Tuscaloosa, AL
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$22,950 ($9,200)
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Reviews 2990 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I gave an A- review for a certain reason. The University of Alabama is very expensive to attend, and even to live at off-campus. The off-campus options I believe are limited to overpriced apartments with close proximity to campus. Also, there are transportation to help.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is a nightmare. Expensive, tough to find spots and you are likely to get a ticket for doing anything wrong.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants around Tuscaloosa are great and I haven't come across a terrible one yet.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Only athletes and national merit scholars receive scholarships

3 College Freshman

Majors: So far I'm not too satisfied with the program I'm in. I love history but the courses that are offered are given first to those that have more credit hours. I don't think that it's fair for an underclassmen who needs to take some of these upper level classes to not have an equal opportunity to enroll in them unlike upperclassmen who can usually get whatever course they want whenever they desire.

College Junior

Parking: Not sure. As a distance student I don't have to deal with parking, thankfully.

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.


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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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