Tuscaloosa, AL
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$22,950 ($9,200)
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Reviews 2959 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Very close to campus, availability is limited. You have to start looking in at least October the year before you want to move.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The police don't generally go around and checking to see if students are underage or under the influence of drugs. They do watch for traffic and parking violations very closely though.

4 College Junior

Weather: I never know what the weather will be like. One day it will be extremely hot and dry, the next day could be cool and raining.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a large Chinese and Japanese student body. They comprise a large portion of the engineering students. There are also many arabic students studying business.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: You have to buy a meal plan if you are a freshman. The Bryant and Berk dining halls are good but Lakeside is pretty bad. Fresh Foods in the Ferg is ok but if you have dining dollars you are better off eating at the subway. I work at a Subway on campus and they provide quality sandwiches with great customer service.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life generates a large amount of money for the school.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are pretty major...FOOTBALL...that's enough said. Alabama is great and competative at just about any other varsity sport. Then there are those who aren't wanting quite the competiveness of varsity that do club sports which there are plenty of. Furthering the variety of sports are intermural which there are many of and many students really get into it and love it. All of UA's facilities are amazing and always clean and up-kept.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I suppose UA is just like any other university, ther are many students and each one has their own unique look. Most people don't really care what they are wearing. Many girls wear nike shorts or jeans and guys normally wear kaki's, gym shorts, or jeans. The sorority girls are mostly found wearing ginourmous t-shirts that are too big and you are unable to see if they are wearing shorts. Other than that, to me every student looks about the same. Everyone has different interest and no matter what the interest there is some club or activity you can get involved in. For example, one day me and my friend were walking past the quad and saw a bunch of guys with swords and sheids batteling with each other. People aren't afraid to be who they are once they finally step into it, so don't worry about trying to fit in with the "it crowd" because there really isn't an "it crowd" there are just those with these interest and those interests. Don't be afraid to be yourself either!

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is something we call "The Strip." It is within walking distance of campus, literally, the end of fraternities leads to it. There are many choices such as Buffalo Phils, Moes, TCBY, Subway, Hungry Howies, Pita Pit, and much more. Also, at the end of the strip there is a place called Thialand something or other, and on Thursday-Saturday nights they have midnight sushi from 11pm-1am, where sushi is only a dollar and everything else is under at least five dollars, everyone loves it and starts to line up outside at about 10pm. Most places on the strip accepts BamaCash, which is an option linked to your Action card (your university ID) and it is an account you or your parents can put money in for you to use. This is a convienient way to have money. Also, Buffalo Phils accepts dining dollars, which is another account set up through you Action card. Every student gets three hundrend dollars in dining dollars which you can use at all food places on campus and a select few place such as Dominoes and Buffalo Phils off campus.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: student life is awesome. Everything is nearby and within walking distance

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Biology and professors and advisors are very friendly and willing to help.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a two lane highway between school and home for me.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Beautiful warm weather all year. Some rain and can get cold at night sometimes but mid 70s in December can get much better.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Bars are fun but get old soon if you are under 21. Almost everything is run through the greek system. Hard for freshmen males who are not in fraternities to do much in terms of parties,

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: If you like college football, the U of A is the place for you. The city of Tuscaloosa eats, breathes, and bathes in the Crimson Tide. Outside of the sport world, Tuscaloosa has a moderate number of outdoor activists that make such activities like mountain biking, running, and ultimate frisbee very visible.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: This can be a very ambiguous topic to discuss. If you are searching for illicit activities, chances are you will probably be able to find them. If you seek to avoid them, then you most likely will be able to. The campus itself is well regulated so the only drugs you will likely run in would be alcohol consumption. That is nearly unavoidable, even within the dorms.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: If you love the South that means you gotta love the food. The U of A is truly in the heart of dixie and that means soul food galore. Whether it's cheap, high quanitity, home-style grub or delicate southern dining, you have plenty of options nearby.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics is very huge at UA, especially the football team. The school spirit is amazing and they have very supportive fans.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is ok at UA and there are plenty of stops. The buses are sometimes slow depending on the bus drivers, but they usually get you to class or your destination on time.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: great variety; you can find almost anything to suit your tastes.

1 College Sophomore

Majors: As a sports and exercise major, I am concerned for my future. UA has this major under the college of education. For those, including my self, that are not in this field to become a P.E. teacher find this alarming. The internship opportunities in this are are slim. If I could do this again I would have stayed in the D.C./ Baltimore area, which has the highest employment rate.

4 College Junior

Majors: I didn't have any problems getting into this program. I, however, didn't start off at this college. I transferred colleges at the end of my Sophomore year and had already taken classes that this program offered. However, I don't think that anyone would have a hard time getting into this program. At Alabama, they have this neat little thing called DegreeWorks. DegreeWorks is something that is issued to you when you register. It is a list of EVERYTHING you have to take in order to complete the program that you have chosen. You are assigned an adviser and they help you from there. Anything medical probably has a time consuming process, but the College of Human Environmental Sciences is very friendly and has an easy step by step process.

5 College Junior

Majors: If I could do it all over again, I would. The only difference is I am a transfer student to UA. If I could do it again, I would have gone there to begin with. Everything is so easy. The faculty and staff make everything interesting and fun, so it doesn't even seem like school. My career goals are to graduate, begin working with Day cares and Preschools and start writing curriculum's to help teachers find better ways to reach a preschooler's mind. I want to see child set off on the right path from a very young age. I want to see children being stimulated and maturing their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills. I would love to see that no child ever goes without the gift of education and the rewards that come with being educated. I would also like to educate parents on how to better their children's lives, regardless of Social Economic Status. I want to change the status quot. I want to see children thrive, and that's why I chose my major. I have a heart and passion for the betterment of Children, and I won't stop until I have done that. As for finding a job; I know without a doubt I WILL have a job when I graduate. My career field is in GREAT demand, and people like me are needed everyday in society. I've chosen a great career field and know that I am going to make something of my life AND make differences in other people's lives. I can't say that I'd change a thing about my choice to choose this program.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am going to give this an A because UA is such a great school and they take pride and joy in seeing their students succeed. I personally haven't done my internship yet, but the Faculty member in charge of internships for the College of Human Environmental Sciences was a teacher of mine at a previous school and she is PASSIONATE about her job. She goes above and beyond to make sure her students have the best experiences ever! She also places them in everyday situations and real life experiences so they know exactly what they are getting into.

5 College Junior

Majors: In the College of Human Environmental Sciences, the teachers really care about the students. They are all readily available for their students and care about the students on a personal level. I am a distance learner at UA, but one of my teachers Skype's with us to see how we're doing and if we need any help. I love the program I am enrolled in, and would recommend any degree from The University of Alabama.
On a side note... I am a military wife and travel a lot. All of my teachers are great about understanding if I can't get something done on time or if I need a few extra days to do an assignment. They are wonderful!


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Josh Morris
Bath, Maine
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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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