College of Continuing Studies

The University of Alabama recognizes that its resources can help individuals meet the challenges of their changing lives. Through the College of Continuing Studies, the University extends academic resources throughout Alabama, the Southeast, and beyond. The College is committed to delivering educational opportunities through online degree programs, evening and weekend programs, distance programs, the Gadsden Center, professional development courses, and a variety of professional workshops, seminars, and institutes.

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Bama By Distance

More than ever before, students are choosing distance education to pursue their college degrees. The College of Continuing Studies delivers The University of Alabama's online degree programs to learners who are limited by time, geography, work schedules or personal obligations through Bama By Distance. Students may choose from a variety of formats designed to fit their schedules and learning styles such as online, interactive video conferencing, weekend classes, or online video-streamed classes. All degrees are conferred by the academic college in which their unique program of study is offered.

For more information on these programs, please call 205-348-0089 or toll free 800-467-0227, or e-mail Visit the Bama by Distance website for more information.

Bama By Distance Student Services provides a University wide point of entry for students returning to campus or entering the University for the first time that wish to complete their degree via distance. Services provided include:

  • assisting prospective, current, and returning students with the application process for admission into a distance learning program
  • providing an online orientation for all distance students
  • administrating test proctoring services for distance students (virtual, off-campus, and in our on campus testing services office)
  • overseeing all College of Continuing Studies scholarships and grants for distance students
  • serving as a point of contact for all military students with questions regarding distance degree programs, tuition assistance, and military benefits

For more information, contact Bama By Distance Student Services at, 800-467-0227 or (205) 348-0089, or visit

Gadsden Education and Research Center

Established in 1946, The University of Alabama's Gadsden Education and Research Center is an off-campus program serving residents of northeast Alabama. The center offers graduate coursework for credit, noncredit programs for professional development and test services, as well as serving as a liaison to the University's main campus. Currently the center offers 4 complete graduate degrees in education, including a master's degree leading to Class A certification, an educational specialists degree leading to Class AA certification and doctoral programs. For more information, please call (256) 546-2886 or 1-888-223-4131, or visit

New College Life Track

The New College LifeTrack (NCLT) program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate distance learning program for adults whose educational needs cannot be met through traditional residential programs. Previously earned academic credits transferred from regionally accredited colleges or earned through national tests such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), independent studies, out-of-class learning contracts, correspondence studies, classroom work and demonstrated prior learning may be applied toward a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) degree in interdisciplinary studies.

The NCLT program is intended to serve adult students whose opportunities to use currently available educational resources may be limited. Applicants must have high school diplomas or minimum General Education Development (GED) equivalency scores of 50, be 25 years of age or older and have educational goals attainable through the program. Applicants need not be Alabama residents. The degree is awarded through the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information or to obtain a catalog and application, please call 800-452-5971 or visit For specific NCLT curriculum requirements, please refer to the College of Arts and Sciences New College section of this catalog.

UA Early College

Through The University of Alabama Early College program students may take college courses online or on campus while still in high school, earning up to 30 credit hours. Dual enrollment allows students to apply their college level work to both their high school curriculum and their college curriculum.  Early College allows high school students to earn college credit while still living at home. This, along with our scholarships, is a great way to save money. Please visit UA Early College website for additional details and application information.