Tuscaloosa, AL
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$22,950 ($9,200)
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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are incredible, there is a place for everyone!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being an undecided major at this point, I have been taking mostly core classes. Some were difficult, and others were not. However, none have been impassable or unmanageable.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are demanding, but you should be able to manage them. Every major is different of course, but I am in Mechanical Engineering. It's hard, but I like my classes.

5 College Student

Academics: They are hard enough for students but at the same time it is very easy, if you work hard, to get good grades.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are fine, not to much work and the teachers are helpful.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 38th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 64th
    Best Course Variety
  • 69th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 82nd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 86th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Josh Morris
Bath, Maine
Public Relations
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At the University of Alabama, the quality of the teachers and classes are, overall, exceptional. However, like at all universities, there are a few bad seeds. Students find classes in their major the most interesting, since this is what they choose to do. But don’t worry, students have ways of finding out which classes are taught by the best teachers. It’s good to do a little research before picking a class. Just ask around—students love talking about teachers that made their learning experiences either better or worse. If you find yourself in a class bored or confused, don’t hesitate to either ask questions in class or talk to your instructor right afterwards. If you’re not comfortable enough and feel like waiting, all teachers are available to be contacted outside of class through e-mail, during office hours, or by phone. If students talk to their teachers about problems, they can usually be fixed.

The chance that students will enjoy classes depends on their major, the department, class size, and what kind of students they are. Larger classes have less student-teacher interaction. Some students learn better by coming to class, taking notes, and reading the chapter. Others learn by asking questions and having group discussions. UA has both types of classes, and the best way to get the one you want is by finding out which one is taught the way you like. Avoid classes that rely solely on eLearning though, UA’s online class platform. Deadlines are easier to forget, and connection or submission errors are a common occurrence and rarely accepted as an excuse for late work. Don’t hesitate to seek your teacher outside of class for help, even if they’re the curmudgeonly type. This is the best way to make your learning experience better.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 43%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 42%
  • 50 or More Students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): Yes
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Capstone College of Nursing
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Commerce and Business Administration
  • College of Communication and Information Sciences
  • College of Community Health Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Environmental Sciences
  • School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 2%
  • Social Work: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Bruno Library
  • Gorgas Library
  • In the dorms
  • The Quad
  • Starbucks at the Ferg
  • While working out at the Rec
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Always let your professors proofread your papers.
  • Ask friends about good professors before choosing classes.
  • Ask the professors tons of questions.
  • Be involved, but do not overload yourself with too many classes and activities.
  • Check your Bama e-mail periodically.
  • Do not procrastinate.
  • Make friends with people in your classes; you might need their help one day.
  • Read the material for class.
  • Talk to your advisor frequently about your future.
Did You Know?
  • Need a tutor? The Center for Teaching and Learning, located in 124 Osband Hall, offers tutorial services in math, writing, reading, and other subjects.
  • If students want to get their papers proofread before they turn them in, they can go to the Writing Center, 121 Wilson Hall. It offers free individual sessions in writing and welcomes walk-ins. To schedule an appointment or check on hours visit:
  • If students have a big test, they can study the night away at Gorgas, Rodgers and Bruno libraries. They stay open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
  • Need help with video editing, digital recording, or other advanced media projects for free? Visit the Sanford Media Center, located in Gorgas Library, or get a preview of its services here:

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 37 responses

  • 31% Paul "Bear" Bryant - former Alabama football coach
  • 16% George Wallace - former Alabama governor
  • 16% Joe Namath - former NFL quarterback
  • 8% Winston Groom - author of "Forrest Gump"
  • 7% Bart Starr - Super Bowl champion quarterback
  • 7% Shaun Alexander - former NFL player
  • 4% E.O. Wilson - Pulizer Prize-winning scientist
  • 4% Sela Ward - actress and book writer
  • 2% Hugh Culverhouse - owner of Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1% Mark Childress - writer, features editor, Southern Living
  • 1% Sanford Grossman - TV and sports game director
  • 1% Mark Ingram
  • 1% AJ McCarron
  • 1% Harper Lee - author of To Kill a Mockingbird
  • 1% Mal Moore
  • 1% Robert J. Van De Graaf
  • 0% Latrell Sprewell - former NBA guard-forward
  • 0% Hugo Black - Supreme Court justice
  • 0% Don Siegelman - Alabama govenor
  • 0% Sylvester Croom - NFL coach

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 99 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 100 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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