Except in cases where UA dictates an exception, we generally follow AP Style. For UA editorial guidelines, refer to the UA Style Guide. Additionally, full campus-wide branding information and messaging guidance can be found at brand.ua.edu.

Naming Conventions

  • The University of Alabama
  • the University
  • UA
  • the Capstone
  • Division of Student Life / the Division of Student Life


Write out one through nine; 10 and above, use numerals


  • Always use numerals without st, nd, rd, th
  • Abbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. and write out other months


  • “a.m.” and “p.m.”
  • 7 a.m. (not 7:00) and 7:30 p.m.
  • “8 – 10 a.m.” and “10 a.m. – 2 p.m.”


Do not capitalize titles except for immediately preceding a name

  • Big Al, interim vice president for Student Life
  • Interim Vice President for Student Life Big Al


Academic Honors: Do not italicize or capitalize cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude or with distinction.

Academic Degrees: Avoid abbreviations. When lack of space makes abbreviations necessary, do not use periods. (e.g., BA, MS, MBA) Formal names of degrees are capitalized, per AP style; informal names are not. Do not capitalize specializations or majors within degrees. Master of Science but master’s degree; Bachelor of Arts but bachelor’s degree. Refer to the complete list of degree names.

The word commencement should be lowercased per AP style.

Student Life standards

  • No oxford comma (should be A, B and C rather than A, B, and C)
  • Phone numbers: 205-348-5400
  • Code of Student Conduct (not Code of Conduct)

Housing and Residential Communities

  • Resident Advisor
  • Faculty-in-Residence
  • Living-Learning Communities
  • Off campus vs. off-campus (the hyphenated “off-campus” should be used when it is a descriptor; The student has moved to an off-campus apartment and The student has moved off campus.)
  • Tutwiler Hall should be referred to as Julia Tutwiler Hall

The University of Alabama Student Center

  • On first instance on any one page or marketing piece, it should be written out in entirety – The University of Alabama Student Center (do not omit or lowercase “The”); “UA Student Center” may be used if there are spacing limits.
  • New url: uastudentcenter.ua.edu

Using “the Stu” Nickname

On print or web: 

On the first instance on any one piece, list it out like this:

The University of Alabama Student Center, or “the Stu”

Following that, any other instance can be shortened to “the Stu” if desired.


If the full student center name is on the calendar event details, if The University of Alabama’s social profile is tagged, or if the caption or a link provides the full name, then the name of the student center can be shortened to “the Stu” on a graphic.

University Recreation

When referring to the Student Life Department, use “University Recreation.” When referring to the main gym on campus that is operated by University Recreation, use “Student Recreation Center” on first use and “The Rec” afterwards.