Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
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Reviews 3005 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Student

Nightlife: I wouln't know, i'm not the clubing type of person

3 College Student

Scholarships: I really dont know much about them because i haven't applied for one.

3 College Student

Overall Experience: It's Pretty Good – Everything is pretty good on campus right now. I like going there and plan on graduating within four years

3 College Student

Health & Safety: They Have a Health Center on Campus – By the UA having a health center on campus it makes it easier to get to a doctor, and if you don't have the money they will add it to your student account. So you won't have to go untreated

3 College Sophomore

Weather: In alabama, expect humid weather and rain. Summer weather last until October, and in the winter, it does get that cold (usually around 32 F)

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Strip – The Strip has plenty of food options including all genres of food from Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Thai, and American. The Strip has a little bit of everything from expensive places to fast food that is right off of campus (walking distance). The social life is also located off of The Strip including various types of bars. The best restaurants include the following: Surin West, El Ricon, Subway, Bento, Buffalo Phil's, TCBY, Swen, and more.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking situations at Alabama vary. You can pay more to get a better spot with more available spots, but parking is extremely high. If you want a cheaper spot, it is further away from campus and spots fill up quickly. You have to get to school early in order to get a spot. Game-day weekends are worse. Even though you may pay for a parking space, you may have to move your car on Fridays to a horrible spot. If you are late to school and park in a different zone, expect to get a ticket.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Study, STUDY! You have to earn your grades here at the university. Professors are understanding and willing to work with you but you have to do the work first!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Crimson Tide Foods – There are MANY options to eat off campus. The strip and downtown are full of variety. You can use bama cash almost anywhere and they accommodate students very well!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UA is the perfect small city life for any Alabama fan. It is very welcoming and will be home to anyone who stays long enough! We have a strong sense of pride and unity and tradition! Roll Tide!

5 College Senior

Nightlife: A Lot of Fun! "The Strip" is the most popular section of town where you can find students meandering the streets and bars on almost any night of the week. There is also downtown Tuscaloosa which features many bars as well, making it easy to bar crawl.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's Alright. There are a variety of apartment complexes throughout the town. All of which charge way too much for rent plus you have to pay for utilities on top of that. Anything on the campus side of the train tracks is going to sky rocket in price because you are then within walking distance of campus which is a great advantage.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: As an out of state student, the only scholarships available to me are departmental scholarships through the dance department. The University has not offered me a scholarship of any type even though I am well qualified. I receive Federal Loans and Financial Aid at UA is a pain to deal with.

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Good Enough – The strictness is enough to be forceful but not too much of an over powering thing.

2 College Senior

Diversity: White Rated – The Majority is white. Most of the instuctors are white or international. The student body is mostly white.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe at Uof A. There are always emails sent out of any incidents that happens on campus. They also provide information throoughout the process of geeting a conflict solved.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They Don't Care. I really don't think UAPD cares about most things.. ABC at the bars, however, that's another story.

2 College Junior

Parking: I Don't Even Know.. They give tickets for everything. Lakeside parking is miserable. Don't even get me started on gamedays... I usually refuse to drive so I don't lose my parking spot if it's a good one.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many other choices for dining off campus and have much better prices than on campus dining. The Strip is right next to the campus and has many different kinds of restaurants. There is midtown village, which is only a few minutes off campus, that has many more restaurants like Panera, Kobe, Iguana Grill, Chipotle, Wings U and many more. If you like burgers, there is a place called Mugshots that's not far from campus. For BBQ, I would suggest Dreamland or Full Moon. We recently just got a Jim and Nick's which has good BBQ to.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – I have never personally felt unsafe on campus, but i have heard of some crime and issues around the dorms. Campus Police always shows up to handle any and every problem and the university lets students know of any problem through text, email, and phone calls. I've always felt very safe on campus, but vandalism happens a lot when people do stupid things like leaving their doors open or leaving something of value in sight in their vehicles. There are police officers all around campus, day and night, that are willing to escort you to your car or building if you do feel unsafe. There are also tons of little blue light posts that have emergency phones on them all around campus and downtown. If you don't feel safe driving or walking home, there is the Crimson Ride, which is a service that picks students up from wherever they are and takes them to wherever they are going at night! For the most part, I do feel extremely safe on campus. I feel confident while I'm walking around by myself that nothing will happen to me. I don't typically go out at night by myself but if I had to, I would only be midly concerned.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Pretty Good but VERY REPETITIVE – Basically you will get tired of eating the same thing. The food is good at Lakeside, Fresh Foods and Bryant is my favorite. I dont enjoy Burke Dining Hall because it isnt clean. All of the Dining Halls serve cheeseburgers, pizza, and salad. There really isnt much to choose from. Some days there will be steak, chicken and other special dishes. It is definately better than highschool food but it will get old very quick.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food on campus is good but it is often the same thing over and over. Somedays it is better than others but mostly you find one thing you like and that is what you would get everyday. I only went every now and them because of this.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It – This is a great school. I love the classes and the atmosphere that the professors provide. They always make it fun to learn and it's never really boring. The football games are one of my favorite experiences since there's nothing like going in to Bryannt-Denny with 100,000 close friends. The quad is gorgeous and it is never empty there are always people spending time either playing football or just studying. The only reason I would not choose this school again is beacause of the out-of-state tuition prices.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Not a Big Issue – Drinking is more popular at this school. I have not seen people do drugs on campus and I rarely hear about it. If it does exist the University does a great job at making sure you know all the facts by making all incoming students take part in AlcoholEdu which discusses all major problems facing college students at this time.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Overwhelming presence of Greeks at this University. They are very involved and run most of the campus societies and clubs.


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Josh Morris
Bath, Maine
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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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