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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Division of Academic Outreach

More than ever before, students are choosing distance education to pursue their college degrees. The Division of Academic Outreach strives to facilitate University degree programs to adult learners who are limited by time, geography, work schedules or personal obligations. Students may choose from formats that will 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 appropriate academic college.

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.

Online Courses

Academic Outreach delivers courses online. Students are instructed through a secure Internet site, where they interact with their professors and other classmates online. 

Video Courses

Academic Outreach delivers undergraduate and graduate courses via online video streaming to students who cannot attend classes on campus. Lectures are recorded as they occur and streamed via the internet the same day. Students complete the same course requirements as on-campus students and take proctored exams at convenient sites. Video courses are offered in the College of Engineering.

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.

Intercampus Interactive Telecommunication System (IITS)

The Intercampus Interactive Telecommunication System (IITS) is a network of conference rooms connected to a statewide videoconferencing network.  Sites throughout Alabama are equipped with cameras, monitors and other devices that allow teachers and students to interact as if they were in the same room. Presenters use traditional visuals, such as PowerPoint presentations, overheads and videotape/DVD, as well as digital options unique to IITS.

Weekend College

Designed to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time students, Weekend College offers a number of courses in the fall, spring and summer semesters on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons. Scheduling weekend classes is especially convenient for part-time students who would like to pursue academic studies while working.

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 six 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. Graduate-level courses in library studies are also available through a degree program offered by the College of Communication and Information Sciences. For more information, please call (256) 546-2886 or 1-888-223-4131, or visit

Bama By Distance Student Services

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