The New College LifeTrack Program was established in 1973 under the name External Degree (EXD) Program as an interdisciplinary undergraduate program through which adults could complete requirements towards a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Alabama. An interdisciplinary degree is one that allows students to blend several areas of educational interests into meaningful curriculum to suit individual needs with the help of an Academic Advisor.
In January of 2011, EXD launched its new name New College LifeTrack to celebrate 38 years of life and to salute the journeys of more than 2,000 program graduates over the years. LifeTrack provides adult students with the opportunity to build upon their educational dreams around their own lifestyles and at their own speed. Courses are done at a distance in many different formats with the help of a professional staff and qualified University of Alabama faculty.