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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5 College Junior

Academics: Hands-on experience with great career center – I'm only a junior and I already have an incredible job offer waiting for me after graduation. I have buddies at top-tier private schools who don't have anywhere near the same amount of opportunities UA has given me. We have the 8th ranked public business school in the country, so it really is possible to get a great education without going into debt.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Southern Belles – The girls will blow your mind, especially the sorority girls. When the hot months roll around, short shorts and sundresses make walking around campus a pleasure. I guess the guys are cool? I don't have an opinion on 'em really. The guys and girls are pretty preppy, and we all dress up for football games in suits and dresses. I personally don't think it's the kind of school where you can go to class in your pajamas and expect a social life.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Computers: As Long as You Don't Procrastinate, You're Fine – Just have your own laptop, the dorm wifi isn't bad.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Campus Dining: We have many dinning halls at the University. Each has a different menu daily and they offer a variety of choices.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are so many different clubs and organizations at UA. We have anything from a rowing team to a "qudditch on the quad" being re-enacted from the infamous Harry Potter Movie. I feel like there is something for everyone and UA is very open to new ideas for organizations. If you can think it, UA will let you dream it!

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The University of Alabama was the best 4 years of my life. It was thrilling and exciting to be a student here and I felt I was made apart of a family. The tradition and pride in this community are comparable to none. It was easy to make friends and be consumed by the pride in this school. I loved my teachers, loved greek life, and will really miss the beauty of this campus.

3 College Senior

Parking: The parking on the University of Alabama's campus is great, however its very limited. Not only do you pay around $250 dollars for a parking permit, but you aren't guaranteed a spot. There are way more students than parking spots, even with the amount of students who live on/near campus and walk. Its overcrowded and inconvenient. WE NEED MORE PARKING

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: They have equal scholarships for both in-state and out-of-state students. If you score a 27 or higher on the ACT or a 1210 or higher on the reading and math portions of the SAT and have a 3.5 or higher GPA then you are guaranteed a scholarship. These scholarships are only for people who apply by the December 1 priority deadline, so I recommend applying by then.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Love It Here! This is by far the best school I've been too! So many things to do, football, education, nightlife, and overall experience have been amazing!

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is awful. sometimes have to leave 30 minutes before class to get a spot. parking passes are outrageous too. 250 dollars for a plastic rearview mirror hang pass.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Several Choices – There are so many other choices for dining off campus and have much better prices than on campus dining. For what you pay at a dining hall, you could easily have a 4 course dinner at a nice restaurant.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Sorority Girls Are Robots – Everyone generally dresses normally, as per how the weather is, except sorority girls. They wear nike shorts, oversized T-shirts, and tennis shoes anytime it's not too cold, and when it is cold, they simply add an oversized hoodie, leggings, and UGGs. They wear these to work out, to sleep, and to go to classes. It generally takes some getting used to for people who aren't from around here because they all look the same.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are four dining halls on campus that take meal plans, with Bryant Hall and Burke Hall being the best of the four. There are several other places to eat, such as Stewart's Corner in Lloyd Hall and the Ferguson Center food court, so variety is never a problem.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Stupid Drunk Greeks (Not from Greece) – I've always felt very safe on campus, but vandalism happens a lot when people do stupid things like leaving their doors open or leaving something of value in sight in their vehicles. Also, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights are filled with drunk Greek system students. If they bother you too much, just call UAPD and they'll be there within five minutes to break things up.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: International Scene, Honors College, and Football – I'm an international studies major and so far I love how great the university's international scene is. We have a big international center so there are students from many different places studying at UA. It's also a critical languages school so there's a very diverse amount of languages offered. The honors college is also great. All of the administrators are nice and willing to help. The hold a lot of events and the benefits of being an honors college student outweigh the bad. Last but not least, Alabama football is the best. Even if you're not crazy about football, you can't help but get sucked into it. There's so much school spirit and the football team is just amazing. Games are a big deal here and game days are full of extra people on campus tailgating and having a good time. Not to mention, winning the National Championship was one of the greatest highlights of the year.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Be Wary of Tornado Warnings – Alabama weather is pretty crazy. One minute it can be sunny and nice, and the next it can turn into a massive storm. Ever since the terrible tornadoes in April 2011, the university has become more cautious of the weather and warning students about potentially severe weather. Classes were canceled one day because of bad weather warnings. Though we've had two or three tornado warnings, things have been okay.

3 College Student

Transportation: During the week the public transportation on campus is excellent but that ends at seven pm. Then two buses run after that time period along with the crimson ride. Though both of these systems take a long time, because the two different bus tracks take the longest routes to cover all areas and the crimson ride takes forever to get to you. Though the student government (SGA) has made a few changes for example having a bus that goes from campus to the strip and downtown Tuscaloosa. Though personally I think they need to improve the public transportation systems due to the fact that they never seem to be an option to take.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: The campus has many polices, that they enforce. For example they do not accept cheating in any way shape or form and it could lead to one possible being suspended or expelled from the university. They also have no tolerance policy to drugs on campus. They enforce this buy doing random drug tests and health inspections on the dorms during the holidays. I would definitely make sure you are not going around talking loudly about drugs or cheating and even doing either of those things. The campus has many other polices but these are two of the major ones.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: More Fun If You Have a Car – Tuscaloosa is a really small town and getting off campus without a car is near impossible. There are places a lot of places to hang out on and around campus, but it can get pretty repetitive and boring. If you can bring a car, that's great. If you can't bring a car, making friends with people that own cars is also good.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's Everywhere – Greek life pretty much controls most of the campus. They control the student government and are an important force in school life. I'm personally not a big fan so it bothers me quite a bit. However, for anyone wanting to be a part of the Greek life scene, Alabama would probably be right up your alley.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Bama Dinning – Off-campus dinning is definitely a convenience for students. The Strip is right next to the campus and has many different kinds of restaurants and bars. Some restaurants/bars take bama cash or dinning dollars which is money you pay for to have on your act card. Along with this many of the bars have college nights where students who are 18 can get in. Then we have midtown village, which is only a few minutes off campus, that has many more restaurants like Panera, Kobe, Iguana Grill and many more.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty Good – The dining halls themselves are alright. Some are a lot better than others. One dining hall is infamous for being the worst, but it seems to have gotten better this recent semester. They've started incorporating some more vegetarian options so I'm sure a lot of people were happy. As for around campus, there are you're typical sub places, pizza places, burger places, etc.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They have police and emergency buttons stationed around campus, but I still don't really feel completely safe. We had an incident last semester with a stabbing so I have mixed feelings. It's not completely unsafe, but it's not completely safe either.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: It's a deep South college. What you expect is what you get.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Labs – The labs are nice and spread throughout campus. Many offer both Mac and PC options, as well as computers that can be booted using multiple operating systems (if you know what you are doing)


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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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