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

Facilities: The campus is gorgeous. It's green and well tended, the buildings are rich in history and aesthetically pleasing. Their are lots of places to hang out and relax, and their is always something to do.

5 College Junior

Facilities: We have the best dining halls I've ever seen. Our campus has many things to offer, from intermediate sports, to many gyms and pools.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: It's the best experience anybody could wish for.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love how we have the rec that is kept so clean and full of up to date equipment as well as the outdoor pool.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Being a part of Greek life it has made my social life at Bama more busy but kept me grounded and focused on my studies.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 21st
    Best Student Centers
  • 37th
    Best Library
  • 131st
    Best Performance Venues
  • 430th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Josh Morris
Bath, Maine
Public Relations
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UA students don't only enjoy using the facilities on campus, they also take pride in them. The Ferguson Center, or the student center, is one of the most visited facilities on campus. It offers students numerous places to eat, a post office, a supply store, and even pool tables. The Ferg is a great place to go between classes. You can always find students there reading, studying, or hanging out around Starbucks. On the upper level, there are student organization offices and meeting rooms. The Student Recreational Center is another widely-used facility that offers plenty of exercise equipment and workout classes. UA added a lazy river and waterslides, which has become a very popular hangout.

Overall, students enjoy the facilities and think the University successfully strives to keep them clean and comfortable. Although some of the buildings are older, UA is constantly renovating to bring the most up-to-date facilities to campus. There have also been some new buildings built over the years. Students say that the unique structures of older buildings bring additional character to the campus. Many recommend taking a tour of campus and checking out the four buildings that survived the Civil War to learn about UA's history.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
824 acres
Student Centers
The Ferguson Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Bounds Law Library
  • Bruno Business Library
  • Gorgas Library
  • Health Sciences Library
  • Hoole Special Collections Library
  • Map Library
  • McLure Education Library
  • Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Ferg
  • The Quad
  • The Rec pool
Bar on Campus
Yes (if you include the Strip as on-campus, as most students do)
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Java City in Gorgas Library
  • Starbucks in the Ferguson Center and the Business School
Movie Theater on Campus
A theater in the Ferguson Center
School Slang
  • Action Cards: Student ID cards used for all sorts of activities on campus and used also as a debit card.
  • The Capstone: Nickname for UA.
  • The CW: This is a short name for the Crimson White, the school's newspaper.
  • The Ferg: The Ferguson Center, the student center on campus.
  • Fratastic: A nickname for fraternity boys.
  • G-Spot: A bar off campus called Gallette's.
  • Hunch Punch: An alcoholic drink that tastes just like punch, but it usually has a lot of alcohol in it; mostly seen at fraternity parties.
  • Independents: Name for non-Greek students.
  • The Mound: A grassy hump located on the Quad.
  • The Nat: The Natatorium swimming facility.
  • Old Bryce: Old insane asylum that is said to be haunted.
  • The Quad: UA's central lawn.
  • The Rec: The Recreational Center.
  • Shacker: Someone who spent the night at a friend's house.
  • The Strip: Area downtown where a lot of bars, shops, and restaurants are located.
  • Tide Guide: Online registration.
  • Tut: Tutwiler, a dorm.
  • Chalking the Quad: One of UA's simplest traditions is the chalking of the Quad. Every year, the Quad is full of rainbow colors of chalk, and every day something new is added. Organizations chalk the Quad to tell students about upcoming events they are holding. As students walk to class, they can find out what is going on around the campus. This is the best way students can promote their organizations. Also, around SGA and Homecoming elections, students chalk the names of who they think should win. You will not be able to see the sidewalk since it is covered with so many "vote for me" chalkings.
  • The Crimson White: This is the college newspaper, which is written by the students. The Crimson White has been a tradition for years. Everyday, students read this paper to find on what is going on around the campus, the community, and even nationally.
  • Elephant : The story of how Alabama became associated with the elephant goes back to the 1930 football season when a UA fan yelled, "Hold your horses, the elephants are coming," because the size of the players were so large. That year, Coach Wallace Wade's team was declared national champions. Ever since then, Big Al the elephant has been the school's mascot.
  • The Fight Song: UA's fight song is a huge tradition here at Alabama. Most of the students know the song word for word. During the football games, the Million Dollar Band will play the fight song as the students sing along.
  • Football: Football is the biggest tradition at this University. It's not only the game that is a tradition, it is everything that goes along with it. The whole town gets involved during football season, and the campus and the community all come together to enjoy the festivities. When it comes to football, Bear Bryant is also a huge tradition. His famous speech is played on the big screen before every home game, leaving the fans cheering as the game begins.
  • The Greek Section: Since football is such a big deal at Alabama, the Greeks make sure they get the same spot in the student section every home game. Hours before a game starts, a few boys from each fraternity stands in the student section holding their Greek flag, showing that this is where their fraternity brothers and their dates will stand. This is mostly done by the Greeks, but they are not the only ones that do this. Some other organizations do the same to reserve their group's spot.
  • The Homecoming Bonfire: Every year during Homecoming, the school has a pep rally on the Quad. However, this is not a little pep rally. UA invites a big band to play, and there is a huge bonfire that lights up the school. Every year, the Homecoming Committee and the fraternities spend much time making the bonfire as big and safe as they can. Homecoming at UA is such an exciting event that MTV came last year and covered the festivities.
  • Houndstooth "Bear Bryant" Hat: If you don't know who Bear Bryant is, then before you come to UA, you better do some research. He was the best football coach UA has ever had, and he led the Crimson Tide to six national championships. He always dressed nicely for the games, and his outfit was always completed with his signature houndstooth hat. This hat has become a tradition. During game days, some students even wear replicas of Bryant's hat.
  • The Iron Bowl: This is the biggest football game of the season. Auburn is UA's number one rival. The Iron Bowl is the last game of the season, and it is said to be the most important. If you are looking for tickets to this game, you better get prepared to pay up some money because students don't sell these tickets cheap.
  • The Million Dollar Band: This is UA's band which began in 1913. The band was named after its attempts to raise money to travel to away football games. The band leads the crowd and the students cheering for the Crimson Tide. No football game would be the same if the band was not there to pump up the crowd. Also, UA's band is up-to-date on the most popular music. During the games, you can see the band jamming out to some of the most current music.
  • Rama Jama: This is a chant that students once sang before every football game. But, the lyrics "We're going to beat the hell out of you," caused the administration to get involved. These lyrics were said to be unsportsmanlike. The song was banned from being sung before the game started, since some believed it made UA's fans look bad. So now, Rama Jama is only sung toward the end of the game when Alabama is ahead and it is obvious UA will win.
  • Shakers: These are a must-have at football games! They are small crimson and white pom poms that are sold on the Quad before the games. They are cheap and sometimes free, but important to the team's success. When the fans are cheering for victory, they hold their shakers high and shake them, in hope for a win. If you look across the stadium, the shakers make it look like a crimson wave, hence the Crimson Tide.
Urban Legends
  • Gorgas Library is haunted by Mrs. Amelia Gayle Gorgas.
  • Now that the bars close at 2 a.m., UA is less of a party school.
  • On Halloween, it is unsafe for girls to stay in Tutwiler.
  • The mental patients at Old Bryce were tortured and beaten, and now their ghosts roam the abandoned building.
Favorite Things To Do
NCAA sporting events are a constant no matter the time of year or season. Intramural sports are also a great way to get involved and meet lots of different people. Student clubs and organizations are always hosting events that are typically entertaining and serve a good purpose. There are plenty of opportunity for students to create their own routines by taking advantage of the campus and local resources. Walk across campus on a nice day, go to football, basketball, and gymnastics events, play pickup games at the Rec, explore the surrounding areas, and invite friends to Tuscaloosa.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 25 responses

  • 24% Football
  • 13% Shakers
  • 10% The Fight Song
  • 10% The Iron Bowl
  • 9% Rama Jama
  • 9% Elephant
  • 8% The Greek Section
  • 4% Houndstooth "Bear Bryant" Hat
  • 4% The Million Dollar Band
  • 3% The Homecoming Bonfire
  • 1% Chalking the Quad
  • 1% The Crimson White
  • 1% Outdoor Rec
  • 1% A Day Game
  • 1% Greek Fest
  • 1% Greek week!

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 113 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?     Based on 25 responses

  • 40% Socialize with friends
  • 19% Sit on the quad
  • 13% Go to the park at manderson landing
  • 13% Football
  • 6% Eat at lakeside
  • 6% Rec Center
  • 2% Triathlon Team
  • 2% Rugby

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 23 responses

  • 27% The Strip
  • 22% The Quad
  • 22% The Ferg
  • 17% Dorms
  • 5% Fraternity House
  • 3% Sorority house
  • 3% Rec Center
  • 2% The Rec pool

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 15 responses

  • 38% Supe Store
  • 19% The library
  • 14% Tutoring for your major
  • 10% Lab Assistant
  • 10% Working at Outdoor Recreation!
  • 10% Sitting at the front desk in the dorms

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 130 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 11% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 32% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 57% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 125 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 31% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 65% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 54% The old mental Hospital
  • 42% There are ghosts in Tutwiler dorms
  • 4% The ghosts of Harris Hall

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% Dining halls



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