Tuscaloosa, AL
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$22,950 ($9,200)
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Reviews 2634 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Distance Student perspective:
the online facilities are great. there is a wealth of information right at your fingertips, to the point that it is almost overwhelming sometimes. So far the faculty respond to e-mails within a very timely manner. The library and databases online are really good too.

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College Junior

Campus Strictness: As a distance student, I'm not sure how strictness is on campus, but my experience online thus far has shown that while there is strictness, there is also fairness. We are all adults and expected to adhere to basic common sense policies. So for the online student, open lines of communication are essential.

College Junior

Transportation: I am a distance student, so I do not have to deal with the transportation on campus. As a side note, I think that the survey should also be more applicable to distance students.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: So far the financial aid that I have received has been more than sufficient. However, my first semester started in Spring 2013. So I'm hoping that year round the financial aid will be just as sufficient as it has been.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Crimson Ride is a decent campus transportation system. There are many routes that will take you virtually anywhere you will need to go on campus, or least close enough to get off and walk to your destination. There is also an after hours ride service that operates from 10:00PM to about 6:00AM.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: At Alabama, sports are a huge part of the university, including football. In the fall, everything revolves around the football team and if you don't like football, this is not the place to go. There is a huge amount of fan support and students and players plan and prepare for games all week long until Saturday's. There is tones of school spirit which can be seen all throughout the nation. The athletic facilities are one of their kind and even students are blessed enough to be able to use the same facilities as the athletes. There is nothing better than being a student fan of Alabama athletics.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on campus, with police and security constantly going around campus looking for suspicious activity. There are numerous "blue phones" around campus that you can use to call or simply push a button if you are in danger and police immediately responds to the area. The campus is fully lighted and you always feel safe. Never once have I felt unsafe on this campus and officers go out of their way to make you feel safe and comfortable.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The university says that they enforce certain rules and regulations at school, however when it actually comes to it, not much is enforced and there are ways to get around many policies. If it is related to academics, the university is usually always on top of it, constantly having meetings with students who are suspicious of cheating and they are always enforcing the honor code. When it comes to student life, however, not many rules are enforced ad the only time they are is when serious violations come up.

5 College Freshman

Computers: There are almost always computers open at any library on campus! They are great and fast. You can even check out laptops at Gorgas Library!

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is a headache! Most of the parking lots are a good distance from campus making it hard to walk to classes. It is not unheard of if your assigned parking lot is closed for a week or even the entire semester. Thankfully there is the Crimson Ride which is great for those who do not have a car and live on campus.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: great green space on the quad! and campus events like football games are crazy fun

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: They do catch people and look out for these people, but its easily done by all students.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football at the University of Alabama is a huge deal. They have won the past National Championship in football. This sport is not just for the athletes. Everyone gets involved and as a great time on game days and supports the team and coaches. This helps the team play even better knowing their support system is huge!

2 College Junior

Weather: I'd say it was okay except for the whole tornado incident. It was a really big event that really impacted the city as a whole. We lost a lot and are still trying to recover today. Ever since, the university takes storms very seriously and has often cancelled classes as a result.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Atmosphere is pretty typical of a college town. I find there's always something going on. Bars are a typical go to, but there are plenty of parties on and off campus as well.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: A lot of the students are greek... so most love to party and drink. Not all, but a majority do. It's been hard finding decent guys because most are immature and don't care about anything. Girls are somewhat obnoxious but I've made many friends that who's friendships I will value after leaving college. Just depends on where you're looking.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not common at UA. However, like anywhere that you go, there are people that do drugs. Drinking alcohol is not encouraged, but it is much more common across campus.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Many of the buildings are new or recently renovated. Also, there are so many chances for research, internship, and co-ops that give a student access to a completely unique experience.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is relatively prominent on campus, but there are many different organizations to get involved with if greek life is not your thing. Also, there are large parties help by the fraternities and sororities that you can find a way to attend.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It is a wonderful college with wonderful professors. However, there are always those few professors that will be stubborn and hard headed. There are a few classes that will be extremely difficult to pass no matter what major you are in. However, there will also be many other wonderful professors who will do everything they possibly can to make sure that you pass their class while still learning their material. Overall it is a wonderful school to study at.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is not a large drug scene at Alabama however, every now and then there may be a fraternity or sorority that gets busted for using drugs as part of their initiation process. Other than that occasional instance drugs make a rare appearance on campus. Drinking is a lot more common here than drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It all depends on what dorm you get. There are new dorms that were just built last year, and two other dorm complexes that were built only a few years before that, one dorm complex even has a pool. However, there are some dorms that have been there for a very long time. There is even one set of dorms that too many people are taking hot showers at one time the fire alarms will go off. I believe that overall the dorms in general are very good and all of them are within walking distance to classes as well as a meal hall.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers can get quite crowded however, there are quite a few labs that are open during typical school hours. The internet connection can drop at random times so it can be tricky if you are having to take an online quiz on a laptop. Overall the the computers are quite good, it can just become extremely difficult to complete your school work if the labs are full or if the internet on campus goes down. Definitely have your own computer and internet away from campus in case something like this does happen because the professors may not be able to open an assignment back up for you once it is closed.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Honors/Suite style dorms are great and keep getting better. They are pretty expensive though. Tut is good if you're rushing a sorority and looking for a real dorm experience- not so good if you're a science major.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Maybe I just can't tell because of my social group- but Alabama seems pretty middle/upper class white folks. The Greek system is segregated, there are A LOT of christians and republicans.. I think I saw a lesbian couple once? And when you're different from that crowd- you really stand out.


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Josh Morris
Bath, Maine
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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