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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek housing is fairly large and fancy. Non-Greeks are indifferent toward Greeks.

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5 College Student

Scholarships: Although I am not eligible for any need based scholarships (which stinks, because I come from a huge family and would never be able to afford a private school), Alabama has gone above and beyond with scholarships. I'm out-of-state yet received full-tuition (Presidential Scholarship) and a $1000 annual stipend (part of being a member of the University Fellows Experience). Plus, all scholarship money can go towards studying abroad!! Seriously- just do decently in school (above a 3.5 GPA) and on your SAT's (1210+) and you get great scholarships! Just work hard and do your homework, and it'll pay off (literally!).

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a club for everyone if you do not feel comfortable socializing with anyone other than your select diversity, but there are also groups that allow you to meet all sorts of people. There are people and groups all over campus that are supportive no matter what the diversity.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am pre-med, so they have a format set for the types of students going this path. You also have to major in something because pre-med is not a major, so I am considering Athletic Training. The workload is bearable for me and the curriculum is pretty challenging, but such is college. The facilities are always being renovated so they don't look that warn down. The university also helps with internships and jobs in some majors.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The cost of a parking permit for a year is pretty expensive and depending on the ticket can be sometimes expensive. If you live on campus, you probably won't need a car that much because pretty much everything on campus is within walking distance or you can take the Crimson Ride. There are multiple types of parking passes and you need to be careful where you park because you might be in the wrong area, such as crimson southeast or crimson northeast. There are multiple parking lots though for all parking passes.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is unpredictable at some times, but it also can be very nice on campus as well. It's been in the 70s in March and it also can get really cold during the winter months. It fits everyones personality because it is constantly changing.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The internet is fine and all, but I had occasional problems when I lived in the dorm where my computer would not connect to the internet. Printing is good, but a little complex at first. Computers are available to check out from the library if the labs are full.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are plenty of things to do in Tuscaloosa, it is not a huge city, but it is a decent sized town.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football and gymnastics are a big part of campus life, but all other are not really supported unless they are winning.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The teachers are always ready to help, and they don't make classes unnecessarily unbearable. I'm really enjoying classes here.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't drink, but so many kids do. My friend has roommates that smoke pot, and a lot of kids on campus smoke cigarettes because it's not a smoke-free campus. That can be frustrating.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't plan on living off campus, but I know a lot of people who do and love it!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is great, gotta love the Crimson Ride. However, I don't know of any good options for going off campus. That's where a car comes in handy. I'd die without having my car. There are shuttles that take you to the Birmingham airport and back.

3 College Freshman

Weather: I've only been here for the spring semester, and the weather has been insane. I'm from Florida, so I'm used to bipolar weather, but nothing like this. We've had 5 snow days because of actual snow or the threat of it, and the warm and cool weather has gone back and forth. It's starting to warm up though, and I think the warmth is here to stay.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There's a major for everyone. It's very easy to find a major that works best for you and your career plan.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm pre-PT, so I'm a General Health Studies major, and all my required classes seem pretty manageable, which is great because I have to take all the hard sciences.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I came to UA as a transfer student half way through the year and didn't know anyone. I rushed in the spring for COB and I am so happy with my sorority.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many delicious places to eat. Places like Buffalo Phil's and Domino's also take dining dollars which is awesome.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Tuscaloosa is very much a college town. Pretty much everything is Crimson Tide themed, which is really fun. Shopping is pretty good in Midtown, but the mall is horrible. There are great places to eat. The town itself is pretty nice, although there are definitely some places you don't want to hang around in for too long.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I'm from out of state and wouldn't be able to come here if it weren't for the amazing scholarships.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm in Tutwiler now and don't like it (it's very loud and crazy and the girls make it messy), but the staff does its best to keep everything clean. The good thing about it is that it has a food place and a book store downstairs. The other housing options like the suite-style dorms are amazing.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something going on.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The police are very alert and there are security guards all around campus, especially in parking lots. It's very well lit.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Of course there is rain and storms, but for the most part the weather is beautiful. It is warm most of the year and occasionally it snows in the winter. There is a wide variety of weather but for the most part it's very nice.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a pretty equal percentage of boys and girls here. You are going to find the opposite sex when ever you are doing something that you love. You're normally not going to find a relationship at a party, nor do you really want to. If you are out volunteering or doing something you're happy doing then you're going to find someone there who loves doing the same things as you.

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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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