Tuscaloosa, AL
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$22,950 ($9,200)
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is extremely diverse and accepting. The students all support and encourage diversity.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It's not as bad as most people would think. My roommate freshman year was bisexual, so I found that there was a bit of an LGBT community. And there are plenty of opportunities for people of all backgrounds/beliefs/affiliations/etc. to get involved

3 College Junior

Diversity: Alabama is a conservative state. However, with the recent influx of students from out of state into the university, the diversity has risen a bit. In general, most of the students are rather similar. It is more accepting of racial diversity and sexual preferences than outsiders think. That being said, there is still a bit of lingering intolerance for "different" people, even if no one out-right directly opposes it.

5 College Junior

Diversity: My university is focused on global issues and diversity. I'm very pleased with the opportunity to explore other cultures, races, religions, genders, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is huge in alabama we are all excepting of everyone although many people still have there southern ways being a northerner we are accepting of all and do not judge upon silly things.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Josh Morris
Bath, Maine
Public Relations
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UA's student body is overwhelmingly white. If you're from a small town, UA may seem pretty diverse, but people from big cities will find it decidedly homogenous. However, UA does have an international department, which allows students to meet people with different nationalities, beliefs, and cultures. Students believe Alabama is pretty diverse for a Southern state, and a lot has changed over the years. The majority of the student body is made up of those with Southern backgrounds; perhaps this is why UA is full of Southern hospitality. The students here are always willing to learn and are open to meeting new people and experiencing new things, even if those people are few and far between.

Students today feel that racial and ethnic differences are not the problems they once were. UA is not separated by how much money students have, their color, or their beliefs. All students that come to Alabama come for the same reason-to learn. As the campus grows, so does the range of students that come to UA. For the most part, the students are accepting and have the opportunity to meet different kinds of people while being here.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 38%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 18%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The Queer-Straight Alliance organization is widely known around campus. However, the gay community is rather small and mostly quiet.
Political Activity
UA has five political organizations on campus, and the College Democrats and the College Republicans are among the most popular of them. During any state or national election, these organizations can usually be found handing out stickers and encouraging students to vote.
Economic Status
At UA, there are students from all economic backgrounds. Most of the students refer to the Greeks as the rich kids.
Most Common Religions
There are about 20 religious organizations at UA, and they are very active on campus. Most of the groups chalk the Quad to let students know about events they are holding.
Minority Clubs on Campus
UA has over 200 student organizations, so there are clubs for everyone. At UA, there are many minority clubs which sponsor events and throw parties. There are a number of African American fraternities and sororities on campus along with multicultural organizations. There are also many international clubs offered, since UA’s international program is so popular.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 149 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 26% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 13% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 149 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 13% Very conservative
  • 32% Conservative
  • 22% Moderate
  • 28% Not sure
  • 3% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 150 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 150 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 150 responses

  • 9% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 13% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 53% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 25% Very accepting.


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