The Blount Scholars Program is a selective, four-year, living and learning community at The University of Alabama featuring small, seminar-style classes, intensive interaction with faculty, and an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum leading to a minor in Liberal Arts. The overall enrollment is approximately 380 students. Blount is open to students of any major.
A Living Learning Community
All first-year Blount students as well as many Blount upper-class students, live in the Blount Living and Learning Center (LLC), a premier campus residence hall designed to integrate social and intellectual life. The Blount LLC was created intentionally for constant interaction between students and every year Blount students leave the Blount LLC with a strong sense of community. As well as the LLC Blount students also have access to two historic buildings on UA’s main quadrangles, Oliver Barnard Hall and Tuomey Hall, contain additional classrooms, computer labs, and study space for the exclusive use of Blount students. This integration provides Blount students with the atmosphere of a small liberal arts college in the midst of a major research university. If you want to learn more about our great buildings check it out here.
With A Liberal Arts Minor
The Blount Scholars Program is centered on the Blount minor in liberal arts. Taken from the Latin, līberālis (befitting or worthy of a free person), the liberal arts are those subjects and skills that since classical antiquity have been considered essential for citizens to know in order to take an active part in civic life. Originally seven in number, in the contemporary university, the liberal arts comprise the disciplines in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, Arts, Mathematics, and Social Sciences. The Blount minors aims to allow its students to come at these contemporary discplines with a variety of perspectives. The Blount minor lends itself to the liberal arts by teaching Blount students how to critically think and write proficiently throughout these different disciplines. Because the Blount Program leads to a minor, even students whose majors are in colleges outside the College of Arts & Sciences can participate in the program.
For Any Major
Students in the Blount Scholars Program have come from every college on campus from the College of Arts and Sciences to College of Engineering to The College of Education and everywhere in between. The quintessential Blount Student will have gained a greater perspective into the variety of different spheres of academia offered at The University of Alabama while simultaneously advancing their specific knowledge in their particular field.
Who wants to be in a class with over 200 students in a giant lecture room? Not Blount Students! First-year Foundations seminars are capped at 15 students; elective and Capstone seminars in the sophomore, junior, and senior years are capped at 12 students. Blount students currently enjoy priority course registration.
Intensive Interaction with Faculty
Blount courses are taught by award-winning faculty from disciplines across the University. Because of the small course size, Blount students work closely with their professors and receive individualized instruction.
Because the program is built around the minor, Blount students can easily pursue a variety of majors and participate in other organizations and honor societies at the University. All incoming Blount Students will automatically be in the Honors College.
Admission to the program is competitive and any prospective or first-year student at the University of Alabama may apply by following the “Apply” link on this website and filling out our online application. Although we accept applications throughout the year as space in the entering class permits, students are encouraged to apply by December 15th for priority consideration. Apply here