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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3 College Freshman

Academics: Make Sure You Are Ready! Unlike many other majors, there are no "weed out" courses until junior year, when it is too late to change majors. Thus, be sure you want the workload before you commit to the upper level classes, which are HARD. Professors are pretty nice, but the research being done is uninspiring.

4 College Senior

Majors: Accounting Rocks! I love my Accounting major. I have had some super accounting professors who have helped guide me through my changing majors to Accounting. I have been able to secure an internship this summer that I am super excited about. My professors have been a great help to me through my courses and I look forward to grad school in Accounting beginning Fall 2012.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Choices – There are many choices of off-campus dining around the campus and near many of the apartments students live in. Many dining locations are within walking distrance from the campus and from many apartments.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Tuscaloosa, AL – There are all kinds of activities going on all the time around the city - both related to UA and also community activities. You just need to find the ones you like and join in. There is also the Bear Bryant Museum you can visit on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Courses Are Great for My Major – I enjoy the courses in my core major. Some of the general courses
are not interesting nor do I wish to take them, but they are required. I would pick UA as my choice of University and also my same majors, I have a double major in Theater and Business. I hope to fall more on the Theater side, but thank goodness I have the business side to fall back on.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The city and UA campus have a great emergency plan in place in case of severe weather like we had in April 2011. Classes were shut down and students on campus were directed to sheltered areas. Parents are even notified via email about the conditions and the plan that is in effect depending on the situation.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: although the majority of the population is white, there are other ethnic backgrounds represented for other parts of the United States. I have had good experiences since being here.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Take Too Long – The bus comes fast but takes forever to take you where you want to go.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Long Walks – The dorms are super nice. Especially the honors dorms. If you live on campus, expect long walks to class especially if you are in the honor dorms.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Great Food – The food is really good the first week. But you get sick of it really fast.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs take place at every college; I do not think the drug scene at Alabama is anything out of control or out of the ordinary.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I eat off campus basically everyday. There are lots of options and variety, but none of the restaurants give a student discount which is unfortunate. Bento Japanese is by far my favorite restaurant and anyone who visits Tuscaloosa has to eat here; i eat at Bento at least two times a week.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: All the computer labs on campus have MAC computers which is amazing. They all have printers and the network is always reliable and fast. The wireless access has its glitches sometime but it usually works pretty well.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process is a little hard to understand but the staff on campus is very helpful and will let you know anything you need to get you started

4 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is a little expensive but you dont always have to get a permit. There are places around campus to park and walk about 10 min to class. If you dont have a permit on campus you will deffentily get a ticket with a small fine. There are many buses that will take you around campus is you are far away. Over all i thnk parking is pretty good.

3 College Junior

Academics: I love the University of Alabama. I came here because of the beautiful campus and amazing Law program they offer. The teachers are more then helpful and are always there for anything to help you with. The advisors help you with all of your needs for the future and after classes, UA has an amazing athletic program to go watch and support the tide

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Ok...Not Special – The 4 different dining halls on campus are good. They all serve the same type of food and it starts to get old. but besides that, you will enjoy the choices. Very Standard, nothing extravagant!

5 College Junior

Facilities: My school is all about tradition, and I really respect and love that about the University of Alabama. Things aren't always changing, the looks of things my get a little more modern, but nothing big is going to change. Also, it's such a beautiful campus. They keep this campus looking absolutely perfect. I never see any trash, it is always clean, and there is pretty green grass and trees all over the place. Campus life is so fun, and everyone is super friendly here. It's that southern hospitality! Roll Tide!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I have always felt really safe on campus. During the day, there is absolutely nothing to worry about ever. The night time could be a little different, but we have tons of on campus cops who parol around and keep everything calm and safe.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love my major! The classes can be tough, but as long as it's something your interested in, and you put in the time to study, then you will be fine. I have a job and full day of class everyday and I use my night time wisely to get my studying and homework done, and I have an A in my major for the most part. I have never made anything below a B. It's really interesting, there are great teachers and advisors in this program who make everything pretty easy. I get e-mails when it is time for advising or when they want to let us know about new clubs or events going on. I get to do a full 12 credit hour internship my last semester of school, which is 360 internship hours, and I am really looking forward to it!

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Easy Going – The campus is relatively loose when it comes to the rules. Smoking is allowed on campus, and if you're like me you hate it. But you learn to deal with it. UAPD is kind of a joke and mostly give out parking tickets. Dave Baumhower is the best! It sucks with ABC comes into town because you ALWAYS hear stories of people getting busted so that always puts a damper on that weekend but they don't come often. Some of the bars are strict, some are not... it all depends. Fraternity houses always have alcohol and usually get away with a lot since police are really allowed on the houses properties. All sorority houses are required to be dry so you won't find anything over there... usually. Except for parking tickets thats really all you have to worry about. Unless you're being dumb, then you might get the occasional MPI, so don't be dumb.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small Town – There isn't much in Tuscaloosa other then the University. We do have the strip with a few decent bars and restraints and ice cream. However the town itself and the towns surrounding have little to offer. There is a bowling alley, which is rare to go to. The University Mall has a lot to be desired but MidTown village has good food options such as Panera, Chipolte, 5 Gives, Iguana Grill, Kobe Steakhouse and Wings U. Since its the south everyone drives slow and you need to take into account extra time to drive down McFarland blvd. The people of Tuscaloosa are very nice, its an old town, but its a good one. Its a good town with just enough to do on campus to keep you busy but not too much to keep you out of trouble. Birmingham is 45 mins. down the highway if you need a little city life to get away from the small town once in awhile.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Obvious – fraternities definitely have cocaine, but not visible really, not a big deal

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Average Costs – I thought off campus housing would be cheaper, but I would say you need about 600 dollars a month to get a decent apartment/house/condo/ etc. with that being said there are a lot of options on where youd like to live

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Decent, Repetitive – Each cafeteria has its off and on nights, you will think it is amazing when you are first there, and then quality quickly fades away, so enjoy while it lasts


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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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