Tuscaloosa, AL
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$22,950 ($9,200)
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are several restaurants and desert places within walking distance from the campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many international students and several different race students. But most students at this university are white.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: University of Alabama is in a town called Tuscaloosa. The town its self might not be the best but the college area is. There are many strips with bars, restuarants and shopping that make it extremely fun and vibrant.

5 College Junior

Academics: Being a student that is studying operations management the opportunities are endless. By the i graduate I will have completed a co-op with mercedes-benz manufacturing in vance al, an internship with chattanooga seating systems in chattanooga, tn (build the seats for VW) and an internship in Germany with ZF. Once i graduate I have no doubt I will have an array of jobs to choose from.

The major is also really small, so all your professors know you by name and want to you succeed and become a successful student and adult.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Where there is a will there is a way. You surround yourself with the crowd you choose to be with. So if you are with people that do drugs, then most likely you will end up choosing to do them eventually. It all depends on how strong you are to say no. For some, its easier than others.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: liked living on campus. the only thing i didnt like was the fact that I lived in a jack and jill type room and had to share the room with another person. The space was small enough and it caused occasional problems

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College Junior

Parking: I live close to campus and dont have a car right now.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is a lot of options but the food is not quality

5 College Senior

Computers: The library has both mac and PC's that are always available for students. They were able to print for a small fee with the use of their action card. Lloyd hall has a computer lab on the bottom floor with PC's and Reese Phifer, directly beside the stadium, has computer labs accompanied with macs. The internet connections are always fast and reliable in any location you go.

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3 College Senior

Weather: We have tornadoes here during the spring. The only major tornado that affected the area drastically was the April 27th tornado in 2011. Classes were let out early that day and the people that were on campus were put in safe places. The university did a good job of communicating to students through email and text messages, especially for those who didn't have access to a television. The f4 tornado left a horrible impact on the campus and the city of Tuscaloosa, but as a community we have come together to rebuild the area and make it even better and safer than before. Other than tornadoes, we have thunderstorms and lots of rain here and there, but the university usually delays classes if the weather is harsh enough.

5 College Senior

Academics: I'm a public relations major and have loved every minute of it. After declaring my major, I was nervous about the teachers and the workload that I would be given. Yes the workload gets bigger as you progress throughout your major, but anything worth receiving requires long and hard work. Once you get active with your major and start getting serious, you forget that the professors are actually teachers because they side with you as you make progress and work your way to getting a successful job. You start making connections through your teachers and they help guide you in the direction you need to go. The job range for public relations is extremely broad, from working for nonprofit organizations to magazine editing to working in corporate PR. There are no limitations. Every job requires good communication skills and public relations helps you achieve this. I strongly recommend public relations as a major. It's a fun and exciting major where you never know what may happen next. If you like following the news, being active with social media and writing, this is the major for you!

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5 College Senior

Academics: Attending the University of Alabama was an easy decision because of the broad spectrum of majors and minors available. There's something for everyone, ranging from public relations to pre-law to nursing to fashion and the list goes on. The UA professors are so welcoming, especially to freshmen. They go out of their way to ensure that their students are understanding the material being taught and that they are actually taking something from the class that will benefit them in the future. Teachers are always available outside of class and most of them even give you their phone numbers to call if you have help with anything. Tutors are also available on campus if you become overwhelmed in certain subjects and need extra help. The southern hospitality at UA makes learning and communicating with your teachers a little bit easier.

3 College Senior

Diversity: The diversity at the University of Alabama is often a determining factor in the decision to attend school here. The UA campus is filled with a variety of people with different races,cultural backgrounds, religious and political beliefs and sexual orientation. In fact, there are groups and organizations available to fit anyone and everyone's specific values and beliefs. These organizations range from Christian youth groups to Atheist groups to political groups like College Republicans and even more. At UA, there is an international department to welcome people from all over the world. Most of the people you might meet on campus will be from the South, but there is also a percentage of people from up North. It's easy to fit in at Alabama because of the diversity all across the campus and the city of Tuscaloosa. You just have to find the group that fits your values and beliefs.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The University of Alabama football team is the National Champion.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: All bars here are at the least 19+ so if you're coming here as a young freshman you might be out of luck. During the fall there are a lot of fraternity band parties each weekend that are also fun if you're in Greek Life.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug and alcohol scene are definitely bigger within Greek Life here, but in most social groups alcohol is prevalent at the least. You don't have to drink, but you'll most likely be around it a lot.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is very unpredictable. One day it'll be sunny and nice, the next week it'll be pouring, especially in the spring.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: They're trying with the Bus system, but it's confusing and few people really know where each one go. The campus isn't big, you can walk it end to end in fifteen minutes for the most part, minus the rec and nursing school. The parking options are limited, so it's not always very convenient to drive your own car.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation here in alabama is not a problem. We have a buses running all day through the night till 9pm. Then there's a 348-ride. You can call them if you ever need a ride late at night and it's all free. And on Sunday there's shuttles that takes you to Midtown Village, University Mall, and to Target and drops you off to your dorm. UA also provide transportation to the Birmingham Airport during the breaks.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is very unpredictable. During the summer, it's really hot and sometimes nice. During the fall, it's nice and chilly. Fall is also very short here. During the winter, there are days when it's nice outside like in the 60's or 70's then the next day it's freezing or raining. It rains here alot! Classes will get cancelled if there's snow because it hardly does that here so everyone panics when it snows.

5 College Junior

Facilities: While some of the classrooms are older, it still shows class and the history that is the University of Alabama. They are fantastic!

4 College Freshman

Computers: Only the best computers on campus! Most are Mac some are PCs. Plenty of places to print and make copies from. wireless connection can be difficult due to the mass of people using the wifi

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a criminal Justice Pre-Med major and it is a lot of work but, most definitely interesting. My professors care about us the students and try to make subjects relatable to our age group as well as possible life experiences we may or have already had

4 College Freshman

Weather: Usually Sunny or overcast in the winter/spring. Got some snow in January. A lot of rain does go through here. Over all if you want to experience some sort of weather change you will find it here.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to eat on The Strip and over in Midtown Village. Prices are good at all places, usually a plate will be from $10-$20 depending on what has caught your eye and stomach.


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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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