The Parker-Adams Year is a freshman learning community designed to foster academic and personal success during the first year at UA. The program integrates classroom and residential experiences through a one-credit course each semester (AS 101/102), social activities, and cultural events. Participants have access to dedicated faculty and staff who assist with academic advising, personal challenges, campus involvement, and career readiness.

Students experience a community that promotes

  • Academic Achievement
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Service Learning
  • Career Preparation
  • Networking

Learn more about eligibility and requirements, or read testimonials from PA Alum and staff.

Opportunities & Resources

The first year of a student’s college career is extremely important, and the Parker Adams Year is designed to help students succeed and achieve their goals. Below is a list of opportunities and resources available to Parker Adams students:

Dedicated Support

The A&S Student Services Center has a variety of advisors prepared to meet the needs of first year students. Students will be connected to the Director of Experiential Learning, Ms. Pamela Derrick and The University of Alabama Career Center to explore internship opportunities.

Parker Adams Fellows

Parker Adams Fellows are students who have completed the program and provide peer advisement to freshmen. They organize various events throughout the year to promote community and bring students together. The events accomplish the important goal of connecting classroom and out of class learning.


Registration is available online. There are no extra fees for participation in this program.

Complete the Parker Adams Program application.