Tuscaloosa, AL
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$22,950 ($9,200)
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Reviews 2977 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not Really Exposed – I honestly am not the one to ask because I am not really sure. I am not really exposed to the alcohol scene nor do I put myself in the position to get involved.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Place to Attend College – I chose The University of Alabama because of its great nursing program and the awesome professors. The campus is beautiful and there is always construction going on. There is so much love for the school here at Alabama. Because I am a student athlete, the professors are always there to work with me, but the professors are always available whenever anyone needs them. There are tutors to help us with specific subjects, and we have a writing center to help with papers. I absolutely love this university.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Waiting for the Weekends – My school's football team was the National Champions this year, and many others. Our school is most known for our football, and it makes the college year so exciting, and it is half the reason why people come to this school. The social scene is also very big as well. UA was ranked one of the highest party schools, which makes the night life extremely fun.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Life of a College Kid – I still have yet to declare my major, but am taking all of the core classes for most majors. The work is not always easy, but the classes are well worth the education. Most of the teachers that I have had are friendly, and willing to help you out as much as they can. Having ADD and Dyslexia some of the work is harder to do and comprehend, but there are many classes, and programs that have wonderful accomadations! There are many jobs at the University that hire students. I work at the Construction Administration, and not only do they work around your schedule, but they always know that school comes first and help in any way they can.
I would not change a thing about my college experience. I have grown up so much, and am ready for whatever the world throws at me thanks to the help of my piers!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Tuscaloosa is a typical college town. Lots to do and many places to eat. It seems like there are activities for everyone!

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5 College Student

Facilities: Tradition Is Strong – tradidtion is strong here and great pride in academics as well as our football

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3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers on campus are not powerhouses, but they get the job done, and there are always enough to support the students' needs. The wireless connection is less than reliable, however. It is notorious for going down often.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Accepting Campus – The campus is host to all kinds of students, of many races, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations. We do have a reputation as a party school, but everyone is always welcomed.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Student Teaching – I plan to do student teaching once I am able to. The education advising office is very good about setting up a schedule for a student to follow and put you on a track to finish in four years. They also provide every student with information about internship available and student teaching oportunities and try to get every student involved!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: All College Students Need Food – The dining off campus is great! There are many options from upscale resteraunts to fast food places you can swing by on your way to class. Many of our off campus food places take BamaCash. BamaCash is kind of like a credit card and is very useful! Because it is a college town that thrives on football many places have televisions and are open pretty late. The majority of the places are very reasonably priced and many will deliver!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The University Overview – The University of Alabama does a good job to keep all of the facilities clean and accessible. The recreation center(workout center) is available to all students and offers free workout classes! There is also an aquatic center that is available for workouts. The majority of all the buildings are new, or newly renovated, and are in very nice condition. There are always activities going on such as: Quiditch on the Quad, bookclubs, co-ed softball teams, study groups, and so much more! The staff also does a wonderful job of making you feel like you're right at home and you always have someone looking after you! This is a great university that makes you feel like you're at your home away from home!!

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not Too Bad – It's hard to eat foods that are good for you without forking out an arm and a leg. That aside, fast-food prices compares with off-campus, so they aren't raised too much. My only concern is the mandatory $300 Dining Dollars. There are few places that take the payment, and there is also Bama Cash, making it difficult to eat anywhere that isn't Ferguson Center (with all the fast-food). I even know people who never eat on campus but are forced to pay the fee. If students and parents could play around with where the money goes each semester, I feel it would be a better situation.

5 College Student

Majors: I'm a business major, I don't know too much about the other programs.

5 College Student

Nightlife: The strip is basically on campus, and downtown Tuscaloosa is great as well. Big Greek life which means lots of activity at night. Lots of programs and activities to attend. There's something for everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Alabama is a great option if you are interested in Greek Life. It is very traditionally southern and represents those values in everything it does. The campus itself is beautiful and the football team is awesome! Dorms are getting better but there are two things Alabama could work on: parking and dining halls.

4 College Senior

Weather: April 27Th, 2011. Before the tornadoes in April, classes would hardly ever get cancelled no matter the weather (with the exception of snow). Fortunately, the policy became a lot more lenient because you don't play around with bad weather. We learned the hard way. If there is a threat of bad weather, a lot of times it is the teachers who cancel class. The University still waits til the last minute, but they don't mind the cancellation as much.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: CHUG CHUG – This school isn't so much about drugs as much as it is about alcohol. Seeing a drunk frat guy on the strip is an almost nightly occurrence. I wouldn't say people who are independents are as pressured to drink as those in the Greek system. If on campus though, the drug and alcohol enforcement is extremely tight.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Epitome of College Town. The biggest attraction in the Tuscaloosa area is absolutely, hands-down, football. Football brings all of the community outside of the campus in, and all the students together. The local attitude towards students is a very positive one. An attitude similar to pride. The school is very active when it comes to clubs and trying to include students. Of course, with facebook around people would rather be on their phones than participating in a school-lead event. They do, however, host some really awesome fairs.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: ROLL TIDE! 14th National Championship this year. Need I say more?

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Super Safe – The University of Alabama takes amazing precautions to keep their students and faculty safe. There are police officers all around campus, day and night, that are willing to escort you to your car or building if you do feel unsafe. There are also tons of little blue light posts that have emergency phones on them all around campus and downtown. If you don't feel safe driving or walking home, there is the "Crimson Ride", which is a service that picks students up from wherever they are and takes them to wherever they are going at night!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Fun College Town – There's so much to do at the University of Alabama! Not only does Tuscaloosa have an amazing football atmosphere, it has a vivid night life yet still reserved enough to be successful in school. It's only about 45 minutes from Birmingham, which has amazing shopping and restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Cars Are Nice but Parking Is Pretty Pricey – Parking permits are expensive and the campus police are pretty strict on parking violations. During class times, parking spaces can be hard to find. Cars are not necessary, but they are handy when you need to go shopping or drive to Birmingham. The campus has buses that run on campus and now they have buses to downtown Tuscaloosa. If you need a ride, you can call a number at any time and they will send a bus to pick you up.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We Are the Champions – Football is a big deal here. With 14 national championships, it is easy to see why. On Saturdays during the fall, Bryant-Denny Stadium is the place to be. We also have a championship gymnastics team and their meets are amazing. All sports events other than football are free to students, and football tickets are only 5 dollars. We have a great student recreation center that has lots of workout machines, weights, sports fields/courts/tracks and a variety of fitness classes to choose from.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great as an Occasional Treat – The off-campus dining is pretty good around here. The only problem is that it can be kind of expensive. Many places offer coupons. City Cafe in neighboring Northport is great if you want home cooking for a low price.If you're in the mood for Asian food, Swen is good for Chinese and Sitar is good for Indian cuisine. If you're looking for a good grill and bar, then I suggest Mugshots. There are several restaurants on the strip near campus, but most of the restaurants are downtown.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Overall, Very Nice! There are some cold days here, but for the most part, it's sunny and warm.


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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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