Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
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Reviews 3005 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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1 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms on campus look like little cockpits in a plane, the newer condos they're building appear to be great; yet, you need a thousand dollars to even imagine living there. Rural, ridiculously country area, and high cost of living? Something doesn't add up about this place.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My major is human development with family studies as my concentration. The program is fantastic because the professors have so much experience and give feedback on the things they have done. Oppurtunities are provided for students through the child center on campus who want to volunteer and see how their career will be. The workload is fine because I read the chapters before class and outline as I go along. Once I'm in class, I understand the topic more because I read the chapter already.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: My school is unique in that it has so many different programs for international studies out of the country. I love how they offer scholarships for these opputunites and the staff from many parts of the school are involved with students by visiting classes, providing feedback of programs, and administering events for their clubs/jobs.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus as a freshman is a fun experience. I have everything I need at my fingertips. The dining hall and market is only five minutes away when walking and the bus comes to the dorm when I need to go to class and the waits are not long. I love how we have our own rooms, a kitchen, and bathroom. We also have internet access and cable. The relationships I have built with my roommates are comforting because they're like a second family.

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2 College Junior

Diversity: Alabama is approximately 14% African American. There are many different international races here, but they tend to keep to themselves.

4 College Junior

Weather: Alabama Weather: You don't like it? Wait five minutes. The temperature is generally between 30 and 100+, depending on the time of year. It rarely snows, but rains a lot in the spring. It is humid, but the sunny days are gorgeous!

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4 College Freshman

Parking: not hard to find parking unless its game day. finding somewhere to park/ getting where you need to go is nearly impossible

3 College Freshman

Transportation: you basically need a car to get around to anything off campus. not much in walking distance

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is very easy to find an off-campus housing living option. There are plenty of places to choose from. The only problem is that there are only a few nice ones that are affordable that are available for the students. The others are very nice, but somewhat expensive depending on your financial situation. There are always spaces available so you wouldn't have to worry about not getting in a place that you want. The neighborhoods are very safe also.

1 College Freshman

Parking: The parking on campus is horrible, especially the ones made for our dorms. It is so many students living in our area that we run out of parking spaces sometimes. One day, I had to park very far from my dorm in another parking lot and walk all the way back because our lot was full.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus dining has many variety of restaurants to choose from. You will never get tired of eating at the same place because there is always a different restaurant to try. Some off-campus restaurants, but only a few, allows you to use your student card (dining dollars or bama cash) to pay for your food.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Athletics. Nothing is cooler than an Alabama Football game.
Also the weather is excellent.
The academics are really shooting up the rankings, with tons of smart people flowing in.
It's really a unique place right now, with such a good football team and such an influx of intelligent kids at the same time.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: 348 Ride is the perfect drunk service. However, it'd be much cooler if the buses ran to other parts of Tuscaloosa, like Target or University Mall or McFarland. They just instituted a downtown route for the Crimson Ride though, which is turning out to be very useful..

Recent Alumnus

Majors: Not applicable to me per say. I worked for the University as a studio art technician and held numerous graphic design positions.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It was great and I was availed every opportunity imaginable.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The BFA in Fine Art was outstanding. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Whatever you are into it is pretty easy to find it. I've seen students and heard of students using pretty much any drug you can think of with the exception of crystal meth and heroin. It's not everyone that is doing drugs but it is easy to find it. Mostly, college kids are drinking and smoking weed. There are the select few that take Molly, Shrooms, Cocaine. Personally, I stay away from drugs and stick to drinking but I come into contact with drugs at parties often.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere in Tuscaloosa all depends on what time of year it is. During football season, you can feel the buzz in the air and the tradition of football at Bama is very prestigious. With that being said, Tuscaloosa is a fairly large city. It is fast-paced and if you enjoy the city life and atmosphere you will enjoy it. If you enjoy bands and going out there is never a lack of thigs to do. The only thing that made me give the atmosphere a B+ was the attitude among students whether you are in a fraternity or not. Usually people in the fraternities do not mingle with people that are not. It is widely known that fraternities and "GDI's"(non-fraternity members) do not get along very much. But, overall Tuscaloosa has a nice fast-paced atmosphere and there is always something going on.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife at the University of Alabama is excellent. Students have many options on what to do on any day of the week. There are a ton of bars: Rounders, Gallettes, 1831, Harry's, The Jupiter, Filling Station, etc. Rounders and The Jupiter are probably the two best bars in town and both are conveniently located on The Strip which is on the edge of campus right beside Bryant-Denny Stadium. These two usually play the best music, have the best drink specials, and it's where all the popular people on campus go. There are also parties at the fraternity houses but unless you're in a fraternity or if you're a female, you probably wont have much luck there. House parties are occasional and are usually located in The Retreat, which is an off campus gated community. Overall, Tuscaloosa has a great nightlife and there will always be something for you to go out and do no matter what you are into.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food on Campus is great. Although if you get tired of eating what the school offers at the dining halls or simply cant find what you want to eat, you can easily find a restaurant in Tuscaloosa close to or near campus.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is very reliable. It is also convenient when the weather outside is unpredictable, such as when it is raining, snowing, etc. It is also nice to sometimes walk from building to building to enjoy nature and to see more outside of being in a car or the bus. The campus is also great for having bicycles to get from place to place and a bicycle is very reliable way when a car or bus may fail.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is huge here. Im not part of it but it really runs the social scene

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Fair amount of diversity. Not as much as other schools. But more than others might think.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: For the most part students at UA are healthy, athletic, dress like a normal person would unless you are in law school or business then you might see more suits being worn. Right now it's cool out so everybody is in jeans and for the most part an upper Alabama shirt, sweater, or what have you.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many off campus apartments around town reasonably priced for their demand of Alabama students. Security is provided. Many including the one I stay at include lots of amenities like pools, weight rooms, and tanning. They provide lots of group sessions to get to know one another. It feels homely.


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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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