Location
Tuscaloosa, AL
Undergrads
25,430
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Average student body. Perhaps a bit too much into greek life.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: UA is not that diverse and the acceptance of differences (be that sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, race) is not anywhere it needs to be on this campus. Students who are considered outside the "norm" are not treated equally by fellow students and in some departments, but certainly not all. If you're a queer student, practice a religion other than Christianity, or are not Greek, UA can be a challenge. HOWEVER, there are several progressive groups and people on campus committed to bringing about a positive social change on campus. So, it's getting better, but way to slowly.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Alabama may have flaws, but the academics here are excellent. As long as you are committed to your education, you will excel here at UA

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I'm a New College student, and the program is amazing. The individualized attention I receive in class and from my advisor has really made the difference for me. New College is like a tight-knit community inside the campus. Everyone is helpful and supportive. Best program and people on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: My experience with financial aid has always been positive. From time to time I would call and get some less than helpful advice from an operator, but overall they were great.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: UA offers a variety of programs and if you can't find what you want, there is the interdisciplinary degree through New College. New College is absolutely amazing. The advisors, faculty, staff, and profs are extremely helpful and actually interested in your success-- a lot different than the rotation of advisors who are almost impossible to track down when you get outside of New College.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I had a very productive internship with Student Affairs. I was not paid and it was a combination of research and service work. The staff was friendly, helpful and I learned a great deal from my experience.

Recent Alumnus

Athletics: If you love football, well this is the place for you. This campus lives for their football team. It can get pretty obnoxious. The head coach, Nick Saban, is a demi-god and it's a bit unnerving to see the rabidness of fans. With that being said, school pride is off-the-charts here.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Tuscaloosa is a small town and wouldn't be what it is without the UA. The shopping isn't that great. Midtown is a shopping center with a lot of national retailers, but nothing spectacular. Transportation services outside of UA are not that great-- there is no option of public transportation from neighboring cities. And Tuscaloosa IS NOT BIKE FRIENDLY.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Tuscaloosa is always adding spaces for student living. Pretty much all provide transportation or are close to bus stops. The university does assist students in finding the best possible living arrangements, either on campus or off.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: UA is a beautiful campus which is constantly being added to or updated.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are several dining options close to campus. I think these places know their crowd and price food accordingly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I do believe that the reputation of UA is a positive when seeking a career after graduation. Most of my recent graduate friends have been able to find jobs. Also, the career services department has some really excellent staff to help students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I have been fortunate enough to take classes with excellent professors. It seems that the tenured or tenure track faculty perform their duties like "real" college professors. Temporary staff and adjuncts don't seem to have the same luxury of smaller classes and job security to teach as effectively.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The University of Alabama refuses to add gender identity/expression to their non-discrimination policies. Several documented instances of student harassment due to their gender are well-known to administrators, but they refuse to add this simple protection to their policies. UA is the flagship university. Other universities have already included protection for all their students and staff. Wish UA would do the same.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus except for at night when I am alone and there are not many people out.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: On most weekends there is a pretty big variety of things to do. I love it.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There really is not racial diversity like everyone thinks. Some problems arise occasionally, but it is mostly just students wanting to get attention.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus yet, but I have signed a lease for an apartment. It is one of the cheapest ones off campus and it is $450 a piece for a 4 bed, 2 bath.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of great places to eat if you have a car. There are a few restaurants that are originated in Tuscaloosa, so that is really handy.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls all dress alike, especially the ones in sororities. The same goes for the guys on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It seems that everyone besides me basically got a scholarship handed to them. I have been trying so hard for well over a year, and I have received nothing.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love the Alabama football team and all the fans that come out to support them. It is one of my favorite things about this college.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The studying most classes require is ridiculous and it effects how well I do in my other classes. It is as if professors only think you are taking one class.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some of the professors are great, and others are terrible. The most important classes seem to have the worst professors.

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Josh Morris
Hometown
Bath, Maine
Major
Public Relations
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University of Alabama students constantly brag about their school’s traditions and spirit, and their pride is shown throughout the town. Some say it’s the incredible education that drew them here, and others say it’s Bama football that brought them to this Southern school. But no matter what reason these students choose to come to UA, most believe it was the best choice they could have made.

After graduation, some students get a job, some further their education by going to UA’s grad school, and some even go to UA’s law school. No matter what the students decide to do with their future, they believe Bama has prepared them for it. Students advise upcoming freshmen to walk around the Quad, visit the Strip, or watch a football game to understand why so many love UA.

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