According to its rich and diverse history, Alabama State University does not consider race, gender, or nationality a standard for admissions. The ultimate goal of the admissions process at Alabama State is to enroll the most skilled and diverse group of students possible. All students are required to attend Precollege Orientation, which is scheduled prior to the beginning of each semester. Early admissions is available for students who have a high school grade point average between 3.5 and 4.0, and who score a 24 on the ACT exam or 1100 on the SAT exam.
For undergraduates, Alabama State University requires a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 and recommends test scores, an essay, and an interview as part of the application process. Students majoring in music must audition, and a portfolio is recommended for art majors.