What is CAMP?

  • Communication and Media Preview (CAMP) is a five-day, four-night immersive experience at The University of Alabama. During CAMP, students will practice skills and improve knowledge related to the fields of communication and media, develop connections with aspiring communicators, and become familiar with the college experience.
  • Participants will create original work with cutting-edge technology alongside the nation’s leading experts in areas such as advertising, communication studies, creative media, news media and public relations.
  • Participants will be exposed to various career options in the field and cultivate their interests around communication and media while engaging in a hands-on, team-centered learning environment.
  • This year’s sports focus will allow students to learn how sports media professionals use communication every day in a variety of settings ranging from press conferences to social media and event planning.

 What does each skill team do?

  • Broadcasting: Interview and report on newsworthy events.
  • Media Production: Work with media editing software to piece together visual, verbal and graphic design content.
  • Writing: Tell the stories of individuals, organizations and their ideas through print media.
  • Social Media: Generate awareness and excitement around events, people and causes using today’s foremost social media platforms.
  • Promotion: Gain attention and generate awareness.
  • Public speaking: Craft and deliver your verbal message.

Who should attend CAMP?

  • This is a great opportunity for students involved with their high school’s broadcast, film, journalism, school paper, yearbook, literary magazines, or student government programs, or students interested in career paths in communication.
  • High school students who are interested in exploring the field of communication and information sciences and being one step ahead before ever stepping foot into a college classroom.

When is CAMP?

  • July 11-15, 2023.

What should participants bring to CAMP?

  • You don’t want to leave anything behind! We’ve made a suggested packing check list to help you think of everything.

How much does CAMP cost? 

  • Communication and Media Preview (CAMP) costs $850, which includes lodging, meals, administrative fees, on-campus transportation and materials.
  • Please keep a record of your registration email confirmation to present at check-In for your CAMP session.

Are scholarships available for CAMP?

Yes. There are a limited number of scholarships available to students with expressed financial need. Students who apply for a scholarship should wait to register for CAMP until hearing back about their scholarship application status. Click here to apply for a CAMP scholarship.

How will COVID-19 affect CAMP? Will registrations be refunded if CAMP gets canceled?

When registration opens, you can register with confidence that we will refund any CAMP fees paid to the University if we have to cancel the event.

*CAMP refunds can only be applied to any registration fees paid to The University of Alabama. This does not include any travel and lodging costs you incur before or after registering for the program.*

Do parents/guardians get to see final student presentations? 

Yes! Parents are invited to CAMP presentations, the closing luncheon and an optional walking tour of campus! CAMP participants will present their projects in Reese Phifer Hall (Room 216) on the final day of CAMP at 9:30 AM. This is a chance for you to see your student’s hard work and contributions during the CAMP program. Following presentations, the students will have one last meeting with their project teams and you all will be escorted to Hewson Hall for the closing luncheon.

Where will participants stay on campus?

  • Participants will stay on campus in a suite-style residence hall with current C&IS upperclassmen. In the past, participants have stayed in the Presidential Village 1 residence hall. Participants must bring their own sheets and linens.

What will participants eat during CAMP?

  • All food will be provided during the week at Lakeside Dining. If you have dietary restrictions or any additional accommodations, please let us know in the registration and we will happily work with you.

Are there resources that can help out-of-town participants with travel?

Yes, of course! We want to make your travel to Tuscaloosa as simple as possible. We’ve provided some parking and travel information that can answer questions and assist out-of-town participants in their arrival.

What is there to do in Tuscaloosa? (For parents/guardians visiting with their students)

Tuscaloosa is home to a vast array of remarkable sights that are known only inside its bounds. With hundreds of restaurants, activities, museums and parks, it has managed to become one of Alabama’s most progressive cities. Visitors come to enjoy the refreshing atmosphere, historic features and bustling nightlife that Tuscaloosa has to offer. For more information on Tuscaloosa or ideas for how to best plan your stay, visit http://visittuscaloosa.com/.

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