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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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Yes, Alabama is a party school, but it depends on what kind of partying you are looking for. If you are a city girl/guy, this is the completely wrong place for you.
If you're 21 you go to the bars on the strip or downtown. If you aren't 21 you won't get in, and if you do then there is Alcohol Beverage Control that comes out random nights and checks everyones id's. They will arrest you if you're caught using a fake. If you aren't going to bars then your nightlife is completely limited to Frat parties. There are "swaps" or other frat/sorority parties on any night of the week, but you have to be in the designated sorority/fraternity to attend. On friday's and saturday's they are always open to anyone.
Keep in mind that we are in the south. These are not the types of parties that you go to and everyone is playing beer pong and doing keg stands. The frat parties are very social, with the girls dressed nicely, guys in button downs and they are all standing around schmoozing and drinking. If you are pledging a sorority your night life revolves around what your sorority is doing and which fraternity they want to go to. Greek life also makes the school much smaller- if you're a sorority girl you can't afford to act slutty or drink too much.
One last thing- on away game weekends this place is DEAD.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a Nursing major at the University of Alabama. I am very satisified with my experience thus far. I am still in Lower Division, meaning that still taking my basic core classes like English and Math. However, my experience with the Nursing adminsitrators are all positive. We meet with advisors every semster which is comforting. Also we get constant emails that keep us update about opportunties available. They are very well organized and are truely helpful to students.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Parking permits are extremely expensive and so are the fines. It's best to just live close to campus so you can walk to class and not have to drive.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There are many different races and religions at the University of Alabama. Greek life is really big at our school.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Well lit, bus/transportation available around the clock and in outlying shopping areas.

5 College Junior

Parking: Parking garages are great if you have on campus housing. Cannot speak to off campus communters

5 College Junior

Academics: Excellent, engaging professors and the facility is expanding and awesome with opportunity for research and co-op opportunities.

1 College Junior

Diversity: Although there is alot of Diversity on the football team around campus they are not around much so to speak

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Most Fraternities on campus are cool and just would like to see the NPHC involved more.

4 College Senior

Academics: School of Library Sciences Online Program – The University of Alabama has one of 52 American Library Association Accredited Master's programs within US borders. Other than the four days (required) spent on campus for orientation, the entire program can be completed at a distance. Fulfilling degree requirements usually takes students between eighteen months- for students who take three classes per semester- and three years- for students who take the summers off and only take the required two classes per semester.
There are quite a number of specialized electives run over the summer- they take place during three condensed "semesters"- May Interim, Summer I (four weeks in June) and Summer II (five weeks in July). If you decide to take a class, I would recommend taking only one per semester. I took two during Summer II and though I survived, I was unable to keep up the level of work I usually maintain, often submitting assignments last minute due to homework requirements for the other class. On the other hand, these summer classes tend to be smaller- about 20-25 students, as opposed to the 35-40 during the regular semesters.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation is pretty good. The Crimson bus route is always extremely packed though. But other than that I love catching the buses. I dont enjoy walking. But if your classes are only 10 minutes apart I would advise walking or you will end up late.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Weed and Alcohol – Drug scene is not really big, but ofcourse it depends on who you hang around, I know where to get drugs if I want to take part in them but everyone does. Ive heard of people doing cocaine and taking sleeping pills but I have not witnessed it. Drinking on the other hand is a big problem. Id say 90% of the campus drinks, especially on game days.

4 College Senior

Majors: Masters Library & Information Sciences (MLIS) Online – The only reason I continued my academic career after high school was to earn this degree. My BA was a stepping stone on my path here. The University of Alabama program allows me to remain at my current position as small town library staff while continuing my education so that may become a librarian myself- and the classes which I am taking in school often have immediate and direct positive effects on my work projects. Eventually I want to find a position in a medium or large public or college library for a few years, and eventually become a department head or perhaps assistant to the director.
I am not currently terribly worried about finding a position. Quite a few library personnel are approaching retirement age, and as I am not particularly concerned with what state I am employed in, there will be a position somewhere. I just have to find it.

4 College Senior

Majors: Online Master's Degree in Library Sciences – Getting an application in for the Library and Information Sciences degree was almost and education in and of itself. One had to apply to the School of Library & Information Studies as opposed to the regular campus, and the online program is especially tricky as they only offer about 40 slots for the semester beginning in August- on campus is slightly easier as they have cohorts beginning in Fall and Spring semesters, and therefore have more space.
If you are thinking about applying for the online cohort, suggest that you seriously evaluate how well you can self- study. the professors do their best to be available, but the level of access is well below what would be normal for on campus students.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Printing Is Relatively Cheap – It only cost $.05 per page for black and white copies and $.15 per page for color copies. The university also allows you to use "BamaCash" which is on your Act Card in order to pay for the pages that you print. This makes it easy and affordable because you don't have to carry change to the library every time you have to print something!

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not what I expected, but not bad – Being from the north, I was expecting everyone to have southern hospitality. But, the girls are CATTY, typical sorority girls. If it wasn't for them, this school would get an A+ because all the facilities are beautiful and the professors are great and helpful. Plus, nothing beats gamedays! Weather is a wreck though.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: New to the University – I am a senior and transferred from another school. What I have encounted is a host of friendly advisors and students who are willing to help me find my way. I strive for A's and I know with my advisors help I will maintain my 3.7 GPA

4 College Senior

Weather: Tuscaloosa is in the tornado belt and has hit the city and school several times. This makes going to class difficult, but for the most part the weather is nice.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Went Well – The process of receiving financial aid went very well. The people in the financial aid department were very helpful if I had any questions, and I usually got emails notifying me of each step of the process. However, I feel I did not receive enough financial aid that I needed.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Living Off Campus – To my leaving off campus is better because you can go and come as you please

3 College Student

Nightlife: I wouln't know, i'm not the clubing type of person

3 College Student

Scholarships: I really dont know much about them because i haven't applied for one.

3 College Student

Overall Experience: It's Pretty Good – Everything is pretty good on campus right now. I like going there and plan on graduating within four years


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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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