What is Bama Bound?
Bama Bound, the University's new student orientation program is required of all new freshmen and transfer students. Bama Bound facilitates a smooth transition for freshmen and transfer undergraduate students by providing them with information they will need to ensure success at the Capstone. Bama Bound also gives students the opportunity to learn about the University, services offered to students, and academic programs, along with enrolling in classes for their first term at the University.
Why is Bama Bound Important?
Not only does Bama Bound help facilitate a smooth transition to college, it also provides an opportunity for new students to register for classes. Registration, the process of setting up a class schedule and reserving a place for you in each of those classes, can only be done during the Bama Bound summer orientation. Until a student's class schedule has been confirmed and UA has received the payment of tuition, course fees, residence hall room, Dining Dollars, meal options, and parking decal charges, registration is NOT complete.
When is Bama Bound?
Bama Bound for new students admitted for summer and fall takes place during May, June, July and August. Students admitted for summer terms will attend a special summer term orientation. Students attending orientations for summer school terms may register for both summer and fall courses during their Bama Bound session.If possible, women participating in formal recruitment are strongly encouraged to attend a Freshman, Summer or Transfer Orientation session prior to August.
For a list of 2019 Bama Bound Orientation dates, click here.
What if I Want to Participate in Recruitment, but Cannot Attend a Bama Bound Orientation Session Prior to August?
We understand that summer travel may be difficult for some, and have made accommodations for those women interested in recruitment that are unable to attend a Freshman, Summer or Transfer Orientation session prior to August. If you cannot attend any of the Bama Bound Orientation sessions prior to August, then you will need to register for the Freshman Final Session on Thursday, August 15. Since the August 15th Freshman Final Session is scheduled during the Sisterhood Round of Sorority Recruitment, you will need to make note of this conflict on your Campus Director registration form when it asks if you "anticipate any conflicts that might prevent you from attending any of the recruitment activities." At Convocation, you will also need to notify your Sigma Rho Chi (Recruitment Counselor) of this conflict, so that we can make arrangements for you to attend any Sisterhood Day parties you are invited to on Friday, August 16, thus freeing up Thursday, August 15, for you to attend Bama Bound Orientation, allowing you can register for your classes and pay your student bill.
Registration, the process of setting up a class schedule and reserving a place for you in each of those classes, can only be done during the Bama Bound summer orientation. Until a student's class schedule has been confirmed and UA has received the payment of tuition, course fees, residence hall room, Dining Dollars, meal options, and parking decal charges, registration is NOT complete. As such, students who report to campus for formal sorority recruitment before they have completed orientation and registration may have issues accessing some of the services such as dining until they develop and confirm a student schedule through Student Account Services. If you have not participated in orientation before you come to campus for formal recruitment, we suggest that you start a Bama Cash account by going to http://actcard.ua.edu or bringing cash, a credit or a debit card with you. You will need money for meals until your Fall schedule is confirmed by Student Account Services.
What If I Don't Have Action Card Prior to Arriving on Campus?
All students should submit a photo online for their Action Card as soon as they register for Bama Bound. Students who have submitted a photo online for their Action Card and have had it approved can set up their DUO account through their myBama and then add their Action Card on to their iPhone and Apple Watches. Full instructions and videos on how to add the mobile card can be found by visiting https://actcard.ua.edu/actioncardinapplewallet/.
Students who have not attended Bama Bound prior to their arrival on campus for recruitment are encouraged to start a Bama Cash account by going to http://actcard.ua.edu (or call 800-474-2288) or bring cash, a credit or a debit card with you as you will need money for meals until your fall schedule is confirmed with Student Account Services. Bama Cash is not affected by schedule confirmation, and money will remain on the student’s account to use from the moment it’s added until it’s used completely. Money put on for recruitment will be available to use throughout the semester. The ACT Card on iPhone and Apple Watch can be used for meals and Bama Cash.
The Action Card Office will be open on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to assist students who cannot access dining or residence hall services. Please call (205) 348-2288 or stop by the Campus Drive Parking Deck, 451 Campus Drive East. This is the Transit Hub, also known as the Bus Hub.
For students who submitted a photo online, your Action Card will be ready for pick- up at the Action Card office. If you failed to submit a photo online, you will need to be prepared to have your Action Card photo taken and card produced at the Action Card office. If a student is attending Bama Bound Orientation prior to recruitment, they will receive their physical card on Day 1 of orientation. If their orientation is after they arrive for recruitment, students can pick up their card at the Action Card Office. Students will need a government issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport to pick up their card. As noted above, some services accessed by the Action Card will not be available until your Fall schedule is confirmed through Student Account Services. Bama Cash accounts will not be affected by this.