Location
Tuscaloosa, AL
Undergrads
25,430
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3005 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This campus always provides excellence in every service.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is always something going on, and I really mean always. If you're 19 or older, the majority of the bars downtown or on the strip (basically on campus) are open to you. Sometime they charge cover and I personally think it's a waste of money, but they do have a lot of good bands and entertainment come throughout the year. Parties are pretty great, but the cops do quite a bit of monitoring just to make sure it doesn't get too loud or out-of-hand. Transportation is pretty good as well, if you're on campus you can walk to almost any place, even if it is downtown. If you're going to a party off campus, transportation gets a little trickier, but if you have a car & a designated driver you won't have any problems. The campus also has a free shuttle to most places the starts at night and runs until most of the bars close.

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2 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation at The University of Alabama is set up to be a great network. However, there are many negative aspects which make it a weakness to the campus. For instance, the bus drivers frequently take unexpected and very long breaks (at the bus hub, which is a long walk from the center of campus), often making the students riding the bus late for classes. Also, the times for the buses is somewhat convenient to student needs, but after hours the shuttle system is dreadful. The dispatchers to the hotline are always rude, and they take a very long time to show up where they are requested.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It's insanely hot the first few weeks of school, when it rains, it pours. For days. And it gets pretty windy frequently. But those few weeks where the weather is perfect almost makes it worth it.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: If you get involved with the professors and advisors, there is no way you won't love the program. They do everything they can to make it easy for you to be successful.

3 College Freshman

Majors: To get into Upper Division in the business school, you need to maintain a C+ average. It's a doable hurdle if you stay on top of your work.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: No matter what you want to do, UA has a major for it. And if they don't, you can get involved in the New College program and basically create your own major around what you want to do.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The business school has great professors that really care about their students and are eager to help. If you want to be successful here--you will be.

4 College Senior

Facilities: New College is a department on campus that lets you design your own major. It's a very flexible and accommodating program that allows you to have a lot of freedom in your education so that you major in what you are most interested in. There are very few programs like this in the country!

4 College Senior

Facilities: The facilities are really nice and the professors are generally helpful.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Even though the city of Tuscaloosa is not as glamorous as some of the big name college towns, there is still a lot to see and do around here. Everybody will be able to find something they will enjoy.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The people on campus are really nice and outgoing, and the education is great. Living on campus is also real fun and it gives you the opportunity to meet new people and do new things.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always options for girls to party at the fraternity houses, and that means unlimited beer. If you're over 21, there are fun bars and clubs on the strip that you can drink at but if you're under legal age there are plenty of freshman bars that are a little more lenient on ID's. They are always a good time, just make sure that you have a designated driver because the drinks are cheap and strong. There is something to do every night of the week, but the fun starts on Thursday through the weekend.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I love the dining hall in my building, I have made good friends with the cooks and other employees that work there. Everyone is so nice, and it's very convenient since freshman are required to have one. I also enjoy going to all of the restaurants on the strip and in midtown. I suggest Dreamland BBQ, and Longhorn Steakhouse. You'll find any kind of food that you prefer here.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I love the scenery and people at the University of Alabama. I always feel comfortable talking to someone new that I meet at a party, or sit next to in class. All of my teachers are very approachable and easy to talk to. Although there are many students, the school does an amazing job of making sure you feel that you're there main focus. The campus is beautiful and between the quad where all the students play frisbee or tan on a hot day, to the strip that is always rowdy after 10 pm there is something for everyone.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are a great part of the college experience for everyone at UA. Fall football is unbeatable, as well as gymnastics. Academics are still emphasized with several potential Rhodes and Oxford scholars among the football players. Great facilities for everyone to use, too.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very dominant at The University of Alabama. So much that it is almost intimidating to make friends because everyone seems to belong to a certain clique. Greek life is also pretty segregated here as well, and it is a lot of pressure to rush here that may not be present at other schools.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I am very happy with the academics at The University of Alabama. I am a Psychology major on the Pre-Medicine track, and I also am in the Honors college. I absolutely love the Honors program, I have met so many people through it and have been able to take some very interesting Honors seminars. I also love all of my Psychology courses! As a Pre-Medicine major, it is almost expected to major in either Biology or Chemistry, but I am very happy to major in psychology because it gives me a break from sciences and pushes me to think more complexly.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus housing at The University of Alabama is amazing. The selection process for housing is very simple and well organized. Depending on when you pay your housing deposit, you will be given a specific date and time to complete the online room selection process. The process may be stressful for some more than others, it really depends on if you are choosing a dorm that is more popular than others, when you paid your housing deposit, and how many people you want specifically in your room. In choosing which dorm to stay in, my preference is a suite style dorm. You can have a 4-person suite which costs about $4,400 a semester per person, a 2-person suite which costs about $4,900 a semester per person, or a 1-person suite which costs a little more than a 2-person. I prefer these because I like how new and spacious the suite styled dorms are. I also like their closeness to the Ferg. However, if you are looking for a community feel, the suite style dorms might not be your cup of tea! Stick with the older double bed occupancy rooms. They tend to have more in-house events there.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The University of Alabama has grade transportation services that run, virtually, 24/7 all year round (excluding some breaks). The buses are a really convenient form of transportation. Just be sure to allow time to ride the bus as some drivers aren't as fast as others. Also, after 7 on weekdays and any time on the weekends, 348-Ride (transportation designed to pick you and/or your party up and drop you off directly at your designated place) is also very useful; however, the wait time for the vans are usually around 45 minutes to an hour if you call at a busy time, so also plan ahead for that! Roll Tide! (:

4 College Junior

Scholarships: My experience was somewhat simple I applied for FASFA and once my application was processed the University was made aware of the amount of award I was going to receive and they let me choose how much of the award I actually wanted to use when school started and then when it came time to pay my student bill it was automatically taken out of my account. My tips are to notify your school early if you are going to be receiving financial aid and to apply for financial aid as soon as you know you are going to need help.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very prevalent at Alabama especially with freshman and sophomore classes. There has also been an up-kick in the drug scene but things are a little more low key then with alcohol and the law enforcement on campus really enforces the no drug policies.

3 College Junior

Computers: Most of the computers at Alabama are a little outdated for the software that is now available for students. It is hard to do assignments on software that our teachers do not have on their computers or edit an assignment in the computer labs when the student files are not compatible with the school software.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The athletic facilities are like no other and the campus events will completely blow an outsider away.

4 College Freshman

Academics: We are very academic minded here at UA with a large honors college, numerous honor societies, and honors programs such as the Blount Undergraduate Initiative, and Mallet Assembly.

2 people found this useful Report
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Josh Morris
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Bath, Maine
Major
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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