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Do I have to read this entire FAQs page?
Of course you do. As Aristotle observes at the beginning of Metaphysics, all persons by nature desire to know.
Is it possible to be in the Blount Scholars Program and the University Honors College?
Yes. All students in the Program who complete the Blount minor and have a 3.5 UA GPA at graduation receive Honors recognition. In addition, Blount students are automatically UA honors student. This means that Blount students receive all benefits of the Honors College including: priority registration, access to all honors classes, and access to honors hall.
Well, then could I be a part of a Greek organization? What about SGA? And so on
Yes, yes, and yes! Blount is an academic program and does not interfere with any other academic, community service, or social organization you wish to join. Blount attracts some of the most academically driven students across all disciplines and those same students often end up in a variety of social and prestigious organizations. But at the same time, Blount provides a social atmosphere that allows students to create valuable connections regardless of social organization connections
In addition to counting toward the Blount minor, do Blount courses satisfy any other University requirements?
Yes. BUI 101 satisfies 3 hours of the University common core requirement in humanities (HU) and BUI 102 satisfies 3 hours of the University common core requirement in social and behavioral sciences (SB). additionally BUI 401 satisfies 3 hours of the University common core writing requirement (W). And, taken together, BUI 101 & 102 satisfy the common core sequence requirement. Call this a threefer.
Must I live in the Blount dorm during my first year?
You must, you must. The only dispensations are on medical grounds or if you commute from your parents’ home. Space is not simply the backdrop against which thought and living occur, it is part of what occurs and how. A crucial part of the Blount educational experiment is putting a group of curious, enthusiastic, motivated students in one place and seeing what happens. Having students live in the same space is requisite to the intellectual and social improvisation that characterizes the program and to the building of community that is at the center of Blount’s mission. After the first year, students may return to live in the dorm either as Blount Mentors (a cadre of upper-class students that mentor incoming first years) or as RAs. Alternatively, they may elect to live off-campus.
You make the dorm sound so good that I want to live there for all four years. Can I?
Probably. The recent growth of the University has reduced the number of dorm rooms available to returning students, however as members of a living-learning community Blount students enjoy priority in this respect. Students wishing to return to the dorm after their first year may apply to return and must be willing to serve as a Blount Mentor to incoming students.
If I were driving in a car moving at the speed of light and I turned on my headlights, would anything happen?
Intriguing. The answer, of course, would have to be hypothetical in the context of our current technology, but the question itself suggests that the Blount Program might be a good fit for you.
But I didn’t ask the previous question, you did.
Correct, but this is the enabling fiction of all FAQ pages. We ask all the questions in the hopes of ventriloquizing you; you simply recognize yourself in them. If the question had occurred to you, you’d probably have asked it.
If the admissions committee likes my application and I’m invited to interview, what’s the attire?
No shirt, no shoes, no service. Otherwise, your call. If you favor the power suit or an evening gown with pearls, copacetic; if you’re more of a ripped-jeans-and-MCR-tee type, that’s cool too.
How do I prepare for the interview?
Preparing for the interview is, quite literally, impossible. And unnecessary—you’ve been preparing for Blount for your whole life, whether or not you were aware of it. The interview session is strictly improvisatory—we make it up as we go along. Just relax and be ready to talk, to listen, to think on the fly. The only mistake you can make is not to enjoy yourself.
If Blount is a minor, what do Blount students major in?
You name it. Blount students pursue a wide variety of majors—indeed, we select for that diversity. The idea is that most students during their college careers make connections with numerous people in their major but have less exposure to people in other majors. Blount admits a balanced selection of majors across the university. Every year we have students studying subjects ranging from English to Engineering, Business to Biology, Music to Management and Information Systems. Actual numbers vary from year to year, of course, but we have a wide representation across all the Colleges of the University, not just A&S.
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
Don’t make me stop this car.
Can I see a cute picture of a cat?
Now how do I apply to see that kitty?
Follow me to the Blount application.