Dear Class of 2026 Families:

On behalf of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, welcome to The University of Alabama family. We want the next four years to be a wonderful time of growth for your student.

Sending your student to college for the first time is an exciting time. Over the course of their collegiate career, your student will learn and grow in large part based on personal interactions and the environment in which they live. We offer numerous programs and services to assist students in their transition to UA. One of these programs is Thrive, a web-based education program that is required of all incoming students. It is one way the University fulfills federal requirements from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. More importantly, it is one important way we support our students’ wellbeing and resilience as they join our campus community.

The Thrive program educates students in specific areas— community, wellness, healthy relationships and substance misuse. Every incoming student is required to take the Thrive course, which is comprised of two parts. We will communicate directly with your student regarding the information and instructions to complete the course.

To help ensure your student meets this requirement, please remind them that an email to their UA email address will arrive on July 13, 2022 with specific directions for logging on to the course through myBama for Part 1. This first part needs to be completed prior to August 12. Then, on or after September 6, they will receive an e-mail with updates to complete Part 2, which must be submitted by October 15. Completing all lessons will take a few hours, so we encourage your student to break them up into separate sessions. They need to make sure to complete all lessons by each deadline.

We recognize the extremely important role families play in shaping their student’s attitudes and behaviors. We are confident that your student will benefit from taking the Thrive course. Thank you for partnering with us through this process.


Stuart R. Bell