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 Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Cultural Events – would benefits from more cultural diversity activities

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Go to the Frat Houses – There aren't really any clubs around Tuscaloosa that let 18 year olds in, and there is one that lets 19 year olds in, but overall, the clubs are overcrowded and very pricey. The frat houses are free, and most everyone has a fun time through the night.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Frat Boys and Sorority Girls? There is such a wide variety of students at Alabama, it is hard to put them into the categories of "frats" or "sorority girls". During my time here, I've found that nearly everyone here has a big heart and a welcoming smile. Sports is a huge part of the students' lives here at UA, whether it's being an avid football fan or a gym rat at the Rec.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety First! I feel very safe on UA's campus. Campus police are always on their jobs.The fire department also responds to false alarms and even true alarms very quickly. The RA's always have posters and flyers up making sure that the students keep everything locked up just in case and even hold informational meetings to remind students as well. The campus requires student/faculty ID's for all of the buildings so just anyway cannot enter/exit. With bad weather, the campus provides a weather alert system which sends emails, calls, text messages, etc. UA also has strict safety policies for parking as well. Overall, UA has a great campus safety system.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Can Be Found Anywhere and Everywhere! Drugs are very easily found on or off campus with one simple phonecall. It is up to the individual to choose their friends wisely. However, UAPD is very strict on prohibiting the use of drugs that I have not seen it around.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Parking Passes Are Overpriced and Never a Parking Spot! This fall The University of Alabama sold more parking passes, than there were actual parking spots. Therefore, that left many students with nowhere to park for class. Not to mention, the outrageous hundreds of dollars for the parking pass as if tuition is not already killing us!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Each Year More Dorms Are Being Built. Due to the larger enrollment The University of Alabama have been building new dorms on a first call first come serve. However, I like to avoid even the idea of living in a dorm.

5 College Junior

Academics: Top Business Program – The business program at the University of Alabama is great! They have plenty of advisors along with one available to students for walk-in appointments. The classes are great and many are available.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: It's Great Here – The University of Alabama is full of tradition. The campus is well laid out and it is easy to get to your classes. There's nothing like being on campus during a home football game. At first it was rough getting into the swing of things, but it wasn't long until I felt like it was home.

4 College Student

Transportation: Buses Are Convenient – The university's campus bus service is convenient to use for the majority of areas you need to visit. It will even take you to the local mall. Also if you are out late at night and need a ride back to campus, you can call the afterhours number and someone will come pick you up and take you back to your dorm.

5 College Student

Facilities: The facilities at the University of Alabama are state-of-the-art. The campus is very nice and well layed out. The football stadium has just been expanded and can now hold over 100,000 spectators. They have just opened a new facility for women's indoor sports.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Its really nice – The nicest dorms are the honors dorms Riverside, Ridgecrest, and Lakeside. They are apartment style which is nice because you have your own room, but at the same time you don't get the social advantages of sharing a room with a person and having a hall style. Don't room in Tutweiler if you're not rushing because everyone in there rushes and will be in a sorority, guys paty smells awful all the time so don't pick that one

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It consumes everything – Here at Alabama pretty much if your white and middle class then you are in a fraternity or sorority. They do some great things for campus, but its hard if your not in one. They run the campus and while i have friends in both a lot of them won't talk to you if you aren't greek

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Walk of Champions
One of the largest stadiums in the word
The Quad

3 College Freshman

Weather: Seasons are defined. It's hot until October and then it gets cold enough to wear jeans and a jacket. It's not impossible to snow in December but is not likely.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: 2009 National Football Champions – The football team won a national championship against the Texas longhorns in January 2009.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The chain restaurants that serve UA are great but our own servers, Bama Dining, can be subpar on its best day. Lakeside Dining and Fresh Food serve healthier options and have more options, so if you are looking for convenience check them out.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There is plenty to do in this town that houses 30,000 undergraduates. Located on the famed Strip you will find bars, restaurants, and clubs to suit the excited freshman's taste or the reminiscing upperclassman. Further away, and in Northport, you will find an enormous variety of bars (blues, jazz) and restaurants to suit anyone's tastes: Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean, Italian, Greek, etc.
If you are looking for something less alcoholic or smoke-related, venture back to campus for musical concerts at Moody Music, cultural events on campus hosted by Creative Campus Initiative and the Community Services Center.
If that still doesn't float your athletic boat, head to the Recreation Center where you will discover a top notch exercise facility that includes an Outdoor Recreation office.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Sure – I've seen people openly talking about using drugs often, but I've never noticed its availability. Drinking seems to be common, though.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Geeks – I'm a non-greek. And I don't like the Greeks. It seemed like a false stereotype that all the guys are partiers and tools, and the girls 'get around' at first. It's starting to look more and more accurate every day.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless Speed – A lot of people complain about the speed of the internet here. There was even an article about it in the local paper. I haven't been here long enough (let alone with a functional wireless card) to know or care myself, but it seems like a problem to other students.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Complete Safeness – the campus police are great I feel very safe on campus.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great School! The university here is great. Help is everywhere when needed and most students are friendly. There are activities all the time and lots of student orginizations to become involved in. Support in any way you may need is easily available. The school is great and the campus is beautiful.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Incredible Nights! The nightlife on The Strip at the University of Alabama is wonderful. Plenty of activities and bands play each night along with a safe ride home when needed. Their are accomadations for every lifestyle and mood.


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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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