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5 College Freshman

Athletics: I would say that UA has some of the best athletics around. Our sports win constant championships and are really entertaining. There are almost always full houses at our home sporting events. The school spirit is impeccable. Our facilities are top notch and wonderful places to watch some wonderful athletics. We also have club sports and intramurals that are really fun and a great way to keep up with your athletics after high school.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Although I am not part of the Greek system at UA, I would still give it an A. This is because of its prominence on campus. It seems like quite a few people came to this school because of its Greek life. The Greek system does a lot of great things for the school. Some of these things are hosting great events that benefit the community and also participating in plenty of community service. Don't get me wrong, there are some of your stereotypical sorority girls and frat guys, but for the most part, they are normal people and are very friendly. I hear that their housing is gorgeous. Greek life is somewhat of a status thing here at UA, some Greeks think that they are better than the GDIs, but overall, it is a good system.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of spectacular options! American, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Mexican...some restaurants within easy walking distance of campus: Bento, Hungry Howie's, Buffalo Phil's, Newk's, Pita Pit, Little Italy, Firehouse Subs, TCBY, Cold Stone, Smoothie King, Surin, Swen, Moe's, and more. Within a 15 minute drive of campus: Krispy Kreme, Applebee's, Burger King, Ichiban, Mugshots, Mellow Mushroom, Chili's, Olive Garden, Chik Fil A, Yogurt Mountain, Longhorn Steakhouse, Kobe, Panera, Arby's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Taco Casa, many more

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3 College Junior

Diversity: UA is getting more diverse and more accepting, but there's still a long way to go. The gay community is growing and is accepted by a large part of the student body, but there are still some students who don't know how to accept gay people. The international program feels huge, but many of the students don't speak English well. It seems that most come from Asia. The campus is also growing more accepting of African Americans, but let's be real, you're coming to the deep South, you're gonna encounter a few racists.

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2 College Junior

Campus Food: ugh. there's not much to say. campus dining is improving, but they wayyy overcharge you for meals. There is no shortage of food, but the dining halls are always crowded at lunchtime, and there are other great options close to campus. Some good new options on campus include subway, burger king, chik fil a, pizza hut, starbucks, and more...if you're willing and able to wait 15 minutes at least in line to get your food. traditional dining halls have less of a wait, but finding a table can be very difficult during peak hours

3 College Junior

Administration: On campus housing is really strict about infractions, but once you move off campus it's not so bad, and most people don't live on campus past their freshman year. It's pretty serious if you get caught by the police underage drinkin/druggin in your dorm. That said, many RA's just don't care at all, and turn a blind eye to suspicious activities. One cool positive is that open container laws (and if you're not obnoxious underage drinking laws) are pretty much blatantly ignored on gameday.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's not the best food in the world or gourmet or anything, but it's good enough to get nutrients in your body. Meal plans are a little expensive. It's good that they usually vary the menu enough to make it interesting. Sometimes the service in the cafeteria can be poor, and sometimes the food isn't cooked well, like the spaghetti noodles can be hard. Bryant has the reputation for being the best cafeteria on campus, but I personally don't really notice much of a difference. As for dining outside of the cafeterias covered by a meal plan, Publix is a convenient place to buy groceries. Also, in a few places on campus such as the Ferguson Center, there are express-style chain restaurants such as Subway and Burger King. They don't have everything on the menu that the regular version of the chain restaurant would have, but it is good enough to stop by for lunch in between classes.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation around campus is pretty convenient. Most classes are walking distance from my dorm, and if I don't feel like walking and want to save time, there's bike racks everywhere to park bikes. The bike rentals at the Rec Center are reasonably priced and a pretty beneficial service. I don't have to drag my bike from my hometown to college. The campus shuttles run regularly on weekdays and can be helpful depending on where on campus you're going. The campus shuttle on Sundays to the shopping area is especially convenient. Transportation off-campus, especially without a car, can be a hassle. The public transit system has reasonable fares, but the service is infrequent, only runs on weekdays, and runs for a relatively small time span during the day. Also, walking and cycling off campus are not convenient, because of a lack of recreational trails and a lack of bike lanes, shoulders, and sidewalks on the streets. As for long-distance transportation, getting to and from the Birmingham Airport is not too much of a problem, although it can be expensive if you don't have someone to give you a ride there. There is a train and bus station in town if you want to take a long-distance train or bus. However, there are only 2 trains per day out of the train station. It's a little annoying that Tuscaloosa has no Megabus service, it makes long-distance bus fares higher.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Alabama isn't very strict on much. They are when they need to be, but they don't stick their nose in everyone's business.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Alabama gets a high grade for their academics because there are so many options for classes. If you aren't sure what you want your major to be or just want to take classes that interest you, UA has plenty. The professors are very helpful and understanding. The only problem I've had is that sometimes the classes have to change rooms or buildings and it can get confusing.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is usually decent, but it gets very messy when it is raining.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Technically there are plenty of spaces, but you have to park in western Mongolia to use them. Not a lot of the parking actually makes anything any easier.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Although football is a huge sport at our school, tons of students (including the football players) go out to support the other teams we have. We have a great basketball team, as well as gymnastics. There's tons of options for anyone wanting to find a team to join, including dozens of extracurriculars (i.e., quidditch)

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is great at Alabama. There is always something to do, and it's a great thing to get involved with, especially if coming out of state and not knowing anyone. It seems like a huge amount of the student body is greek, and there are always philanthropy events and parties going on. A great portion of Greek life holds leadership positions as well. It's not just here for partying, but to build leaders as well.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All freshman live on campus in dorms, but after that most people live in either apartments, or a house with a few of their friends. Most of the off-campus housing is close to campus, and if not, almost all of the apartment complexes have transportation available for students to commute.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Walking around campus, one will see a great deal of diversity based on clubs involved in, ethnicity, religion, etc. There are plenty of international as well as national students, and everyone is very tolerant of others' beliefs and opinions.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: The night life in Tuscaloosa is incredible. You meet so many people by going out. The bars are fun, the music is great, and the drinks just make everything better!!!

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live in an off-campus apartment and I love it. It's amazing. My apartment is close to campus, yet I enjoy living away from the chaos.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus. But sometimes after my night classes, it's scary to walk across the campus to my car. I wish the campus had more lights and security officers present.

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5 College Sophomore

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am excited. The communication between myself and UA staff has been great.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm a distance student, but I've seen their football and I'm impressed!

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: The University of Alabama is extremely diverse in all aspects. The school as a whole is 51% out of state and a lot of that percentage is international students. With the majority being non-Alabama residents, there comes a lot of different races, religions, and beliefs being brought in. The university and it's students are very accepting of other views and tend to want to learn more about different beliefs than their own.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are all kinds of different guys and girls at the University of Alabama. The range is very broad, from rednecks to fraternity boys and sorority girls, from skaters to athletes. You can find any kind of person you are interested in and there is a wide spectrum to choose from. Overall, they are all pretty good looking and genuinely nice and polite. You can't go wrong with an Alabama girl or guy. Roll tide!

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Football is a big event and the best to attend. Bars are good to hang out with friends, mall is great for shopping has many stores to choose from. Everyone is super friendly and there are many great places to eat.

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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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