students at graduation

It’s never too early to begin planning for a smooth transition from student to graduate. Here are the steps you’ll need to take.

Senior Year

  • Early in your last semester, visit the Candidate Instructions page on the University Registrar’s website for information about ordering photos, rings, announcements, and regalia. Be sure to check out the event details while there.
  • During your next-to-last semester (if you want to graduate in May, that would be during the fall semester preceding May commencement), get a copy of your transcript and discuss it with your major advisor. This is a good time to tidy up your academic credentials by clearing up any incomplete courses you might have, transfer in courses taken at other schools, even declare academic bankruptcy if you had one exceptionally bad semester.
  • Also during your next-to-last semester, apply for graduation via myBama.
  • Watch for a letter about your application for graduation. When it arrives, review its contents and, if necessary, discuss it with a registrar in the College.
  • Two weeks before graduation, pick up your honors stole (if applicable) at the A&S Student Services Center in 200 Clark Hall.

Junior Year

  • Evaluate your degree progress while you still have time to resolve any problems. Start with DegreeWorks, and if you have any questions or concerns, make an appointment with your College advisor.

Sophomore Year

  • Declare a major and minor (if you haven’t already).
  • Check your progress against the academic plan you developed for your junior and senior years, and discuss with your general or major advisor the steps you need to take to graduate on time.
  • Transition from your general advisor to your faculty advisor. You’ll begin meeting with your departmental/major advisor beginning in your sophomore year and continuing until graduation.

Freshman Year

  • Declare a major and minor (if you haven’t already).
  • Work with your General or Pre-Professional program advisor in the A&S Student Services Center, 200 Clark Hall.
  • Develop your eight-semester academic plan in DegreeWorks.


Graduation-related deadlines are included in the UA academic calendar maintained by the Office of the Registrar.


To graduate from The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences, you must meet the following requirements:

  • complete a minimum of 120 applicable hours
  • maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all UA coursework as well as in your declared major and minor,
  • complete 90 hours of coursework in A&S-specific disciplines
  • complete 36 hours of upper-level (300/400) courses
  • earn 4 hours of activity courses (listed in the UA Undergraduate Catalog); no more than 4 hours of activity-designated courses will apply to applicable hours needed for graduation
  • earn 30 semester hours while enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences on this campus
  • fulfill the W requirement with 6 hours of upper-level writing courses taken on this campus during your junior and senior years
  • apply online for graduation

You can find more information on specific degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.