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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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of restaurants, many, many choices. Down Town Tuscaloosa is very close to UA and the local restaurants are excellent and second to none. There are a lot of BBQ joints however and the vegetarian option is a little limited.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The University of Alabama is excellent for Athletics.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is huge at the University. It seems as if everything social revolves around greek. You may feel quite leftout if you do not participate, but don't worry! The greek life is not for everyone. There are rumors about the harshness of the Fraternities, but nothing has been said about the pledging or rushing of the soroities.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of white students with the second being the number of black students. There are a few asians, hispanics and other, but the majority is white. We are in the south so most of the local students are polite.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of resturants, and fast food options away from the university. I eat a lot of chicken so Zaxby's, Gutheries, and Walton's Satisfies my craving, but there are plenty of other options. If you like Burgers I recommend Five Guys.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't had any bad interactions with campus crime or police. We have a very good safety policy and the campus police take their job very seriously. In many of my classes we have had speakers from our campus police come in and discuss all the ways to keep ourselves self and how to contact them in case of emergency. I have never felt unsafe on campus or felt uneasy to contact them if I ever see someone in need of their assistance.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are sometimes crowded but usually very manageable. You can always find a spot but you may have to look for a few seconds, that sort of thing. Most students have personal laptops but the labs offer nice Dell computers along with Apple monitors in the engineering library.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The university has built new dorms and demolished old ones in return so they are spacious and are in a good location. The campus still has older dorms which are in less demand but are still in good shape, also they have a history to them and people love the location and atmosphere.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process was decent but sometimes was a headache. I had a few problems but ultimately got the aid to help me attend school but still having to take out loans which is a downfall.

3 College Senior

Weather: It is very hot here most of the year. The summer lasts from April until October. The winter is very mild here though, which is very nice. The heat takes getting used to but it isn't unbearable. Also, there are alot of thunderstorms during the spring and tornadoes as well.

3 College Senior

Diversity: there is a very diverse campus. there are a lot of different religions and ethnicities. the only problem is that a lot of the greeks have decided to not accept these different people.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus police definitely do their jobs, but the RA's are pretty lenient. They do their job too but they let people get away with a lot of stuff in the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The overall experience i have had at bama has been a good one but i do not feel as though this school is for me which is disappointing. Im from New York and i cannot even begin to explain how different a world it is. People do not go out of their way to be friendly and there is ABSOLUTELY NO individuality. I feel like i am the only one with my nose pierced in the state of alabama and people sometimes think i am a marshin (not really but you get the gist). If you like to be unique and have a "rise against" attitude this school is not for you. I am in a sorority and that is where i have made the majority of my friends, i never hang out with independents not because i don't want to but just because i never have any contact with them. There is a huge divide between greeks and independents, if you are not in a sorority or fraternity you can forget about a social life basically. Fraternity parties are fun but they get repetitive and people aren't exactly welcoming when it comes to outsiders (northerners). I have found that the majority of people here base their opinions on what they have been told to think or "tradition" or how they have been raised. That is probably one of the most frustrating things i have found about the students because i am the opposite. Alabama has a beautiful campus and with out that or the football games i probably would transfer the second i could. Overall if you are not from alabama or the south and looking to "get away" like i was, i would not pick here; go somewhere else. Im a spontaneous person and made my decision to attend school here on a whim and because i loved the campus but looking back i wish i would've made a different decision.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I know people smoke pot i haven't been peer pressured.

4 College Junior

Parking: Permits are not too costly if you register in time and the ticket prices vary depending on the situation. I feel the need to have a car on campus but not everybody does.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is very expensive but most ones that are far away have transportation and gates.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall the campus is pretty safe. They have night security trucks around every major dorm and campus police is always roaming. The only unsafe places would be near the strip. When people tend to get drunk, they do crazy things. My house this past summer got broken into while I was in the house. The guy was drunk.

1 College Junior

Diversity: Since UA is expanding campus enrollment, more international students are more prevalent now. Despite all of that, I would say it's still segregated somewhat. All groups tend to stick together and Fraternities and Sororities also do the same. This campus harbors a semi-racist environment, but people at least hide it. People are a predominately conservative, Christian and middle to upper middle class. I wish I could say LGBTQA+ students were accepted here, but that's not really the case. The slurs and sayings hurt people.

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4 College Junior

Computers: I give it an A- because although the computers are excellent, the campus is growing more quickly than the technology availibity can keep up. Resnet wireless is so unreliable and spotty at times. It's better off to have a personal laptop.

5 College Junior

Academics: It is an amazing experience to be an Early Childhood Special Education major at UA. The program's classes are taught by professors with field experience and the students get the opportunity to complete practicums in the surrounding schools. The workload is manageable if you apply yourself and do the very best you can. I am also impressed with the College of Education building and facilities.

4 College Junior

Academics: I transferred to UA from UAB because UAB had dropped the undergraduate program for special education. I have been very impressed with the professors, curriculum, registration process, and workload since I began at UA.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are people of many different races and religions at UA, and the campus seems to be very accepting of all this diversity.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is a pretty far drive, but late night options are great. Cost is okay and the quality of the food is decent at best. Most people only use it for late-night options anyway though, so it is okay overall.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want to smoke it is not hard to find at all. Anything more than marijuana is pretty rare, drinking is the more regular activity here though.


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Josh Morris
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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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