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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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people here are very diverse. There is a good mix of different cultures and races, and most people seem to tolerate each other very well.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: I don't usually eat at the dining halls anymore but from what I can remember, the food was not that great. If you aren't worried about being healthy, the pizza and burgers and great! But the freshman 15 was not something I wanted to happen and the dining halls definitely did not help. There are not a lot of healthy options except salad.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Underage drinking is very common at UA. It is easy not to get caught and people don't usually call to police for noise complaints. They are very strict about parking and about the use of narcotics. There is a narcotics team that visits the university a few times a semester and tries to get rid of a lot of drugs.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are people from all over at UA and it is really hard not to find people that you fit in with since it is such a a big school. But there are definitely cliques. The sorority girls hang together. The fraternity boys hang together. The Greek system is a huge deal at Alabama which is good for people who want to go greek but not so good if you do not want to participate in that.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I thought it would be a lot easier to receive financial aid here. I make really good grades but I guess if you want a scholarship you'd need to have a GPA really close to 4.0.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation that the university has is great! The crimson ride is constantly running and even runs until 9 at night. After 9 they run a perimeter route since there is not as many students on campus. On the weekends they have shuttles that will take you to the strip so that you don't have to drive, which is a plus since there is limited parking down there. Also, a lot of the off campus housing provide shuttles to and from the university! I could not be more pleased!

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am very satisfied with the education that i am receiving from the University of Alabama. I am a Music Therapy major and have experienced first hand the difficult yet rewarding curriculum that they possess. My instructors have offered extra help where it is needed and show legitimate concerns for my success.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: There are many computers availably throughout campus at all times. They have Apple and Microsoft brands so you can use whichever you are comfortable with. Having your own computer is nice if you prefer working from home or your dorm. Also some professors will ask you to bring them into class to work.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: During the day transit buses are constantly on their routes. It may take a while to get use to which bus to take but once you do they are very useful tool. These regular transits quite running at 7 p.m. but the University gives all of its free rides around campus. All you have to do is call 348-ride and they will take you anywhere on campus or even down town. UA also has transits running for major events as well such as game days.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking permits are expensive and only allow you to park in select areas. Even though you have a car you will have to walk or ride a bike around campus anyways because driving is such an inconvenience. There are a lot of students so parking can fill up very quickly!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The University has a ton of safety measures and procedures. There is a security guard in every dorm and parking lot at night. The University has many help stands on campus that contact the police when a button is pressed. I have never seen any major crime around the dorms and I feel completely safe walking around campus. However, you should alwayhs remember to lock your cars and your doors just in case. And it always helps to never walk alone at night. You should also be careful when you go off campus down on the strip to the bars and restaurants, because there are occasional car jackings late at night.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Presidential Village, which is brand new this year. It has the same space and layout as Ridgecrest and Lakeside. There is a room for each person, a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a living space. As a brand new dorm, it's very nice and clean, and the staff is wonderful, however, they don't work on weekends and it will probably get dirty on crazy weekends, like on game days. The only real downside to living in Presidential is the distance from classes. It is usually a twenty to thirty minute walk to the quad, depending on your speed. There is a bus route that picks up in front of Presidential, but some may still find the extreme distance a deal breaker. If you're looking for housing closer to campus, Harris and Tutwiler are in the center of sorority row and many buildings, but in return they are also much older and much smaller (Tutwiler has community bathrooms and one room that houses two girls). In my opinion, your best options are Presidential, Lakeside, and Ridgecrest. Lakeside and Ridgecrest are only a couple of years old and are about a fifteen minute walk to the quad.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most guys wear t-shirts and polos and girl wear large t-shirts, nike shorts, or leggings to class everday. If you're in a fraternity or a sorority, you will most likely wear your letters or a greek apparel shirt everyday.

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2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining halls were crap my freshman and sophomore years. Except Bryant. But that's a little out of the way for most students. The markets and such that take dining dollars are super convenient but severely overpriced (but, it's dining dollars so who cares.)

4 College Junior

Facilities: UA is getting bigger and (mostly) better every year. The newer buildings are fantastic and they are constantly renovating something. However, some departments aren't exactly super important to the university, and so you have some not so great stuff there.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: I received the National Merit scholarship and it's been kind of amazing. The only drawback is that because my housing was free, my parents were not thrilled when I decided I no longer wanted to live in a dorm.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are all types of men at UA. Every type of guy you can think of. I met mine!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is pretty good. It fresh, but the options can get tiresome

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with my program because it is a close, tight program among students and professors

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are amazing because they allow for privacy. The older dorms are getting demolished in order to have all suite style living.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs at University of Alabama are always available to the students especially during dead week.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: The F is for how it seems to me that on campus everyone are into groups of color or race.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's nice to stay on campus due to being close to different campus activities, especially if your running late for class or a meeting. If you stayed off campus you have to deal with traffic and finding a place to park your car. The D+ is for housing on campus being overly expensive.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: All I can tell you is be prepared for anything and everything!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am in the engineering college and I am highly satisfied with the education I am receiving. I'm a Computer Science major and our curriculum is pretty well-rounded. There are a lot of background courses (Fine Arts, Literature, Social-Behavioral, etc.) I have to take, but I always come out learning something. There are many great interships/opportunities with this major.

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Josh Morris
Hometown
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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