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Tuscaloosa, AL
Undergrads
25,430
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I opted to stay at home, rather than on campus, so I cannot really rate or judge on this.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking decals are too expensive to my liking. It is usually hard to find a decent parking space when trying to get to class, even when you could have plenty of time to make it otherwise.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: So far I have had a great experience in my major. Not only are the adviors helpful, there are lectures and events available for education majors.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The instructors and advisors are more than willing to help me plan out my future goals or help me when I am struggling with my academics.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you know your way around town, or as you learn, you can always find a new and good place to eat.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Even though we do not have many health options with food, there are programs and events available where you can learn and find some options that work best for you. I generally feel safe on campus, however, I would like to see more enforcement with safety from police when it is needed, like at night or at the clubs and bars.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far I have really enjoyed attending the University of Alabama. I plan on being more active on campus with organizations, community service, etc. I feel like when I do, I will have great lessons and experiences take take along with me from them.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is always something to do on campus, planned or not. If you want to find time to rest, relax, or hang out with friends without having to go back to your home or dorm, there is always some place near withing a walking distance.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are always events and opportunities to take on at the University, whether it be joining a club or honor society, or just going to enjoy special lecture for your college.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Some of the food is redundant, but there is always a chance to find something new and different on or near campus to enjoy.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Sometimes the weather is unpredictable as the end of the fall semester nears, but usually it is not something that you cannot prepare for ahead of time.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Both guys and girls are usually pretty nice at the University of Alabama. The only thing that gets annoying is seeing girls wearing large shirt's over shorts, as if they are not wearing any bottoms. Other than that, everything else is fine.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The requirements are lengthy, but the process is very easy. The sooner you apply for financial aid, the better and easier.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I've changed my major 10 times and never had to do anything special to get into each different major. There isn't really an application process to enter a major. You just have to go online and select what you want to do.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a psychology major, and there's a lot of awesome professors and interesting classes available to take. There are opportunities to become a research assistant for the psych lab of your choice and all you have to do is send out a couple emails expressing interest. The psychology major also has an honors program as an option, which provides great research experience. There's also a psychology club and honors society.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is mainly Southern food, sandwiches, or bar food. There aren't many quality ethnic places although I like both the Thai restaurants in Tuscaloosa. My favorite place is Epiphany, which is expensive but has amazing, innovative dishes on a constantly changing farm-to-table menu. The barbeque in Tuscaloosa is also good, but I get tired of it. There's not really anywhere I have left that I want to try so obviously there's not a ton of selection.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't really notice the policies here too much, nothing is too strict. I have been to a couple of parties before that got busted for noise but the busts were not without cause. I've also had to pull one of my intoxicated friends off the ground and carry her past a police officer who didn't try to arrest her or anything but made sure I was going to be taking care of her. All of the policies here are fairly reasonable and in consideration of students' well-being.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Tuscaloosa is definitely a college town. Its residents live and breathe our football program and are generally friendly towards all the students. One of the most popular things is the bar scene, which i'm entirely unfamiliar with. The shopping consists mainly of Bama gear unless you venture to our tiny mall or Midtown Village. Midtown Village has some nice stores. There's not a large variety of dining options around Tuscaloosa if you don't want barbeque or Southern food every time you go out. There are a couple of decent Thai places I like to go to and a fresh farm-to-table style restaurant called Epiphany that is by far the best place I've eaten at in Tuscaloosa.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are always buses running on campus but they usually take just as much time as it takes to walk. As far as long-distance transportation is concerned, the university has a shuttle service for the airport that has kind of limited hours but there are also multiple Facebook groups used to coordinate rides between students to get to the airport or wherever they may live.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I'm just so sick of the dining halls. When you're a freshman it's all fine and dandy but after a year of that food you'll never want to eat it again. There aren't a ton of healthy food options, unless you want wilted salad for every meal. It's mainly Southern-style cooking: heavy and fried. Bryant is the only dining hall I go to anymore and at this point it seems no better than the rest. It's always crowded, the dishes always have food crusted on them, the hours of operation are horrible, and the food they serve is always disappointing. The meal plans are way overpriced, but I still have one, so the convenience of the dining halls must override the lack of quality and price. I suppose our dining halls are still better than what you'd expect on most college campuses though.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of the students here are white conservatives. However, the many scholarships Alabama offers has been pulling in a much more diverse crowd of students from all over the country. We have a pretty strong international program here too and I've befriended several international students. I have friends from all over the country, of all different backgrounds and beliefs. I have noticed some signs of racism though, such as the exclusion of black women from sororities that has only just recently begun to change. People tend to be pretty pushy about their political beliefs, and it's always a one-sided spew of conservative rants. As for sexual orientation, I have a few gay friends and have met many more, and I have never noticed any problems with acceptance for them, though I wouldn't be surprised if they did face problems.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you're not already a football fan, you will become one when you set foot on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The libraries on campus all are filled with computers, but I would be hesitant to depend solely on those computers, as they do fill up fairly often. Depending on what time you go, most of the computers are being used, so there wouldn't be much hope of finding a computer to use around finals time. You don't necessarily need a printer but I think it is worth it for the convenience, and you won't have to worry about getting charged every time you use it. We have a bit of an unreliable network and wireless access can be frustrating but it's nothing too problematic.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't have a car here and it sucks. Sure, you can get wherever you want on campus by walking, but in some cases that means a good 30 minute walk. If you don't mind asking for a ride every time you want to go somewhere, I suppose not having a car wouldn't be much of a problem, especially if you live on campus. I just find it very limiting and I even live on campus. I do know from my friends who have cars that permits are pricey, but definitely worth it. It seems like every time I leave my dorm I see a car getting a ticket for not having a permit, so UA is definitely strict about that. There are also a lot of places to park and a convenient parking deck right next to where I live (well, I imagine it would be convenient if I had a car).

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: From the perspective of a non-Greek, Greek life seems to be everywhere. The campus is cluttered with sorority girls in oversized t-shirts and Nike shorts, and preppy frat guys. People in the Greek system tend to get so caught up in everything Greek that it creates a bit of a communication barrier with the rest of the non-Greek student body. Frankly, I don't care what you're wearing to your date party, or that this girl from this sorority hooked up with that guy from that fraternity, but it's all I hear walking around campus. That being said, people in the Greek system seem very content with their lives and I'll admit they have phenomenal houses.

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Josh Morris
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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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