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

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at our university is not equal, there are certain groups who receive more than others.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Well I would say the school is becoming more diverse over the years especially with international students. I know there are students of various religious backgrounds and some of different sexual orientations. They do have various clubs for different groups of people to join if interested but some do encourage others not in that group to join if they want. While there have been news about racial issues in Greek life, although I'm not a part of it, having talked to people that are, I will say a lot of them want more diversity and it's more the alumni at fault and not students. As a local, I've met more people with discriminatory views outside of campus than actually on campus.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I'm in the business school and the advisers are pretty helpful in helping you know what courses to take and it's not too difficult taking 5 courses at time which they seem to force on students. A lot of the professors in the business classes seem really knowledgeable and some of them are really helpful in helping students to understand the material. The buildings and classrooms are really nice plus there's a Subway in Alston if you don't want to walk to the Ferg or a dining hall for something to eat. I haven't went for an internship yet, but friends of mine who have, were able to find good ones. There are many clubs the related to business majors of all sorts and many of them allow any business related major to join them when speakers come to network with more people. The business school is really awesome if you ask me no matter which business major you are aiming to earn.

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College Junior

Campus Housing: I live off campus since I grew up here and only live about 20 minutes from campus. Some of the on campus housing is really nice and recently built although they do have some buildings that are old and in need of tearing down if you ask me. I would honestly try to avoid living on campus or even student housing because of price. There are much cheaper houses and apartments that I would suggest a group of friends renting in town and even close to campus although you do get certain perks at student housing you may not find elsewhere.

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College Junior

Greek Life: I am not a part of Greek life so I feel I can't really rate it. However talking with friends who are, I would say it's worth joining if you can afford it. You will be busy with school and whatever you may have to do but it will be worth it from what I've been told. They highly encourage people to do well and many will usually only accept students with a 3.0 and some of the better houses(at least I've been told they are better) prefer even a higher GPA.

I've met some nice Greeks and I would not go off what you see from movies because most I met aren't like in the movies.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: As someone who grew up in Tuscaloosa, in my opinion for being a college town there isn't a lot to do besides going to the bar. There are a few parks and a decent mall but all that stuff gets old and the malls and a few other places are mostly middle school aged students and maybe some high school aged students. Football is huge in this town and football season is something both locals and students enjoy however I will say most locals, including myself, hates the traffic that comes with it. The amphitheater is nice but in my opinion they need more artists and bands geared towards the younger crowd and not so much older or only country music fans.

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4 College Junior

Academics: It's fairly easy to register but they do want you to see an adviser before registering although this may vary from school to school. I know in the business school, it's required to see an adviser before being able to register. It sucks that you have a certain date you have to wait for to register based off hours and honor students get first pick so sometimes you may get stuck with a professor you don't want or time you don't want. They highly encourage students to take at least 15 hours which in my opinion isn't bad at all although can be stressful around final exams to have to study for 5 or 6 classes. A lot of the professors I've had seem pretty friendly and luckily the ones I had speak English as a first language. Some of the classes however, the assistants do more than the professors so it really depends on getting a good assistant and not the professor.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: All of the facilities, especially the athletic and academic ones, are excellent. The social scene is always very pleasant and everyone is very happy there. I feel there are always opportunities to be had, and I will always be there to take advantage of them.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are quite a few things to do, especially downtown. The shopping and sports/recreation are the biggest things, and all of the students take advantage of it regularly. I have always enjoyed going to Tuscaloosa and living there for the majority of the year.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The police are always riding around the campus and there are also many police phones everywhere in case people need help. The campus does not have very much crime aside from a robbery here and there. I have generally felt very safe on the campus and have no complaints regarding the security either.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Again, I do not party very often, so I would not have much information regarding nightlife.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I really don't have a strong view on Greek life because I am not a part of it and I do not know many people that are as well. I will say that there are a lot of people involved in it and that it is a big part of the school, but I have never heard of anyone being forced into it or pressured to join it.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of different races and religions represented on campus. There are many African-American, Asian and Latino students there and many others. I have met people that have vastly different religious beliefs and views, which I know can be challenging, especially in the middle of the Bible Belt. Political views and sexual orientation are not talked about as much, which I believe is a sign that a majority of the students are comfortable with each other, which I believe is very important.

5 College Junior

Athletics: 15 national championships in football 6 in gymnastics

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: in certain areas its ridiculous like parking. others its acceptable

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have greatly enjoyed my two years there very much. I have met some new friends and gotten to experience all new aspects of life. What makes my school unique is how there is so much offered in terms of classes and social life and people. There is a constant state of update and trying to make everything better, which makes it one of the best in the nation. I would gladly chose Alabama over again if I had to because it was the only school I ever wanted to go and still is the only one that I want to go to.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Because I live in Alabama, severe weather is always a risk, especially in the Spring and summer. Whenever there is any kind of severe weather, classes and all school activities are always cancelled and it shows that the school does care a great deal about student safety. While it can be very inconvenient at times, safety is always more important.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I recently changed my major to Health Care Management, which is in the business school. I have greatly enjoyed it because it has begun to offer more opportunities and a slightly easier workload than the athletic training major required. The curriculum is focused around management classes and new healthcare classes that are fairly new and interesting. There have already been some internship opportunities lining up and they all look very promising.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Considering that I attend Alabama, football is obviously the number one sport by far. The fan support for it is unbelievable, and the spirit around it is awesome. The other major sports, such as baseball, gymnastics, softball, and golf are also big, especially when football and basketball are not going on. The teams usually do very well, except for the basketball team in recent years. The facilities are superb, and I worked in the athletic training facilities for a short time, so I can speak about them from experience.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Most bars have to be 21 and up.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of different options around the Strip especially. Many of the restaurants take my prepaid meal plan and that is very convenient. The cost is fairly reasonable at most places, though there are a few of the nicer, more formal restaurants that obviously cost a little more, but the best places are Swen, Moe's and El Rincon on the Strip, especially on the weekends.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Greek system is huge, best guarantee to a social life

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Its nice for the first year

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: nothing major typical bureaucracy

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Their money runs the school. The infamous machine controls the university and surrounding community


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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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