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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Is Sheek! At the University of Alabama if you're a Greek you probably are known within a large group of the school. The Greek chapters are very friendly with each other so you will almost always have a friend who is in a different frat or sorority than you, but still be best friends.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting to the School Is the Hard Part! The school's nearest airport is in Birmingham which is a few hours away, so if you live a few states, the Virginia's and Ohio's, it's a hassle getting home for break. Once hear the school provides you with more than enough transportation. They have a bus system which runs from 7 to 11 and after that they have a taxi service which is free which you can call to get where you need to go. They also provide plenty of parking spaces for those who come with cars, so feel free to bring you car on campus.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The University of Alabama has a huge tradition of excellence in sports. We have fourteen national championships in football, six under Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. This year, we had championships in football, women's golf, and gymnastics. Students are able to purchase football tickets for only five dollars apiece, and all other sporting events are free to students.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm a premed biology major, so my classes are challenging, but my adviser and my prehealth adviser is a tremendous help in picking out classes and making sure I am on the right track for medical school.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not personally had an internship yet, but my roommate went to a fair and was offered a summer internship to Mercedes Benz as an engineering major. In addition, the Honors College has resources for finding internships, and AED, the prehealth association, will help in finding shadowing opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Science and Engineering Complex – The University of Alabama is in the process of completing stages of the brand-new Science and Engineering Complex. Located by Shelby Hall, which houses chemistry, and Rogers Library, the science library, the buildings are super nice and feature modern labs and classrooms. Professors do their personal research in these buildings, and they all surround a nice courtyard.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Biology Major – As a premed biology major, I have many challenging courses as well as lots of hard decisions to make regarding class choices and certain professors. However my major advisor is a huge help, and the premed advisors will make sure you are on the right track for medical school.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Bama on Safety – Bama's campus is generally very safe. It's a small area and is very well lit.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Bama at Night – The main two areas to go out in Tuscaloosa are student areas and they are relatively small. Everything is within walking distance. There are plenty of police around so its pretty safe. There can just be some race discrimination at certain places sometimes.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are alot of people of different races on this campus, of course the majority are caucasian but there are no real problems dealing with racial issues. Racial issues are somewhat present in the greek system due to the white greeks and black greeks ignoring each others presence, but that is a small community of a very large school.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Roll Tide – The University of Alabama is known mostly for the Football team and rightfully so. Alabama currently has 14 National Football Championships and is in the best conference in the nation, the SEC. The students come out and support and are filled with school spirit for every sport especially football and the school is dedicated to the support of all teams. Almost every sport has their own stadium and training facility on campus. Alumni and fans near and far come to tuscaloosa for home games making every game a spectacle.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The Best – Tuscaloosa is a college town, so there are apartments galore for students all over. Student apartments are all inclusive for the most part to help students keep costs low and still enjoy the college experience.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Super Safe – I have never personally felt unsafe on campus, but i have heard of some crime and issues around the dorms. Campus Police always shows up to handle any and every problem and the university lets students know of any problem through text, email, and phone calls.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Up to the Minute – You are never without transportation and can easily access your classes anytime of day. There is no need to drive on campus as shuttles are available to students around the clock.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Totally in Shock – I was amazed at how large the campus was and how state of the art their computer/library/technology departments are.

3 College Junior

Weather: Have plenty of sunscreen and bottled water. The climate in Tuscaloosa is awfully hot in the summer. That is to be expected in the south but it is sometimes ridiculously hot. The winters are beautiful and never freezing cold.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Whoooaaaa Bama!! There is always something for you to do! There are many campus based parties that are very suitable for students. The Strip as it is known to the students is in the very center of the campus and can be accessed simply by walking. Transportation is a easily accessible as well.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Go Bama – It is a state of the art university with a range of degree majors. The University of Alabama has a wonderful campus in a small town and the environment if friendly and welcoming. There is a feeling of being amongst family at the college.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They Keep Us Informed...Sort of – Administration suppresses the truth. This is true at all universities, I think. I feel 70% safe walking around later than 10pm. At my last college, that was around 60%.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Never Know What to Expect – I moved to AL from FL, so I traded hurricanes for tornadoes. Keep an umbrella with you. You never know when it may flash flood. The summers are hot, hot, hot. Winters can be cold. University operations may be suspended if it looks like the weather is going to be severe.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Handle "Changes" Better – If you change your schedule, call and make certain that financial aid updates your award schedule and offer. Monitor your account constantly. Fin aid and student receivables do not communicate well with each other, so you should just ask for a supervisor if you ever feel that you're being misinformed.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Great – I alternate between driving, walking, and taking the bus. I am a staff member and a student; I can walk home (15 mins) and bus back (12-15 mins, including walking to bus stop from apt. on Reed St.) during my 1-hour lunch break.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: We are trying to change our image as a "party school," but the bars are here, and there are some fine options for a fun night of responsible drinking & dancing.

3 College Senior

Local Area: There's not a lot to do in this town unless you absolutely love to drink, all the time! Everything closes at 2 am exept Walmart and Waffle House.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: For some strange reason sorority girls all wear long t-shirts with exercise shorts everyday all day and most of them don't exercise! Frat guys wear Polos with shorts and Sperries. No one really has their own sense of style.

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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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