First Time Students

Apply to Lawson State as a first-time college student with our easy, online application process. It's free to apply and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.We are currently accepting applications for All 2024 semesters. Apply today!

Spring 2024 Start Date: January 11th

Summer 2024 Start Date: May 22nd

Fall 2024 Start Date: August 20th 

Applying is Easy

Kenmia Boware
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Criminal Justice Major
Applying to college can be scary. Lawson State made it easy for me.
Our online application process is free and easy to complete. If you need help, reach out to us. We're here to help!

The Application Process

If you have never attended another college or university post-high school, follow these steps to complete the application process.
Fill out the free online application for general admissions.

Step 2: Submit Required Admissions Documents

Log back into your Lawson State Application portal to view the required admissions checklist items. These documents must be submitted to the Admissions & Enrollment Services Office to complete your general admissions process. Contact the Office of Admissions & Enrollment Services for questions.

Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts

Submit your final high school transcript by mail, ATTENTION: ADMISSIONS, or email to

If you earned your GED, follow these instructions for submitting your Report of Scores.
Log back into your Lawson State Application Portal and check that you have completed all of the admissions requirements. You will receive an admissions communication confirming your acceptance status. 

Understanding Your Admissions Status:

  1. Conditional Acceptance: Students who have not submitted all required documentation will be admitted as conditional status. Failure to provide documentation by the end of the first semester will prevent a student from future registration and official transcript release. Required admissions documents can be viewed by logging back into your admissions application portal. 
  2. Unconditional Acceptance:  Students who have submitted all required documentation will be admitted unconditionally.

Next Steps

Once you've been accepted, follow these steps to complete the enrollment process.
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Explore the different payment options available to finance your education.
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Once accepted, connect with an advisor and begin the class registration process.
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Complete your My Lawson New Student Orientation modules and schedule to attend Lawson New Student Connection Days on campus.

Get in Touch with Admissions

Reach out to us with any questions, comments, or concerns as you move through the application process.


Bessemer Campus: Student Services Building A
Second Floor Lobby - Admissions Desk
1100 Ninth Avenue SW
Bessemer, AL 35022

Birmingham Campus: Academic Success Center
First Floor 
3060 Wilson Road, SW 
Birmingham, AL 35221


Monday - Thursday: 8:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Friday: 8:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.

Contact Admissions

Bessemer Campus Phone: 205-929-3418 
Birmingham Campus Phone: 205-929-6309