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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are amazing scholarships for out of state students especially. The scholarship department is very helpful and will try their best to get you as much money as they can if you go and ask them for help.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A small number of Greeks do cocaine, but other than that, it's pretty tame. A decent number smoke weed. Most students drink. You hear more about people being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning than for anything drug related.

4 College Freshman

Academics: UA provides many different career fairs, luncheons, mock interviews, and things that are very helpful and prepare you for a career.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are what you make of it. You can take easy classes where you don't learn much, or you can challenge yourself and take harder level classes where you're engaged and learn a lot. I have not felt really academically challenged here yet though. Most people love their professors, and the only department I know that gets a lot of flack is the math department for all the classes below Calc I.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Wifi can sometime be unreliable, but nothing too bad that goes on longer than a minute or two. There's plenty of computers in all the libraries, and printing is very cheap at five cents a page.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Officers know that students drink, and as long as you're not puking and screaming loudly on the side of the road with a open beer in your hand, they leave you alone. They're typically more concerned about student safety and helping you out than getting you in trouble.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: People tend to stay in their own niches, so even though there are all sorts of people here, it doesn't feel too diverse because you don't really interact with all of them. Asides from some frat douches who don't like African-Americans, people on the whole are decently accepting of others.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There's one really delicious dining hall (Fresh Foods), but unfortunately it's only open for lunch during the weekday. There's different options to chose from in the dining halls, but the options typically remain the same and can get boring after a while. There is a decent salad bar which I like, but apart from that and roasted vegetables, that's typically it for healthy options. The desserts too here typically aren't very good.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There isn't very much to do in Tuscaloosa. There are a lot of really good dining places though, especially for BBQ, and the bars tend to be a lot of fun on weekends. There aren't any clubs however. There is a really nice outdoor amphitheater that's about a thirty minute walk from campus that's great for shows, and big names are always performing there. The locals are all really friendly and are huge fans of the university because Tuscaloosa is a college town. There aren't many cultural events (or else they're small and hipster), which I don't like. Shopping is okay- there's a lot of cute boutiques, but they are usually pretty pricey, and there aren't a lot of big name brand stores here. Everything tends to revolve around the university and what it has to offer.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It's beautiful! A little bipolar, but not too bad. August and early September can be miserably hot, but luckily all the buildings are super air-conditioned. The winters are pretty mild and calm, and the sun is usually always shining.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is HUGE here. Greeks are always throwing different events, and they have a large, tightly knit community. They sort of stand out from the rest of the students with the way they dress and act, but most GDI's don't really have a negative view of the Greek community. It can sometimes though feel a little weird to be a girl and not be in a sorority because it seems like so many are, but you can still attend the same frat parties on the weekend so it's not a big deal at all. Most Greeks I know are very involved with their house and the majority of their friends are either their brothers or sisters. As a freshman, frat parties are typically the only options available on the weekends. Girls can get into any frat, but guys typically have to know a brother in order to get in except in the worst frats here.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: We have beautiful architecture here. I love walking across campus during the day because it's so picturesque with the red brick buildings and trees and grass. I like having greenery and trees on our campus, and most of the buildings are pretty modern. The libraries are great and well equipped with everything you need, including little coffee shops. The dining halls are set up buffet style and have a huge variety of food. The newest dorms are absolutely amazing, with 4 people living in each dorm and having their own bedroom and sharing a small kitchen and living room. Even the older dorms aren't too shabby. The only possible complaint I have is that there are so many different little buildings on campus that it can sometimes be hard to find a specific one you've never really heard of. Other than that, it's great.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: There are SO many ways here for students to fill up their free time. We have an amazing rec center, where you can swim, do the machines, take one of the many classes offered, or even just sit in the sauna. There are a lot of different clubs and organizations too, and most tend to be pretty active. You can do anything from mentoring at a local elementary school to debate hot topics in the international news. Intermural sports too are pretty big here and are a lot of fun. We also have the world's largest Starbucks on campus, and it's always packed with students catching up over lattees and frappuchinos. The dining halls too tend to be very social areas. During the weekends freshmen and sometimes sophomore girls tend to hang out at the fraternities, who are always throwing band parties. Frat parties are usually a good time but typically not too crazy. Older students typically hit up the bars, which are a lot more fun than the frats.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really do like my school. One of my favorite things about my school is the immense pride most students have in it, and our intense enthusiasm on gamedays. Greek life is a big part of our campus too, and I like being a part of it because it gets me involved on campus and has introduced me to so many different people. There's also always lots of different events and things going on on our campus, and while we have a reputation for not being diverse, there really is something here for everybody.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The strip is within walking distance to the campus and has tons of restaurants, along with the downtown area but you need a car to go there.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: They have buses to get around campus, but its quicker to walk.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live in a dorm on campus since I am a freshmen and am living in a sorority house next year so I have not had experience with that yet.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I'm from out-of-state and they barely offered any financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The printer in Tutwiler is broken a lot, but the ones in the libraries are always working. The internets ok, its not the best.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus freshmen year is the best, its an easy way to meet people and build relationships with your neighbors. Its the experience.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't feel like my campus is on lock-down or anything like that. Its good if you want to grow as a person.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I think we have a pretty attractive group of individuals here on campus. Better than most.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is okay for certain people, for others its kind of a hassle.


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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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