University Programs and Activities

The Student Activities Board, Jaguar Productions, presents activities to serve the cultural, educational, recreational, and social interests of students. Students directly involved have opportunities to exemplify creative thinking and leadership outside the classroom.

Jaguar Productions functions through committees, such as Talks & Topics, Comedy, Music, Movies, Special Events, Technical and Promotions. Students select, publicize and produce the events. All students are invited to join these committees. For more information, please call (251) 460-7144 or visit the Jaguar Productions Office on the first floor of the USA Student Center.

Educational Talent Search (E T S) is a federally funded program designed to encourage low income and first generation college students to consider post-secondary opportunities while they are in secondary schools. The program serves sixth (6th) through twelfth (12th) grade students. Participants must demonstrate a potential for academic success and have a desire to further their education. E T S is designed to improve academic performance, increase student motivation and facilitate transitions from one level of education to the next. The services offered are counseling techniques related to academic, career, vocational, and enrichment activities, study skills training, college preparation, financial aid and scholarship information, educational trips, and tutorial sessions. Tutorial services are conducted by students who are enrolled at the University. For more information, contact the Educational Talent Search Office, 320 Alumni Circle, Educational Services Building, Suite 6 (251) 380-2620.

Upward Bound is a federally funded, college preparatory program for high school students in Mobile County. The program provides academic counseling, tutorial support, cultural enrichment activities, and academic courses offered during a six (6) week summer residential component. The primary goal of Upward Bound is to provide each participant with the necessary skills to successfully enter and complete a program of post-secondary education. USA students serve as tutors and residential counselors for the participants. For information, contact the Upward Bound Office, 320 Alumni Circle, Educational Services Building, Suite 5, (251) 460-7322.

Student Activities is home to over 240 registered student organizations which represent a wide variety of interests and provide an opportunity for students to get involved. The Office of Student Activities is committed to the development of student organizations and student leaders. The addition of new student organizations enhances the campus community and provides more opportunities for students to become involved and participate in activities that support their interest. For more information about registered student organizations, including how to start a new student organization, visit

The University and the community offer to students an opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural and recreational programs. Among them are concerts by symphonic and chamber organizations, choral groups and choirs, ballet and opera productions, theatre, art exhibits, film series, and lecture and discussion conferences. In many of these programs, students are urged to participate as performers. Special events are scheduled on the campus, and reduced rates for students are arranged for many civic programs.