Early College Program


Welcome to UNA Early College! The program offers excellent opportunities for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who aspire to earn college credit while still in high school. Early College students are eligible to take 100-200 level courses. There are a wide variety of courses that are appealing to students' future educational and career interests.

  • Application deadline for summer semester: APRIL 15
  • Priority application deadline for fall semester: APRIL 15
  • Priority application deadline for spring semester: NOVEMBER 15

UNA Early College applicants with admission credentials received after the deadline will be considered for registration on a case-by-case basis.

Application Process:

  • Complete the online application for admission and submit the $35.00 application fee. Click here to apply now!

  • Request an official high school transcript to be sent to the Office of Admissions.

  • Send official ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Students cannot request a Math or an English class without a sufficient ACT or SAT sub-scores.

  • Complete the Early College Registration Form here. The Approval Form must be submitted prior to registration for courses.
    • Please click here to see an example of the Early College Approval Form.

UNA Early College students who wish to re-enroll after an absence of one or more fall or spring semesters must reapply by submitting the Undergraduate Application and official high school transcript. The $35 application fee is not required for previously enrolled students.


Summer 2021 - $100 Course Opportunity

Students will be able to take up to two courses at the discounted rate of $100 per course.

  • Seniors (Class of 2021): Students graduating from high school in May will need to apply (or reapply) as a freshman for Summer 2021. They do not need to submit the Early College approval form, and they can register themselves online. Click here to access an instructional video for course registration.
  • Rising High School Juniors & Seniors (Classes of 2022 & 2023): Students will need to apply as Early College for Summer 2021. They will additionally need to submit an Early College approval form, and the Office of Admissions will register them for their course. If an EC student took a course in the Spring 2021 semester, they will only need to submit a new EC approval form. Click here to access this form.

High School City State
Alabama Home Schools
Austin High School Decatur AL
Brooks High School Killen AL
Buckhorn High School New Market AL
Calera High School Calera AL
Central High School Florence AL
Central High School Tuscaloosa AL
Chelsea High School Chelsea AL
Cherokee High School Cherokee AL
Colbert County High School Leighton AL
Colbert Heights High School Tuscumbia AL
Crossroads Christian Moody AL
Decatur High School Decatur AL
East Lawrence High School Trinity AL
Florence High School Florence AL
Hatton High School Town Creek AL
Hazel Green High School Hazel Green AL
Helena High School Helena AL
Lauderdale County High School Rogersville AL
Lawrence County High School Moulton AL
Lexington High School Lexington AL
Madison Co. High School Gurley AL
Montevallo High School Montevallo AL
New Hope High School New Hope AL
Northridge High School Tuscaloosa AL
Oak Mountain High School Birmingham AL
Paul W. Bryant High School Tuscaloosa AL
Rogers High School Florence AL
Russellville High Schoool Russellville AL
Shelby County High School Columbiana AL
Sparkman High School Harvest AL
Waterloo High School Waterloo AL
Wilson High School Florence AL

Requirements for Admission:

High school juniors and seniors who rank above average in academic achievement and who meet the specified general aptitude and academic competency requirements as listed below may be granted admission to the Early College Program, upon the written recommendation of their principals or guidance counselors.

General Aptitude:

  • Applicants must demonstrate academic competency by achieving a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) on all unweighted high school work.


  • High school “B” average to be eligible for initial enrollment in the UNA Early College program.
  • “C” average on UNA courses for continued participation in the UNA Early College program.
  • Course requirements (specific ACT scores, high school courses, etc.) as listed in the current undergraduate catalog.
  • Students must also meet all course prerequisite requirements.
  • Exceptions must be approved by the chair of the department where the course is housed, the dean of the college, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Once admitted, make sure to complete the following:

  1. Pay your bill online through your UNA Portal account. Click here for payment instructions.
  2. Get your student ID at the Mane Card office located on the first floor of the Commons.
  3. Register your vehicle online, and pick up your parking decal from Transportation Services located on the first floor of the GUC (next to the elevators). Click here to view designated parking zones.
  4. Familiarize yourself with class times and locations. Click here for a campus map.

Students may be eligible for a scholarship of $1,000 ($500 per semester) if the student completes between 12-16 credit hours with a 3.00 grade point average in the UNA Early College program; or $1,500 ($750 per semester) if the student completes at least 17 credit hours (stackable up to the cost of attendance) with a 3.00 grade point average in the Early College program. The student must enroll at UNA during the fall semester following their high school graduation. The scholarship will be awarded on a per semester basis for one-year only.

Students who attend the below districts are eligible:

  • Lawrence County Schools (AL)
  • Russellville City Schools
  • Florence City Schools
  • Lauderdale County Schools
  • Madison County Schools
  • Tuscaloosa County Schools
  • Crossroads Christian
  • Shelby County Schools
  • Alabama Home School Association