Academics

Location
Tuscaloosa, AL
Undergrads
25,430
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I'm a New College student, and the program is amazing. The individualized attention I receive in class and from my advisor has really made the difference for me. New College is like a tight-knit community inside the campus. Everyone is helpful and supportive. Best program and people on campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Alabama may have flaws, but the academics here are excellent. As long as you are committed to your education, you will excel here at UA

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some of the professors are great, and others are terrible. The most important classes seem to have the worst professors.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The studying most classes require is ridiculous and it effects how well I do in my other classes. It is as if professors only think you are taking one class.

4 College Junior

Academics: You can choose whichever major you like and switch to whatever you want, whenever you want. The flexibility is certainly nice compared to some other schools. Workload isn't horrible for any major.

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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
Hometown
Bath, Maine
Major
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
20:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,217
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
443
Total FT Faculty
1,217
Faculty with Terminal Degree
81%
Average Faculty Salary
$84,041
Full-Time Retention Rate
85%
Part-Time Retention Rate
63%
Transfer-Out Rate
22%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
102
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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: www.as.ua.edu/english/writingcenter.
  • 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: www.lib.ua.edu/mediacenter.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 50 responses

  • 31% Paul "Bear" Bryant - former Alabama football coach
  • 15% Joe Namath - former NFL quarterback
  • 14% George Wallace - former Alabama governor
  • 8% Winston Groom - author of "Forrest Gump"
  • 6% E.O. Wilson - Pulizer Prize-winning scientist
  • 6% Bart Starr - Super Bowl champion quarterback
  • 6% Shaun Alexander - former NFL player
  • 4% Hugh Culverhouse - owner of Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 3% Sela Ward - actress and book writer
  • 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
  • 1% Eddie Lacy
  • 1% Rowdy Harrell
  • 0% Latrell Sprewell - former NBA guard-forward
  • 0% Hugo Black - Supreme Court justice

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 102 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 104 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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