Elective Courses
- Area V: Pre-Professional, Major, and Elective Courses (MIS Majors Only)
Area V Business Related Courses
|University of Alabama Courses||Junior/Community College Courses|
|AC 210||BUS 241 & 242|
|LGS 200||BUS 263|
|MATH 121||MTH 120|
|CS 102||CIS 146|
|ST 260||BUS 271 & BUS 272 or BUS 260*|
*BUS 271 & 272(satisfies the requirement, but does not equate to ST 260) or ST 260.
International Transfer Students
If you plan to transfer to The University of Alabama and The Culverhouse College of Business, you must apply for admission here.
Please request transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended both inside and outside of the United States and send them to:
The University of Alabama
Office of the Registrar
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
All international transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES Agency. For a list of those agencies, visit the NACES Agency website.
Upon acceptance to The University of Alabama, schedule a Bama Bound Session (student orientation). At this time you will meet the advisors and register for classes for the upcoming term.
Once you have applied, been accepted and scheduled a Bama Bound Session, you will receive an evaluation of your coursework detailing how and if transferred coursework will apply to a degree in The Culverhouse College of Business.
To receive credit for business courses, your college MUST be AACSB accredited. For a global listing of AACSB accredited institutions, please visit the AACSB website.
The Culverhouse College of Business has a mandatory advising policy. Please make an advising appointment within the first three weeks of each Fall and Spring semester with Jeff Clark in 10 Bidgood Hall. Operations Management or Management Information Systems majors will meet with Heather Davis for advising in 300 Alston Hall.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: I am transferring The University of Alabama. When may I register for classes?
A: You will register for classes at your Bama Bound Session.
Q: What is Bama Bound?
A: Bama Bound is an orientation where you will meet advisors and register for classes. For more information and a checklist, please visit the orientation website.
Q: Will all my credits transfer?
A: As long as they aren’t remedial or technical, all will transfer, HOWEVER, all may not apply. College must be regionally accredited.
Q: How do I transfer my credits?
A: You must contact all collegiate institutions you have attended and request that your transcripts be sent to:
The University of Alabama
Office of the Registrar
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Q: How many transfer credits may I apply to my degree?
A: From regionally accredited two year institutions, up to 60 credit hours may transfer and apply. From regionally accredited four year institutions, up to 90 hours may transfer and apply.
Q: Do my grades transfer?
A: Yes, unless the grades were not calculated into the GPA from the transferring institution.
Q: Will these grades affect my GPA?
A: Yes and no. They will affect your transfer and cumulative GPA, but not your UA GPA. Only coursework completed at UA will affect your UA GPA.
Q: If I retake a course, does it replace the previous grade?
A: No, all attempts are calculated into the GPA, HOWEVER, the last attempt is the grade that will apply to your degree.
Q: What is core curriculum?
A: These are courses with particular designations pertaining to how they apply to your degree. To view the core curriculum and the core designation each carries, please visit the core cirriculum website.
Q: What is the procedure for taking courses at a different institution?
A: First, you must meet with an academic advisor in Student Services, 10 Bidgood Hall, to determine if and how the courses may be used toward a specific degree program. You should apply to the transferring institution as a transient student and be accepted. You will be required to provide a letter of transiency and\or an official transcript from The University of Alabama. Upon completion of the course, you should request an official transcript be sent to the University of Alabama Registrar’s Office*:
The University of Alabama
The Office of the Registrar
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
*All transcripts must be sent to The University of Alabama, no matter the grade.
Q: Who is my advisor?
A: Culverhouse doesn’t assign advisors, with the exception of OM/MIS. If you began your career as a freshman, it will usually be your GBA 145 instructor. If not, you may schedule an appointment with any advisor. If you are an Operations Management or Management Information Systems major, your advisor will be Heather Davis in 300 Alston.
Q: How do I schedule an advising appointment?
a. Stopping by 10 Bidgood
b. Calling 205-348-4537
Q: May I attend another college and The University of Alabama during the same semester?
A: Yes, if prior approval has been granted by a Culverhouse College of Business academic advisor.