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The University of Alabama Reviews

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  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 out of 55 people found this review useful. 1 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For the type of student that loves people and loves to learn, this college is for you! I believe that with the diversity and the wide range of opportunities that present themselves at this school it is for everyone who has the ultimate desire to succeed in life. Some people say the school is too big, but it offers small close- knit dorms and living learning communities that are similar to small liberal arts schools. Some say it is too much of a party school, but ultimately that area is a choice of the student. This college is for any student that wants to go far in life and this university helps make dreams come true!

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice for prospective students is that during your time at the University of Alabama you should obtain hands-on experience, take advantage of office hours to get to know your teachers, and soak in the cultures that are represented on campus. Don't let your social life, control your college life and have a great time joining the many clubs that the University has to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    My advice for prospective students is that you should not be driven away because of the high price tag of tuition because it is definitely a great investment in your education. The quality of the facilities and professors is amazing as well as the campus itself is beautiful. The campus offers free tutoring, a math lab where students taking math can get help, campus transportation, the bus system (which is very convienent in the rain), and the dining areas have a wide variety of delicious food. I really believe that with great teachers, and all the other things mentioned that you get the BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

    Am enjoying being here

    The social and cultural experience is priceless. I love being at this University with so many wonderful people. During my first year, I lived on campus and was able to meet some of the people in my dorm and develop life-long friendships that are so special and it made me feel the family type atmosphere that I missed being away from home. Although the University is a large one, this negative in some peoples' minds is a positive in my mind because you get to meet so many different people from all walks of life. I enjoy the classes as well as the social scene.

    Am learning a lot

    This college is great for hands-on experience and in class learning. The teachers really care and are very knowledgeable in the area they teach. I have been able to take advantage of my teachers' office hours and really get to know them. I learned that they care about the progress their students make and how they are enjoying college. It is not simply about book smarts, teachers teach professional skills and life lessons. My first-year experience was so amazing, I would not have spent it anywhere else, because despite everything I learned so much and I am better because of it!

  • 08/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 out of 23 people found this review useful. 2 people found it offensive. 1 person found this inaccurate. 2 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Business Nursing Pre-Med Pre-Law Language Do not come to this school if your first choice in degress fall under Liberal Arts. Alabama is orientated towards students who choose fields in math and science. This is not to say the school does not provide excellent choices in Liberal Arts majors, but it should not be your first choice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Alabama is a party school. If you do not come here with a mindset based in balancing play and academics you will not have success. The new residential communities such as Ridgecrest or Lakeside are very good, but if you want to meet people and find quality friends applying to the more dorm-orientated communities such as Paty, Sommerville, or Friedman is a better idea. Use the school as much as the school uses you. Participate in as many activities as possible. Many of the events held by Alabama go unnoticed save football. Students will learn quickly you can gain many valuable prizes, tips, and future recommendations if you attend events.

    Bang for the buck

    As a student, unless you aggressively find ways to utilize Alabama do not expect to feel as if you are receiving the full extent of what you are paying. I recommend immediately becoming a Residential Assistant, working with or within the Student Government Association, or become a productive part of organizations if you want to fully utilized the money you have spent at Alabama. If you all you do is go to classes and party at Alabama, you are wasting your tuition money with great severity.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have enjoyed The University of Alabama for many of the quality friends I have found. Unfortunately, little else is worth mentioning especially if you are a minority. After one year, I have already dealt several prejudicial situations mired in race. Alabama Football is amazing, but it does not make up for the amount of segregation and underlying hatred sprawled across teh campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Coming from the International Baccalaureate school The University of Alabama has not been a very challenging school. If you were a well-versed academic student during your time in high school do not expect any of the core classes to give you much trouble. It is only when you begin to move in your area of expertise that you will find the difficulty increasing. I feel I was thoroughly prepared for the University of Alabama so academically wise I do not believe it has granted me much. I will admit socially Alabama has vigorously heightened my understanding towards dealing with other people. At Alabama you learn interactions with a plethora of varying students, especially if you are in a Living Learning Community or The Honors College, will be inevitable.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 3 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student has a place here at Alabama, from the bio-med student who has to spend all their time working to the mom who is going back to school; from the sports-obsessed student just looking for socialization to the home-schooled student looking to find a place to expand their horizons!

    Tips for prospective students

    If at all possible, take a tour - both an official campus tour and one of your own where you're just walking around! You'll get a great feel of what it's like to be a student here by spending some time walking through campus. Apply early! Even if you're not sure if Alabama's the right fit for you, go ahead and apply early. The earlier you apply, the faster you will hear whether or not you've been accepted or not. Don't be intimidated by the Greek system if that's not for you. It may seem like our campus is nothing but fraternity boys and sorority girls, but surprisingly our campus is only about 1/4 Greek. If you're interested in rushing, start getting recommendation letters now! If you're not sure about it, give it a try! You'll meet tons of great people during rush week! Ask questions! There are admissions counselors waiting to answer your questions and there are students who are more than willing to help you out.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's face it, tuition is expensive no matter where you go. But, the university as well as the alumni association have awesome scholarship opportunities that truly help cut cost down. Alabama does everything and more it can do to make its students feel at home here. By coming to Alabama, you're not only getting quality education - you're a part of one of the greatest and strongest communities in the United States. Between Alabama's educational value, social atmosphere and athletic forte - you definitely get your money's worth.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being at Alabama is one of the greatest experiences you'll ever have. Football season here is incomparable to anywhere else I've ever been. There is a definite feeling of community on campus and you are always greeted with a friendly, smiling face. There are tons of student organizations you can get involved with in order to meet people and as big as our campus is, you never feel like a small fish in a big pond. Sports, especially football are a big deal here at 'Bama and there is so much pride in the Crimson Tide that you feel like you are truly a part of something rather than simply being at school.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors at Alabama are top-notch. Lecture classes of 100 people may be intimidating but the professors and graduate assistants alleviate the nerves by teaching the subjects well and by making themselves available when students need assistance. There is a wide variety of courses offered here at the Capstone and each one is very interesting. As cliche as it may sound, I really do learn something new every day.

  • 11/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 4 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Colleges and Schools : Arts and Sciences Commerce and Business Administration Communication and Information Sciences Community Health Sciences Continuing Studies Education Engineering Graduate Honors Human Environmental Sciences Law Nursing Social Work

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip to prospective students is to stay grounded in your goals and the purpose of coming to college. Because of the big traditions in sports, the university can become quite a party college. Students must stay focus in their education but also have a balance lifestyle by studying as well as relaxing.

    Bang for the buck

    If an individual decides to come to The University of Alabama it would not be a waste of time and money. The University of Alabama is one of the top colleges in the state of Alabama. Learning is a key to success at the university. Along with the importance of learning, there are several out-of-class activities on campus. Anyone who attends The University of Alabama is sure to love the campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love The University of Alabama environment. It is my home away from home. During the week the campus environment is very relaxing and displays an easy-going vibe. People are friendly and helpful as well. Along with relaxing environment the campus is full of traditions. On game days there is not a dull moment. The University of Alabama football team won the 2009 National Championship and a member of the team won the Heisman Award in 2009 as well. Those two victories excites the students as well as fans. Game days are a blast at The University of Alabama.

    Am learning a lot

    At The University of Alabama excelling in learning is a part of our motto. Whether a student is taking Theatre or Human Development classes they are sure to learn something that will not only help them in class but as well as out of class.

  • 11/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Hands on students -social students -eager to learn students -ready to have fun students

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip I have for a prospective student is to not just sit in your room. Get out to know someone, or maybe just your roommate! Get out and go someone, walk around campus, walk around the strip on University. I would say get involved you never want to just go to class, come home, and repeat.

    Bang for the buck

    The University not only uses your tuition for paying the wonderful teachers here, but they use it to better you. They use the money for building, grounds, and buses. If they see that a building is not standing up to what the university standards are, they call in a repair group. You will never have to worry about grounds, there is always someone cleaning, sweeping, mopping, or mowing. The bus system for UA is the best! Although each bus could be a little later then the normal 15 minutes, the bus system makes it easy to get from the other side of campus quick!

    Am enjoying being here

    Although, I am not apart of a sport team, or any Greek organizations. I have still enjoyed being here. The University has many different things that you can do. I love being able to go to the quad and just look around.

    Am learning a lot

    Coming to college you are expected to learned. Coming to the University of Alabama you love to learn. I never really wanted to learn but each teacher here has their own way of making it very interesting and fun to learn. Each teacher loves what they do and enjoys the subject themselves and they want you to see it to.

  • 12/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UA is a big place with a lot of students but I have found that your community is as small as you make it. We cater to different types of people and welcome different backgrounds. There is a place here for anyone who wants to succeed and grow.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip I have to give to prospective students is to find the best way for you to study. We have a fun night life and over 500 organizations to join but you go to college to learn about your prospective career. Learning how you learn will make it soo much easier for you to do well in class and will bring more opportunities to you like exclusive honor societies like Golden Key as well as Premiere Awards from the university. Another tip is to pace yourself with the multiple opportunities you will be offered. I am a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, SGA, Avanti which leads orientation for fall and spring, and a few honor societies. I get stressed out being so busy so pace yourself and really think about which organizations will get you to where you want to be. If you don't already work in groups, I found that working with a group on studying for a test or working on a large project is very helpful. Finally, this is college, so try new things. Open yourself to things you never saw yourself doing. This could be the perfect opportunity to conquer your fears.

    Bang for the buck

    I have instate tuition so my tuition will be half the amount for out of state students. I pay around $5,000 a semester for my dorm, books, classes, meal plans, Bama Cash, and tuition. Seeing as though most colleges would make me pay twice that much even being in-state, I would say it's a great deal. When I first visited UA, I knew it was home and I was excited to come here, but my family is very tight for money and I was not going anywhere that expected too much from me financially. That approximate $5,000 may seem like a lot but with financial aid and scholarships to incoming students, you could be paid to come here. Some of my friends with 30's on their ACTs are not only being paid to come here but also recieved free Macbooks from the university! Everyone at UA really wants to see you shine so scholarship is given in great amounts.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have really found a home here in Tuscaloosa. The campus is so beautiful from many dimensions and the people are friendly and willing to help. The volunteering office is always busy accomindating students with the passion to help the community. Our school is focused on outreach to the student and to the community and I feel we have excelled in that. I enjoy being here because of the amazing people I have met through being an Orientation leader and living in the all girls dorm on sorority row, Tutwiler Hall. Going to football games is a lifestyle here and when you go to a school with 12 National Championships under it's belt and an undefeated season, it's easy to jump right into it. The first game I went to as a student here was so much fun! The tickets are purchased in the summer before the fall season and there are two ticket packages to choose from for incoming students and full home game tickets for upperclassmen. I love going here and sometimes I find myself yelling Roll Tide! to random people on the Quad or sitting at Denny Chimes. But everytime it makes my day.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a Biology major with a French minor on the Pre-Medical track. If you are planning on majoring in anything science prepare for a demanding road. My Chemistry 101 class took over my life but because I love the sciences, I found everything interesting. I learned so much and the teachers really want to help you but you have to work for a good grade. My teacher was Joseph Thrasher and he is a tenure chemistry teacher here with amazing accreditations but he is teaches a difficult class. If you don't mind staying up every night to learn the information he doesn't teach in class but has on the test, I would recommend a different teacher. My French teacher was Prof. ReMine who is a good-natured young lady who I think I can say is a friend of mine. She had no problem reiterating her point for any student who didn't understand something and she wrote me a great recommendation for an organization I was really interested in. Basically, the teachers care so much about the students but the sciences will run you through the mill to get you ready for your intended career. We also have a great Business school and Education school along with our Nursing and natural sciences.

  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 7 people found this review useful. 7 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are the study nerd but loves to have fun and enjoy campus life then this is the right school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    For the students who are coming in for the fall don't let your social life control you take advantages of all the things that are offered in college in general. College is where your wildest dreams can come true and if you don't take advantage of them those dreams can simply float away never to be seen again.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am glad that I did choose this school. The campus is amazing and it's history is mindblowing. I really thought that campus life was going to be tiresome here but I guess i made the wrong perspection. Also, I love studying outside under the trees and looking up at the stairs over my balcony awesome campus and good academic enviroment to be in.

    Am learning a lot

    the teachers here at the university of alabama give you hands on experience or what your future job will acquire out of you. These professors here know what they are doing and I am glad that I am witness of this. While you are here at this university feed off the knowledge of your professor. Take in every little word or phrase this could really benefit your future.

  • 12/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    To be truthful and honest, UA is great for all majors. They are ranked pretty high in all of their programs. Also you'll get a great all around experience here as the teachers are very well rounded and knowledgeable.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips would have to be making sure you are responsible and take advantage of every single opportunity that you encounter. Whether it be going to hear a speaker, or volunteering, you should do it. I guarantee it will benefit you in the long run.

    Bang for the buck

    UA is more than worth the price. One thing I can say about the staff is that they are truly concerned about the success and careers of their students. It seems like they are always letting us know about the latest internships and job openings. Also if you have a question or concern about a class, the teachers will treat you as if you are the only student in the class by displaying patience and kindness.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a never a dull moment at UA. Whether you are at a football game,(Roll Tide!) basketball game, soccer game, or simply just relaxing with friends, you will always find something to do, not to mention the dozens of signs around campus informing students of upcoming activities!

    Am learning a lot

    The learning experience at UA is very thorough. You not only receive top of the line instruction from your teachers, but you also learn from peers through countless group assignments. The assignments encourage students to break out of their shell and not reach their own full potential, but also help their peers reach theirs as well.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is UA security guards all over sorority row at night time and throughout the campus. You usually need your ACT card to get into most of the buildings which is a safe way to keep people who don't go here out.

    Greek Life

    Greek life dominates the social scene and the university is focused around it. However, if your a girl and not in a sorority its not a huge deal because your able to get into all the frat parties. But for the boys its more of a pain because they can't get into other frat parties. I recommend joining a frat, they really have a good time. Greek life is expensive though.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anything you like, including BBQ! There are recreational sports teams that aren't too serious and everyone has a good time on them.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love the south and football will fit right in. The school isn't big on drugs but drinking is a big part of life here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We add Roll tide roll into the song Sweet Home Alabama.

    Bang for the buck

    Alabama is pricey but I would say its worth it. Giving the beautiful campus, nice classrooms and facilities ,and great teachers you really get your moneys worth.

    What to do for fun

    In the spring and summer time there are multiple pools to go to or the cliffs are near by to go and jump off. The strip is extremely close and filled with fun bars. Downtown Tuscaloosa isn't very far either and there is also a ton of fun bars and places to eat there. Football season is the best and the games and tailgates are always so much fun. Frat parties are a huge part of alabama and always a good time.

    Food and Dining

    Theres four different dining halls and always have something you would like. They just get old really quickly. The restaurants on the strip are always a good option and theres a ton of choices.

    Dorm Life

    The location of the dorms is convienent for classes, but most of the buildings are older. I think that they are mostly dirty and uncomfortable, but it's a good experience for your freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    Like all schools, some classes are harder then others. However, I do not think any of them are extremely challenging and the teachers make everything pretty straight forward and doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your from the north, coming to the Alabama south might be shock but it's really easy to get use too. The weather is extremely bi - polar, but when its nice out its beautiful. Your very involved in all your classes and the university has a club for just about anything.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama has an absolutely beautiful campus. The courses offered vary to fit every interest. There is always someone to help you with whatever you need.

  • 07/17/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are dedicated to school work, and who love to have a good time should go to the University of Alabama!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let your search for the perfect college stress you out. Make a list of pros and cons to find what is best for you. The University of Alabama was my choice, and I'm so glad I chose it.

    Will enjoy being here

    There is so much to do on and off of campus! The students and faculty are very welcoming- to make you feel at home!

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 11 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Prospective Greeks People who love to party Football fans Business majors New college is great for students who prefer non-traditional, often self-directed, interdisciplinary learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    An expansion on what I see as the campus culture: Ive already touched on the somewhat dysfunctional academic culture that is present here and the fact that this is foremost a party school, but despite what the school shows in its advertising campaigns or student tours, the culture here is generally not one of diversity, tolerance, and inclusion. It seems every year we have a huge race issue or greek vs. independent issue, among the more frequent minor events, that pours salt into old wounds and deepens the divides of the student body. There are certainly pocket-environments where minorities of all types will find acceptance and there are student groups that work very hard to mend divides and make the culture more inclusive, but on the aggregate this is not the most welcoming place for people who are not white, male, and cis-gendered (disclaimer on perspective- I am all three of these) A word on the administration: President Witt was hired in 2003 with a ambitious plan to raise school enrollment among other things. He succeeded in hitting his 28,000 goal four years early, and new goals have been set to continue to grow the campus enrollment in the future. In this lies one of the fundamental problems with this school; money has become more important than the quality of the student experience here (though this is probably also the case for any large state-school). This is a point where the campus badly needs a moratorium on enrollment increase to address transportation issues, update dorms, deal with the rampant overcrowding seen in some areas/buildings on campus, and address other important issues. From my perspective and the perspective of many other students, the administration is ignoring the what is best for the student body because of a drive to increase their numbers and their prestige too quickly.

    Bang for the buck

    I cant really say much about this. Ive had a very hard time staying in school here but it has been more due to an uncommon situation than an in-affordability of the school. Cost is high everywhere, so among its peers, I think cost is similar. Tuition has been raised every year and the price of other fees has gone up yearly as well. They would rather raise tuition than cut funding from programs or fire professors to make up for the downturn in state funding they are getting, which I totally understand and agree with.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are hundreds of student organizations for people to join and if you like playing pickup games of football or ultimate frisbee, there are games pretty much daily and all day on non football weekends. I am defiantly a Crimson Tide football fan but not to the level seen by most of the students here. After three years, Saturdays in fall have lost their edge a little and I do not look forward to the massive overcrowding and crazy traffic that football weekends bring. The Rec Center is great (though very crowed in August, September, January, and February) and I love playing intramural sports there. I guess my biggest hang up here is again, the culture.

    Am learning a lot

    If you come from a challenging high school then the core classes here will be easy A's. My writing ability actually got worse the first year because I could turn in stuff that would get a B- in high school and the same paper got me an A in EN101 and EN102. I’m currently a senior, so by now I’ve worked my way into the tops of the classes in my department and some of these are very challenging, however others hold the same read and regurgitate style seen in lower level classes. Other than a handful of my major classes, the ones I have learned the most in have been in New College or have been University Honors classes. I highly recommend students look into both of these. Overall I have defiantly learned a lot while I’ve been here but a little part of me is disappointed in the way learning is an afterthought here, culturally speaking. By this I don’t mean wishing more people would stay shut up in their room studying all day; I mean learning in a collaborative and informal sense of being able to discuss ideas with other students outside of class and learning from other people's intellectual perspectives and experiences. Speaking in generalities, we have the people who care about their grades, study profusely, and are too burned out to do much outside learning (I find myself in this group) and there are people who just want to have fun and don’t care as long as they pass. The really unfortunate part is that a lot of real learning that is personal, useful, and grows you as a person and a student can take place outside the classroom, rather than the read and regurgitate style that permeates many of the classes. The emphasis is on the wrong kind of learning. That being said if you can find yourself a niche in a department and take the initiative to approach faculty members whose classes you enjoy and excel at, you will learn a lot.

  • 10/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe here. The University has made it so you can walk to and from any campus location to another without being in darkness once.

    Greek Life

    Yeah, yeah, we have the biggest and most prestigious Greek system in the entire country. If you want to be a part of a Greek system this is the place for you. The sorority and fraternity houses are untouchably luxurious.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a million and one clubs and over a gazillion events and activities going on every day.

    Great for these types of students

    - Anyone who loves southern tradition and culture - Anyone who has interest in history - Anyone who really likes football, or sports in general (duh) - Anyone who likes happy people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All of the football traditions are a little weird, and steeped in culture. We have the state psychiatric hospital on campus. If you were thinking, Does she mean asylum? The answer would be yes. Did I mention that half of the hospital is abandoned? Yeah. It's the creepiest, coolest building. Still trying to figure out how to get in.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Alabama is by no means cheap, it is much less expensive than most other comparable universities, and it is easy to get that price knocked down. We have everything here that anybody else has to offer, but in a place like no other.

    What to do for fun

    Football. You will get sucked into it no matter who you are; this is a fact. If you're not into the drinking/party scene, there are still a lot of things to do on and off campus. University Programs and countless other campus organizations sponsor literally endless events. If you can't find one you want to go to, something isn't right. Not to mention, UA has three available downtown areas. First is The Strip, the University downtown located right next to campus. This is where many students go to eat or hang out on weeknights and weekends both. Downtown Tuscaloosa is beautiful and creative and has lots of fun places to hang out that I am still discovering. Across the river is Downtown Northport, a small but adorable downtown with lots of cute shopping areas.

    Food and Dining

    UA has four traditional dining halls: Lakeside, Burke, Fresh Food Company, and Bryant. Lakeside and Burke are okay and sometimes have limited options, especially on weekends (you get really sick of them). But, the food there is generally decent to good, especially at breakfast (or late night breakfast at Lakeside!). Fresh Food and Bryant are really good and have great options all the time, however, they are only open for lunch on weekdays. There are also a lot of other options to eat at on campus, like Buffalo Phil's, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Topio's, Greek Eats, and Starbucks (the largest one in the country. No big deal.) There are also a few off-campus locations that take Bama Cash so it's easy to eat there without pulling out your debit card.

    Dorm Life

    The University of Alabama has some of the most ridiculously luxurious dorms I have ever heard of. The price of living in them reflects that, but many students find them affordable because of scholarships, etc. The majority of the dorms are suite-style, either four or two person suites. These are located on North Campus, which is a very convenient place to live, especially if you are an Engineering student. There are also traditional-style dorms, most of which are located on South Campus as well as three on North Campus, and two in other locations. Alabama also has apartment-style dorms on Bryce Lawn that are available to freshmen. The traditional style dorms are like any dorms anywhere. They are not luxurious in any way but provide a great way to meet people and are comfortable to live in. There isn't a single dorm that makes it difficult to get places on time; Alabama's campus is very compact. The Bryce Lawn apartments are a little out of the way, but a bike suffices perfectly. Dorms exist for certain communities, including: - Freshman business students (Friedman) - Honors students (Ridgecrest) - Rebellious liberals (Palmer) - Student athletes (Bryant) - German, French, and Spanish language learners (Bryce Lawn)

    Academic Rigor

    Alabama is a public university, so the classes predictably range from easy to very difficult. It depends a lot on your major and course load. If you're looking for a more rigorous or prestigious atmosphere, joining the Honors College is a great option. There are certain other programs that are particularly rigorous, like those in the College of Engineering or the Musical Theatre program, etc. However, you don't have to break your back at this school either. It's very manageable to go through your undergraduate without taking more than 15-16 hours per semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, because you can get your notice of admission very fast with no strings attached. Your SAT score matters a lot; if your composite score is greater than 1400, you will receive free tuition. If your composite score is greater than 1350, you will receive 2/3 off of the current tuition. It goes on down like this so Alabama is actually very affordable if you have good test scores. If you have any interest at all, apply to the Honors College. Admissions are not extremely competitive, but allow you a smaller community rooted in intellectualism. Honors classes are really interesting, fun, and typically not more difficult than other classes, just different and usually more discussion-based. Honors students also receive great benefits like early registration, etc. If you visit (which you should) go to an event that you're interested in. Campus tours are informative but don't really tell you about campus culture.

    In three sentences

    Three things matter most at the University of Alabama: academia, tradition, and football. I don't think there is another school with a history as interesting, albeit controversial, as Alabama's. We are a culture and there are always new things to learn and add to it.

  • 01/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're interested in the small feel of liberal arts schools, but want the large college experience, this is the place. Because there are so many ways to get involved, the school really has a family atmosphere. It's also great for people who are looking to network for a particular career. There is a strong alumni base and they are always willing to lend a hand.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're interested in Alabama on paper or looking at school similar to it, go visit. I was looking at schools in the south, but not Alabama specifically, and decided to just check it out. Also, visit the website. Almost every student organization has a web link and the course catalog is available through the website if you're interested in looking at the courses you might take. Also, if you're interested in the Honors College, make an appointment to meet with one of the staff. They are all so friendly and can offer advice about the University as a whole, not just the honors program.

    Bang for the buck

    Alabama has some of the best scholarships for both in state and out of state students, but if you don't have the grades, it is kind of expensive for out of state students. The honors dorms that are very nice are more expensive than the average dorm, but traditional dorms are an option (and good quality) at the University. There are a lot of meal plan options, all at a good price. The school also offers a myriad of scholarships outside the automatic freshmen scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    The football is obviously a huge perk and during the fall, the campus is buzzing with energy and excitement, and people who have never watched football before in their lives will get into the game. But for those who aren't obsessed with SEC football, there's a thousand other things to do from Art Festivals to intramural sports to over 200 student organizations. The dorms are also excellent, which is really, really important. It's really great to live in a suite as a freshman, especially if you're used to having your own bedroom. There's also a feeling of family on campus. There's thirty thousand people, but when you walk into Starbucks, there will be someone from your dorm or your American lit class sitting with a smile.

    Am learning a lot

    Because Alabama is such a big school, there are classes on almost every subject you can imagine. Not only am I learning valuable information concerning my major, I'm gaining all sorts of knowledge in every area. Liberal Arts school pride themselves on a well-rounded education, but you get that at Alabama eve in the large college atmosphere. In the Honors College, every student is required to take at least two seminar classes, and these all focus on the arts or topics important to a culturally and socially-aware student. The professors are all very passionate about their subjects (even if the students aren't), and even in my large freshmen classes, I never had a TA teach the class. I don't know anyone who isn't excited about their classes.

  • 01/09/2010

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 198

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    Bang for the buck

    The campus in Tuscaloosa is absolutely gorgeous. I have heard only good things about the quality of the education that UA students recieve.

    Will enjoy being here

    I am incredibly excited to begin attending classes here, but I must say that I am equally excited to be social and to partake in a real college experience.

    Will learn a lot

    I have heard excellent things about the academics at the University of Alabama. I expect to learn a lot here and I look forward to expanding my college experience in Tuscaloosa.

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 198

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    Great for these types of students

    Social, active, intelligent, laid back

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in the Week of Welcome when classes haven't started yet. You will meet lots of new friends and people with like interests. There is also tons of free food and school supplies which come in handy later on.

    Bang for the buck

    I would have to say that my experience at The University of Alabama is well worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    First and foremost, the games are AMAZING! Tailgating on the quad is one of the best social experiences. I got my LSU ticket for $5 when non-students had to pay over $200 dollars. At least once a week there are free interest fairs in the Ferguson Center. The food is pretty good and the people are full of southern hospitality.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Alabama has a great engineering college. If you want to become an engineer then U of A could be the place for you. There are loads of opportunities for mentoring and research in the different fields. I have expanded my knowledge of engineering a lot since classes began in August.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    i havent had the pleaseure as of yet- but there are so many to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    5 i have joined so any clubs and i have been invited to join 3 honor societies

    Great for these types of students

    any student that is willing to strive hard to achieve excellence!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the ferguson center - your one stop shop

    What to do for fun

    movies, watch tv with dorm mates;

    Food and Dining

    5 sao many places to eat and the food is excellent

    Dorm Life

    5 awesome - live in the living learning community a co-ed dorm

    Academic Rigor

    4

    Tips for prospective students

    1. study 2. study 3 study and less partying

    In three sentences

    this place is awesome!!! i would not trade it for anything!!!

  • 04/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UA PD and Tuscaloosa Police are almost everywhere. Many fire and health checks are in place at all times. Alabama is a very safe school.

    Greek Life

    Very prominent on campus. Not necessary but definitely something to consider.

    Bang for the buck

    Alabama is a fairly expensive institution. I think it is worth the money if you make the best out of your experience, both personally and academically.

    What to do for fun

    The strip is where the night life is. If you're looking for a night at the bar or a good meal definitely go to the strip.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to eat on campus such as the Ferguson center which has a dining hall, starbucks, subway, and chic-fila. Also check out the Burke and Bryant Dining Halls.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not the most luxurious places to live, however they are the easiest way to make friends quickly because you will be surrounded by people your age. It is a great experience and I strongly suggest it freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    If you put in valuable time and effort into your studies than you should have a fairly easy time with your studies. Don't underestimate any classes and treat everything as a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded to everything the university has to offer. Stay on track and make sure to establish healthy eating habits from the beginning.

    In three sentences

    I would rate the University as an 8. Alabama has everything to offer, from great school pride to excellent education programs. This school is the best of both worlds.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 5 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 18 of 198

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    Great for these types of students

    People who love to party, learn in massive auditoriums, and are conservative in their beliefs

    Bang for the buck

    Freshmen are required to buy meal plans, which are very expensive, and the university requires you to purchase a variety of other unnecessary services at unrealistic prices. Very money-hungry.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a respected degree and like small, intimate classroom settings, don't go here. This is a party school where all Greeks look like clones and, in addition to a large majority of the campus, get utterly smashed Thurs.-Sunday.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 198

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe here and have never thought I wasn't safe. UAPD is very prevalent and there are emergency light poles all over campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very prevalent but not necessary. A lot of the school is Greek and the parties are pretty fun, but you can have a lot of fun not joining a fraternity or sorority as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get on Board day every year shows all of our clubs and activities that we have to offer. There is no way of not finding your niche because there are many different types of clubs and groups for every type of person.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want a big campus with a lot of people, but also want a small campus feel Alabama is the place for you. While there are a lot of people that go here and classes can be big, the University offers many opportunities for smaller class sizes and many different interest groups so you can be a part of this large university without getting lost in the crowd.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The traditions are endless here, especially during football season with the walk of champions and Big Al's elephant stomp. Not to mention saying roll tide becomes a normal phrase in your vocabulary.

    Bang for the buck

    You are paying a lot, but you also get a lot in return. The professors are very knowledgeable and the campus is beautiful!

    What to do for fun

    Go for a walk on the river, volunteer with community service group, fraternity parties, going out on the strip. It is never boring here!

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining halls is pretty good, but gets boring and old after awhile. They do try to mix things up every once in awhile so make sure to go to the dining halls when they have themed days.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome! You meet so many amazing people and have the best experiences. It's great living on campus and being close to everything. A lot of students live on campus their sophomore year as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough, it really depends on the professor. The library will become your best friend for homework and studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is very large, but don't be overwhelmed because everything is very easy to get to. Go to the football games and get involved. Make sure to have fun but always put academics first.

    In three sentences

    The academics are challenging and keep you thinking. Football and traditions here are important. Roll Tide.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The UAPD is pretty good on campus safety we don't have any major occurrences that happen on campus and if we do our campus police make sure that it is under control.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs for everyone to join, honestly Get-On Board Day is your best bet to experience all of the amazing clubs and activities we have to offer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Quad: Huge area in the middle of campus which includes Denny Chimes, you can't miss it because it is absolutely gorgeous. Bryant Denny Stadium and The Walk of Champions: This is THE place to be during football season and also you get to see the players and Nick Saban, go into the stadium before the game, how cool is that?

    Bang for the buck

    Yes UA is a little on the expensive side for it to be a 4-year public school, but in the end it is all worth it. I would not transfer or change anything for it. You really will get the most out of your money and hey being division one in academics and athletics does help a bit!

    What to do for fun

    In Ttown, as we like to call it, there is always something to do from days/nights out on The Strip to bars and nightclubs, which the majority are 19+, to house parties, you will always have a wonderful time no matter what you find yourself getting into.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, but I would not recommend going to Lakeside Dining Hall except for Late Night At Lakeside which is when they prepare breakfast food for a late night snack. Fresh Foods is the best hands down, but be prepared for long lines between 12-2, it's social hour in there. Burke is not too shabby either they have themed nights from time to time. In addition, Bryant's lunch is absolutely amazing, but for dinner it's gonna cost you extra, a meal swipe plus $10 off your dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    My freshman year, I lived in one of the older dorms and I absolutely loved it. The feeling of knowing everyone and getting to create friendships and learn your way around is the best feeling in the world. I would definitely recommend that all incoming freshman stay on campus, not only is it convenient but you get to learn where everything is and run into people you may know from time to time.

    Academic Rigor

    Alabama is not just a walk in the park, you may have been the smartest kid on the block back in high school, but here everyone is equally and maybe even smarter than you are, pick up your A game. As far as classes, make sure that you go to all of your required lectures because teachers do give out attendance points. Those three points can be the difference between an A- and a B+.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you network and find upperclassmen who are in your desired field, this can honestly help you to achieve above and beyond. Also, do not buy all of your books upfront, there are some classes in which you will never open your book at all. And always remember, there is help if you don't understand something, we have numerous help groups and individual tutors that are happy to serve you at any time.

    In three sentences

    Alabama is an amazing experience and it opens up so many opportunities for their students-past and current. The atmosphere is very welcoming and you will always see a smiling face somewhere out in the crowd. The place to be would definitely be on The Quad soaking up some sun or playing a friendly game of flag football.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 198

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    Campus Safety

    Use 348-Ride at night--a van escort service. Take notice of blue phones around campus that are connected to the police. Don't go near party hot-spots alone at night.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-Motivated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure to visit the basement in Gorgas Library! You might want to take a friend if you're a nervous type.

    What to do for fun

    Go to games, hang at the Ferg, go bowling, visit Northport Walmart late at night, take road trips!

    Food and Dining

    I give it four stars because it's better than a lot of other colleges. However, it could be much better. The value is cringe-worthy but you only have to buy a meal plan the first year. The dining halls are always improving but still have a ways to go before they are worth the price. Fresh Foods is good (esp. at breakfast) but Bryant is best for lunch (dinner is only for special plans or you can pay a lot extra). Lakeside is close to north campus but not great. The fare is your typical junk food with more recent healthy additions. My advice, enjoy it the first year then cook for yourself after that.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are really, really expensive and unfortunately all freshmen must live in a dorm. (This policy may be changing as they run out of housing.) Get into an honors dorm, though, and it'll be a nice dorm. You'll get your own room and share a bathroom with one other person and a living room and kitchen with three other people. Choose an older, cheaper dorm and you'll find it's not so pleasant. The roommate-matching program is terrible and very few people actually participate so for the most part roommates are luck-of-the-draw. In a newer dorm this doesn't matter as much because you get your own room. It's easy, though, if there is someone you know you want to room with, to pick a roommate. Dorms have plenty of under-attended activities with free food and a chance to cut up with the RAs. It's actually a great way to get to know RAs and eat some free food in the process! If you decided to go a second year in the dorms, Bryce Lawn is a great choice. It's over by the Rec Fields, quiet except when the fraternities party, but the best part is that you not only have your own room and 2 1/2 baths that you share with 2 other people but the dorms are equipped with a stove, oven, full-sized fridge, dish-washer, washing machine, dryer, and balcony. Saves trips to the laundry rooms, money, and you can cook for yourself! (5-10 min walk to the Quad).

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the class and what you're used to. Take an honors class and you'll be challenged but you'll learn a lot. Take a lower-level economics class and you'll have to study and go to class but you won't find them making it harder than it needs to be. Many of the classes are pretty straight-forward and the difficulty may simply lie in getting all the required reading done. That's not to say that you won't learn a great deal--you will get out what you put in. That is to say, if you put in the studying, take the time to discuss your questions with your professor, and do all the reading, you'll be very well educated and have no problem at all passing the class with a good grade. However, it is possible to get by in some classes by doing the minimum and still pass. I don't recommend this because you're not getting your money's worth and college is expensive!

    Tips for prospective students

    First, visit the campus and eat in a dining hall. Make sure to call the admissions office beforehand because they can set up tours, meetings, a lunch, and, best of all, a parking pass. Bring a list of questions and ask to visit a class. Don't go off of reputation--there are a lot of people who THINK they know what the university is like but are often wrong. UA has varied reputations, go see for yourself. Second, plan to talk to you professors. Most of them are very friendly and interested in your life and plans. Additionally, the professors are often very interesting people themselves and you can learn a lot by just having a conversation with them during office hours. When you need a recommendation, help with understanding a concept, or just an intelligent conversation, you'll be glad you've already talked to your professors Third, plan to find some way to get involved. There are a giant amount of clubs and organizations--find one that regularly meets and join! It's a great way to meet people, some of which you'll end up seeing around campus! Many organizations have beginning-of-the-year meetings for new students to get to know people: ATTEND! Finally, don't be shy! Go to school events, pep rallies, midnight breakfasts, service opportunities. You'll find that you see a lot of the same people there and end up making friends. Oh, and don't be scared off by the football mania. It's pretty big around campus but there are plenty of people who have not been bitten by the bug and aren't die-hard fans.

    In three sentences

    UA is a friendly southern university packed with opportunities and professors who want students to succeed as well as an awesome honors college. Like any college, you get what you pull from it--there's not a lot of hand-holding. Despite its reputation as a party school, the academics have been improving dramatically and it is a safe choice for a good public college education.

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always around and very quick in response. They do a great job protecting the students.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very big. They are great programs and each greek house loves each other in the house.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities are great. There is always something to get involved in and if there isn't faculty members are always willing to start a new club and love doing it.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for all types of students. No matter who you are, where your from, what your interests are, this is the school for you. Everyone has their own group of students like them and always feels welcomed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Just like any school the U of A has their own traditions. During football the band marches from the quad to the stadium before every home game.

    Bang for the buck

    The university is worth every penny. It is a great school to learn at and receive a degree from.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I go to sporting events. Athletics at the university are wonderful. They are a big part of the school. I also paint in my spare time for fun. It is something I have loved and enjoyed ever since I was a little girl.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is great. There are a wide selection of food and numerous dining locations. The options never get tiring. The dining staff are also very warm and friendly.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in a dorm but from what I have seen they are very good. The RAs are always willing to be there for the residents and help them any way they can. The dorms are very secured and offer great protection for the students.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are great. They make you want to keep up and succeed in all the classes. Teachers make their classes a great environment to learn in.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, the U of A is a great place to learn and grow. There are many options for majors and the faculty and adviser's are a lot of help. The faculty wants to see every student succeed so they are a great help. The love for the college is very high. Students and faculty love showing their love and pride for the school especially when it comes to the sports teams.

    In three sentences

    The environment is welcoming and loving. Students and faculty show they care about their school and representing the university. Everyone makes you feel welcomed and loved.

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 198

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Football is the main attraction on campus! With 14 titles and hopefully a 15th this season, the Crimson Tide has been able to perfect the art of tailgating! If football is not your thing there is an enormous club program here. Anything from Quiz Bowl to a collegiate fishing team. Alabama also has one of the largest Greek systems that I have ever seen, it can be a little overwhelming at times. But in the end, there is something for everyone here.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is good. It isn't like what your mother is able to make, but you wont go hungry. Keep in mind that college is all about making your own decisions and there are plenty of food options, so just be sure to be able to choose the nourishment that you need.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at school here are excellent. Alabama is constantly renovating and building new dorms on campus. In fact, a new one is set to be finished in 2014. The new dorm will be a clone of the one opened for the 2012 year. I would like to sound humble, but it is quite impressive.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Alabama offers some pretty hard classes! Not all of them are difficult, but they will certainly weed out any of the students who aren't willing to put in their full effort. Don't let this discourage you, if you stay true to your books and yourself you can make it happen.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering applying to the University of Alabama you are already making an excellent choice. The only piece of advice I would have to give someone is to simply be yourself. Do not come to school and try and impress everyone; do what makes you happy. At the end of the day, you have to live with the decisions that you made.

    In three sentences

    Fantastic! This school is something that you would expect to only exist in a movie. Everyone makes you feel welcome, the campus is beautiful, and there are more than enough activities to get anyone involved. You truly feel as if you are contributing to the Crimson Tide family while being on this campus.

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 198

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe

    Greek Life

    One word describes the greek life... AWESOME

    Great for these types of students

    Winners

    Bang for the buck

    You'll love every second here and if you love a very school spirited school come here

    What to do for fun

    Go to the football games.

    Food and Dining

    It's alright

    Dorm Life

    They look nice, some like Tut and Palmer are eyesores

    Academic Rigor

    Very great school! Ranked 32nd in nation out of public schools and 70's for all schools. Also a top merit scholar college ranked 4th below USC, Harvard and University of Chicago

    Tips for prospective students

    Be outgoing and love the south

    In three sentences

    Probably the best looking campus I have visited, and i've visted a lot of schools, like Loyola, JMU, PSU, UCONN, ECU, UF, and LSU, so i'd say i'm qualified to say it is a very good looking school

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 198

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    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama offers a small-town, large college experience which was exactly what I was looking for in a school. There are so many ways to get involved beyond a classroom setting. UA offers an enticing combination of merit scholarships, strong academics, personable atmosphere and incomparable athletics!

  • 08/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 26 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I don't really feel safe here. Like, the campus police are always driving around but they don't enforce rules. If the drunkards start getting out of hand, they basically talk to them but there isn't any consequences. They have the blue phones on campus, supposedly. But I've only seen two or three.

    Greek Life

    It's huuuuge here. I feel so out of place because I didn't want to join a sorority and that's basically all there is to do here. I wish I would've joined because then I would know more people, but I'm also REALLY happy I didn't.

    Great for these types of students

    Partiers. My roommates go out like every night. Also for people who don't mind spending ridiculous amounts of money.

    Bang for the buck

    For out of state students, the cost is ridiculous. NOTHING here is fairly priced. And for the price I'm paying, I'm not learning a whole lot.

    Food and Dining

    The food gets really old, really fast. They don't have much variety either, so it's really easy to get freshman 15 unless you're willing to work out a lot.

    Dorm Life

    I live in presidential and I actually really like it here. That's the only good thing about it. But make sure you find roommates that you can actually get along with.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not learning anything here. Like, I'm learning stuff that I learned in 6th grade and most of it's just common sense. It's definitely not worth $20,000

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can't decide between here and another school, don't come here! It's not worth it. I'm leaving at the end of the semester because I absolutely HATE it here. I was so excited to come here and I'm really disappointed in the school.

  • 05/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Incredible. Not only does the campus have it's only police force but they have a 24/7 security team that patrols the campus as well.

    Greek Life

    Biggest and best in the country.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can think of we have.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, out-going, friendly, interested in many different things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football is the one and only tradition you will care about once you are there. Cannot explain it with words. It will quickly become your obsession.

    Bang for the buck

    If you grades and test scores are good they will literally throw money at you. They are hoping to grow as a school show for the next few years they will do anything to get you to attend. Don't miss this opportunity.

    What to do for fun

    Football games, fishing, going to the river/lake, concerts at the amphitheater (short walk from campus).

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are dining halls. Nothing to write home about but it could be much worse.

    Dorm Life

    One of the best experiences I ever had. Some of my best friends I have now I met freshman year at the dorms. The dorms are extremely nice and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    College is more difficult than high school no matter who you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved right away. Don't be shy, everyone is just as nervous, excited, and hoping to meet people as you are and don't be afraid to try new things.

    In three sentences

    It is an incredible school and will keep on getting better. The campus and facilities are not only beautiful but new and well kept as well. You are considered family once you attend and you are treated like family for the rest of your life.

  • 12/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students with mid-to-high scores can find scholarship money; Students who desire to join fraternities or sororities will enjoy Greek life; Students who enjoy athletics; Students who want a community experience within a large, public university

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for financial aid and scholarships. If eligible for Honors, definitely apply because the perks (housing, registration) are pretty sweet. Come in with an open mind and don't be overwhelmed by the size of the place.

    Bang for the buck

    For students eligible for scholarships, UA is great. The accomodations, especially the residential facilities, are excellent, and the food is pretty decent. The only drawback to the costs incurred is that many majors require 17+ hours of coursework during a semester, but the maximum number of hours was recently decreased to 16, so students in those majors might be forced to pay an overload fee.

    Am enjoying being here

    Alabama is awesome. It seems, at first, that being out of state would be detrimental, but, with 22,000 undergraduates, everyone can find a niche. Obviously, UA is a football school, and has a reputation as a party school, but there are plenty of other social opportunities here, including a great deal of clubs and organizations.

    Am learning a lot

    Alabama has a great diversity of courses across seven different undergraduate colleges, and a wide range of majors. Nearly every interest can be satisfied by an academic department, and those that don't exist can be created within New College. The courses themselves are what you make them; class size is fairly small for a large public university, and many courses (especially those in Honors) are intellectually stimulating.

  • 01/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Let no one have your information be very caution of those around you. Know what your statues is/are in Everything you do, or have. Ask question before hand, if you know you have classes the next day, know where there are, You have literally Professors who will mark you absent and in some cases no excuses will be accepted nomatter how veeriable it is, 3 absences =1 letter grade. Oh make sure your car and other items are verified that it is indeeds a student that is attending school car. Your on your own so there is no waking you up for classes no Professors reminding you of assignment, and if you desire to resign in the dorms, make sure payments are indeed paid for, and that You bring all your suppies, Remember leave the room as is. There is no refunds for those who goes against policies there are in deed reinforced, so read your agreements. Look for your copy or ask for one if it's not mention, or you haven't recieved yours in time

    Bang for the buck

    Get on your aid I really am not for loans so I would not tell you something I myself, would not do. It's really something to be in debt. It's a late fee for late charges, I kid you not. So really don't just take the finicail aid's word when you ask is there anything else I need to do. Check, check, check, check again if there is any lose ends for finiciing what ever school you're entering and/ interested in.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really am. I like my own space, I have keys to maintain so I wouldn't pay for lockouts. Which you recieved no warning so I tell you first hand keep up with them. I like that I have a seperate bathroom. I also am thank-ful for the dishwasher, fridge, stove, and microwave. with wifi within the room.

    Am learning a lot

    I am enjoying my classes because I acturally stay on campus with only one online class. The teo bedrooms are more me, because me personallywouldn't be able to cope with 3 other people, but the coed and multi- cultural halls are different from my up bring. Which is good to experience such in any school. Also the payment for washing clothes in my hall is great because it's not too much. I also like I can check out literaly 50 books at one time, now hopefull they hav all the books I need, lol

  • 02/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This university is good for a student majoring in just about any field. I personally feel that the Anthropology and Psychology departments are very strong and I feel as if I will learn a lot in my time here.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best thing you can do for yourself while you are at college is just go to class. Compared to high school, the hours are not bad. Just go to class and pay attention, and you will do fine.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, and The University of Alabama is a deal for the education that you are sure to receive.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere on campus is unlike any other. It's easy to meet people and make friends. With all the groups on campus, it's hard not to find people who share similar interests with you, no matter what you like. My only regret from my freshman year is that I did not get out enough or join enough groups. I hope to rectify this next year.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are wonderful. If you are planning on going into the field of Anthropology, you will not regret it. The professors here really seem to care about what they teach. And what could be better than learning from those that are truly passionate about what they do? I truly love going to class, despite having to wake up early.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    One of my favorite things about Alabama is how affordable it is to attend for out of state students. They offered me, and tons of other people, full tuition. I'm glad it's an affordable education, and it diversifies the student population with people from all over the country!

    Will enjoy being here

    I was trying to decide between a few colleges, but the second I stepped onto the Alabama campus, I knew it was right for me. The environment is so great, everyone is really friendly and helpful. You can just tell that everyone there is proud of their school - and the alumni definitely are, too! I'm going to be an out of state student and no one from my school is going to UA, but I've already met so many awesome people through campus visits and Facebook that I'm not worried!

    Will learn a lot

    A lot of people say Alabama is a party school (how many colleges aren't?) but I'm sure that you'll get out of the academics what you put in. The Public Relations major is excellent there, it's currently first in the nation. I know that a degree from UA will help me compete in the job market. Also, it's not extremely difficult to get into the honors program, and I'm sure taking part in the Honors College will provide many opportunities to learn a lot.

  • 06/12/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    All type of student, especially football lovers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ahead of others students. Do not procrastinate!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a very expensive school. Make sure that you have some money to attend.

    Will enjoy being here

    Seems like I will have enjoyable moments while on campus.

    Will learn a lot

    I expect to learn a lot. I have seen the they have produced more academic all americans than some ivy league schools.

  • 06/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Being part of the greek system here is a really good idea. It seems expensive but it is worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everything about being in the south is amazing. This place is sooooo great. Nothing is boring, ever. ROLL TIDE!

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    The UA is great for friendly students who enjoy living social. Also, for well-rounded, academic, and athletic students who can handle more than one activity at a time.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you really want to enjoy your time at the UA and get all the education you can, make sure your GPA is where it needs to be, and that you can toggle student activities with academics.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're willing to do the work and take full advantage of your time at the UA, you'll get your money's worth plus more from the University of Alabama.

    Will enjoy being here

    During football season, the University of Alabama is where you want to be. It's the best place to be if you want to have fun while learning your schools history, which most students take for granted. The UA is a friendly environment that motivates and encourage the growth of incoming students.

    Will learn a lot

    The University of Alabama is ideal for academics.

  • 07/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    There is something at this school for everyone. There's athletics, science, liberal arts, interdisciplinary studies, music, pre-med, pre-law, mathematics, you name it, they've got it. Not to mention, the study abroad program has been named the best in the region. There are also opportunities for different scholarly levels. The average student will succeed here just as well as the Honors Student. Social opportunities are also never in short supply, but at the same time, it is very easy to escape the social scene for a while to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit campus. Many students are intimidated by such a big school, but are surprised to find that a ten-minute walk is all that is needed to get almost anywhere from anywhere on campus. Also, make sure you're comfortable sharing the campus with 28,000 other students. The size of the school, however, makes hundreds, yes hundreds, of student extracurricular organizations to exist. Again, there is something for everyone. Check out the well-known Greek opportunities as well. There are many.

    Bang for the buck

    For any student interested in the Environmental Sciences, it is well worth paying for school here to be in New College. And the scholarship application proccess is very easy and rewarding. But most other major types are actually offered at less expensive schools. The football mania has increased the tuition and fees because it has made UA a somewhat famous school

    Am enjoying being here

    The city of Tuscaloosa is beautiful, and campus is bordered along one side by the Black Warrior River. Everything a student needs is within a ten-minute drive (groceries, social hot spots, restaurants, outdoor recreation, etc.), and the on-campus gym is extremely well-equipped. The biggest problem with living on campus here is the football game-day traffic. The population on campus doubles and post-game dismissal is chaotic and extremely congested.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors really know their stuff. Most of my professors have phDs in one or more subjects. They are extremely willing to be helpful. None will hesitate if you approach them for extra information. There are also tons of resources for out-of-class learning. The campus library system is extensive, convenient, and is open very late on most nights. There are also plenty of undergraduate research opportunities. The Honors Program, International Honors Program, Blount Undergraduate Initiative, and New College offer varied educational approaches for students interested in different things.

  • 08/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    business students, liberal arts students, football fans, science students, and many others.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for scholarships early! i think the priority deadline that you should aim for is december 1. look into the blount undergraduate initiative and the honors college.

    Bang for the buck

    i got a scholarship for 2/3 out-of-state tuition, which makes this college more affordable than going to a college in-state for me. the university gives a lot of scholarships to both in-state and out-of-state students. many of its programs are nationally ranked, and it is in u.s. news' top 50 public universities. i feel as if i am learning a lot here.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is absolutely gorgeous and there are plenty of student organizations to get involved in. The atmosphere on campus is great.

    Academic Rigor

    i am participating in the blount undergraduate initiative, which is a living-learning program that provides the feel of a small liberal arts college at a major university. it is a great program for developing critical thinking skills and becoming well-versed in the works that have influenced our culture. i am also part of the honors college. this has provided so many great opportunities. one thing i like is that they enable me to be in smaller classes which helps me learn better.

  • 08/25/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY EARLY!!! and also APPLY EARLY for SCHOLARSHIPS!!

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, I've only learned about the financial aid. And form the looks of things getting a scholarship is quite simple. Just have a great GPA and great test scores. From there apply and see what happens.

    Will enjoy being here

    UA is pretty awesome, a friend of mine attended UA and says the parties are great. You can still have fun without being overpowered by studies. But it's important to balance everything.

    Will learn a lot

    I think being at UA will teach a lot of students. I've only visited the campus, but from the look of the students in study groups and reading, it seems like learning is taken seriously, and is also encouraged.

  • 09/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Self starters who can handle a little bit of fight to get their money's worth or more. People who are looking for a middle of the road university for a low price that don't mind they will be getting exactly what they paid for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Constantly stay on top of your paperwork and make sure you know exactly whose hands it needs to go through. You will be misled, put off or be likely to have issues if you aren't doing your research. You probably should get a second opinion on most of your advising initially as well, some of the advisers are absolutely terrible and will set you up for failure in their own lack of knowledge.

    Bang for the buck

    If you don't know what professors to pick, which is nigh impossible initially, you won't get the value you want. The bureaucracy and red tape at this intuition is also pretty high level. If you want to get anything done, even if you've paid for it, you might have to fight to get it done properly.

    Am enjoying being here

    The area is small. The downtown and surrounding areas are interesting, but if you're used to large choices in shopping or night life, you will be disappointed. Grocery prices are really high, but rent is really low. I've had fun, but if you're looking for fun and an active lifestyle, there's a reason Florence is rated as one of America's #1 retirement communities.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors and courses are hit or miss for quality. Some are absolutely wonderful, some are awful to the point of considering withdrawal. If you manage to pick the right ones using a few references and some internet reviews of professors, you'll learn. Otherwise, you'll waste your money, but still get a piece of paper with the University stamp on it.

  • 10/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who like football. Anyone who wants to get a quality education while not spending a fortune.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you hate football you probably shouldn't come here. It is everywhere. Get involved early on so you can meet new people and make some new friends. Get on Board day happens every semester just a week or two in and is a great way for students to find out about the diverse clubs and organizations here on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The education and experiences you can find here is worth more than the tuition you pay. Your tuition money doesn't disappear either. You can see it at work all over campus, whether it is building a better student rec center or buying new computers for the many labs across campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The students here are great, everyone will find a group of friends to fit in with through the many clubs and organizations on campus. The include fraternities and sororities, but also more unusual groups like mallet, which is a self governing honors society.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the teachers here are wonderful and really care about their subject matter. They want you to be interested and help you learn as much as you can. They are always open to talk about class and what you can do to help you understand the material. The enthusiasm of the professors makes even boring subjects worth while.

  • 10/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    It is great for people who like a big campus, that is very pretty and green. Keep in mind that it is very big, so there will be walking involved, but on nice days the walk is gorgeous. People who like involved teachers and lecture style classes will love it here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, every single day, unless you should be at the hospital. Join clubs and talk to the people in your classes. Take the opportunities the University hands to you.

    Bang for the buck

    I have a full scholarship for tuition, so that isn't a problem. They are very generous with out of state scholarships. The only thing that is expensive are the dorms, which are more expensive than apartments if you get the apartment style ones.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a beautiful school and I've met so many people that its hard to walk to class without running into somebody that I know. There are always clubs and events going on, and if there isn't you can start one. It rains a lot which I'm not used to, but other than that it is fantastic.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the teachers here are fantastic, I enjoy going to class every single day, even though I have classes at 8 am. The workload isn't so difficult it is impossible to have a life either.

  • 11/02/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    All kinds. It's such a big campus that everyone can fit in and there are so many programs, there's a major for everyone. Even though the student body is huge, the teacher to student ratio is still fairly small and counselors are there to help you all the way. It's just a great school!

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus! You'll never, ever want to leave! Talk to the professors and apply early. I got in, I know you will too. Good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty steep for an out of state student but how can you put a price on dreams. There's no better place for me that's so close to home. My mom will be moving to Alabama soon though which will take thousands off of my tuition!

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful! I've never seen anything so gorgeous, I never wanted to go home. I even picked out just the right dorm and poked around Sorority Row to find my mom's old sorority as well as all of my friends'. They're all right next door to each other! Also, the dorm I picked is situated right beside Sorority Row next to the football stadium so not only will I never miss a game, I'll be living with all my new friends, my math class will be attached to my dorm and the journalism department, as well as the library and the Crimson White office, is a two minute walk from the dorm! What could be better? Hasta la vista Georgia, I'm a Bama girl now!

    Will learn a lot

    I expect to be a journalism major and UA is top 10 in the country for communications! What could be a better place to study journalism? Plus they'll place me with big name companies for internships and train me in their state of the art broadcast buildings! I can't wait for next year!

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The officers are always out and very helpful. The dorms all have security to get in the building and front desk workers for any problems.

    Greek Life

    The greek life gives a lot of opportunity. They help you get involved, keep your grades up and make connections for the future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The football games are a huge tradition. The campus is filled will family and alumni on game day.

    Bang for the buck

    The best college experience in total that you could have.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do in Tuscaloosa. There are a lot of activities on campus to get involved in, like the outdoors club. They go on trips to ski, whitewater rafting etc. There is also the amphitheater in downtown Tuscaloosa for concerts.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of places to eat on and off campus. There are 4 dining halls and a lot of other franchises on campus. Any type of food you want you can find.

    Dorm Life

    Don't just live in you dorm. Go out and meet your neighbors and you will miss living in the dorm when you move out.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class even when it is not required. Try to participate and class will be easier and less boring. Take all the opportunities presented to you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a very good school. The teachers are all extremely smart and excited to share their knowledge. The school challenges you to become involved in more than just learning in the classroom.

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ua has its own personal police staff from the tuscaloosa police department. there are emergency phones and buttons on every inch of campus with a three minute response period.

    Clubs and Activities

    ua has a club or organization for everyone, and if none of the clubs fascinate you, you are encouraged and more than welcome to start your own.

    What to do for fun

    there are several things to do for fun: attend athletic games, chilling on the quad, free movie nights, comedy shows, ect...

    Food and Dining

    ua has several eating halls to cater the appetites of is students. whether you are a hearty eater or vegetarian, ua has a place for you.

    Dorm Life

    majority of the campus dorms are co-ed and apart style. dorm life is independent and comfortable compared to other universities.

    Academic Rigor

    the educational programs are great. the school's mission to give each student the resources need to graduate and be successful in the working world.

    Tips for prospective students

    do be afraid! the campus is very friendly and easy to adapt to. once you walk around for awhile, you comfortable level on campus at ua will increase.

    In three sentences

    the university of alabama is a enriching school. it has wonderful staff of educators and advisers, that are more than willing to help with any circumstance whether it be educational or personal. the university has a diverse student culture and proves several services to make each and every student comfortable during his or her attendance at the school.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are tons of blue buttons around campus that you can push if you need some kind of help. it will contact the police for you and send them to your location. we also have our own university police and a transportation service to drive you on campus at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are thousands of clubs to join and if there is a new club you want to form it is super easy to create.

    Great for these types of students

    this college is great for students interested in rushing but it is not necessary. it is also great for business or engineering majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    during homecoming week there is a huge bonfire on the quad. there is also a dorm reserved just for students obsessed with star wars or star trek.

    What to do for fun

    there is the obvious. football, basketball, baseball, and soccer games. there are also many intramural sport choices and a huge recreation center. many people go to the strip to eat and shop.

    Food and Dining

    there are many different choices for dining. there are a couple of chick-fil-as, a smoothie king, pizza hut, and burger king all on campus. there are also various dining halls to choose from that offer more home-style cooking.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor all depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    ua has a non-traditional way of calculating your gpa. if you want a 4.0 you have to make at least an a because an a- is worth 3.66 points and an a+ is worth 4.33 points.

    In three sentences

    the university of alabama is a great college with many wonderful professors with a lot to offer. it is however a huge party school with a large greek community. our band is the best in the u.s!

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is very safe. there are police that are stationed at every dorm, and have their own office in the buildings. also, every floor has a residential advisor. at night campus is mostly lit and not scary. there are bus services that run all day during classes and rides that run late to get students home safely. there are blue towers all over campus that you can pick up the phone if you are in an emergency.

    Greek Life

    greek life is kind of big on campus. there is something to do for people who are greek and non-greek. there are about 16 sororities on campus and more are supposed to be coming in the next few years. i cannot even tell you how many fraternities there are at least 25 fraternities on campus that have houses. so many more little fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    every semester there is a day called et on board day. this day is when all of the clubs on campus are behind the quad and have tables and tents. there are clubs from laire to sushi. literally anything that you may be interested in and if you cannot find a club or organization that fits what you like or are interested in, you can start your own!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the quad is not really unusual but it is a great place to hang out. there are always people to watch, or just sit and relax. denny chimes sometimes plays music and rings every 15 minutes.

    Bang for the buck

    at alabama all sporting events are free as long as you have your action card, except football. student football tickets are only $5 per game and it is definitely worth the $20 or $30. freshman have to pick a package and only get half of the home game tickets, and upperclassman get tickets to all the home games. if you have never been to an alabama football games are so much fun. roll tide roll!

    What to do for fun

    depending on what you are interested in doing, there is always something going on. there are intramural teams and club sports all year around. the ferguson center has activities and shows movies every so often. whether you want to just chill in your dorm or go to the strip, you will not have a problem finding something to do.

    Food and Dining

    there are four dining halls that are spread across campus. they all serve a variety of foods. however, if you do not want to eat a dining hall there are many more choices on campus and just off campus. there is the ferguson center that has a food court and some of the bigger halls on campus have small food courts in them as well. the strip is just a 5 minute walk from campus and has all kinds of restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    i lived in one of the oldest dorms on campus. but, i loved it! i met so many people and still talk to them and hang out with them. there are so many different dorms on campus from old to new, all female or all male, co-ed. also there are learning and living communities, where the people you live with have the same major as you. there are activities you can participate in every week no matter where you live. most of the dorms are either for 2 or 4 people. they are even building more dorms on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    one thing i was scared of before coming to alabama, was the class sizes. i though all of them were going to be almost 500 students. the biggest class i have had so far is anatomy, because the lecture is only offered at one time, there are 350 students in my class, but most have been only about 30 students and some even smaller. i have really enjoyed all of the classes i have taken. of course not all of the professors have been my favorite, but your not always going to have a teacher you love. the neat thing about alabama is that if you want to major in something, and the university does not offer the major, you can join the new college, and talk to someone to find out how to create your own major.

    Tips for prospective students

    come and visit campus. it is big, and may seem overwhelming, but it is amazing. there is always something going on. be sure to get a tour by the capstone men & women. you will definetley find your comfort zone somewhere!

    In three sentences

    i would not change my choice of attending alabama. i found a major that fits me very well. also, i have met so many wonderful people.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    attend the university of alabama football games. roll tide!!!!

    Food and Dining

    i have not yet experienced the dining halls, but they look great and the food looks tasty

    Dorm Life

    the university of alabama has terrific dorm options with a lot of different offerings!

    Academic Rigor

    the university of alabama expects students to push themselves and has many honors for those that achieve scholastic superiority.

    In three sentences

    the university of alabama is ranked among the highest universities in the country. it is a friendly campus with opportunities for all students. academics and sports are both important at alabama.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    once again. i have no idea.

    Dorm Life

    i plan on living in tut. even though its all girls i think it'll be good for rushing and meeting people.

    Academic Rigor

    i wouldn't know considering the fact that i will be starting at bama in the fall.

    In three sentences

    i love the campus! it's big but its still beautiful. roll tide.

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i enjoy going for walks, even at nighttime. there has never been a point in time where i didn't feel safe on my own campus. it is well-lit and we have campus police patrolling 24/7.

    Greek Life

    although i am not greek, i fully support the greek system. it is an excellent way to make friends and connections for job offers in the future.

    Great for these types of students

    there are literally thousands of types of students on our campus. everyone will find a place to fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nowhere else in the country is the houndstooth pattern more visible or branded than here on our campus.

    What to do for fun

    there are several parks in the tuscaloosa community that cater to all types of outdoor activities. we have some decent stores for those who like to shop. our selection of restaurants isn't too bad either. for those over 21, the bar scene can be a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    alabama has four dining halls and lots of vendors in the ferguson center. the food is excellent and having dining dollars is convenient when you're low on real money.

    Dorm Life

    i lived in one of the older dorms on campus. it had its loud nights and also quiet nights. community showers aren't like they're portrayed on tv; they're all separate stalls with shower curtains.

    Academic Rigor

    from the business school perspective, our professors expect a lot from us. how much you commit yourself to your academic excellence determines the greatness of your academic experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    study the campus map before you get here; you don't want to look like a typical freshman. student groups are a great way to make friends but sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    i absolutely love the atmosphere on campus. whether you're walking to class, or walking to the stadium on gameday, i always encounter smiling faces and get a big, roll tide!

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    sorority activities, exercise

    Food and Dining

    4 - the food at the sorority house is great.

    Dorm Life

    3 - my dorm is fine, but i have not been happy with my roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    5 - my science classes have been very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved and be dedicated to your studies.

    In three sentences

    i am very pleased with the university of alabama. i have enjoyed my classes and extracurricular activities.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    no matter what time of day it is, campus security is present everywhere. i live in the riverside dorms, and i almost always see one of the security guards parked in our parking lot or riding up and down the rows. also, there are blue boxes around campus where you can easily call campus police if you feel threatened by simply picking up the phone and it automatically connects to the police.

    Great for these types of students

    alabama is such a wonderful place. it is a big campus with a huge student body, however it never feels too big. if you love being in a place where everyone welcomes you and it feels like a big family, alabama is the place for you. also, people who love to exercise and stay fit in various ways would fit right in here. the rec has many aminities and opportunities for almost any of your exercising needs. campus is definitely a great place to walk or run with beautiful buildings and landscaping as scenery. the riverwalk is also a beautiful place just a walk across the road on the north side of campus that provides a great place to run or walk.

    Food and Dining

    all of the dining halls have their good and bad days. bryant dining hall is definitely the best on campus, but only go at lunch because dinner costs money along with a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    living in the dorms is great! it is so convenient living on campus because if you have a long break in between classes, you can just go back to your dorm and relax or do homework there. also, you get to meet many people that you otherwise wouldn't meet if you didn't live in the dorm. i definitely recommend going and knocking on all your neighbors' doors the first week you move it; it is a very fun experience and an easy way to come out of your shell. going the first week you move in is the perfect time because most people are new and don't know many other people on campus or the dorm. then only negative thing is the price. you can live off campus much cheaper, especially if you live in one of the honors or new, suite-style, non-honors dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    some of the classes are harder than others. it all depends on who your professor is and what class it is. some require much more studying than others, which is expected.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are coming as a transfer student, i would recommend getting one of the smaller meal plans instead of the recommended meal plan, which ends up being 160 meals over the semester. it is difficult to use all of your meal plans unless you eat both lunch and dinner on campus every day.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had a problem.

    Greek Life

    Not associated, can't comment.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything for anyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart, hardworking kids who unfortunately are not filthy rich. Athletes. And if you are into the whole Greek system.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All directions are based off the Quad...

    Bang for the buck

    Helps to apply early to get scholarships. Obviously more expensive if you are out of state.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Strip, go to the movies, go to Birmingham.

    Food and Dining

    Numerous places to eat, and lots of variety.

    Dorm Life

    Can't complain. My dorm has a dining hall, laundry, and my RA is great.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on what you are studying. I do not find the general education courses very difficult. But you still need to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, as most of the scholarships are given by December.

    In three sentences

    It has everything that I was looking for in a university. What I like the most is the Honors College, which really helps students get ahead. Roll Tide.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emergency phones and Safe Zones are located throughout campus and are clearly marked. Safety is paramount for all students. Volunteers work around the clock to keep safe zones open and accessible to all.

    Bang for the buck

    An education at The University of Alabama is expensive, but probably comparable to other four year institutions. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

    What to do for fun

    There are activities on campus geared to appeal to everyone. Theatre, music, sports, and fitness clubs are only a few of the options available.

    Food and Dining

    Dining options at the University of Alabama are excellent. Students have the option of eating in the various dining halls or using Dining Dollars to eat at local restaurants. The choices are endless!

    Academic Rigor

    Scholarly work is expected at every level. Be prepared to work hard; expecting to gain a valuable education comparable to none.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enroll at The University of Alabama after completing core curriculum at a two year or junior college. Prepare for a rigorous experience filled with valuable experiences and opportunities for growth. Take learning seriously. The University of Alabama is no place for slackers.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama was founded on, and is currently run based on traditional southern values and beliefs. The environment is aesthetically pleasing and professionally maintained. Education acquired at the University of Alabama is held in high regard throughout the academic community.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I see officers on campus 24/7 so i feel very safe. Everything is also very well lit so you dont feel scared at night.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone says ROLL TIDE!

    What to do for fun

    The University of Alabama is amazing in so many sports. Our university has won 2 championships in the last 2 years which is pretty amazing. There are bars, amazing resturants and an ampitheater all with in 2 miles of eachother.

    Food and Dining

    City Cafe is an amazing down home hole in the wall everyone goes to. Its the best place for good home made food and its cheap.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend getting to know your teachers and a few close friends to help you in school. Having a buddy to study with you can be fun and easier. get involved and roll tide!

    In three sentences

    I would give the University a A++. It is a beautiful school with an amazing campus. The teachers are all very helpful and want the best for you. Staff is also amazing, wanting to help with your every need

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UA Police Department and Tuscaloosa Police are always on call and very quick to respond. The University also sends out UA Alerts to every student when something happens!

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is great, the spirit the Greeks have for the University makes the experience even better. There are plenty Greek organizations that would interest anyone wanting to participate.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs, organizations, and activities on this campus that everyone can partake in, there's something here that interests everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    This University is great for any type of student!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A-day for the University is actually a HUGE tradition, it's an awesome day and you'll have the best experience on this day, not only on this day but at all through football season!

    Bang for the buck

    Whew, the University is expensive but it's worth every penny in my eyes!

    What to do for fun

    Go to all the forums and greek parties, they're always fun! Hanging out on the strip is also fun!

    Food and Dining

    The food is great!!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is pretty good. I lived in Harris Hall my first year, it was ok for my freshman year but i recommend staying in one of the apartment style dorms if you like privacy!

    Academic Rigor

    The work here is very demanding. You have to stay on top of things and never get behind! Most professors are very nice and encouraging! Take advantage of all tutoring and help given!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing and ready to work, be open to different things, and also make sure you decide on a major that makes you happy and one that interests you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a wonderful school. It is a home away from home and you're never alone because someone is always behind you encouraging you to succeed. Overall I would rate the University of Alabama a 100, it is just that awesome!

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is good but after a couple of months it does get old fast.

    Dorm Life

    Their dorm life was excellent, even though I had a crazy roommate I moved out and moved in to a better dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Their academics are really good! They are strict and do not play at all. I have learned a lot and it made me focus.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Just look at the spirit and cleanness of the school and you will fall in love. The tradition of UA will never die out.

    In three sentences

    I am so excited to attend the University of Alabama. My dad attended UA and achieved his doctorate degree and is now a dentist. I plan to follow in his footsteps and Alabama has an awesome education program for me.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    We have a wide selections of Greek Life

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes & Geeks

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Denny Chimes Rammer Jammer's Hungry Howies

    What to do for fun

    Go to athletic event, late night Lakeside, intramural sports,

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't like Alabama football don't even worry about applying because that's all the school is about.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a college of academics and athletics. Bama has a wonderful nursing program.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAPD is always securing the campus along with emergency alarms stationed throughout the campus. Any emergency can be handled by a quick call to UAPD.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is always exciting on campus. With events each week, you'll never get bored. What you see in the movies is what you'll experience here. If you want the time of your life and go on trips that you normally wouldn't, then Greek life may fit you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and organizations on campus. More than likely, any club you are interested in can be found on campus. Join as many as you have time for because they are a great way to meet friends and others who share the same interests as you.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are interested in pledging a fraternity or sorority, this is the school for you. Tradition comes first at Alabama and what speaks tradition more than Greek life? You'll meet and interactive with a lot of different people from around the country at fun events each week.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Learn the fight song before attending any sports event. You'll sing it alot. especially for the football games. After ever score, we sing the fight song. Sweet Home Alabama, Dixieland Delight, and Sweet Caroline are sung with words inserted such as Roll Tide Roll.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Alabama is expensive, but the education you'll receive from such a fine institution is worth it. The university offers countless oppurtunities and make sure to take advantage of the resources

    What to do for fun

    Life at The University of Alabama is great. There is ALWAYS something to do. From club and organization activities to attending a football game Saturday night and going out to the strip afterwards. There is something for anyone. There is no excuse to sit in your room on a nice sunny day. Hundreds are enjoying the Quad or running the trails throughout the campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few dining halls on campus which serve different meals. The food is good and there are always plenty of choices.

    Dorm Life

    There are different types of dorms on campus. There are traditional single sex dorms, co-ed suite dorms, and honors dorms. Usually, the traditional dorms have more of a community environment to them and you will certainly meet alot of people.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is challanging, yet managable. If you work hard, pay attention, study, and go to class; then you will be successful. Professors expect alot from each student and there is no spoon feeding or second chances.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learning to manage time effectively is the biggest challenge any new student will face when starting college. It is a major transition from having school from 8-3 to having different classes at various times on different days. Using the time in between classes to study and do homework is critical and shouldn't be waisted.

    In three sentences

    You won't find another school that has as much pride as The University of Alabama! It's a great school built on one of the most beautiful campuses you've ever seen. Most importantly, the professors care about their student's progress and will take the time to help each one individually.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe everywhere on campus. There are blue lights with phones through out campus and UAPD is almost always in sight. At night there is a van service that will bring you from on campus to off campus locations as well as buses that run around campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is HUGE at UA. If you are a girl going through rush make sure to get recommendations, if you don't know anyone contact the Greek Life Office and they will help you. We have the largest sorority rush in the country and its a tough process. You don't have to join a fraternity or sorority to have fun though.

    Clubs and Activities

    The University has every club under the sun. At the beginning of fall and spring semester they hold get on board day so students can learn more about clubs on campus and find what they enjoy. The rec also has lots of intramural sports and club sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Alabama is great for all types of students. If you struggle with school there are always extra help sessions and tutors available. UA has so many resources to help you do well you just have to make the effort to go to them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football, Football, Football! If you don't already worship Paul Bear Bryant and Nick Saban, you will after a few weeks at UA. Dixie's football pride, roll tide!

    Bang for the buck

    UA is expensive for out of state students but definitely a lot more affordable than private schools.

    What to do for fun

    There are endless things to do for fun at the University of Alabama. During football season there are tons of frat parties and house parties not to mention the games. During the spring the fraternities have day parties out on their lawns and almost every apartment complex has a pool. There are bars close by on the strip but also downtown, the university has buses going to both.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options on campus as well as around Tuscaloosa. Dining dollars are amazing but don't order too much dominoes.

    Dorm Life

    Although Alabama has a lot of suite style dorms I would high recommend living in a hall style dorm because its much easier to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the class and the teacher. I've had easy english classes but also very difficult ones.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Go on and buy football tickets as soon as your time slot opens up, 10 minutes later and they're gone 2. Get involved 3. Buy a lot of red and houndstooth clothing; you're going to need it

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama has everything you could ever want in a college. There is lots of school spirit and always something going on. The campus is beautiful and so is the weather!

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very reasonable!

    What to do for fun

    Really almost anything that comes to mind. We have a first class student rec. center, sports, entertainment, and great social atmospheres that appeal to everyone.

    Food and Dining

    There are several great places to eat on and off campus!

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms on campus are relatively new. It's just getting used to living with other people that can be different at times.

    Academic Rigor

    Alabama is mentally challenging in a good way. The professors teach endurance and success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best and work hard! If you do those two things, you will succeed.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a wonderful organization where learning is the key essential that is stressed above all else. Alabama is filled with traditions throughout every aspect of the school. My first year at Alabama has been a great experience, and I cannot wait to start back next semester.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can leave the library and walk alone with no mace and see security guards and feel safe.

    Greek Life

    I'm not greek yet, so I can't speak on such.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a little something for everyone, literally.

    Great for these types of students

    students who love sports and being around tons of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    unusual location, gorgas library's basement. creepy.

    Bang for the buck

    totally worth the giant out-of-state bill!

    What to do for fun

    Got 14 national championships? We do! Football games and tailgating in the fall are tons of fun. As well as the parties and movies on campus.

    Food and Dining

    This food isn't like every other institution, it is actually pretty good! Everyone enjoys steak and baked potatoes at least 3 days a week along with chicken thursdays!

    Dorm Life

    Suite style is the way to go. I occasionally had to tell the people above me to quite down a bit, but overall nice living.

    Academic Rigor

    The nursing program is very competitive, a high GPA is a must. Nothing is easy, ever.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate, ever. It will put you far behind. Learn to prioritize, sometimes you cannot go to that amazing party because you need to study for an organic chem test which you know nothing.

    In three sentences

    An amazing institution that has something for everyone! Beautiful campus. Extremely involved faculty and staff.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UA has a on campus police and medical department. If any student calls for a emergency a policeman will be on the scene in minutes. The hospital is also located less the 15 mile out from the University.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all ethnic groups including student that are out of country.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is excellent and the accessibility is easy. All dorms with exception of some of the honors and Rose towers have dinning places available. The quality of the food is wonderful, with a hint of southern style.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the Tutwiler which has it own store and restaurant, as well as 3 study/activity/social gathering rooms. The dorms range form suites to 2 person bedroom, and all are kept clean and tidy for any prospective students.

    Academic Rigor

    Your advisers will suggest schedules that enable you to graduate as soon as you're major curriculum will allow you to so you can expect heavier work loads for at least your first 2 semesters. You will also be advised to gain hands on experience in your field of interest as soon as possible, which will be to your flexibility.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take most your core classes first, that way if you decide to change your major you will have most of you're basic core out of the way. Read the chapters before the lectures always, develop organized study habits that best suit you, and study smarter not harder by using the on campus homework help resources. Take AP classes to gain some experience before attending if you can.

    In three sentences

    I give it an 9 of 10. It is guaranteed that any student who attends the university will learn problem solving skills essential for making good life changing decisions in his or her future. University is a wonderful school to attend with staff members eager to excel students closer to their futures.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dining is good, but slowly declines towards the end of the year...Lakeside !

    Dorm Life

    Dorm are kind of expensive, but it is definitely worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of different centers and libraries on campus to get free help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for excessive football traffic. Try things that you wouldn't normally try. The academic system is great, mainly because of New College where you can create your own major/minor.

    In three sentences

    Great school to attend. No matter what type of personality you have this university will have a place for you. I could not have made a better choice ! RTR

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University has it's own police department, and they are patroling the streets 24/7 and always available to help.

    Greek Life

    Alabama has the largest Greek community in the nation. With 16 sororities and over 20 fraternities, everyone can find a place.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities, and endless opportunities with them.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, business, or nursing majors. Football fans People who want to be a part of a Greek organization

    Bang for the buck

    Alabama offers GREAT out-of-state scholarships. As long as you can maintain your GPA, you will get a great education and many opportunities after you get your degree.

    What to do for fun

    Tuscaloosa is a town on it's own, so outside of the University's activities there are several restaurants and malls that people go to. And with Birmingham so close, there are always concerts and things of the sort to go to. The University's athletic teams also provide free events for students to attend!

    Food and Dining

    Alabama has four dining halls, as well as fast food, restaurants, and a grocery store. There is always somewhere serving something great.

    Dorm Life

    Alabama offers suite style dorms, as well as the traditional two person rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for hot weather and lots of walking. Learn how to study before getting to school, because you are going to need to know how much to study, what to study, and when for each of your classes.

    In three sentences

    The Capstone offers so many different programs academically that there is a place for everyone. Also, there are many student organizations to become a part of that allow leadership experience as well as connections in your field of study. The Capstone allowed for me to have so many opportunities that I would not have been able to have had I chosen a different university.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    You can use bama cash around campus and participating places. They also have reasonably priced dining plans.

    Dorm Life

    They have really nice dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    They have a great variety of classes to take. they also have a program that will help you graduate in 4 years. It shows you the classes you are required to take based on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and ROLL TIDE!!

    In three sentences

    This university has such a beautiful campus! There is always a club to join and every student is encouraged to join them. If there is not a club that you want to join just create one!

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have rarely felt unsafe on campus, I actually can't remember a specific time. Any incidents that occurred we're isolated incidents.

    Greek Life

    A bit overwhelming at times for those who are not in the Greek System, but to each their own.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many wonderful organizations on campus, one must be willing to get out there and walk into a room of strangers. Chances are they make long-lasting friendships when getting involved in various different clubs and organizations, it's all about that personal effort!

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Alabama has a warm and vibrant community. Just like basically all college campuses, theres a good mixture of people from different walks of life. Some people say it is hard to make friends and not 'fit in' if not a member of the Greek System. I disagree, college is what you make it-you can make just as many long-lasting friendships form going out there and taking advantage of the various activities and organizations on campus. It's all about taking on personal initiative.

    What to do for fun

    Find spots on campus that really fit your personality-that's important because there is a wide variety of different activities to do around Tuscaloosa. If you have a car-drive to smith lake on a nice,hot day (or meet some fun, adventurous friends that you could catch a ride with). Fall season is full with band parties on friday nights if you like the frat scene; if not-the bars are always a safe bet (be careful with your money, it will burn out very quickly at the bars). If you're not into the whole drinking and party scene, head over to the movie theatre about 10 minutes off of campus or head down to The Strip and grab dinner at one of the various dining options-Moe's B-Phils (put those dining dollars to good use!), Hungry Howie's...just to name a few. Once you get your core group of friends, it won't always matter exactly what you do but who you do it with, house gatherings are always a good time as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always stay positive and focused. It is easy to get distracted within the realm of the college lifestyle and with friends all around, some may actually find their friends to be discouraging or at least a major distraction. Learn from all experiences good and bad; apply what you learn in your different courses to real life situations-it helps you learn, process, and remember the information come test time while enhancing your everyday life with new and enticing facts.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is an institution of extreme higher learning. A good education along with moral values such as integrity are of utmost importance here at the University of Alabama. Moreover, the University teaches its students that each person learns differently, and this a wonderful thing, we must take our different learning techniques and combine them that of other students within a classroom in order to learn and grow through our experiences.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UA has the blue light system and security guards at all the dorms.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very big here. I personally chose to join a sorority, and it has opened up many opportunities for me and I've made lots of friends!

    Clubs and Activities

    Get on Board Day is offered twice a year and features all the organizations in booths by the Ferguson to hand out information.

    Great for these types of students

    All students are welcome and it is easy to find your niche.

    What to do for fun

    Football games rule the school during the fall. The strip and downtown have lots of shops geared towards students and the Rec Center has two pools.

    Food and Dining

    Lakeside Dining is typical college fare. The food courts at the Ferguson and Lloyd are very good though and you can use Dining Dollars at them.

    Dorm Life

    The newer dorms are set up like mini apartments. Each student has his or her own room with a shared living and a bathroom shared with one other suite mate.

    Academic Rigor

    As a biology major, my classes are challenging but doable. You must have good study skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things! Attend as many sporting events as possible. Go to Get on Board Day! Join the Honors College if you can.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a fantastic place to go to school. Our campus is steeped in tradition, from football to great academics. The Honors College program is one of its foremost draws.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on UA's campus. There are very rarely any incidents of which we're notified about. Night time on UA's campus is just beautiful. It is the perfect time to go running on the quad.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at the University of Alabama is very special. The organizations themselves are very active, and the houses are beautiful. UA hosts all greek councils.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 clubs and organizations. If there is no organization that seems to suit you, you may create one!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for southern and northern students, and students who love to be challenged.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The greatest tradition at the University of Alabama is football. The Crimson Tide Football team is the #1 team in the country, with 14 BCS national championship titles. The fall is truly the most exciting time on campus because of football. Roll Tide!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition levels are a little steep, however, there is so much to do on campus, so many free opportunities. It is definitely worth the tuition.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Tuscaloosa is a real deal college town. The Black Warrior River runs right behind the university, creating a fun space to go walking, throw a party, have a picnic, as well as boating. The greater city of Birmingham, Al is only 40 minutes away and something is always going on there.

    Food and Dining

    Food is never complained about. outside of the regular cafeteria, many vendors such as Burger King, Chik-Fil-A, Subway, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, and many more have locations on campus for students to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The Board of Trustees continues to build top-notch housing for on-campus residents. They are the most modern dorms in the Southeast.

    Academic Rigor

    It is an extremely challenging institution however there are many resources to help you stay afloat and succeed in your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything The University of Alabama has to offer. There are endless opportunities!

    In three sentences

    The university is big on athletics. The school itself promotes higher education and research. There are endless opportunities for students no matter what they decide to pursue in life.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life at Alabama is the biggest in the country, a big part of the student body is in it, but don't let that make you join it be who you want to be, it's time to discover yourself!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A big tradition is tailgating on the quad before games, it's HUGE!

    What to do for fun

    Football games of course! Tailgating on the quad before a game is so much fun and such a great experience!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are okay it's nothing spectacular.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the same everywhere...awful once you're able to get out of it do it.

    Academic Rigor

    At Alabama you are expected to be the best that you can be, excuses are not accepted if you don't do the work don't expect to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out the best way for you to study and where the best environment for you is, this is your future you always need to strive for the best!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama strives for excellence in academics and athletics. There is a great diversity on the campus and open for everyone from every background.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There really haven't been any incidents' since I've been here and the police educate everyone here and provide tools to stay safe!

    Greek Life

    HUGE! It's a really big deal. It's a great way to meet friends and it forces you to be involved in school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is just about any club you can think of, but Greek life is definitely the biggest and is the strongest/largest in the country!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a superior education but also an active social life at a campus full of tradition!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Greek life is really big here and so are football games. Football games are an all day event and they are so much fun!

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out of state student, so it's not cheap, but in comparison to what I've seen...it's a great deal and the education you get here along with the connections you make is not like anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the gym with my friends, play tennis or golf. I am an active member of a Panhellenic sorority on campus. I enjoy going out with my friends, reading and traveling across the south to see the Crimson Tide play!

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat at any of the places on campus so I can't give this a fair rating.

    Dorm Life

    Alabama has traditional dorms (I lived in an all girl traditional dorm with community bathrooms and all and I LOVED IT!) but they also have very nice apartment style dorms and EVERYTHING is in walking distance!

    Academic Rigor

    They don't hand out degrees here. You will have to work for them, but it feels so good to accomplish it!

    Tips for prospective students

    GO TO CLASS! Study hard, but enjoy yourself. Get involved! College is what you make it out to be.

    In three sentences

    Attending the University of Alabama has been the greatest blessing of my life thus far. I have built a very competitive resume and have been taught by some of the best professors in the country, while having a very active social life and making some of the best friends of my life. I wouldn't change a think about this university!

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming student/freshman, it is best to find a study group to help you along the way and get involved with an organization so they can give you tips about campus life. Also, talking with you adviser is a major thing because they are there to help you. Most of all enjoy it and have fun.

    In three sentences

    If I had to rate The University of Alabama, I would rate it a ten because it an outstanding school to attend. Alabama has many things to offer students and they aim to be the best at everything they do. Alabama is the best school in the nation.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe on campus. Tuscaloosa itself has a few sketchy areas, but campus is so nice and there is plenty of security.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great at Alabama. Greeks are not the majority of the student body, but there is a larger percentage of students who are Greek than students who are a member of any other one organization. Being Greek opens so many doors, and introduces you to so many people. I was a member of a sorority, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It provides so many options for fun activities, as well as gives you a home base where you can eat, hang out with your sisters, get advice or help about school, friends, relationships, homesickness, etc. I would absolutely encourage prospective students to consider going Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for every interest. A few examples: Quiddich on the Quad, all kinds of intramural and club sports, Foreign Language clubs, Creative Campus, Honors college, Theater, Dance, Technology clubs, Volunteer organizations, Religious organizations... And, if there isn't something you think there should be, you can start it yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    All types. Honestly, Bama has a niche for every type of person. With an ever-expanding enrollment, the student body is made up of all kinds of people from all walks of life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gamedays on the quad- tailgating in tents before every home game- you can hardly see the grass under all of the crimson and houndstooth!

    Bang for the buck

    Alabama has a great reputation, and it provides the ultimate college experience. Get a phenomenal education, form lifelong friendships, and have a blast doing it. Roll Tide!

    What to do for fun

    So many bars to choose from- my favorite is the Bear Trap's upstairs, outdoor bar. Also look into the Alcove if you want a laid back atmosphere with top shelf drinks. Fraternity parties are always a good time, most of the time providing free beer and live music. Check out the pools at the various apartment complexes in the area- chances are they will have amazing pool day-parties for the first and last months of school Sips n Strokes for a night out with your friends The Bama Theater always has unique movies or shows playing Go to the school sponsored events-Homecoming etc- they aren't lame, they are actually a good time. Football games of course!

    Food and Dining

    Fresh Foods in the Ferg is far and away the best place for lunch, while Bryant Hall offers larger portions and a good selection for dinner. There are tons of restaurants on the Strip and downtown, not to mention along McFarland. Explore your new home a little, and be sure to try El Rincon. They have the best and cheapest Mexican in town!

    Dorm Life

    Live in the honors dorms! They are so nice- more like apartments than dorms! They don't necessarily provide the typical dorm experience, so you have to work a little harder to get to know everyone, but it is so worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    If you want small classes with intelligent conversations, seek out honors classes. Join your college's honors program, and get involved in research. Your college career can be as challenging and rewarding as you want it to be- don't just coast. Get everything out of it that you can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use DegreeWorks! It's an amazing program that charts your progress in school, tells you what you still need to take, calculates what your GPA would be depending on what grades you get, what grades you need to earn to bring your GPA up-you name it, it can do it. Also, go to Get on Board day and just look around for things you might be interested in, then actually go to the meetings. Also, get to know your professors, and if possible, take multiple classes from a professor you liked. When it comes time for reference letters, you will be glad you did. Consider Greek Life, because it has a lot to offer and opens a lot of doors- but be aware that being Greek is not the only option for having a social life on campus. Use the Recreation Center. It's such a nice facility, you have free access, and once you graduate you will miss it!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama has so many different opportunities. If you are willing to go out and look for them, you can get involved in anything that interests you. It is also so much fun- I just graduated, and I would gladly go back and do the whole four years over again.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you ever feel unsafe (which is rare, even at night) you can always call the cops for an escort.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Really great for anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before you go to football games (or any game for that matter), make sure you know Rammer Jammer (our winning song, you'll say it a lot), Yea Alabama! (our fight song), Sweet Home Alabama (it's kind of our anthem) and Sweet Caroline.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a college town, the prices

    What to do for fun

    Football games Go to the Quad Hang with friends Hit the Strip

    Food and Dining

    Cheap prices, late night on campus spots, late night delivery services and great cafe food (steak is offered three times a week!)

    Dorm Life

    Depends on where you live but for the most part everything is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't drive on game days

    In three sentences

    UA has a great environment that feels just like home when you step on campus. The town of Tuscaloosa has been through a lot with the tornado last year but has bounced back. Everything is conveniently located near campus and/or easily accessible to students, even if you don't have a car.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is a HUGE part of the UA community. It wasn't something that I thought I wanted upon arriving on campus, but the more people I met in the Greek community, the more I craved that sisterhood. I joined Alpha Delta Chi, the Christian sorority, but there are so many to choose from there's something for everyone. And the great thing is no two sororities are alike, and there is no mold for the girls that are a part of them. Everyone pictures perky little blonds as sorority girls, but that's certainly not true, there are girls of all different shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and interests involved in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any incoming student will hear plenty about get on board day, but everyone should be sure to attend! It's not only a good way to get a ton of free cool stuff, but there is information about every aspect of the Tuscaloosa community offered as well. Local churches and campus ministries come, sport clubs, fan clubs, Greek organizations, academic related organizations, just about anything you can think of!

    What to do for fun

    Tuscaloosa has all the normalities of any other town: movie theater, bowling alley, skating rink, and restaurants galore. The great thing about UA specifically though is the amount of free activities offered to students. There are free showings of movies, scavenger hunts, an awesome pool at the recreation center, a rock wall in the recreation center, etc. and all these activities are definitely to be taken advantage of because they're free and organized just for the students.

    Food and Dining

    The best places to eat are only open for lunch, unfortunately. The food is edible, and far more so than dining halls at a lot of other schools, but the choices don't make it easy to eat healthy!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life for the most part was good. I like the convenience of always being on campus, and how it's stress free to not constantly have to grocery shop or worry about bills. It gets a little more noisy towards the weekends, but that's to be expected.

    Academic Rigor

    I was pleasantly surprised at the class difficulty at UA. I had a couple classes I struggled with, but with the flexibility of the tutoring resources offered help was always accessible. My favorite classes so far have been the ones that are challenging but still interesting to learn about.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are hundreds of clubs and organizations to join, so there's a fit for everyone. It's a great way to meet people with interests similar to yours.

    In three sentences

    One of my favorite things about UA is its beauty. Walking from class to class never gets old because the scenery is always changing and gorgeous in any season. You can't help but smile while walking across the quad on a warm spring day.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    They have great scholarships.

    Food and Dining

    They have great dining facilities.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are super nice and better than some of the other colleges that I visited.

    Academic Rigor

    They have excellent faculty and excellent classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply here if you are looking for scholarships or you want nice weather.

    In three sentences

    They have a really nice campus. They give really good scholarships. They have an excellent band.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a top priority on campus. Like anywhere else, you have to look out for yourself if you are out at night or in a sketchy situation, but there are many systems put in place by the university police department, such as the blue light system.

    Greek Life

    I can't say much about this, as I'm not in a sorority, but from what I can tell, we have one of the largest Greek establishments in the country. There are so many frats and sororities to choose from, and some of the events they host are really great!

    Clubs and Activities

    People at Alabama are typically very friendly and welcoming. On top of that, if you have a hobby, there is probably a club for it. If not, you can start one! There's always something to do on campus with people who are open to new friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who wants to have fun as well as study. The most successful students are willing to go the extra mile with academics, and to find the best classes, research opportunities, study abroad programs, etc. for their interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football captains put their handprints and footprints into the concrete surrounding the bell tower, Denny Chimes. Every football coach who wins a national championship with our team has a statue in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama's Quidditch World Cup now occurs on the Quad every fall term, and is open to any teams who want to register.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Alabama has great scholarships available for students with certain test scores. I received a lot of scholarship money from Alabama, even though I wasn't necessarily the best in high school. I'm getting a great deal for what I am paying.

    What to do for fun

    There are endless sporting events, movies on campus, extracurricular activities, outdoor activities, a great recreation center, intramural sports, fraternities and sororities, and plenty of off-campus restaurants, movie theaters, bowling alleys, etc. There is always a way to fill your time when you're not studying.

    Food and Dining

    I enjoy Alabama's dining services, especially at Bryant Hall. It is only open to athletes at night, but anyone can go there for lunch. The best dining halls other than Bryant were Burke and Fresh Food Co., in my opinion.

    Dorm Life

    I have lived in the Ridgecrest South dormitory, and my experience there has been great. It is maintained daily, and the halls are typically quiet. Disturbances were very rare.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any college, there are classes that are less challenging and more challenging. Alabama supports students with a wide range of ability levels, but it has the resources to acquire a fantastic education. You get out of it what you put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus; it's surprisingly beautiful! Even if you don't like football, try to attend at least one home game. The atmosphere is unmatched anywhere. Finally, take advantage of the resources that the University provides. Everything from tutoring to almost any extracurricular activity imaginable can be found if you're willing to look for it.

    In three sentences

    A perfect school for someone who wants a balance between academics and fun. From its championship-caliber athletics programs to it's rich, pre-Civil War history, there is a lot to learn and do in Tuscaloosa. Alabama provides great opportunities to transition from high school to the real world.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police officers are always on campus patrolling 24/7. Not once have I been scared to walk alone by myself at night.

    Greek Life

    Like I've been boasting about, Alabama is absolutely amazing for Greek life! I'm a Gamma Phi Beta myself and I don't know what I'd do if I wasn't in a sorority. We not only do philanthropy but we do big charities and tornado clean up and we help other fraternity and sororities philanthropy's as well. Alabama was ranked one of the highest for Greek life, so if you're looking to go Greek, Alabama is the way to go.

    Clubs and Activities

    Never before have I had so many chances to do anything I wanted. There is absolutely no way I can begin to list the hundreds upon hundreds of activities and clubs Alabama has to offer. They have Quidditch, Zumba, debate, spin classes, rowing, and a ton of more clubs and classes. Absolutely amazing!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for everyone! If you're looking to go Greek then this is THE place to go. Alabama has been ranked in being one of the best for Greek life. FOOTBALL FANS!! Game days are ridiculous here! They are great for people who are just fans and if you are the next Trent R. then this is your home. Alabama has a great community for foriegn exchange students so if your from another country and looking to come to the States then Alabama is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    To me nothing is unusual at this campus. Everything is tradition. It's one of our big motto's.

    Bang for the buck

    If this is referring to how much it costs to go here and if you get your moneys worth then yes, yes it is. Honestly you can't get any better than what this University offers. If you're going to go here then you shouldn't just sit in your dorm. This college offers the world to you! If you are going to go here then go Greek! Thats the way to do it. More opertunities will open up for you and game days are amazing! There are 100s of clubs and organizations if you don't want to go Greek and the Gym is amazing!

    What to do for fun

    Well I am in a sorority so thats what I did for fun. But other things that are fun to do is to just go out in the Quad and hangout with friends and go old school and toss that Frisbee. Other things I did was I went to the gym a lot. But there are off campus things you can do too like bowling, movies and the mall.

    Food and Dining

    Well I was in a sorority so I always ate at my house and the food there was southern comfort and just like home. But since not everyone is in a sorority or fraternity lets just talk about where you will be mainly eating. Honestly the dinning halls aren't that great. It gets old after awhile. But what never gets old is the restaurants on the strip! Fire House Subs, Jimmy Johns, Buffalo Phils, Binto, Mo's and much more! If you are looking for a good place to eat then its off to The Strip you go!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Ridgecrest South and it was honestly a great experience. I made a lot of friends that were on my floor and I still talk to them. The RA's are really cool and they make sure that your year goes smoothly. My preference would be to live in the most recently built dorms, you will find your best experience there.

    Academic Rigor

    I couldn't have asked for a better place to go academically. Every teacher and every class here is fair. All the teachers here know what they are doing and even in a huge lecture hall they will make sure that you are getting the most out of your education and are learning what you need to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about becoming a student at Alabama I would strongly encourage that. Alabama will put you in the right direction and will give you a great start in life. And if you are far away from home that ok. Southern hospitality is at its best here!

    In three sentences

    From the moment I stepped foot onto that campus I knew it was the place for me. The University is such a beautiful campus that offers so many opportunities to all types of people. With that and their amazing academic file, UA will definitely point you in the right direction and give you a great start in life!

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    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. I've always felt very safe on campus, but vandalism happens a lot when people do stupid things like leaving their doors open or leaving something of value in sight in their vehicles. There are police officers all around campus, day and night, that are willing to escort you to your car or building if you do feel unsafe. There are also tons of little blue light posts that have emergency phones on them all around campus and downtown. If you don't feel safe driving or walking home, there is the Crimson Ride, which is a service that picks students up from wherever they are and takes them to wherever they are going at night! For the most part, I do feel extremely safe on campus. I feel confident while I'm walking around by myself that nothing will happen to me. I don't typically go out at night by myself but if I had to, I would only be midly concerned.

    Greek Life

    Although, I must say as a student who is not in a Sorority, it has not been hard for me to make friends in the least bit. Greek life pretty much controls most of the campus. They control the student government and are an important force in school life. I'm personally not a big fan so it bothers me quite a bit. However, for anyone wanting to be a part of the Greek life scene, Alabama would probably be right up your alley.

    Clubs and Activities

    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.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Alabama is very diverse. UA has all different people from different countries, backgrounds, and religion and gives UA students the ability to work with ALL people and learn from others. If you're looking for fun, UA is the school. Not only do UA strive in ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, but there is something entertaining and exciting taking place each day.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football is king in the South and the throne is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Football is the center of social life for the fall semester with home games every other weekend and tailgating its hard to miss! The University is great at making sure students have seats to these coveted games and much more!

    Bang for the buck

    There is not a better place to spend your college years. UA dominates in football, softball, gymnastics, etc. so games are always exciting to attend. Campus life is great, and many opportunities are available to get involved. The landscape and beauty of the campus is enough to make anyone want to stay! :)

    What to do for fun

    There is always something for you to do! Honestly, I am not much of a night-life seeker. I am an early riser, but I here it is good. Personally, I have no idea how people party and have late nights and still make passing grades.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls on campus all open at 7 and close at various times. There is only one dining hall open during late nights and it's on one of the edges of the campus, so if you're on the opposite side get ready to spend money. The food it's self is very hit miss other than Fresh Foods in the Feguson Center which is the best place on campus to get food. There are four dining halls on campus that take meal plans, with Bryant Hall and Burke Hall being the best of the four. There are several other places to eat, such as Stewart's Corner in Lloyd Hall and the Ferguson Center food court, so variety is never a problem. Fresh Foods dining hall has some of the best and freshest buffet food I have ever eaten.

    Dorm Life

    There is a wide variety of on-campus housing options, whether it be all-girls, all-boys, coed, honors, non-honors, major-based, old, new, traditional, suite-style, or apartment-style. Alabama really has it all! While some of the dorms are much older than others, they are all well-kept and you really have alot of options so everyone can find something they like. The Every dorm I've been in on campus has been relatively large and comfortable with a number of amenities (stoves, pool tables, washers/driers, televisions etc,) between the rooms and common dorm areas. Every dorm is different. The more popular one for girls is the the all girls dorm, but it is older and not as nice as the newer, renovated dorms. The community is great in the all girls dorm and some of the other older dorms. So it depends what you want: In the middle of campus but a little older, or on the sides of campus but brand new.

    Academic Rigor

    The school offers just about any major that you want and they even have this program called new college where you can create your own major. The teachers I have had so far are very nice and willing to help you when they can. Some class require you to do a lot of work where some are very easy. The best study area to me is Gorgas Library. It depends on your teacher. I have had mostly good experiences with teachers, but a few bad ones. Rate My Professor is definitely a life saver when signing up for classes. Many teachers are people first teachers second and by that I mean, if you go to your teacher and explain a certain situation be it attendance or help with work they will do the up most to help you. The school it's self does have policies that make some classes hard to bear, but as with most school if you have a teacher who knows what he or she is talking about and what he or she is doing you should learn something while also getting a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is beautiful and there's always something fun to do. Plus, you can walk to all of your classes if you want to. �Ask your teachers questions no matter how big the class is. Continue to work out while in college�the Freshman 15 is not a rumor. Do not try to drive to class if you live on campus.

    In three sentences

    It is a football school with southern traditions but there is something for everyone. Alabama feels like home to me. So many students, but we are all so close. I couldn't have made a better decision.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Alabama Police Department prides themselves on making the campus a very safe place to be.

    Great for these types of students

    College of Nursing Business College of Communication and Info Sciences Telecommunication and Film Journalism

    What to do for fun

    There are many fun things that you can do on campus. One of them being attending Alabama football games. You can also attend concerts at the Tusacaloosa Ampitheatre.

    Food and Dining

    For the student that enjoys eating, the University of Alabama is the perfect place for you. From Mary Burke East to Lakeside Dining halls, the University of Alabama has the culinary skills that will send your taste buds sky rocketing.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is exciting, especially if you are sharing a room with your best friend. The dorms at the University of Alabama are design by how well you perform on the ACT or SAT. If you score high, you will get a more presidential style suit. If you score average, you will get a basic dorm room.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging at the University of Alabama, but the main thing is to just study and do your best. Do not be reluctant to ask your preofessor for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Complete the Financial Aid process, score well on the ACT so that you will have an opportunity to get acccepted into the university, come to class everyday prepared, and build a relationship with your professors.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is an outstanding school that thrives on academic as well as athlectic excellence. If I had to rate the university as far as their tradition of excellence goes, I would give them a 9. AS the University of Alabama continues to grow, I believe that more students with quality talent will continue to flourish.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus

    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    FOOTBALLLLLLLLL

    What to do for fun

    The river is close by for fishing and fun. Sports of all types. Lots of good music and bars and great food

    Food and Dining

    Food plan is required for Freshman which is totally illegal.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of activities. New dorms are beautiful

    Academic Rigor

    Stay of top of your studies, especially during football season. It is easy to get distracted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a bike, parking is terrible

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus Football is King Excellent academics-wide variety of majors

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is police officers everywhere. If your on campus at night, there is blue phones everywhere on campus to call if you need help.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of band parties to go to. If you like going out all the time, Rounders (a bar) is a good place to go. During the fall it is football season, so everyone's time is occupied with going/ watching the games and tailgating!

    Food and Dining

    Fresh foods in the Fergusen Center is the best food! But it is only open for lunch. Other than that, the other dining services are pretty good as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay, the rooms are small and I like my space. My dorm, Sommerville was kind of a dump so I didn't really like living there. If you have your own room, you'll enjoy it more!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are pretty good. I've never been way over my head with homework or haven't been able to complete assignments because I had too much to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class!!! Ask your professors for help, most teachers have your best interest in mind. Make as many friends as possible! AND do your homework!

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus with tons of new people to interact and make friends with. The football games are so much fun! As well as other sports. The teachers are always there to help you out.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is good, you can easily go to a blue telephone booth or dial 348 for the campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is another way to get involved on campus. It helps you to get intact with the students and events on campus. Although you don't have to be apart of Greek to be involved, but this one way you could go if you liked. University of Alabama has a traditional way of Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities you can get involved with at UA. Each semester there is Get on Board day where you can check out all the different organizations out and sign up with your email, and the organizations will contact you via email with their meetings so you can get involved. This is a great way to meet new friends and become involved with social events.

    Food and Dining

    University of Alabama has 4 dining halls with the FERGUSON center being the biggest. It has starbucks, burger king, subway, chic fila, a salad bar and more...other places around campus it has its on java city, its on wing place. The University of Alabama has great food all around campus! You will not go hungry! Freshmans have unlimited meal plans or 225, 160, 90 with all those you will still have plenty left! Plus you have bama cash or dining dollars!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great at UA. They match you up with someone that has similar likes and dislikes of your characteristics. The dorms are nice. They are building a brand new dorm,which will be up fall of 2013. This dorm should have a cafe in it and a small gym in it as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic wise, the University is on top ! The Accounting department is 22 in the nation. The law school moves ranks yearly. We have the top engineering program. Our Communications program is quickly growing.

    Tips for prospective students

    University of Alabama was so organized in every aspect. They was very prompt in sending me all my needed information,concerning finiancial aid, documents, and other papers. I looked into the department for my major which was communications, which fascinated me.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama stands out from most schools, whether its from academics, athletics, or other extracurricular activities, its the best. The University has set up a great system called Degree Works to allow you to see what classes you need to take to graduate in four years. The teachers and advisers of the colleges want to see you succeed and are there to help you with any questions you may have. I'm glad I mad the choice to go to the University of Alabama.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Well lit campus at night, with a bus system that runs late daily, and even later on weekends. When the bus is not running, you can always call a free service called 348-Ride. You dial the number and they come to your location and can take you anywhere on campus, and a small distance around campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life at Alabama fuels the school! There are more Greek houses on campus than dorms, and they are always doing something for the school, the community, and always partying. A great Greek life for all.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many to even list, that is how great and how many are at the school. They have programs for almost anything or anyone you can think of, and if not, you can always create your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all. Its a very open campus because of the amount of people that attend. There is something and someone for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football games, and grilling on the Quad. So many people on campus, your phone signal gets weak...literally. There's nothing like experiencing football at Alabama. Roll Tide! By the way, you get greeted and will start greeting people this way!

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an in-state student, you get what you pay for! They have a great transportation system, facilities, Greek houses, Student Center, Tutoring program, Mentoring program, numerous clubs and organizations, multiple libraries with computers, Wi-Fi, and of course free stuff.

    What to do for fun

    Sports events, The Strip or a strip of bars, venues, clubs, and dining places. Greek parties, concerts, and if you drive, you can always make a 45 minute trip to Birmingham for more.

    Food and Dining

    They have four great dining locations! The food is always good in at least one of the cafeterias, and they have a midnight dinner, which is from 10p-2a and they serve fresh breakfast foods, as well as dinner and sweet pastries for late night munchies, those coming from the student recreation center, or someone who is a late eater. They have a DJ once a week, where people can dance and dine. Always a great time, with some entertaining people from the campus, and of course all of your friends will be there.

    Dorm Life

    They have some old dorms on campus, but they have people that do events in the dorm, with other dorms, and different organizations to make sure you have a great time, meet and mingle with people in the dorm, and are secure at ALL times.

    Academic Rigor

    If you attend class, take notes, study, and take the time to attend the FREE tutoring program on campus, you wont have any problem with succeeding! Most teachers will help you after hours as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have enough grant, scholarship, and parental financial support, this school is not cheap, especially for out-of-state students, or students planning to go Greek! Go to class! There is an incentive program, that can help our grades, for going to class! Make sure you attend all different events on campus, diversify! Events on campus are ALWAYS fun, and almost always give away FREE stuff!

    In three sentences

    A great school with large class sizes, and easy transportation around the big campus. Great amenities for students on and off campus, with great food and always big events, especially games. A new social experience for those who are not used to segregation and open racial comments, but they have students that are making it a better social experience for all.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The football games and basketball games are very fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, one dining hall even has steak on Tuesdays!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, they offer different activities ever so often for fun. The dorms are also very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at UA definitely offer a challenge, but they can be passed with proper preparation. I feel like I learned a lot within my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not become a number, go speak to your professors after class

    In three sentences

    I think the facilities are great, but the on campus community could be stronger. I thing UA is a pretty good school, the classes offer a challenge.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I would say the biggest attraction for most students at Alabama is our incredible athletics. Your student id gets you into any sporting event for free except for the football games. You can pay to receive a reduced package deal on the football games if you would like to see our national champion team play in Bryant Denny.

    Food and Dining

    Alabama has many dining halls spread throughout campus. I would say the most popular is the Ferguson Center, commonly known as the Ferg. It has many fresh, healthy options, but it is usually crowded because of its popularity. Bryant is the athletic dining hall. Anyone can utilize this dining hall, but there is an extra fee for dinner. It is smaller, so seating can be difficult to find, but it definitely has the best food out of all of the halls. Lakeside and Burke dining halls are less popular, and therefore less crowded. I personally love Burke; I think they provide excellent service, I can always find a seat, and the food is actually pretty good. On top of their plethera of dining halls, Alabama includes 300 dining dollars in your tuition. These 300 dollars are loaded onto your student id and can be used at any vending machine, dining hall, and select restaurants around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Alabama offers many different types of dorms to choose from. They have a female only dorm, suite style dorms, traditional style dorms and athletic dorms. I stayed in Burke, a traditional style dorm, with one room per two people and community bathrooms. I had a great experience in this type of environment. It was easy to make friends, the RA's were very helpful, and there was dining and laundry on site.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of your classes will vary depending on your field of study. The general education requirement classes like English 101 are relatively easy, but once you get into your specific major, the classes get harder. The music program at Alabama is very competitive, and their Theory and Music History sequences are very challenging. I also know the Teacher Education Program and the Nursing Program are very competitive. However, I think this ensures that you are receiving a top-of-the-line education.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a very welcoming school. The southern charm and hospitality makes you feel right at home, even if you are an out of state student like me. I wouldn't want to go to any other University, Roll Tide!

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun. You can go to The Strip or Downtown where all the Bars are loacated. Many drink specials so don't worry about not being able to afford to get drunk. They offer different intramural leagues such as baseball, soccer, basketball, flag football and may more.

    Food and Dining

    One of greatest things the school has to offer. They offer a southern style kitchen of cooking and the food is ALWAYS GOOD. Trust me it is worth have some kind of meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I personally live off-campus so can really speak on behalf of the dorms but I must say that the few times i have been them, they are FILTHY.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here aren't that hard or rigorous all that is needed from you is doing your homework studying and you will pass all your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you come from a face pace town or area of the USA just be prepared to slow down. This is the south we are talking about here so, everything does and is slow down here. Intially people may seem like they don't want to talk to you but you just have start talking so they can open up to you. Finally you MUST LOVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL because this is a major COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOWN.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is diverse place for students of all kinds of interests. The teachers are actually good, considering that a lot college professors usually don't care. Understanding what your immediate goals are, will help you achieve success at the school.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    #1 In the Country for a reason

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 250+ clubs there's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love their school with their whole heart and if you don't love Football this may not be the right school for you.

    Dorm Life

    The new dorms are wonderful but while the older ones are taken care off they are old and thus not in best shape.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get in contact with your regional recruiter if you plan on visiting. They can help set up a truly perfect tour. Make sure to ask about different things you're interested in whether it be ROTC or Greek Life or anything like it. They can help you be able to see these people.

    In three sentences

    The most amazing experience that you can ever have. The perfect blend of old and new.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The University of Alabama is a great educational experience for a multitude of students - from the movers and shakers of the social justice front to the lawyers and doctors of tomorrow.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Walk of Champions on GameDays and the pep rallies in front of Gorgas Library before kickoff of the big game each GameDay in the Fall.

    What to do for fun

    When we're not tailgating for Crimson Tide football, there's Ultimate Frisbee on the Quad, Quidditch on the Quad in the Spring, soccer, rugby, and with the Black Warrior River nearby, we have ample opportunity for kayaking, canoeing, and hiking. If the outdoors isn't your thing, then we have a number of bookstores, shopping malls, and just up the interstate is Birmingham, with the Riverchase Galleria and The Summit outdoor mall.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Alabama has a multitude of dining options in various locations across campus. From Starbucks to Subway, Chick Fil-A to Pizza Hut, we have it all. In addition to the dining opportunities on campus, there are numerous local hot-spot restaurants within walking distance from most major buildings at the University.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great way to become acclimated to college life, especially as a freshmen. The University of Alabama is currently going through some renovations and upgrades in dorm living to keep up with our ever-growing student population.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Alabama's curriculum encourages a diversity in interests and urges students to become well-rounded scholars in a multitude of areas of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is not to be taken for granted. It does require work and discipline. It may not always be fun, but the rewards are worth every second.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a great place to discover yourself. It's a great place to make a difference in others' lives. It's a great place to experience new ways to see the world.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    There are so many fraternities and sororities here! Although I did not pledge this year, I might do so next year.

    Bang for the buck

    Prices, unfortunately, are on the rise (FOR ALL SCHOOLS, not just UA). This definitely creates a problem during a recession. Try to make the highest ACT score possible or try to obtain as many outside scholarships as possible.

    What to do for fun

    The Strip is DEFINITELY the place to go for fun. But the best part about going to college is: you are able to make your own fun. (:

    Food and Dining

    The Dining, along with the Dining Dollars plan, is amazing! There are many places to eat; for example: The Ferg provides meals from around 8 (or so) to about 4 or 5, Lloyd Hall also has a dining area, Lakeside Dining is a buffet styled cafeteria, and then there is the strip (which takes Bama Cash) and has many different eating options and a few other places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is amazing. As I will be staying in a four person suite, it gives me an apartment styled feel that makes me feel more independent.

    Tips for prospective students

    A few tips: know your deadlines! The scholarship deadline for UA comes more quickly than it seens. Also the freshman deposit and housing deposit are both very important as UA comes by first come first serve policies. Good luck! And Roll Tide! (:

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is absolutely amazing! From its vibrant environment to its dedicated staff, there is nothing NOT to love about this university. Five stars, most definitely.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. The campus has security and emergency phones all around campus. Also the campus is well lit at night.

    Greek Life

    If you like greek life UA is for you. There are many greeks at UA

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities for anyone's interest such as NAACP and comic book club.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type

    Bang for the buck

    UA is a great college. If you like Southern Hospitality then UA is for you. The diversity of the college is large.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things students do for fun. The most popular things to do is go to football games, hang out at the strip( a block where people go to eat, party, dance and have a great time). Students also go to other sporting events and clubs have different activities every week. UA also sponsors events some times such as sleep on the quad.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. UA has a great variety of food to pick from such as Chinese, Italian and soul food. There are many places to eat on campus and off of campus. The food is great. Every student has dining dollars and they can be used at any of the dining areas.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm like is pretty good. Some dorms are very nice and some are unclean. But is is a great place to make friends

    Academic Rigor

    If you study you want have a problem. That is simple.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students are simple. The first tip is: know what you want to major in or have an idea. It is good to have an idea about what major to take in order to get started with a major( plus the sooner the better the cheaper) The second tip is: don't worry about being an outcast or not fitting in. UA has a large diversity of students based on race, culture, religion and more. Plus there are of clubs and groups that can fit anyone's interest. The third tip is: UA is much more than athletics, education is key at UA and the teachers are great at helping reach a education goal.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a great college. The campus is very beautiful and their is a large diversity of students. The teachers and staff are very helpful and friendly. Even though the University of Alabama is known for it's athletics, education is not forgotten and the college has a great education status.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Strip or any sporting event.

    Food and Dining

    They are always adding new places to eat with your dining dollars.

    Dorm Life

    Wonderful! Great people and very friendly RAs.

    Academic Rigor

    All depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure and tour the campus before attending your first day of classes because it is a large school.

    In three sentences

    I am an out of state student and love the University of Alabama. It is a wonderful place to go to college and meet people. I recommend UA to anyone!

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Everyone I know is in Greek Life. We have the biggest Greek system in the country. It's culture down in the south. You'll meet lifelong friends/brothers/sisters. Go Greek!

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports are amazing at Bama. There are so many clubs for anything you'd like to do.

    What to do for fun

    Join Greek life.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay....you'll mostly be eating on The Strip or in the dining halls so make sure you have Dining Dollars!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are where you meet your friends when you first get to Bama. Tutwiler is ideal for girls looking to rush.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not community college, but it's not an Ivy League either; Alabama falls in the middle of the pack.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off freshman year. Every grade you receive matters in your GPA. Make as many friends as you can in the beginning of freshman year.

    In three sentences

    When you step onto this campus, you can feel the energy of the student body. No other institution can rival the spirit of the Crimson Tide fans. Our amount of National Championships speak for itself; Roll Tide.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Alabama is and all-around university. UA has the academic vigor, campus qualities, and school pride and culture similar to that of the major universities in this country. Unlike most prestige university's, the University of Alabama has makes you feel at home with the warmth and support it provides.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is an all-around college. Its large suburban campus has a classic university atmosphere kept with bright green lawn, beautiful landscaping, and red brick covered buildings. As soon as you step into town, you can feel the amount of support and school pride the city of Tuscaloosa has for the University of Alabama, which only masks the academics support, cultural advances, overall achievements you will receive during your time spent at the university.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Stay in groups. Anywhere you go there is an element of safety in numbers. It's just good sense.

    Greek Life

    Personally, I don't like the Greek life on campus. I have both seen and heard things that are disturbing and degrading to women. I don't take part in this area of college life.

    Great for these types of students

    For Christian students there are many outreach ministries with which to become acquainted. Local churches are very involved with campus life.

    What to do for fun

    The methodist church on campus provides free dance classes once a month. We learn line dances and ballroom. I've met some good friends through this. We often meet on the quad or down near the river to dance.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious. Each student is required to purchase Dining Dollars which is great because I don't have to brown bag it every day. Eating places are everywhere and will cover a large realm of taste pallets.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorm. My friends like it.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers at the University of Alabama strive to give each student an excellent education. They push each person to learn. So, while going to school here is not a pass for an easy A, it is a great place to learn what you need to know to be successful in your field of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that any college student work to save money to offset the cost of their education. Becoming familiar with the school and the staff in your college of interest also helps you feel more confident as you work to complete your degree. Be diligent to study, making it a priority during your college years. It will definitely pay off.

    In three sentences

    The university of Alabama works with students to give them a top notch education. All the staff stands ready to help with anything the student may need. I give the University of Alabama an A in the area of working with and for the students.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Just about every type of student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Definitely eat at Hooligan's, Big Bad Wolves BBQ (only open game day weekends), Chloe's Cup, and Surin.

    What to do for fun

    The Rec center is amazing and there is always some intramural sport to play or sporting event to watch or you can always just hang out on the quad or at the student center and see what happens!

    Academic Rigor

    UA offers the best of the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you put a lot of effort into your scholarship applications and any applications for honors programs. I didn't take enough time and suffered later on because of it.

    In three sentences

    UA is a fantastic school with a breath-taking campus and an energy charged atmosphere. The academic and extracurricular programs are second to none, and the student support is incredible. The resources available to the students are amazing, and then, of course, the football is always a draw. Roll Tide Roll!

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lights and emergency phones, everywhere!

    Greek Life

    LOVE. I'm a part of a sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Its what you make it.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic. Smart. Adventurous.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quidditch on the quad.

    Bang for the buck

    EXPENSIVE.

    What to do for fun

    Hang with my sorority sisters.

    Food and Dining

    The choice of dining halls is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    Unless you live in Ridgecrest, you are screwed.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you take advantage of the many opportunities, you will do great.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO YOUR WORK!

    In three sentences

    UA is expensive. Racism still runs rampant on the campus, although they try to mask it. Its a great time here, college is what you make it.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Not a fan of greek life on campus personally.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth every penny!

    What to do for fun

    I personally spend time with friends hanging out or going to the movies. There is always so much to do though.

    Food and Dining

    Campus dining is good! I love to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in a dorm but I've heard good things.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes challenge me but aren't impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the tornado damage that is still here or the large campus. The damage is being cleaned. The campus is intimidating at first, I was scared I'd never learn my way. Eventually I did though and it didn't take as long as I thought it would.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is an amazing place to learn and grow. My teachers are passionate about the material and that definitely rubs off on me. The campus is beautiful and the city is fun. There's never a dull moment!

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe with many options for improving how safe you feel

    Greek Life

    Lots of Frats and Sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of options.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football is not our only sport. In Tuscaloosa you can say we have the best __________ in the nation. and put anything in the blank!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is low for the quality of education. In one semester I'm paying under $10,000 for everything.

    What to do for fun

    The school offers free tickets to all sporting events (other than our number one football team!). There are intramural, clubs, sororities, fraternities, and so much more. It's a wonderful place to mature and learn at the same time, and play a little too.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious, southern, all you can eat food!

    Dorm Life

    Great diversity in dorm selection.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a top school in the state and has a wonderful Arts and Sciences department as well as Engineering.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply and come! It's a great school and is not just a party school.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school with a wonderful atmosphere. It is a wonderful option for all students, and is diverse. It offers great chances to advance one's education.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There's the strip that has boutiques and food galore. Target, Walmart, Belks, etc are near by.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships before December! And do your FAFSA early!

    In three sentences

    The people were friendly. The campus is gorgeous. The security is top notch.

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't felt threatened yet! The campus police are very friendly and the 348-RIDE system is a nice feature on the campus. All in all very safe.

    Greek Life

    I'm not in a sorority, but everyone who is seems to enjoy it. There's enough people not in sororities that I can always find someone to hang out with, so that's definitely nice. Just don't live in Tutweiler unless you're planning on rushing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are constantly different organizations advertising around campus-a club for anything and everything that you could be interested in. The engineering Mentor UPP program is a disappointment though.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, stellar students, out of state folk, anyone looking for a college campus to feel like home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football games have so many traditions in and of themselves-I don't know all of those yet. The cheers and fight song are a big deal. You hear roll tide everywhere you go! The ferg fountain is really pretty-sometimes people run through it on dares, that's always fun!

    Bang for the buck

    If I wasn't here on a scholarship I would be more critical of the campus, that's for sure, but as it is I haven't had any huge problems. The crimson ride is a disappointment, and having to buy the unlimited meal plan kinda stinks as well.

    What to do for fun

    The strip is wonderful and it's within walking distance of campus. There's constantly people playing volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee around. I don't have a car and I've kept myself entertained, so that speaks for itself.

    Food and Dining

    Lakeside is not very good, and that's the closest dining hall to a lot of dorms, and one of only a couple that serve dinner. But the other dining halls I've tried out have been better--they're just further from my residence hall.

    Dorm Life

    I'm in the suite-style dorms and I love it! Having my own bedroom is such a luxury! Pay the housing deposit as early as possible so that you can get into the better dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't taken that many classes here yet, as I am a freshman, but the classes so far haven't been difficult. Physics is the hardest one I have and I wasn't supposed to take it as a freshman. The profs are very willing to help out if you have any problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to apply by the scholarship deadline-the money is good enough here for anyone to be able to afford it if they have decent grades and test scores. Visit campus! I thought about not visiting and that would have made the decision a lot harder. Get into the honors college if you can--the dorms alone are worth it.

    In three sentences

    I fell in love with the campus the moment I stepped on it. The scholarships for out of state students are amazing. The football stadium--what else do you need to convince you to come here?

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a very safe campus, there is the UAPD (University of Alabama Police Department) on the edge of campus and there are emergency phones around all over campus.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of sororities and fraternities to choose from!

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many collegiate sports, club sports and intramurals. Many different clubs and organization, over 200, I believe

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who want to be in a sorority or fraternity. Football fan's, or really anyone, UA is such a great place for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football games are a major tradition here at the University of Alabama. More specifically, it is what happens inside Bryant Denny Stadium that makes for traditions. It starts before the game with tailgating on the quad. Close to the start of the game the band will play on the steps of the library. Then you move to in front of the stadium for the elephant stomp to watch the football players walk into the stadium. Next, is waiting for the game to start with preliminary videos that just start the game off right. During the game you must have a shaker! We sing Sweet Home Alabama, Dixieland Delight, and when we win the game, Rammer Jammer. These are the traditions that make Alabama football.

    What to do for fun

    You can get some friends together and play a game of something on the quad. There are many different organizations you can join. And the Rec Center offers many work-out opportunities and classes such as Zumba and Pilates.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different places to eat and all of the food is delicious!

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are good, they're all pretty clean. The older ones just aren't in that good of shape anymore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great place, great community. don't be afraid to get involved if they don't have your major or something that fits you, you can design one to fit your needs, it's awesome!

    In three sentences

    UA offers many good programs, organizations, and majors. They have a beautiful campus and amazing staff and faculty that are willing to work with students. I love UA!

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Robberies and attacks happen. But I think these are very low when you consider how many students attend.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a part and don't know much about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many as I mentioned before. I'm interested in the ballroom dance and Martial Arts clubs

    Great for these types of students

    Great for serious minded students who are more interested in study than partying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing particularly unusual that I can think of.

    Bang for the buck

    Its expensive. However the tuition is somewhat competitive when compared to other universities of this caliber.

    What to do for fun

    There are various activity clubs like dance and karate. There are free movies and of course Alabama football.

    Food and Dining

    There is something for all diets.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor is tough but definitely not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan to work hard and learn.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a place where you can receive a high quality education. The students are mild mannered and well behaved when compared to other college campuses. And there is a strong football tradition here.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The University of Alabama has a little bit of something for everyone. It's huge on Greek life, and football, softball and lacrosse. Whether you're in to studying, drinking, cycling, or gaming, there is a niche for you. Everybody is really excepting, and there's just a fantastic atmosphere. I think it's perfect for everybody.

    What to do for fun

    You can run along the Black Warrior River, play laser tag or paintball, go to the movies, or go to clubs. If you're nineteen and older, I recommend going to Birmingham for clubs. And there are a lot of bars if you take a right on University Boulevard, between Mellow Mushroom and DePalma's. Take a left on fourth, and you can't miss them, if you're looking to drink.

    Food and Dining

    I love Bryant. I went twice a day last year, and only ever had one bad experience. The quail was dry, and slightly overcooked. But it was a game-day weekend, during the dinner hour. Everybody there is really friendly, and the turkey burgers are phenomenal. Also, Olive Garden delivers during the off-season. And if you're looking for queso, Moe's and Taco Casa deliver. Moe's, the bar-be-cue restaurant has really good mac and cheese. And don't forget to go to blue moon on game day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was a blast. Everybody was really chill. We left our doors open, and played guitar, and sang. We were in each other's rooms all the time. Don't request a dorm with two people sharing a room, and one person not. If you're that one person, you're likely to not get to know your other roommates very well, and thinks might turn out pretty bad.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Alabama offers rigorous academic programs. It's really great, because you get to be challenged, but the teachers all really care about you, and support you. A lot of the honors teachers aren't good, especially in the mathematics department, and be sure not to take Physics on campus. If you need it to complete university requirements, take it at the College of Charleston over the summer, or a local college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Clubs in Tuscaloosa close at 2. If you're looking for a night out, go to Birmingham. If you're a freshman, you should definitely go to Surin for midnight sushi a couple times. Also, don't bother joining the Honors college. If you don't like your teacher, you can't drop out, because you are required to take a certain number of honors hours per semester.

    In three sentences

    If you're looking for a gorgeous campus, teachers who care, and a great school to further your education, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa is the school for you. It's also the school for you if you're really into the Greek life. Game-day weekends are the best.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    well lit, security patrolled and emergency boxes located every 100 yards

    Greek Life

    6 brand new Fraternity and Sorority house

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can think of from checkers to water polo

    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE!!!!!!!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Historic Bryce Mentally Insane Assylum

    Bang for the buck

    World renowned as the 14 going on 15 National Champions, Roll Tide!!

    What to do for fun

    Rec center allways has something going on. There are so many opportunities for anything that you might be interested in.

    Food and Dining

    WOW! Freshman year you are required to have the all access pass to the 5 buffet style cafeterias on campus and as many visits as you want!

    Dorm Life

    Burke Hall 2nd floor rules :) Dorms are nice and people are friendly

    Academic Rigor

    I am pursuing a BS in Biology with pre-pharmacy emphasis and even though the classes are only an hour the challenges are very real

    Tips for prospective students

    Our freshman class of 2012 is represented by 49 states and a few different countries. Make friends and get to know everyone. The rec center is a great place to hang out and make friends

    In three sentences

    Love it! The University is all I expected and more. From the history of the university to the administration and the location, who could ask for more.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Find friends on campus to hang out with

    Tips for prospective students

    Study study study and don't try to join too many organizations freshman year. Focus on your academics to start off strong.

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Alabama. All the faculty and staff that I have came across has tried their best to help me in every way they can. This is a school that is full of new friendships and and ideas.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, there were police everywhere, and it is open and well lit.

    Clubs and Activities

    I saw a lot of fraternity and sorority houses on campus and Ive read that their intramural sports are fantastic.

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for people who love other people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This huge parade thing starting in the quad and going to the stadium before every game.

    Bang for the buck

    Its really not that expensive for the facilities that they provide.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the game, walk the park, or go for a run! This campus is tight knit and safe.

    Food and Dining

    The ferg has everything, and there are more restaurants than you could imagine downtown.

    Dorm Life

    From what i saw the dorms were beautiful.

    Academic Rigor

    Im not really sure but ive heard its just as serious as others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always take a tour. Stop by the Ferg and grab something to eat or just hang out and watch a game.

    In three sentences

    The campus here is absolutely beautiful. Everything is within walking distance and all students are very prideful but friendly. ROLL TIDE!

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. There are campus police and help phones scattered all around in case anything was ever to happen to anyone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a major part of campus. You don't have to be involved with a greek organization to find friends and have a good time on campus, but if you want to rush, Alabama is a great place to do that!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities here! During Get on Board Day in September, hundreds of organizations have tables set up around the student center for you to look around for something that catches your eye! There truly is an organization on campus for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students are compatible with the university! There are all types of activities for all types of people around campus. Everyone can find their niche.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University of Alabama is all about tradition. From tailgating on the Quad on game day to the weeklong celebration for homecoming, tradition is everywhere! Part of the tradition is being around the enormous Bryant-Denny Stadium, Denny Chimes, and the President's Mansion. Each add a little special something to campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the tuition is expensive, I do believe that I am getting my moneys worth for my education here at Alabama.

    What to do for fun

    There are parties and all sorts of other things to do every night. I have found that Late Night at Lakeside (one of the dining halls) is very enjoyable. Getting involved with a good church on campus has also been a ton of fun for me!

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is very good. Some of the dining halls are better than others, but none of the food is bad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! I live in one of the newer dorms, and it has been a great experience. If anything has ever gone wrong with my room, there is always someone ready to come fix it.

    Academic Rigor

    The university expects nothing less that your absolute best, and they push you to achieve that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready for a whole new life experience! Classes are more challenging that the ones you took in high school, and there are so many activities to do every night of the week, so it can be hard to balance social and academic life at first. But don't worry! You'll find the perfect balance soon. Make sure you find a genuine group of friends, and you'll have the time of your life!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is everything I dreamed it would be! The campus is beautiful, and everyone is very friendly and caring. The professors genuinely care about you and want you to do your very best, and they accept nothing short of that.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    What more can I say? If you're cautious and responsible here, you've got nothing to worry about. Chances are the worst you'll ever encounter is drunk car passenger shouting, possibly at you, possibly at the world in general, as they pass by. But what major university campus doesn't have that occasionally?

    Greek Life

    It's omnipresent here. Alabama has the, or one of the, largest Greek scenes in the country. Be warned if that's not your thing. Rejoice if it is. Be aware that diversity is low and discrimination is high in UA's greek scene. Certain members of the Greek community have also come under fire recently for hazing related incidents.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is plenty to get involved in here, and if it doesn't already exist chances are you can get it started and find enough people to join you.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want an affordable education or you like to party a lot, come here. If you want a school with a vibrant Greek Life, come here. If you want the big student body come here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Any word can, and often is replaced with Roll Tide. School spirit runs high, especially for football. The campus is deficient in quirks and non-standard traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    Alabama offers competitive academics and quality of life at a reasonably lower price than comparable state schools.

    What to do for fun

    While this town lacks a good music scene, it makes up for it with loads of good parties and a passable bar scene. There are nearly always sports games to watch, club activities, speakers etc. In addition, there is a great Rec Center and there are plenty of joggin, cycling, and hiking trails as well as a handful of other outdoor attractions.

    Food and Dining

    What can you say? Cafeteria food is cafeteria food. It is tastes ok, it fills you up, it keep you running, and its quick and easy if you're in a hurry. There are five dining halls and a handful of food courts and markets all over campus which serve the student body adequately.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak to this personally as I never lived in the dorms, but the university has a good mix of quality old dorms and newer ones all over campus and students generally seem pretty satisfied with the dorm life here.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your field of study you can breeze through your time hear or rarely leave the library. If you want a B.A. you can reasonably expect a good bit of free time, but count on a good bit less if you plan on pursuing a scientific, technology, engineering or mathematics degree. The university is abound with tutors and study groups, and then there is always the internet for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for an the onslaught of people on football game-days. If you have never witnessed one of these at a school with a major football program, do so because it will have more of an effect on your life than you may realize. The academics here are constantly improving but you will face large class sizes in most subjects and need to be prepared to make a diligent effort to stand out to your professors.

    In three sentences

    The university has a vibrant campus, if you take the time to get involved. The campus is beautiful, the people are beautiful, the academics are continually improving and the student body is growing rapidly. One downside is that diversity is low, and also that Tuscaloosa is small and ugly, off campus.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As for campus safety, never walk around campus alone at night time especially without letting someone know of your whereabouts. However, there are many officers around campus and emergency buttons.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, there are lots of residential hall activities and on-campus parties.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Halls aren't too bad. Lloyd Hall, The Ferguson Center and Bryant Hall have the best choices for food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make it. However, mine is amazing! I reside in the residential hall Presidential Village.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a Biology major and many science classes come along with this major. It is not easy but however, if you are not someone who waits until the last minute, it shouldn't be too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be prepared for to work hard.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a very prestigious school and I love it here. The people are very polite and the campus is beautiful. I would recommend that if anyone had the chance to go here, to do it.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Ditto

    Clubs and Activities

    Kappa

    Great for these types of students

    Smart, Outgoing, Football lovers

    What to do for fun

    Kappa's!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Give it a serious look

    In three sentences

    Great Football, Great Guys, Great Sororities

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are just so many great athletic events that go on year round.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is one of those places where once you've been there, you won't want to leave. I've been going up to the campus since I was 5 years old, and it's always been my goal to go to school there. I can't wait to spend the next four years in Tuscaloosa.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UA Police Department are very aware, and friendly! You should be their friends!

    Greek Life

    I did not decide to take the Greek Life path. Be warned, it is time and money consuming. Be prepared to fork over some cash.

    Clubs and Activities

    Religious clubs, video game clubs, medieval clubs, cultural clubs, volunteer clubs, raising awareness type clubs, baking clubs, design clubs, creative clubs, such a range!

    Great for these types of students

    Smart students, artsy, outgoing, curious, adventurous, the list could go on forever!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When we beat a team in football we sing, We just beat the hell out of you, Ramma Jamma Yella Hamma give em' hell Alabama! It's so fun.

    Bang for the buck

    It is SO worth it to come here. Academically and socially, it's just fabulous.

    What to do for fun

    Go on the quad and people watch, play intramural sports, go camping with the outdoor rec, play Frisbee, go down to the strip to eat dinner or have ice-cream, go shopping, hit up the amphitheatre for concersts, ride your bike, and go to Bryant Denny Stadium for a game!

    Food and Dining

    There are good days and bad days. It's life. There are four different dining halls at campus, so there is a nice variety!

    Dorm Life

    Loving the dorm life! The community building is so wonderful here.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors want to push you to your limit, really make you think on your own.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is key, do not waste your time!

    In three sentences

    Alabama is a fantastic school. The campus is absolutely gorgeous, you feel smarter just being here. The teachers here do have your best interest in mind.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a fraternity/sorority!! take advantage of all the sporting events and get into the spirit of school pride!

    Food and Dining

    Off campus food is great! on campus will work but its not really favorable.

    Dorm Life

    I love having my own space and only sharing my bathroom with one person.

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous but provides multiple sources to help you get through it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research and put down your deposit as early as possible so you can pick your dorms first and get better choices for orientation dates.

    In three sentences

    I love it here at the University of Alabama. Everyone is so welcoming and the school spirit is liberating. I have made many friends since being here and I am so glad that I chose to attend this school.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    NEVER WALK ANY WHERE LATE AT NIGHT BY YOURSELF.

    Greek Life

    HAVE NOT MADE A DECISION YET. TAKE YOUR TIME. LEARN ABOUT THE GREEK FIRST.

    Clubs and Activities

    LEADERSHIPS CLUB

    Great for these types of students

    VOLUNTEER WORK ALL STUDENTS

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    PLAY FLAG FOOTBALL EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON

    Bang for the buck

    MAKE EXTRA MONEY, WORKSTUDY

    What to do for fun

    GO TO THE ALBAMA GAME, FLAG FOOTBALL, HANGING OUT WITH THE RIGH FRIEND

    Food and Dining

    GREAT FOOD

    Dorm Life

    GOOD, BUT THINK ABOUT ANOTHER PLACE TO STUDY

    Academic Rigor

    VERY MUCH SO, SERIOUS ABOUT MY GRADES

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY EARLY HOUSING.

    In three sentences

    GREAT, CHALLENGING OPPORTUNITIES

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, excellent alert system in case of an emergency

    Greek Life

    Largest Greek population in the nation.

    Great for these types of students

    All types can find a home at UA.

    Bang for the buck

    UA is very generous with scholarships to deserving students.

    What to do for fun

    Everything is fun in Tuscaloosa. Obviously the football is season is amazing as UA is always ranked in the top ten if not #1. There are other activities as well. There are campus clubs and community service activities all over the city.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent dining facilities

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms on campus are new with all the amenities.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the University honors program and have been very impressed with the level of academic rigor. As an engineering student, I enjoy the challenge of advanced course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never stereotype a university based on where it is located. Visit the school, meet with faculty in your area of interest. Then make your decision.

    In three sentences

    The University is recruits some of the top merit scholars across the nation. There are students from 49 states attending UA. I am very impressed with the curriculum.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    there are many opportunities

    Great for these types of students

    student that enjoy football

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    tailgating, football, concerts, parties

    What to do for fun

    foot ball

    Tips for prospective students

    be careful with parking.

    In three sentences

    the University of Alabama is a good school for any major. The teacher are good. they offer fun clubs and activities

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who have goals. If you want to come here and graduate with a degree in General Business Administration and get a job as a McDonald's Manager when you graduate, you can. But if you have goals, the skills you will learn here will prepare you for whatever career you want to have.

    Bang for the buck

    My experience at Alabama is well worth the money I am paying to come here. I absolutely love the campus and the professors, and the education I am getting here will help me to have the career I want after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Around Tuscaloosa are many activities, including the riverwalk, a bowling alley, shopping and fine dining.

    Food and Dining

    Bama Dining does not do a very good job of catering to students desires. Staff are sometimes friendly.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus provides easy access to libraries which offer any technology you could need.

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes at the University of Alabama are not too difficult, however those are usually the introductory classes. The classes in which a student learns how to perform the actions they'll have to during their career can be very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a prospective student, you should take a campus tour at any school you are interested in. During my tour of UA, I fell in love with the campus and realized I had no desire to go anywhere else. Take a look at all the schools you might want to go to, you may find the perfect one.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is an incredible school for studying anything business related. The professors are always willing to help students who demonstrate effort and the classrooms are well supported technically. I would not be half as happy anywhere else as I am here at the University of Alabama.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Fairly safe

    Greek Life

    Huge greek life

    What to do for fun

    We go to the movies or go out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    I love Alabama it is a beautiful school and I am getting a great education. I have met so many and gotten involved in so many things. I love the atmospher.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football, Basketball or Gymnastic Events !

    Food and Dining

    Fresh Food in the Ferg is very good, Lakeside is probably worst. Bryant is good but it is too small for the amount of people that try and go there.

    Dorm Life

    My experience in the dorm was horrible but they tore that building down and built a VERY nice one. I was jealous because I couldnt move into it, since it was freshman only.

    Academic Rigor

    The science department is TOUGH ! Everything else is alright.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get caught up in the party and drinking life.

    In three sentences

    This is a beautiful campus and the school is great. Some people are friendly, and there is always perks for students around campus. Also that our football team is awesome.

  • 12/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many safety resources for students on and off campus. The campus has it's own police and you don't hear about much crime happening from the students here.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very big down south, especially at the larger universities. I am involved in Greek Life on campus and I absolutely love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    It is very easy to get involved on campus. There are clubs/activities offered for any interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student! Alabama is a very diverse campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is extremely old, so there are many historical, creepy buildings all around. There is also Bryce Hospital, a mental hospital, located right on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Larger universities usually cost a little more money, but I will like my experience here is so worth it!

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities and club to get involved with here on campus. Alabama sports seem to be a common interests with most students and going to the sporting events is always fun!

    Food and Dining

    The University provides many options for food and dining all around campus.

    Dorm Life

    The University of Alabama requires freshman to stay in a dorm their first year, with few exceptions. I think this teaches you a lot and gives you a true college experience. My dorm is all girls and I love living here!

    Academic Rigor

    My classes require me to put in hard work and time to get the grades I want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of different campuses and talk to current students before you decide on a school. There are so many students here at the University of Alabama. Work harder than the rest and don't just blend in when you come on campus, stand out.

    In three sentences

    My experience at the University of Alabama has been amazing so far. I truly feel at home here and I feel that this University is everything I hoped for and more.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    The staff of the university is very helpful with everything a person needs. The environment of the university is wonderful and anyone would love it here.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Alabama is a very, very, very safe campus!

    Greek Life

    There is a sorority/fraternity for every type person at this University.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any and every thing you can think of!

    Great for these types of students

    Brainy Nerds Jocks Preps Artsy Social Popular Musical Physical Every student has a place at UA

    Bang for the buck

    Every dime spent going to this college is worth it. You will get your money back once you start making a salary. No dime goes wasted when attending this college as long as you put your nose to the grind stone and work hard.

    What to do for fun

    FOOTBALL is the number one thing. Party life is another. Student activities and campus/Greek life is another thing to do. Off campus there are plenty of things to do as well.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't ever lived on campus, but I have visited and eaten on and near campus. All the food is great!

    Dorm Life

    I am a distance learner, so I'm not sure about it. I would guess it's a little nicer than most colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    This college is known for football and pre-med academics; every program at UA is wonderful and is accredited.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as soon as you decide you want to go to college. Apply for housing as soon as you get accepted. Decide which program you want to get a degree in and finally, ask around and figure out how to get involved in campus life.

    In three sentences

    This university really cares for its students. The faculty and staff strive to see their students succeed and will do anything they can to help their students. I would recommend this college to anyone.

  • 12/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I heard they put more than 70,000 Cameras around the campus for safety.

    Greek Life

    Lots of tutors do free lecture and you just have to find your ads on Mybama.ua.edu.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rec Center is the greatest club activities that I can recommend.

    Great for these types of students

    Computer Science major students should often go to Help session that are in SERC 1016. It's very helpful and useful for their test or quiz.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On Halloween night, they always throw a Halloween party in Gragos Hall.

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of great opportunity to earn your money.

    What to do for fun

    There is Rec Center, and you can go to gym, swim, soccer, or play football. We also have great student bars around the stadium.

    Food and Dining

    Buffet! Great foods on Friday.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm. Pretty clean and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It's extremely different depends on the instructors so I would make sure you pick right choice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Parking Pass is extremely expensive so I would recommend buy a bike or skateboard for the trip to class.

    In three sentences

    It has amazing campus that are beautiful and enjoyable for students. The school work is bit tough but you can get through with it with lots of co-students. UA has the most great stadium in nation and great football team.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Strip is right next to campus and has a lot of restaurants and bars. Alabama has a great athletic program so there is always some kind of game to go to.

    Food and Dining

    The main dining hall, Lakeside, is terrible most of the time. Burke is decent, and Bryant is always great (except you have to pay $10 at dinner)

    Dorm Life

    The newer dorms are really nice and very chill. The older dorms can get a little iffy.

    Academic Rigor

    It's difficult like any college will be, but you have every opportunity to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that the social scene is very important here. Join any type of organization and you'll do fine

    In three sentences

    I believe that the University of Alabama has one of the most inviting environments in the country. The people are nice and the campus is beautiful. Even though it's in Alabama, it has some stellar academic programs.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Athletic games, intramurals

    Food and Dining

    Great food around town!

    Dorm Life

    I transferred so I've never lived in a dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    UA is great, but it's not for everybody. It's a large school, so make sure you know you can handle going to school with 33,000 colleagues.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is great! Beautiful campus, great academics, and awesome student life.

  • 12/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are malls.There are movies theatres, bars, and restaurants. There is never a boring night n Tuscaloosa.

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to eat on and around campus. There are several affordable options that taste great. There is no reason togo hungry at UA.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is great. There are several options. There are lots of ways out there to pay for them too.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic world at UA is one of the most challenging I have experienced. The teachers really care about their students. They do what it takes to keep the students engaged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to join groups. Be out going. Enjoy all aspects that UA has to offer.

    In three sentences

    It is awesome. UA is a family not an institution. The best place to study and make friends.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    Yes, its great and I highly recommend it. You'll meet so many people and always have something to do!

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to mention.

    Great for these types of students

    University of Alabama has something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Alabama has many traditions but singing the Rammer Jammer after we've won a football game is my favorite.

    Bang for the buck

    Great

    What to do for fun

    Theres always something going to do on campus. Tuscaloosa also has great shopping and restuarants.

    Food and Dining

    Great cafeterias and so many choices.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm is required your freshman year. You do meet alot of people and overall I think its good but most people move into apartments when they are sophmores.

    Academic Rigor

    College is tough and you have to study alot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit at least 4 universities so you'll know when you've found the right fit for you.

    In three sentences

    I love The University of Alabama. There are so many opportunities to get involved and Alabama has so much to offer. The staff and professors are very supportive and helpful.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Huge and expensive. I'll probably forget some, but here's a few names: Sorrorites-- alpha gam, ADPi, tri delt, chi o, alpha chi, KD, KKgamma, GPhi, Pi Phi, Alpha Phi, Theta, DG, AOPi, phi mu, Fraternities-- ATO, DKE, sigma chi, theta chi, theta tau (if that even counts), LSP, pi kappa phi, pi kappa pi, SAE, DTD, and the list goes on and on

    Great for these types of students

    the nerds, the jocks (roll tide), the social butterflies, and just about everyone else

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you attend UA you must go to City Cafe when it opens at 4am. This tradition is generally best if you are at the tail end of an all-nighter and extremely hungry.

    What to do for fun

    GET INVOLVED!! Anything you enjoy can be found on this campus and you should certainly do it. Tuscaloosa itself has state parks, lakes, cliffs, etc. for your nature time; the strip and downtown are full of interesting shops and bars (if that's your thing and you're old enough); greek life is HUGE; hang out with your friends; go to the Rec center and work out or take a yoga class; get creative!

    Food and Dining

    I've had an unlimited meal plan for two years now. That's all day every day, anything in the dining hall you want, as long as it's open. There are four dining halls on campus and they all have their pros and cons, but overall there is nothing to complain about and there is something open from 7:15 am to 1am on weekdays and from 10:30am to 8:30pm on weekends.

    Dorm Life

    As much as I wish I had a stove in my dorm room, I have everything else-- four bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen area with sink, full fridge, microwave, and cabinets. And yes, there are stoves on every other floor and laundry rooms that you can check online so you don't walk all the way there and realize your clothes aren't done washing yet. All freshmen live in dorms and UA's are mostly built in the last ten years and definitely better than any others I've seen.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely challenging, despite the reputation. Of course, freshman classes are not difficult for students who study, they aren't supposed to be. When you really get into your major and upper-level classes you will definitely be challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with the admissions officers, they really know their stuff and they can answer your questions. Also, be aware that extra-curriculars are an important part of choosing a college. You will not have a good college experience if you spend all of your time in class, in your dorm room, and in the library.

    In three sentences

    This school is absolutely wonderful and I am so glad I chose to attend here. There are so many opportunities that I find myself agonizing over which things to choose and become involved in, knowing that I cannot possibly do it all. On top of that, merit-based financial aid is available for everyone who qualifies!

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always campus security UAPD patrolling around to make you feel safe. Alabama also has a shuttle system to get you around every where. At night they have a shuttle that you can call and it will come pick you up where ever you are and take you where ever you need to go. If you're walking somewhere and something happens they have blue emergency poles scattered everywhere that you can press and have help come quickly.

    Clubs and Activities

    The options to get involved at Alabama are endless. From greek life, to clubs to intramural sports, there are tons of ways to get involved. Getting involved is a great way to get to know people and have a lot of fun at the same time. There is a club or activity for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Alabama is great for any type of student. Because Alabama is so big you can always find someone who has similar interests as you. Whatever it is you like to do, you'll most likely be able to do it at Alabama. Also, Alabama offers a lot of different majors and minors so it's easy to find something that interests you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot places around campus that are fun to go to. If you want to go shopping there is the mall and shopping center right off campus. Also, there are stores on the strip and down town Tuscaloosa. If you want to hangout and grab something to eat, there are plenty of good restaurants nearby. The river walk is really neat and a good place to run or walk.

    Bang for the buck

    If you like like football or sports in general, Alabama is definitely the school for that. Alabama is a powerhouse when it comes to sports. Football game days don't get any better anywhere else. The quad becomes packed with tailgaters and everyone has a good time. Regardless of the sport, the games are a lot of fun to go to.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is average. Majority of the times it is the same food almost every single day. Certain dining halls and certain cooks are better than others. Other than the dining hall, there are a number of other food places to eat so you're always guaranteed to find something you like to eat. These locations are often better than the dorm food as well but they aren't included in your meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on which dorm you are in depends on the quality of the dorm. The older style dorm rooms are often really old, small and kind of beat up. However, you'll find the older traditional dorm rooms at any university. What sets Alabama apart is the abundance of the suite style dorm rooms. Most of the suites are fairly new and definitely ten times nicer than the traditional dorms. Being able to have your own bedroom and only one other person to share a bathroom is the best part. I would suggest the suite style rooms over the traditional dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging at times but nothing that is impossible. Majority of the professors are usually always willing to help but it is up to you to seek the help. You have to go to the professors, the professors won't come to you. As long as you go to class, pay attention, take notes, do your homework and study for tests, there should be no problem with any of the classes. However, there are certain professors who are better than others so ask other students who may have already the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the fact that school is really big. I have never felt overwhelmed by the size or the number of people in the class. Some of the introductory classes may be large but the number of students thins out as you progress into your upper level courses.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a great school to go to get a good education while having a lot of fun. It is a big school so you're guaranteed to find something you enjoy. The school is also centered around Alabama football.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Most of my fun activities were with my friends. I played Ultimate Frisbee, went to the football games (and normally hung out afterward), watched movies and played games.

    Food and Dining

    I thought the options were great! My favorite was Burke but all of the other ones were great too!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Riverside North and have been very satisfied. The only drawbacks are that you don't have as much interaction with your dormmates as you would in a traditional dorm

    Academic Rigor

    My first semester wasn't too hard but I also work very hard. The difficulty also depends on the class and teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get connected: go to the football games, find friends. I got involved in Navigators and intramural sports. If those aren't your thing there are plenty of other options. Just find some place to get plugged in.

    In three sentences

    The school is fantastic! The faculty are wonderful and everyone is very friendly. There's also a lot of camraderie among students.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police. Regular police. You have to have a key card for a certain dorm building to get into that dorm building. There are blue phones all over campus which are a direct line to the police and will send help Immediately.

    Greek Life

    It may only be 8% of our student body population but it feels like it takes over the entire campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are way to many for me to even list.

    Great for these types of students

    Greek. Football junkies. People who are into labels.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quidatch on the quad... That game from Harry potter. That's about it.

    Bang for the buck

    Truly with as much as I pay here I believe I woulda got the same education somewhere else that's cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    Go to football games or any really. Go to the gym. Go hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Get used to the same food everyday, buy some groceries to help break up the types of meals you eat.

    Dorm Life

    I have lived in Julia tutwiler for almost a year now. Get carpet in your dorm. Make sure you have shower shoes and slippers or socks to wear to bathroom they don't do a very great job at cleaning them. Do not buy groceries at Julia's they are extremely over priced. If you are not rushing do not live here you'll probably hate everything about it. Get used to a bunch of drunk girls screaming and picking and make sure you set ground rules with your roommate or you'll just get more frustrated then need be.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are truly not that hard. If you do your work and study you will pass. If you want an A, I recommend study a lot and if you need help don't be afraid to ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a girl and do not plan on rushing DO NOT opt to live in tutwiler. Make sure that you know the person you are living with before you start living with them here trust me....you'll thank me in the end. Make sure that you get a good professor ask people go on ratemyteacher.com anything. Try not to get your books at the book store they tend to be over priced. Bring a printer, vaccine, swifter, laundry detergent, softener, your own dishes (not plastic n paper) and dish soap. Ps. Bring mattress pads and lots of them or you'll get back problems.

    In three sentences

    Do to my experience here I would have to give the University a 4 out of 10. The resident halls are not worth the money you pay for them, some of the teachers are mediocre. I would not say that the amount an out of student pays to go here is worth it; matter a fact I'd like to know where the money I do pay goes to because I don't see it.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus has great safety. I feel safe coming in and out of my dorm every day.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great if you choice to live it.

    Great for these types of students

    The University is great for all types of students. What ever your looking for is what you will get the professors are here to help you fulfill your career choice

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Why is an elephant the mascot of the University of Alabama? Alabama became associated with the elephant during the 1930 season when Coach Wallace Wade put together one heck of a Crimson Tide football team. On October 8, 1930, Everett Strupper, a sports writer for the Atlanta Journal wrote a story about the Alabama-Mississippi game. Strupper wrote, That Alabama team of 1930 is a typical Wade machine, powerful, big, tough, fast, aggressive, well-schooled in fundamentals, and the best blocking team for this early in the season that I have ever seen. When those big brutes hit you I mean you go down and stay down, often for an additional two minutes. Coach Wade started his second team that was plenty big and they went right to their knitting scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against one of the best fighting small lines that I have seen. For Ole Miss was truly battling the big boys for every inch of ground. At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, 'Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,' and out stamped this Alabama varsity. And, voila... the Alabama elephant was born.

    Bang for the buck

    Roll tide!!! Yes this is a good bang for your buck! When you go to the University of Alabama you get an experience of a life time. Not only did we just win the National Championship Game! we are a highly qualified school. Since I have been here it has been amazing. If you need financial aid don't sweat it. The counselors here will help you find it and get it. They are very helpful not only helping you find finacial aid but helping you get through college life!! So do I think its a bang for your buck yes I do!

    What to do for fun

    What to do for fun is you can go to the play hall and shoot pool, play pingpong, or just hangout with friends.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life, when i got here I was nerves. But at the end of the day it wasn't so bad my roommate and I are now friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Freshmen year is the hardest, make sure you know the way around the campus before u get here.

    In three sentences

    The University is great.It has a great enviroment.I love the freindly teachers and staff here.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAPD is always driving around campus, all dorms and buildings are secure and the only way in is with your action card access. During weekends the strip has bouncers at all eateries and clubs, bars etc. This campus is very safe!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is the heart of the campus. If you are unsure of greek life, do some research and try to attend one of their viewing of the houses. Do give it a some thought. It is a lot of fun and great for students who want to have a fun busy schedule ( this being said in the most positive way)! :)

    Clubs and Activities

    UA has plenty of clubs for all types of students. From Key Club (community service club) to Anime Club there is a place for every student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At one dining hall, there is a thing called Late Night at Lakeside Dining Hall. There they serve breakfast from 10pm - 1 am. This is held daily and sometimes they show movies, have karaoke night and even a DJ.

    What to do for fun

    For the older students there are bars and clubs to go to on the weekends. There is a mall not even 5 mins away from campus, as well as a movie theater. UA is located next to a river so if any students enjoy fishing, boating, rowing etc it is possible. From UA you can drive 30mins away to Birmingham and Hoover where there are more malls and city life.

    Food and Dining

    Dining at the dining halls on campus are pretty good for dining hall food. There are 4 main dining halls as well as a few markets. There are many food places near/on campus that do accept Dining Dollars and Bama Cash.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great experience for all. UA has various dorms some being all girl, all boy, and co-ed. The rooms are nice, each student receives a bed, desk and chair, closest and small 3 drawer dresser. In cases of 2 people sharing 1 room they will also have their own set of what is said above and a small mini fridge and microwave. Do not fret about not having a kitchen! All dorms do have a floor or common kitchen, that has 2 or more stoves, fridges and cabinet space.

    Academic Rigor

    UA wants their students to do well in their studies. Many classes will be more rigorous than others. If you feel overwhelmed or are having difficulty with classes, UA has many outlets to gain tutors, be it from the professor themselves or a student. The professors here at UA want to help you! So do not be shy in asking for help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research and if it is possible go on a tour of the campus! If not possible go on the UA website and do the virtual online tour. Meet with your state representative to gather more information and have any questions you may have answered.

    In three sentences

    UA is a diverse campus with a wide range of majors and minors to choose from. The faculty are passionate about what they teach and strive to have their students be just as passionate about their own personal studies. To top it all off the campus itself is rich in history and welcomes students with its good ole southern hospitality and loving family attitude.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    During football season, the games and being on the Strip is the best. There are bars and clubs for those old enough. Sometimes sororities and fraternities throw parties that we can attend. There is a movie theatre not far from campus and a mall and shopping centers in close range to do a little shopping. So, there is much to do .

    Food and Dining

    All of the food is good here. There are plenty of places to choose from such as Lakeside Dining, Fresh Foods, Burger King, Chik-fil-A, Pizza Hut, Subway and many more.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms at UA are the best I have ever seen with the exception of a few. They are close in range with most of the cafeterias and restaurants and halls and libraries.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics isn't impossible. You have to think though. There aren't too many classes that are just that easy, but most of the classes put your brains to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    To incoming students, be prepared with book money if you don't have scholarships for them, make sure you study and attend class on a regular. Alabama does not play about attendance! Go to class!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is, on scale of 1-10, a 9.5. Nothing is perfect, but the school is great. From sports to academics and everything in between.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe! There are blue police phone poles all across campus and close distance to each other. The police are close and easy to contact.

    Greek Life

    I am not in the Greek life, but it is very large here. Many parties and fun to be had if you were wanting to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities available, from a large variety.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun! The campus is huge. You can hang out on the quad, go see a free movie at the Ferg theater, join a sport or club, go to a party on frat row, and many more!

    Food and Dining

    The freshman meal plan is rather extensive. It is unlimited and for all the dining halls. The dining halls are clean and pretty spacious. The food is good for the most part, never bad. You can have it to go, which is very convenient.they have many choices for all different types of food eaters.

    Dorm Life

    I live with three other girls and it has been wonderful. My best friend from college is one of my roommates. We have spacious rooms, locked doors and big private bathrooms. You sign and agree on a roommate agreement and contract. Who ever breeches this can be removed from the dorm, so no fear!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be rigorous, depending on your major an course load. The professors tend to be very challenging, but very enjoyable. Classes can seem hard and frustrating, but in the end they were wonderful and worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join some of the clubs and intramural sports. Get involved! There are so many different clubs and organizations to join and look into. They're easy ways to meet people and build relationships with people that have the same interests. The professors and courses are great and will further you to your college goal. The university provides many honors programs and undergraduate organizations.

    In three sentences

    University of Alabama is a gorgeous campus with the most friendly types of people. Everyone is kind and strives to help you with your college goals. There are many sport, academic, occupational, and service opportunities provided by and on the University,

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football, Baptist Campus Ministry, and intramural sports

    Food and Dining

    The food at most of the cafeterias is the same and you get tired of it. It is not that great either.

    Dorm Life

    The first year I stayed at Paty Hall which is very run down and old and probably not safe, though I got to know many of my friends here. It is much better since I moved into an apartment. I do miss the convenience of campus though.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes are challenging and you really have to learn to study and keep up to get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    For college freshmen, learn how to study and don't fall behind. Ask questions and make sure you make a calendar and keep organized. Get involved with extra-curricular activities so that you can make new friends and study partners.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is the greatest college ever. I have learned so much and have really been introduced to so many opportunities to enjoy learning and college-life.

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have those blue buttons you can press to call campus police everywhere throughout campus. There's also a bus you can call to take you around campus at night that's free!

    Greek Life

    Alabama has the biggest Greek community in the nation. It's great. 'nuff said.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs to join. You can even start your own if you really want to!

    Great for these types of students

    Alabama is great for anyone, really. There are so many things to get involved in that you're guaranteed to find something you love.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We LIVE football at Alabama. It sounds cheesy but once you're here you'll understand. Even if you're not into football, you will probably be into it at least a little once you get here.

    Bang for the buck

    Alabama definitely offers great academic scholarships if you qualify for them.

    What to do for fun

    Bars are 19+, but there are still fun things to do. Fraternities often have parties if you're in to that. The rec center has a lot of outdoor activities that you can do, and there's a river right next to campus that is beautiful.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is actually not bad. There is a great variety. Plus, we have food courts and restaurants in some of the buildings on campus in case dining halls aren't really your thing.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorms are suite style dorms where you have your own room. They're great. We also have traditional style dorm rooms if you want the traditional college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're concerned about academic rigor, apply for the honors college! There are so many great courses you can take that are academically challenging if that's what you're looking for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated because it's a big school! It definitely has a small town feel if you prefer that and you should definitely come visit if you can.

    In three sentences

    Alabama is a great because it's set in a college town. You can find ways to make friends easily with all the great groups that you can get involved in. Plus, we're pretty great at football.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a bunch of bars, frat parties and shops on the strip.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is very good and the restaurants around it are good!

    Dorm Life

    Unless you live in one of the older buildings; Parham, Tutwiler, Harris, Burke, or Paty then the dorms are absolutely gorgeous.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the academic rigor can be hard for some classes but overall its very fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you like the south! I also think if you come you should definitely be apart of Greek Life.

    In three sentences

    I rate the University of Alabama on a scale from 1-10 a 10. I think the campus is beautiful and the sports are great. The Greek life and education just keeps me so on my toes and I love every second of it.

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is absolutely every activity that you could think of, offered at the University.

    Food and Dining

    The University offers many different Halls that you can eat in and every Hall offers a variety of food. So everyone can find something.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is awesome. Great friends are made and there are always activities that you can participate in. Most dorms are great and very close to all of your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard but they are achievable. you will have to work and be responsible of your tasks, but the level of education you receive in return is excellent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for everything, especially housing if you plan to live on campus. Do not allow deadlines to pass you by. Just stay on top of of what you have to do and you will be fine.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is, in my opinion, the best college there is. The on and off campus atmosphere is like no other; there is never a dull moment. The best part is game days, no one will ever forget the fun they have.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Tons!!! They are all top notch and will enhance your college experience!

    What to do for fun

    Anything! GET INVOLVED!!! Find something you like and join it, there is something for EVERYONE!!!!

    Food and Dining

    Make sure to utilize all of the required meals plans each year, not bad, good enough selection if you look for it.

    Dorm Life

    Check out the dorms, and try to feel out the people that live in them before you decide which one, they're all just a little it different, so do some research and decide which is right for you.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are good and teach enough, but aren't so difficult that you are forced to spend all of your time on school work. The academic rigor allows students to be involved and succeed in the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit and meet with professors! Don't just do the tour, try and meet people, look at housing, eat the food!!!

    In three sentences

    Wonderful opportunity, the University of Alabama has tons upon tons of opportunities for students to get involved, serve the community, meet new people, further academics and make lasting friendships.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue phones that contact the UAPD immediately located at almost every corner.

    What to do for fun

    Museums and galleries! There are many on campus, and there is history all over the town of Tuscaloosa! If that's not for you, The Strip, shopping malls, and movies are other entertainment opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are okay, but the on-campus fast food joints are great!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, sometimes noisy, but overall pretty alright.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and professor, some courses are easier than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're thinking about attending the university, join clubs and make friends with people who have the same interests as you because those people will help you when it gets tough.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a community, a family sharing the same crimson blood. It offers many opportunities to current and past students in many ways. The goal of this university is to help you succeed both here and in your future.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never had a problem.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot of it, but it isn't limiting for those who aren't.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of options, find something you like!

    Great for these types of students

    Highly motivated students that want to do something with their knowledge in the community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Riverwalk is an amazing place to hammock by the river in the sunset.

    What to do for fun

    Join organizations, there are a lot of opportunities to serve in the community. Go to Birmingham!

    Food and Dining

    Lakeside gets old after awhile but Bryant is awesome.

    Dorm Life

    The housing accommodations are state of the art.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy but others are challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join organizations and get out there to meet people. Live in the honors housing, it's great. Participate in the Honors College.

    In three sentences

    It has a great Honors Program. It has lots of opportunities for involvement. It has a great campus ministry scene.

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I have heard that this campus is so beautiful! Hoping to visit it this summer!

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is really important. The university has blue phones that are all around campus. Also there is the police department and a number you can call if you need help to come immediately.

    Greek Life

    I am not Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    Being active is very important. Find organizations to join and let your voice be heard.

    Great for these types of students

    The university is great for all students. There are many different type of people to befriend.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of students sleep in the library!

    Bang for the buck

    Finding jobs on campus is definitely manageable. The website has many jobs.

    What to do for fun

    Finding things to do on campus is easy. The Ferguson center is always the best place to learn about things to do for entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. Many different places to eat. The dining halls are also open during great hours for you to get food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. You get to learn more about the campus and also the many activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very important. There is plenty of help for you through the university to help you excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips would be get to know your major and what opportunities it can bring.

    In three sentences

    The university is a great school. The professor are great. The atmosphere for learning is impeccable.

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular at The University of Alabama. There are a lot of Greeks on our campus, which can tend to get annoying at times. But you get used to...after a while. It's just something you have to experience for yourself.

    What to do for fun

    Football games and other sporting events, fraternity and sorority parties, go out to eat, go on The Strip.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls tends to get boring at times. You get sick of eating the same thing. However, the university has many places to eat. The Ferguson Center has Subway, Chic Fil A, Burger King, and others. On The Strip are different restaurants, including Thai food places, Waffle House, and numerous bars. Many of the food locations on campus and around campus also take Dining Dollars, which definitely comes in handy.

    Dorm Life

    UA has some of the best dorms. I stayed in Presidential Village my freshmen year. Def worth the money! The dorm is apartment style. It has two bedroom and one bathroom on one side of the dorm, and two bedrooms and one bathroom on the other side of the dorm. In the center there's a living room and a kitchenette. I think everyone should live in a dorm their first year. It's a great experience that allows you to meet tons of people and teaches you valuable lessons.

    Tips for prospective students

    Mange your time wisely. Remember your priorties. Don't get so caught up in all of the social aspects of college that you forget why you came. I've seen students come to college, and forget all about their grades, then at the end of the semester they're left wondering Where did I go wrong? You do not want to mess up your freshmen year, and then spend the other four years trying to bring your GPA back up. Have fun, but still remember that your grades come first.

    In three sentences

    I love The University of Alabama. Being so far from Michigan, the staff here treated me very well and made me feel right at home. I wouldn't want to be at any other school!

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a priority here.

    Greek Life

    A big deal.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get On Board Day is the main way to get involved every semester.

    Great for these types of students

    Southern private school prodigies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Greek life is huge.

    Bang for the buck

    UA lives up to the tuition and fees.

    What to do for fun

    The Strip is packed with bars and football season is like a crimson Mardi Gras.

    Food and Dining

    Bryant Dining Hall... so good

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are new and suite-style.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy your t-shirts a size or two bigger than you normally would. You're gonna need them.

    In three sentences

    The city of Tuscaloosa revolves around the university. Football is the soul of UA. Campus is beautiful.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can hang out on the quad, go to the rec, or just walk around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is dining hall food.

    Dorm Life

    It is five stars if you live in one of the suite styles. I don't exactly know how dorm life is in non-suite styles.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask. There are many people who are willing to help you.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love it. It has such a small school environment for a big campus.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on campus tends to be pretty good. We did have a student who was mugged and beaten this last spring semester but incidents have been little to none up until then.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life runs strong throughout everything on campus. If you are looking to become apart of a Greek organization, black or white, this is the place for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Alabama offers hundreds and I do mean hundreds of clubs and activities. you can choose from playing an intramural sport at the Student Recreation Center or joining the Gamer's Club. There is something to fit any students preference.

    Bang for the buck

    Although tuition can be a little pricey the experience you will have here is priceless. Do not let the cost of tuition deter you from something great. When there is a will there is a way.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty on campus to do for fun. Alabama offers a diversity of things for all groups. Whether it be hitting the strip with your friends or going to one of the local parties of campus you will always be able to find something to do

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is ok. The best dining halls on campus are Fresh Foods and Bryant Sports Grill. The only thing about Bryant is that it is the athletic dining hall, and is only available to regular students during lunch. If you want to go to dinner at Bryant it is 2 meal plans and 10 dining dollars. Dining dollars is a predetermined amount that is a part of your tuition that you can use to get food anywhere on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is average. The best dorms on campus are Lakeside, Riverside, Ridgecrest and Presidential Village. If you can these are the dorms you want to try to get into. These dorms are a little more expensive than the others but they are by far as close to the Hilton hotel that you can get to. The rest of the dorms are pretty bad especially Summerville and Morgan.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic rigor at Alabama depends on what you are trying to do. The courses tend to be difficult for those looking to major in the medical, engineering and business fields.

    Tips for prospective students

    Doing your research is probably the number one thing you can do. You do not want to show up at a school that you know nothing about. Take your time to look up the history, what campus has to offer, what happens at school during the different semesters, and things to do during your down time. Try to take a college course over the summer, specifically math, that way you will not have to take the placement test during your orientation.

    In three sentences

    A place to find out who you really are. A great place to create a post graduate career. The best place on Earth to be.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge. Probably one of the biggest schools in the country in terms of Greek life.

    What to do for fun

    Football games, join a club, work out, hit the bars, chill with friends!

    Food and Dining

    BBQ. That is all.

    Dorm Life

    Friend group for everyone, everyone is looking for friends so don't be shy. Theirs always something to do.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are hard, but if you show up and do the work you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be shy or timid, everyone is looking for new friends. Go to your classes, don't get caught up in the partying element of college, schoolwork comes first. If you go to class and do the work, you will do fine, don't stress/

    In three sentences

    Campus is huge, and the grounds are beautiful. The sports programs are top notch. Wide variety of students, easy to make friends.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police everywhere. When you leave campus though, there are some places in Tuscaloosa that you don't want to find yourself.

    Greek Life

    Alabama has the largest greek like in the country. Every fraternity and sorority are extremely competitive to get in to. Greek life here doesnt compare to anywhere else in the country. It's like the football team: bigger and better than anywhere else.

    Bang for the buck

    Alabama is pretty pricey out of state, but I feel that it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    You will never be bored in Tuscaloosa. There is always a sporting event going on and when there is not, finding something fun to do for the day isn't very hard.

    Food and Dining

    Alabama has has amazing on campus dining halls. Off campus dining on the strip and down McFarland are even better.

    Dorm Life

    In recent years, U of A has been all about tearing down old dorms and building new ones. Dorms at Alabama are basically apartments. You cant go wrong.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes at Alabama aren't easy, but the University puts so much money into libraries, study rooms, and other academic resources which makes it easier to excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on campus and get involved early. Go to all the football games. Alabama has so much to offer, sometimes its hard to experience it all.

    In three sentences

    Alabama has around 30,000 students. It can be overwhelming, but with that many students, there are hundreds of clubs and organizations to join. It is almost hard not to find a place where you fit in.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    We did check out the dining halls and it looked great.

    In three sentences

    I visited over spring break and thought the campus was beautiful. Unfortunately, it was spring break at UA but I could still imagine what a great time it would be on game day watching the Tide Roll.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt afraid walking across Campus at 11 at night after a long night of studying.

    Greek Life

    AMAZING!!!! Definitely a necessity. The best experience of your life!!

    Clubs and Activities

    It is very easy to get involved on campus as long as you try!! Get your name out there and you're almost guaranteed to be accepted.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun, outgoing, Greek involved students who can handled going out and getting good grades.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Denny Chimes. If you graduate and don't have your picture taken there, you failed. Also try and sneak into the stadium. And floor 3M at Gorgas is the best place to study.

    Bang for the buck

    UA is getting more and more expensive by the day. While its completely worth it, it's getting a little out of hand. Our football team is just too darn good!

    What to do for fun

    Head to the strip!!! Good restaurants, fun people. The rec is another fun place to blow off some steam. The rec pool is fun too!

    Food and Dining

    Lakeside dining and Julia's market are the only places you should eat if you can.

    Dorm Life

    Leave your door open as much as you can in your dorm!!! It's the easiest way to make friends. And it is also very entertaining! Some of the dorms at UA are extremely nice, so try not to get too spoiled.

    Academic Rigor

    If you can find out the best teachers to have, you're golden. It's all about knowing the easiest professors! You don't want to get stuck with the wrong person.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved as you can. Ask as many questions as you can think of. Don't be shy!

    In three sentences

    UA is the best school I could ever imagine attending. The campus is beautiful, the people are nice, and I've made so many memories. I never want to leave Tuscaloosa!

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue poles located at most a hundred yards from eachother that immediately contact camous police. they even have a unique light system that guarantees every part of paved surface on campus will have enough light on it as if it were daylight.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 350 clubs, you are guaranteed to find something you will like.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a great price. It is one of the top public universities with access to some things usually only reserved for Ivy Leagues.

    What to do for fun

    The Recreation Center is almost always open with an indoor pool, track and exercise rooms. There is a large open field both next to the Rec and in the middle of the campus. There are some shops just beside the campus and a lot more choices down on Main Street.

    Food and Dining

    There are healthy and tasty options located anywhere on campus. All the choices are delicious and range widely from barbecue chicken topped with ranch to a chicken salad with peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    Dorm Life

    This is your home for the next four years and Bama knows it. There is everything you could possibly want in it, from your own dormroom style (traditional, suite, etc.) to inside entertainment (game rooms, Wiis, etc.). In fact, they're building a new dorm that actually has an inside ice rink for the hockey team. The best part, however, is that if you live in one dorm, you have access to any amenities in other dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    While most classes are difficult, sometimes there are those classes that seem a little too easy. Like I could finish them blind, armless, narcoleptic, and still pass with and A+.

    Tips for prospective students

    Calm Down! Have fun and experience life outside of the classroom. Yes, academics are important, but so is making friends and memories.

    In three sentences

    The environment is one that is full of life and excitement while there is still learning being done. There is always something being done, whether it is a impromptu band on the Quad or Quidditch at the Rec or (of course) a game day. Not only will UA become a home for the next four years, but it will be somewhere you can actually live in and be yourself while having a great time learning and growing as a person.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    From over 450 clubs and organizations, there are plenty to choose from. From playing with the elderly, to playing Ultimate Frisbee, UA has got it all. There are social, athletic, academic, business, and even more, available to join for a small price.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Alabama is great for a student who wants to grab life by the horns, and take a wild ride. The college experience will break you out of your show, let you grow as a person, and you'll be having the time of your life. All while preparing for your future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions include tailgating on the Quad, chanting Roll Tide and having a great time.

    Bang for the buck

    To save money, don't bring a car. Bring a bicycle or just walk. Most freshmen don't need a car, and there are plenty of jobs that are on campus. Also, don't buy books until you've gone to see your professor, because on the first day of classes, they will tell you what you need to bring.

    What to do for fun

    No matter where you go on or off the campus, you will find a good time. Game days offer tailgating in the Quad, recreation centers offer you to play sports, workout and even play a pool game called Battleship. If you're not active, go ahead and pop a squat on the lawn for movie night, or even go shopping downtown. There's always night life, if you're a partier. A weekend wouldn't be complete without a good party.

    Food and Dining

    It won't even matter if there isn't anything in your refrigerator, just go down to a dining hall and load up! Your Freshman Year Experience requires you to have a meal plan. This meal plan allows you to eat whenever you want, and how much you want, at any of the dining halls of campus. Which, by the way, just may be better than your grandma's cooking! Just don't tell her.

    Dorm Life

    What's not to love about dorm life? From traditional, to suite style, you will meet new people and learn how to live on your own. Suite style offers privacy, and also 3 other roomates. You will make friends and have a bond like no other.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are extremely competitive at UA. Honors takes up 30% of the school. Having a minimum of a 3.5 and 1600 on SAT is recommended. If you're out of state, it's easier to get into the school. There's more competition for in-state student prospects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your academics are above average, and you have other things going for you. Join a team, clubs, and do volunteering. Like all colleges, they want to receive a student who's well rounded in all criteria's.

    In three sentences

    The Capstone does not just offer superior academics, flawless athletic teams, and beautiful scenery to feast your eyes upon, but you will be filled with the aura of being an independent, free, college kid. The University of Alabama is the school for you.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    My dining experience at UA was alright. I loved having dining dollars to spend on Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A, but I wasn't a fan of most of the dining halls. I did love the fact that they stayed open until 2 am but the food was always the same. The dining package was expensive, but we always knew we could get food. Without it, if you run out of money, you have nothing to eat.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm life experience what great. However, most students' is not. I lived in the nicer dorms and shared it with three other girls. I met some of my best friends in the dorms I lived in. For a dorm, it was very spacious. I had my own room and we had a living room and a kitchen. Most students hate living in dorms but it was right on campus and close to everything.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is the most important thing at any college, especially the University of Alabama. My freshman year, I was shocked at how difficult and rigorous the classes were. I coasted through high school and rarely studied. However, at UA I found myself studying almost every night and anytime during the day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Deciding on a major was the hardest part of my freshman year. I changed my major about five times. I could not decide what I wanted to do, because I knew whatever I chose would affect my future. I quickly realized that you have to pick your major based on what you love and have a passion for. My advise would be to take a few random classes and see if they interest you. That is what helped me. As soon as I took a history class, I realized that I loved history. So, I finally decided on a major and I couldn't be happier. If you work with something you love, it's not really like work at all.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a great college for any major. I changed my major tons of times and I received a lot of help from the friendly staff at the career center. If I had to decide where to go to college again, I would still pick UA every time.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Alabama is extremely safe! On nearly every corner there is an emergency phone that connects straight to an on-campus officer and sends an alarm when picked up. On top of that, there are dozens of University Police that stroll around campus to watch all activity. At night, there is a voluntary police van that can be called if one does not feel comfortable walking around campus. The university is very safe, even at night! There are always people casually walking around without fear and it's very warming to know that you're comfortable at your school.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very influential on campus. Nearly every girl walks around sporting her sorority shirt, while the fraternities guys wear their matching outfits. The Greek like can be slightly discriminatory, but in general they act like normal college attendees.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek activity is very high at The University of Alabama. There are a lot of sororities and fraternities that emphasize the act of volunteering. Other than the Greek life, there are clubs for nearly every hobby available. There are drama clubs, engineering, science and even fashion. There is a broad spectrum of possibilities at The University of Alabama.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Alabama is definitely a school for people who aim to succeed academically and become active in on-campus activities. Alabama is a very hands on school and desire participation from all of its members. People that do not enjoy social events or clubs will probably dislike the environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During football season all the Bama football fans congregate on the quad and set up large tents, grills and flat screen tv's to celebrate the game day. Every home game you can walk around campus and fans are sporting crimson and hounds tooth and shouting Roll Tide in anticipation of the evening kick-off. Game days are unique and definitely a special addition to The University of Alabama.

    Bang for the buck

    I do feel like the campus is well-maintained and the staff is exceptional, so the tuition cost is appropriate. The university of constantly being renovated, the grass is always nice and the buildings never look aged. The university is beautiful and well worth its price.

    What to do for fun

    On campus there is a lot to do! On the weekends siting on the quad and playing frisbee is a popular thing to do. In the fall there are intramural sports teams and even the Harry Potter favorite, Quidditch! When those sports are over there is the rec center, where you can work out or take Zumba class, and there is also the aquatic center where you can casually swim with friends. Off-campus there is the Tuscaloosa strip where you can go out to dinner, get a coffee or even enjoy frozen yogurt! Everything is within walking distance from campus and it truly is a lot of fun! There's never a boring day at The University of Alabama.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls on campus aren't that great, but they are attempting to get better. Three out of four dining halls serve the same food every day of the week and that gets bland when you live off of a meal plan. One dining hall that's rarely open, Bryant, has the best food on campus! In my opinion, the other halls need to offer a wider variety of food for people with specific needs, such as diabetes, vegan and they also need to have more fruits and vegetables.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in an all girl's dorm and I found it very comfortable. The notion of college and dorms are intimidating as a freshman, but by being surrounded by girls that you can become friends with is a great aspect of college. You bond with the girls on your floor and believe it or not, sharing a bathroom is not that bad. The bathroom can act as a congregating area where you're forced to speak to one another and get to know each other, and before you know it you're close friends!

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Alabama has intimidating courses and painfully simple courses. If you wish to challenge yourself, I would suggest taking honors courses and taking higher level classes to take a more difficult level. I found the overall structure relatively easy to follow. Professors really admire students that show up to class regularly and on time, so show up and be prepared and you'll do great.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you begin your first semester, keep your eye on the prize. The campus is large and slightly overwhelming, but you'll find your niche. The entire campus feels like a family after a while and you'll fall in love with the beautiful scenery.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama campus feels like home away from home. The campus feels like a large, connected family. Alabama is truly filled with southern hospitality, friendly smiles and great education.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Sporting events are the most prominent thing to do on campus. With national championship winning football, softball, and basketball teams their is always a game to attend.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whenever someone says Roll Tide it is tradition to say it back or the other person will look at you awkwardly until you say it in return.

    Bang for the buck

    The unlimited meal plan is the most bang for your buck because you can eat whenever the mood strikes you as many times a day as you would like.

    What to do for fun

    With multiple sporting events as well as clubs and organizations their are unlimited possibilities of things to do while on campus. Their is several shopping malls on McFarland Blvd. to give you a chance to shop. With a movie theater within driving distance from campus their is never a dull moment while at UA.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is outstanding. With several places to eat on and off campus you will never be unsatisfied. Certain dining halls are open late night for those nights where you need a quick snack and break from studying.

    Dorm Life

    Living in dorms is an experience. You get the opportunity to meet many great people as well as have the chance to ask for help with any struggles in a class or in life.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor, I believe, is the same at any other school. As long as you attend class, study and take the assignment seriously, you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to talk to people and make friends. Also do not be overwhelmed and think no one knows what you are going through because everyone on campus has either experienced the same things you are or are in the process of experiencing.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a very ethnically diverse school. It also is a large campus with a small campus feel. Most of all easy to learn and attend classes.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs you can join and a lot of activities you can do around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    There isn't a public university that has more quality than the University of Alabama.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things you can do around campus for fun. If you like being active and being fit, the REXPO is the place to go. You can play basketball, lift weights, kickboxing, and battleships. If you are more into the partying, than there will be a lot of them here too.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great and you have a variety of meals and restaurants you can use your Action Card for, but there are so many people that you will barely find anywhere to sit. Most likely, you will be eating in your residence halls.

    Dorm Life

    Everybody is friendly and you can go to your neighbor and ask for help whenever you need it.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a reason why this school has been academically praise across the nation. People around the world comes here either for football, academics, or the beautiful campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you haven't already, fill out your grants and scholarships as soon as possible. Best advice I can give you is to NOT PROCRASTINATE. Be proactive instead of reactive and you will be fine attending Alabama.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is one of the most beautiful campuses you will ever see. The facilities are top notch and everybody you meet are extremely friendly and social. Football is the biggest sport here and even if you don't follow the sport, just being around the campus can get you hook up and fallen in love with the Crimson Tide.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to concerts or rush. Football games...

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are exquisite. With the price we pay for a meal plan, It should be.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are beautiful while others are old and disgusting.

    Academic Rigor

    The school isn't that academically rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pursue as many scholarships as you can. The cost of school here is ridiculously high, but they have highly revered programs.

    In three sentences

    The school features a huge campus with tons of majors. The student body is somewhere close to 30,000. I would give the school a 7 out of 10.

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is at an utmost high. There are security cameras, police, help stations, etc. all around campus throughout the entire day. One should never have to feel afraid on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There couldnt be more clubs and activities. They are endless!!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    I mean this is the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP school we're discussing here. What more could you ask for? Everything about the university is exciting, and lovable.

    What to do for fun

    Football, football, and more football. The football season is of course the best part of the entertainment side of the university. Besides football, there's a recreational center for students, free of charge, that offers a complete weight room area, multiple basketball courts/volleyball courts. There's swimming pools, tennis courts, soccer fields and more. Parties are also a big deal on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of food choices in the four dining areas. Alongside having four dining areas, there are various restaurants around campus like Subway, or Chik-fil-a. The food is endless and GREAT.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is crazy. It's every college kid's dream. The comfort level is great. RAs are always there to help out. Any trouble in the dorm is cut short and handled properly as soon as possible. I love the dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are amazing. The professors make sure their students leave lectures and classes knowing more than what they knew coming in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to this university no matter what your major. The University of Alabama offers a wide range of majors for students. Everyone is welcome. Apply for Scholarships as well, it will make the college process much smoother.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a very welcoming institution for higher learning. The faculty, staff, and students all interact with one another on a high level. The University of Alabama is a school that allows for an amazing learning environment as well as social environment.

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University's police do a great job! Blue phones everywhere!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is college life at UA

    Clubs and Activities

    Get on Board day is great! Over 400 clubs and organizations!

    Bang for the buck

    Super expensive

    What to do for fun

    Go on the strip, a movie on the quad, join lots of groups and organizations!!

    Food and Dining

    Food is great, good farmers market, refills at Subway aren't free :(

    Dorm Life

    Somerville is cheap but has horrible wifi

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get your scholarship application in!!! Go to camp 1831 and get on board day!

    In three sentences

    Very expensive. Good selection of groups and organizations. Faculty in the financial aid office are not very helpful.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel EXTREMELY safe on campus. There are emergency call boxes that light up bright blue at night and they are all over! Being an independent female on campus it's very important to feel safe while walking in secluded areas or during the night. The campus is well lit at night, so if you got caught up studying and didn't notice that dusk had fallen you can trust that you'll still feel safe walking home!

    Greek Life

    The greek life on campus is very prominent, many students choose to participate in it and it seems like a great way to meet new people and make friends!

    Great for these types of students

    If you're into staying healthy the University has a state of the art Recreation Center that you can get to by bus, AND it's included in your tuition! No membership is needed, just stop on in at anytime and take advantage!

    Bang for the buck

    Because I'm an out of state student I am paying more, and I do believe that it's worth it! Everyone makes you feel very welcomed and it's easy to feel at home. The quality of resources, food, dorm life and education are all worth the extra cash.

    What to do for fun

    Games are a big part of campus life. Most people go to the home games and tailgate. other than that their are always activities happening at the ferguson center, or on the quad. A lot of the time clubs or groups will write in chalk on the side walks about activities they will be hosting, that's always fun to see! If you're into partying, you're in luck because the Greek system always seems to have something going on at any time during the week!

    Food and Dining

    The food that is offered is very good, better than expected. Of course some dinning halls are better than others but the locations of each dinning halls are close to the dorms for easy access. The workers are nice and accommodating. There's an option for everyone and the food doesn't get boring. However depending on when you go the dinning halls can be very crowed, and a lot of the times things will be out of stock. So if you're going from some ice cream just know you might find the machine empty!

    Dorm Life

    I'm really enjoying dorm life. Living in a traditional seems like a pain to most people but once you're here it's not as bad as everyone thinks! The RA's are really nice and helpful. If you ever needed anything you can always go to them! The buildings are beautiful red brick and the over all quality is very do able! However dorm life does not het five stars because the walls are very thin, you can here people in the hall way. The showers are tiny and the water get's very hot when someone in a floor above you flushes!

    Academic Rigor

    I give three stars because as a freshman taking 17 credits I still feel like I have a vast amount of free time. The classes keep me engaged just enough so that I'm not bored but I don't feel like I'm being challenged all that much.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to make friends fast join a club! Make sure you take advantage of the resources that the school offers like the writing center, the women's resource center and the math tutoring lab. It's easy to get caught up in the fun, so it's a smart idea to plan out your time to make sure everything gets done with minimal stress!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama has a very beautiful campus and the people are very friendly. Greek life is something that is very prominent all over campus and there are always parties to attend. The university has many events every week so that you don't get bored and have the chance to meet new people!

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Alabama has Emergency phones placed everywhere around campus and it seems that people are awake at all hours of the night.

    Bang for the buck

    I love Tuscaloosa because everything is within a 2 mile radius no matter where you are, so having to worry about spending extra money on gas is somewhat out of the picture depending on what you drive.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life with keep you active if you choose to participate in a fraternity or sorority. Fraternities/sororities can be too much fun, if you catch my drift. Tailgating on The Quad during football season is a great way to spend time with family or friends and meet new people. There are many recreational sports to participate in if you choose too. The Rec center is a great way to stay in shape if you are into working out and staying healthy.

    Tips for prospective students

    The easiest way to make good grades is to be organized. Simple as that.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is the best football college in the nation. The University of Alabama has one of the best Greek systems in the nation. Learning at the University is easy with the numerous amount of tudors and advisors on staff to help your grades be the best they can possibly be.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Every dorm, club, team, and college within the University has thing pre-planned for every student that enters this university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about anything, because EVERYTHING is taken care of

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is the best university for a capstone student. Everyone here is friendly and willing to help, even if one does not ask. This University will prepare one for the best future, with connetions and so many opportunities upon one's graduation.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of options in Tuscaloosa to do things. Usually, I just have calm get-togethers with groups of friends watching movies or TV shows. However, there is DEFINITELY a scene for the hard partiers and social butterflies of the world. The Greek parties are supposed to be fun, and there are a lot of bars on the Strip (within walking distance of campus). Farther off campus, there are a lot of great restaurants, a movie theater, copious shopping, parks, and a whole bunch of other things!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are...perfectly adequate. Bryant is a great place to stop for lunch, and it has the most consistently good food on campus. Burke is also really good, even though I don't usually have time to walk all the way across campus. The two most convenient dining halls, Fresh Foods and Lakeside, are rarely great but always edible, so a meal plan is not exactly a waste!

    Dorm Life

    The suite-style dorms are GREAT at Bama! My dorm is always comfortable, and it's literally one of my favorite things about my college experience. The dorms are more like apartments. Every roommate has their own room, and there are two full bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. There is cable and Wifi (the connection is not always great), and everything is ludicrously spacious! They are definitely the nicest dorms I've ever seen!

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes at UA are extremely easy, but it is definitely possible to challenge yourself academically. Like anything else, it really depends on the effort you are willing to put into your classes. The honors college also does a good job of making more challenging classes available that delve deeper into more interesting topics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you can handle taking care of things independently. There are plenty of resources available to help students, but processes such as registration and remaining motivated and on top of deadlines is up to individual students. You need to be able to navigate the wealth of choices available without becoming completely overwhelmed. Football games are crazy, and the atmosphere is really exciting. Tailgating is literally unbelievable, but it is possible to survive without being an obsessive football fan! It's not possible to completely avoid, though, even though it's really fun to tailgate! If you're coming from the North, the culture shock really isn't so bad. Don't forget that winter does still happen! I brought only shorts last year, and I nearly froze when the temperature dropped into the 40s.

    In three sentences

    UA has a beautiful campus and a great atmosphere; I have really enjoyed my time here! The university is large enough to really personalize your college experience and more opportunities than you could possibly take advantage of. While the recent expansions in enrollment has created some overcrowding and there have been issues with diversity, my time at UA has been overwhelmingly positive.

  • 11/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has their own police station located on campus. There are huge blue pillars that have a button on them that when pushed the campus police will be there within ten seconds. I have never felt unsafe on this campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at this campus is the largest in the nation. They are very active on campus. They have large houses that both surround the stadium and another location on campus. The sorority rush process occurs the week before school starts in August. It is a very welcoming community that offers many opportunities on and off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    This University has over 350 clubs and organizations. They have everything from Quiddich to Environmental Clubs. They aim for diversity and they have achieved it. I have never met a student who has not found at least one niche on this campus. It takes a little effort to find your right place, but it is definitely worth finding.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for students that love meeting new people, having opportunities that can stem from any branch. This is a large campus so students that are shy or cannot learn in large environments should not attend this school. Students who love the challenge of becoming a leader with so much competition, would thrive here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many traditions at this University; especially involving game-day. The Walk of Champions, where the football players walk into the stadium on game-day. The Million Dollar Band plays on the quad before the game. Tailgating in general is on a whole different level than any other university I have been to. Denny Chimes is a cherished monument on campus. This University has more traditions that take attending this university to understand.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out-of- state student so my tuition is significantly higher than instate students. I am also double majoring and minoring. So, for my case the tuition is a bang for my buck scenario.

    What to do for fun

    The University definitely does a good job of hosting activities for students. There are plenty of bars on the strip that students attend, but these are 19 and up only. Greek Life is very prominent at this school so expect a lot of Fraternity parties. There is a lake close by to school that can be used to fish, kayak or swim at. There are over 350 clubs on campus that allow for a personalized experience for any new student.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is usually only consumed by freshmen. The food is descent, always check the menu before going! The food is always hot and I never got sick from eating at one. There are many food options surrounding the school that are restaurant or fast food like places.

    Dorm Life

    The University has built many new hotel/apartment style dorms that have only been in use for two or three years. There are also older dorms that have been around forever, but, these are in better locations and have a much better community life.

    Academic Rigor

    Alabama has continued its goal of accepting more students with higher GPA's, SAT and ACT score applicants. The University as a whole has been successfully changing the face of how academics are viewed. Definitely expect hard classes, especially during major based courses. Of course there are always professors who are easier and harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that a new student learn all basic common knowledge about the University; for example, who Paul Bear Bryant is, the current head football coach and starting football team. There is definitely a classified dress code for girls and boys. Girls wear Nike shorts and large t-shirts. Boys usually wear khakis and polo shirts. Definitely live in a dorm; you make so many new friends. Get involved! Whether you are from Alabama or out-of-state, make your college experience memorable.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is filled with traditions that have been around since its founding in 1831. A student will get the full college experience at this University. This University will allow you to make as much or as little of your experience as possible; you just have to be willing to do a little work to make the connections you desire.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Alabama's campus is very safe. The southern hospitality might have something to do with that, but we also have emergency posts on every street that a student can use if necessary and a police will be on scene in minutes. We have three different types of security, the Tuscaloosa police, camous security and ABC. There couldn't be a safer campus.

    Greek Life

    A large percentage of Alabama's population is involved in Greek Life so it's well known here. Our sororities and fraternities are all well known and they offer a lot to the students. There are daily meals served as well as block seating at the football games. There are get-togethers every Thursday night between different sororities and fraternities. Also, each house has a different philanthropy that does fundraising and volunteer work.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a large range of different clubs to get involved in here whether its a sorority or fraternity, a religious club, a sports team, getting involved with student government, we also have a lot of good clubs that are centered around volunteer work.

    Great for these types of students

    We have students from all over the country and the world that chose UA as their college. Our campus is around 65% Greek life so if you're into sororities or fraternities this is the place for you. However, this campus isn't for just one or two different types of people, there's a large variety of students that absolutely love coming to the Capstone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Alabama is full of tradition, mainly because of our football history so Bear Bryant (the coach) is a big deal here along with houndstooth because of what he wore to games.

    Bang for the buck

    Alabama can become costly if you're an out-of-state student but I haven't found a more exciting campus to be on. It's worth the extra money, especially since you only get to have the college experience once. There's always fun things going on around campus that's free or extremely cheap to keep the students entertained.

    What to do for fun

    Like most other college towns, we have a place called, The Strip which has a lot of bars and clubs for fun night life activities. The fraternities on campus also normally have a live band come and play at their houses every Friday and Saturday night and it's free to go and watch. For a more relaxing night we have things like movie theaters and we have concert halls. There's always a lot to do here, except on Sundays. Sundays are normally super low key due to being in the Bible Belt.

    Food and Dining

    Our food halls on campus are highly rated and well taken care of. It's easy to find a type of food that you'd like between the several different dinning halls and each is buffet style. We also have a food court in the Ferguson center which is at the center of campus that has places like Chick-fil-a, Subway, Starbucks, etc. There's also several food places off campus but within easy walking ddistance like TCBY, Chipotle, Moes, Buffalo Phils, Cold Stone, Hungry Howeys, and more. Everything is very close and not outrageously priced.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms have been recently renovated so they're definitely livable. Many are suite style where each student has their own bedroom that connects to a main room with bathrooms and three other people's bedrooms. They're all right in the middle of campus which makes getting to classes easy and they're all safe.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Alabama's education is up to par with many other schools around the nation. Yes, it does have a more lenient acceptance rate towards students that didn't do as well in high school but they also have strict gpa policies and make you earn your right to stay here. The professors all want to see you succeed so they're always helpful here and there are a large variety of classes available to the students here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to come to The University of Alabama, I would highly suggest getting involved on campus. You'll learn about so many different cultures through meeting people when participating in a sports team, a club, sga, or even Greek life. Whatever you do and where ever you decide to go, make sure you step out of your comfort zone to make these next years some extremely memorable ones.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is definitely a top college choice due to their amazing staff, beautiful campus, and of course, who doesn't enjoy a good football game? The large variety of students here makes it easy for everyone to find a place where they'll fit in and have the best college experience. Make sure to check out UA when looking at possible college choices, it will not let you down.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have campus police that are very easy to contact. They do everything. My friend lost her CELLPHONE a few weeks ago, and they found it for her within a week!

    Greek Life

    They're having issues right now.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many options to be honest when it comes to clubs and activities. There's a new party/dance like every week. Even the dining halls have party nights.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Instead of turning on University Drive - I'd suggest passing it and turning off on Campus or Jack Warner Pky - much less traffic if you're in a hurry.

    What to do for fun

    I attend a church thing on Tuesday nights called Freshley at the Wesley Foundation. It's a worship/small group service dedicated to helping freshmen. We do lots of fun activities. Other than joining up with a group or team, I'd suggest hanging out on the Strip - that's where all the life is at night. And sleep - sleep is very fun.

    Food and Dining

    AMAZING food, but very expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm, but some of the kids are really dumb sometimes and drive me crazy. That's not the dorms fault though, dealing with party kids is just a factor of living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard, but it pays off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get plenty of sleep whenever/wherever you can. Don't chase the quad squirrels and definitely don't feed them. Get to know your professor - it's scary but it definitely pays off. Do morning classes, so that you have the afternoon to do what you want.

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Alabama so far. The faculty is helpful, and the professors really want you to succeed. It is also a fantastic, beautiful campus with a million different options.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Obviously one of the best things to do for fun here is attending Alabama football games. We are currently ranked the #1 team in the nation and are defending National Champions. The atmosphere on game day is like nothing you have ever seen and being in the student section in Bryant Denny stadium is truly amazing. Other than game day Saturdays, you can get involved in the Greek life that has events and things to do almost every night. We also have a lots of areas to shop, a movie theatre, bowling, and Birmingham is only an hour away!

    Food and Dining

    The on campus dining halls are surprisingly very good. There is Burke (my personal favorite), Lakeside (which is closet to freshman housing), Bryant (athletes live in Bryant hall so they eat here- probably the best food on campus but more expensive), and the Ferguson Center which is home to Fresh Foods dining hall and other restaurants like Subway, Chick fil a, and Starbucks. There are many great places to get food that are walking distance from campus on our Strip like Moe's, Firehouse subs, Jimmy Johns, Buffalo Phil's, Bento Japanese, and El Rincon. You definitely won't starve here!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Julia Tutwiler my freshman year. It is an all girls dome placed on the corner of sorority row and Bryant Denny stadium. The location is AWESOME but, I'll be honest- the dorm is OLD. There are community bathrooms on each floor and you share a room with another girl and it is tiny. Most of the other dorms on campus (Presidential Village, Riverside, Lakeside) are great and much bigger with a common room and a kitchen but the location isn't as prime. As a freshman girl coming to Alabama, Tutwiler is the best choice because I think everyone should experience the dorm life to appreciate your apartment or house later on in your college career!

    Academic Rigor

    As a Public Relations major, my academic schedule didn't get very hard or rigorous until my junior year. You spend your freshman and most of your sophomore year in the basic classes like your math, science, history, and English. Obviously, depending on your major the academic rigor will vary. I know several girls and guys in the nursing program that are always studying and have really tough material to cover.

    Tips for prospective students

    The enrollment number for out of state students has almost doubled since I was a freshman. The University of Alabama is made up of 63% out of state students so, if you are from anywhere outside of Alabama, make sure you keep your grades up and take the ACT as many times as you can because out of state tuition is very high and rising so you must get as much scholarship money as you can. As far as in state prospects, the University has priority for in state and if you make good grades and do well on the ACT, you will have no trouble getting accepted into Alabama.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a school that not only excels academically, but athletically as well. There is never a lack of organizations or clubs to get involved in. This is a HUGE campus, so you are going to meet some new friends from all across the country.

  • 11/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a great way to meet people and get involved. Making a new family within only a few days.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Denny Chimes is always a fun place to put your hands and feet in the same place as our old football captains.

    What to do for fun

    From greek life, to sports, game days, an the rec there is always something to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont let the large number of students, a big campus make you nervous. After just a few days you ajust well with everyone around you being in the same position they are welcoming with open arms. Keep an open mind and get involoved.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is not just a place to gain an education, but a second home. From a life changing game day experience, to a calm learn community the University of Alabama is a great second home for any body.

  • 11/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University is extremely safe, it has its own police department and many blue emergency kiosks that allow you to press a button as you walk by and not stop if you do not feel safe. There is also bus routes and a free transportation system that you can call and be picked up and driven to almost anywhere around campus, you need.

    Greek Life

    I am not part of Greek Life but have many friends that are and they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can think of, UA most likely has a group or club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student will be happy with The University of Alabama. The campus offers accommodations for pretty much every student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Game day tradition is the best. There is tailgating on the quad and many opportunities to meet new people and hang out. I also enjoy the quad and rec field to get together with friends and play any type of sports

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there are many clubs and activities to get involved in. Pretty much, if you can think of it, they have a group you can join with people with similar interests. If you happen to have a unique interest and cannot find an organization, all you need is a few people with the same interests and a professor sponsor to create it. The rec center is open a huge variety of times and has many fun things to do inside. You can swim, play basketball, racquetball and many other games and sports and you can run and lift weights.

    Food and Dining

    A dining halls is, after all, a dining hall. They have their positives and negatives. I enjoy the variety of food offered, although it is generally repetitive and can get bland. However, Bryant dining hall has some of the better options to eat for lunch and change every day. They also have great dinner options but cost a little bit extra.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be as fun as you make it. There are many opportunities to meet many people and to attend various events. I was lucky enough to have a great roommate and meet a lot of good friends that I will probably be friends with for many years to come.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at the University are fun and educational. Some of them can be more difficult than others but can easily be completed with study and hard work. The professors are also very helpful and will help with just about anything you ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip for a prospective student is cliche, work hard and stay focused with your school work. The University of Alabama hold the same truths and offer awesome opportunities for any variety of students. I do not believe there is any better option. Another great perk of The University is sports. No matter what sport you are interested in, Alabama will give you great games and matches in all of them.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama was not my first choice for college but after a school tour and talking with other students it quickly moved up the chain. It is a school with great education and opportunity. I do not believe there is a better school to attend.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The possibilities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of great choices on and around campus

    Dorm Life

    Co-Ed dorms are the best.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be tough at times, but in the end it's worth it

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't dress up the first day of class Domino's will get all of your Dining Dollars Simply the best football experience Stay on top of your school work

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is quite possibly one of the best educational institutions. They will do anything to help their students out. I definitely recommend anyone looking for a great university with a great experience to look no further!

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There is a very vivid greek scene at UA.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for everyone here.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all students. Alabama offers academic rigor, the college town experience, opportunities to meet many different types of people.

    What to do for fun

    Of course, there is football which includes a full day of tailgating and hanging out with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Walk your classes before the first day.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt threatened walking around campus no matter what the time. There is campus security spread all around campus and emergency buttons you can press on posts set up everywhere.

    Greek Life

    UA now has the largest Greek system in America by membership, and it is certainly evident. You don't have to be in a sorority or fraternity, and I wouldn't advise it, but Greeks definitely dominate the campus. The girls have the strangest habit of wearing oversized t-shirts with Nike shorts every single day, if you haven't already heard.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs you can join at UA and new organizations are constantly being formed. At the beginning of each semester, the school hosts Get On Board Day, where you can easily sign up for all the clubs that pique your interest.

    Great for these types of students

    smart students who want to save thousands of dollars, anyone who wants to join a fraternity or sorority, football players, die-hard football fans

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University of Alabama has a strange, but perfectly understandable, tradition of worshipping its football team.

    Bang for the buck

    I got a scholarship that paid for my tuition and housing and included a couple of other amazing benefits, so it was certainly worth the money I pay for textbooks and a meal plan. Most of the students I know would say the same.

    What to do for fun

    People like to hunt here apparently. If you aren't into that, partying in apartments or hitting up the bar scene is quite popular. There are nice athletic facilities so a lot of people spend their free time exercising. The most common thing is probably just hanging out with people at their dorms or apartments. There's really not a whole lot to do outside of campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are four dining halls on campus, a couple food courts, and a few markets. At the beginning, the food seems good, but it gets old fast. There aren't a lot of fresh, healthy options, but the food is probably still better than the food on most college campuses.

    Dorm Life

    If you are in the honors college, the dorms are amazing. The dorms are set up suite-style with four people. Each person gets his/her own room and two people share a bathroom and sink area. There is also a basic kitchen and living room for everyone to share, and each hall has laundry rooms and a more complete kitchen. Non-honors housing can vary from the exact same setup as honors to dirty, cramped rooms, depending on how much money you are willing to spend.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an strong student and I've had no problem getting A's in all of my classes. Some classes do require a decent amount of work to get the grade, but nothing is unmanageable. Academic rigor also varies by major. Organic chemistry, for instance, is tough and requires extensive work to get a high grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early to meet the scholarship deadline and visit the campus before you make any decisions! The faculty here are very welcoming and will be there to assist you throughout your four years if you decide to attend! Get involved early and don't settle into your comfort zone too quickly, explore!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama has a beautiful campus and gives out some of the most generous scholarships in the country. It is easy to become involved in any organizations, programs, research, or whatever may interest you here. Most of the student body seems to be involved in Greek life, but it is certainly not a requirement.

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Absolutely safe. Police and security always available nearby, but they're not all on your back like guards. Perfect balance between safety and freedom.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and sororities are very involved with the community, and are a lot of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    No matter your niche, there are plenty of clubs to join to stay involved and have a great time.

    Great for these types of students

    Great place for all people, thrill seekers and shy folks, nerds and the less studious. Everyone can fit in with someone here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The quad is a great place to just relax and enjoy Alabama's great weather.

    Bang for the buck

    At Alabama, you'll have the time of your life. Right now, there's no better school in which to be enrolled.

    What to do for fun

    Tuscaloosa is a big town, and there are plenty of places to go and things to see. And of course, the football games!!

    Food and Dining

    Food is great. Several dining halls on campus, all with good food.

    Dorm Life

    Met my best friend in my dorm building, and he wasn't even on my floor. You usually get paired with people who have similar interests. Always a good time, and RAs are nice

    Academic Rigor

    The class material can be tough, depending on major and what you excel at. But the professors are helpful, and a good gpa is very achievable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends!! Don't be shy, branch out, and stay connected to your fellow students and organizations. Also, STUDY!! It's a school first, so remember why you're here. You can still find a healthy balance between school and play though, so don't worry.

    In three sentences

    Best university I've ever been to, I have fun every day I step on campus. Campus, people, professors, everything is great. School is a 9.9/10, would be 10 if it was free!!

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Find your passion. The biggest benefit of such a large campus is definitely that you will find your place. Their truly is a club or organization for everyone. Go to get on board day, talk to your advisor about what other students in your major are involved in, find a church home, go to football/basketball/gymnastics games and matches and just get involved wherever you can.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the dining halls is really good, just repetitive. However, if you join a sorority or fraternity you will eat 3 meals a day there Monday-Thursday and 2 meals on Friday. Every house has their own chef and the food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    The suite style dorms are amazing. They are apartment style where you will have your own bedroom, share a bathroom with one other person, and share a living room and kitchen with three other people. These style dorms are rather new and in extremely great condition.

    Academic Rigor

    This is not a school where a 4.0 GPA is easy to come by. Even general education classes require a ton of effort to get a good grade. Obviously STEM majors are harder than other majors but all majors have hard classes and classes that are on the easier side comparatively.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and fill out your scholarship application. The merit scholarships are huge and everyone who meets the requirements receives them as long as you apply before the deadline. Get involved when you get on campus. The campus is huge and can seem overwhelming so finding where you fit into the puzzle is very important.

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge and there is always something to do. Football is huge here but only on game days, the school is not all football like many people believe. When you step foot on campus you will be mesmerized by how beautiful it is.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police all over the place and keep dorms safe also

    Greek Life

    Huge amount of sororities and frats. Has large Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs for sports fans and inter murals Anything you can imagine

    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Bang for the buck

    Great school. Roll tide

    What to do for fun

    Sorority events. Sports events. Clubs. Etc plenty to do

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices and food at dining halls are good

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are ok. Rooms are small but like most other universities

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are based a lot around computers. Classes are hard but small

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay close to campus. Join clubs activities or sorority. Study

    In three sentences

    Had a great Greek system. Advisors are fantastic and informative. Had a large selection of classes that are offered.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Black Warrior River, the Strip, Downtown, and so much more. Take your friends for a ride around NorthPort, their's a lot of cool stuff there.

    Food and Dining

    People are gonna have their own opinions on certain places, but food's food haha.

    Dorm Life

    Get to know your RA's and FA because they're here to help you out. Plus if something goes wrong in your room, they'll more likely to believe you than your roommates because they know you better.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally the courses aren't that much of a struggle for me because I went to a college prep. high school, but study hard and you'll do fine. After you get past your first exam the rest are a piece of cake.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) The busses should never be trusted if you want to take them to class. Plan to leave AT LEAST a half an hour or so before your class actually starts. 2.) Attend as many of the Week of Welcome events as you can because that's how you're gonna start making friends that'll last a lifetime. 3.) If you like being outdoors be sure to check out the Black Warrior River, it's literally right next to campus.

    In three sentences

    Roll Tide is a way of living- we love, eat, and live it. From the football games to the southern hospitality I couldn't recommend a more picturesque place. If you want to finish-in-four then come to the University of Alabama because our advisor's will guarantee that you'll be set to graduate with your bachelor's in exactly four years!

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Strip, wonderful wooded areas, great lakes and a clean environment surround campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't need to be a Greek in order to have a social life at Alabama. The Greek system is affectionately referred as, The Machine, runs most of school politics; However, there are multicultural and religious based fraternities and sororities if you are so inclined to participate. Granted Alabama values tradition highly, and football is a large part of that.

    In three sentences

    At Alabama I was instructed by supportive and well educated faculty. The morale is quite high, and students need not participate in football culture in order to have friends and find community. Furthermore, the campus is beautifully manicured and there are quite a few majors to choose from.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe can call for a on campus ride anytime even if the buses are not running

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone from introvert to extroverts you can find the right type of club for you

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The pre game rally and march to the stadium on game days is a spectacular sight to see

    What to do for fun

    get involved in a club, church or intramural

    Food and Dining

    the food plan is unlimited - you never go hungry and there is something d=for everyone

    Dorm Life

    There are so many people here from all over and living in the dorms is a great way to meet them

    Academic Rigor

    They set high standards here so you have to keep up with the work and stay on your toes

    Tips for prospective students

    no matter where you go get involved in an extra-curricular group or activity Take time to know your teachers

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is everything I was looking for with strong academics and a high school spirit, I get to have the best of both worlds. There is an opportunity for community involvement as well so you feel a part of something bigger than yourself

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Plenty of emergency post all around campus!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are plenty of strange traditions here at Alabama! We have a City Café which opens at 4am until noon and it offers the best food for those late night munchies!

    What to do for fun

    For fun I like to go out on the strip which is on street full of places to eat shop and hang out! Here at Alabama during the fall football is the main event going on every weekend, but during the spring there is plenty more to do with baseball, softball, gymnastics, and many more. We also have a great student recreational center!

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of different places to eat on campus and they all offer a variety of different foods!

    Dorm Life

    I live in the newest dorms on campus and they are really nice, the kids in my dorm are kind of rowdy but over all I really like living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    They work you hard but the teachers will also help those who try!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your mind open to all the different and diverse opportunities that are available at Alabama. This is a great friendly campus, so get out and get involved in anything that interest you!

    In three sentences

    I love this University! There are endless possibilities and I have met the nicest people here. I love all my professors, they are very helpful but also expect great things from us.

  • 02/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I walk to class everyday and feel very safe. University police are all over.

    Greek Life

    University of Alabama has the best Greek Life around.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list.

    Great for these types of students

    FUN LOVING PEOPLE! Football fans.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Denny Chimes. The Quad!

    Bang for the buck

    You should feel very comfortable there if you're moving from another state. I have lots of close friends from all over the country and they all fell in love with UA.

    What to do for fun

    Football games are the best in the country!!! RTR!! There are Frat parties every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    Good selection of places to eat and different types of food.

    Dorm Life

    If you're a freshman girl, Tutt is the best place because it's close to most of your classes and right across the street from Sorority Row.

    Academic Rigor

    Great professors!

    Tips for prospective students

    Greek life is wonderful for meeting new people instantly. You can easily navigate around campus.

    In three sentences

    The campus is the most beautiful one that I've seen. The Greek life here is awesome. UA's nightlife is the best around.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emails sent regularly to alert students of what's going on. Crossing lights, police calls, painted sidewalk lanes. This school cares about its students.

    Greek Life

    Lots of sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Honour Societies galore and many activities announced by email throughout the year.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is so well-rounded, it fits anyone except the lazy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You must go to Mellow Mushroom on University Boulevard.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not cheap, but the academics, staff, and campus are well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Just walking around campus is fun! It is so beautiful and steeped in heritage. There are museums, art galleries and many libraries. You must hear the Denny Chimes play!

    Food and Dining

    There are many delicious options on campus and nearby. There are even allergy options.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus but I have seen the dorms and they are much nicer than other colleges I've been to

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and require your attention and participation.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can fit in the time, visit campus. It is beautiful!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama has made it possible for me to reach my dreams of serving others. Many classes are available online for flexibility. Staff is very friendly and supportive.

  • 03/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good, lots of UA police and other helpful things around campus.

    Greek Life

    HUGE on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of different clubs and stuff.

    Great for these types of students

    Frat bros and sorority girls.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Denny Chimes, yelling roll tide.

    Bang for the buck

    SO EXPENSIVE if your are out of state, but pretty easy to get scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the lake, the cliffs, parties, intramurals.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are pretty awful, but thats college.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay, the dorms aren't the worst.

    Academic Rigor

    Not very hard at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just go to class and do your work and you will pass with good grades.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is really big and really beautiful. The University of Alabama is mainly run by Greeks and Athletics. The University of Alabama isn't that hard of a school.

  • 03/22/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Lots of variety on and off campus, and lots of local stores take campus credit

    Dorm Life

    The Honors Dorms are apartment style. You have your own bedroom, share a bathroom with one other person, share a living room and kitchen with three other people.

    In three sentences

    This is a beautiful campus filled with friendly people. Tuscaloosa is perfectly fitted for a college campus, with plenty of food and entertainment options. Scholarships are also given generously based on merit.

  • 03/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police squad, and they are very efficient. You never feel vulnerable here.

    Greek Life

    It speaks for itself on campus. We have one of the largest and best greek societies in the country.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of them available to students who want to be involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all that want to come here. There's a place for everyone at UA!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are too many to name. This school is packed with traditions. Roll tide!

    Bang for the buck

    UA offers tons of scholarships, so the bang for your buck is unparalleled at any university of this caliber.

    What to do for fun

    Just be involved! We have some of the best sports teams in the nation, so be sure to attend athletic events. Make lots of friends, visit local attractions, join organizations, or go Greek!

    Food and Dining

    With a variety of dining halls and restaurants on campus, you can keep your taste buds happy quite easily. The food is very good, especially compared to other college dining halls, and there are tons of good eateries around town!

    Dorm Life

    There is literally always something to do! Activities are offered to all students on any given day. You don't have to be bored here if you don't want to be!

    Academic Rigor

    While some students don't take class seriously (just like at any college), the classes have a lot to offer and the professors are very knowledgeable and helpful when needed! Don't slack off at UA and you can be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school to prepare for your college career here. Try to get as many scholarships as possible from UA, because they can be quite generous with them. Also, come and visit the beautiful campus, and you will be set on coming here!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a huge school, but the students are always friendly and welcoming. There are abundant opportunities and the campus life is vibrant. This school is the pride of all southern universities.

  • 04/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a greek like, get involved in intramural sports, or a club. There are so many opportunities available to get involved in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research schools that you are interested in and see if they carry your major. Learn more about the department and see which one you think will benefit you the most. Don't go somewhere just because your family wants you to. Go where you know you will succeed and have the best time.

    In three sentences

    Alabama has been the greatest thing to happen to me in years. I have been given multiple opportunities to grow and learn new things about myself. I have also been given the opportunity to learn everything I can about becoming a physical therapist and applying to physician therapy school.

  • 04/06/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Museums

    What to do for fun

    SPORT Play music Go for trips Visit Gulf shore. Bible study

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan I find quite expensive. The variaty of food is satisfying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and get enrolled at UA!

    In three sentences

    The campus and student life are amazing. The university offers a lot of opportunity to improve your skills. The facilities, sport opportunities are inviting.

  • 04/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel completely safe while I'm on campus.

    Greek Life

    Alabama has one of the biggest Greek systems in the nation!

    Bang for the buck

    I wouldn't trade going here for anything!!

    What to do for fun

    Football season is the best here but there are also many other sports that students get into for free like the Gymnastics meets and the Baseball games. Many students also study or do activities on the quad when there's nice weather. If you like to go out there's Rounder's or The Jupiter right on The Strip.

    Food and Dining

    Freshmen are required to get a meal plan their first year as students. All students also get Dining Dollars that they can use at restaurants around campus such as Starbucks, Buffalo Phil's, and Dunkin Doughnuts!

    Dorm Life

    Apply for housing the second you get in because it fills up fast!! A lot of the dorms here you don't have to share a bedroom with because they are suite style rooms and they're fairly new. Many students here also live in the fraternity and sorority houses on campus like myself.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are great here and professors are willing to help. As long as you study and stay motivated to get all of your work done the rest will be a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early don't wait until the last minute.

    In three sentences

    I love this school and I'm so happy that I was able to attend. I've met so many great people in the short time that I've been here and I wouldn't trade any of it! ROLL TIDE!!!

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Alabama is very safe. I live off campus and walking to and from campus, even at night, is not scary for me. The campus is well lit and have blue boxes set up all along the sidewalks in case of emergencies. There are so many numbers you can call if you feel uncomfortable about something or unsafe and the cops are very quick to respond.

    Greek Life

    This part of Alabama can be a bit intimidating but it does not even account for half of the students at Alabama. If it is not for you that is not a big deal, it is not for everyone. There are plenty other ways to get plugged in and make friends. Greek life is pretty pricey but they have beautiful houses, a lot of t-shirts, and great food. It does not hurt to try it out but it is not for everyone and that's okay.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club or activity for any type of person to be apart of. All the clubs, organizations, and activities are really well advertised as well so you always end up finding about them one way or another. Alabama is so big and there is a group for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Even if Alabama is not one of the best schools academically, they make sure you have great opportunities after college. The staff really cares what happens to you after college and they help anyway you can. I think I am getting a bang for my buck. Alabama has so many ways to get involved and ways to make you successful you just have to be willing to work for them. Nothing is worth having if it is given to you anyways.

    What to do for fun

    Alabama has great Athletics and fields so sports events at the University are always fun. Organizations are always having parties of all sorts so there is always something to do. The city of Tuscaloosa has great places to shop and really big movie theater. Tuscaloosa has an amphitheater as well and they bring really good bands to town.

    Food and Dining

    Alabama has 4 really good dining halls. They are located conveniently across campus. One is being relocated currently and it will be bigger and better than it already is. The food is honestly good and the workers are so nice. There is a wide variety of food and there is something for everyone. They sometimes have themed meals which always makes things fun.

    Dorm Life

    A majority of the dorms at Alabama are extremely nice and new. The dorms offer privacy as well as the typical dorm experience with your roommates. For the most part they have good parking for the dorms as well. As Alabama grows, student wise, so does the campus. More living places will continue to be built and soon every dorm at Alabama will be nothing but the best.

    Academic Rigor

    Alabama is not among the toughest of schools but that is not to say it is not challenging. The professors really know what they are teaching and you come out knowing a great deal more than when you went in. The professors are very personable and are willing to help when they can. Alabama is good in a way that it is not all work and no play. Because it is not such a prestigious school, students still get that social aspect of college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let the size of the school overwhelm you. It may be a large school, but there are so many areas to find a tighter smaller group to fit your personality. Most people think the school is all about partying and Greek life and it is not. Those things are choices and if that is not your style there are so many other things and ways you can get involved.

    In three sentences

    I would rate The University of Alabama an overall 4. It has many great aspects and any type of student could find their niche. I do not regret my decision to go to Alabama for my college experience.

  • 05/07/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and organizations that you can become involved it. There is no way to be bored in Tuscaloosa!

    Food and Dining

    There is a great variety and the quality is fantastic.There are a ton of different meal plans to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I will be living in the honors dorms which are beautiful. There are plenty of open spaces for all incoming freshman and transfers with a variety of options of how you want to live.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at all of the options that UA offers. Visit the campus and you will fall in love.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. Everyone you meet loves their school and is very inviting. They make it easy to visit and become part of the Capstone family

  • 05/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are everywhere around campus more so for the partiers but if you need help with anything else they will be there

    Greek Life

    Ridiculous. Greeks are everywhere and are known to run the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of activities on campus. No reason why you shouldn't be a part of one. And if you don't like the ones already made its easy to create your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for southerners who love tradition, sorority girls and football. If you love sunshine and nature and museums Tuscaloosa is for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Houndstooth is a must. So is anything monogrammed. You will say roll tide to anything positive. Also, get ready to party with Alumni and sing YEA ALABAMA and RAMMER JAMMER.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are in state its worth it. Out of state may be a little pricey but its definitely one of the prettiest campuses in the world.

    What to do for fun

    Party at Frat houses, Parties at dorm rooms or enjoy the fun things Alabama has to offer like sleeping on the quad or campus movie fest

    Food and Dining

    After freshman year you will get tired of the food on campus. Thankfully you can always go to Subway, Publix, Moe's etc. around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Great! If your an honors student, living in Blount or the presidential dorm rooms. Living on campus is a great way to meet people but be ready for the bids on apartment buildings the next year. There is NO room for upper classmen on campus. You can also be an RA if you want to stay close to classes

    Academic Rigor

    Alabama is about busy work. You must keep up with your attendance and studies because if you don't the +/- system will influence your gpa in a negative way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to bring versatile clothing. The weather is Alabama is unpredictable. Fashion is not the standard; active wear is.

    In three sentences

    Great classes and opportunities to grow but you are going to need to save up for expensive books and living off campus sophomore, junior and senior year. You will meet tons of people and learn to love Dixieland Delight

  • 06/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's fairly safe. There are various emergency phones around campus as well as a number to call from your cell. Security rides around campus as well. While some criminal activity does occur, campus police will email students and usually get to the bottom of it.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty big on campus since I believe about 25% of students join. Something is always going and despite some stereotypes or rumors, most Greeks I met are really nice and not judgmental. I've met more non-Greeks not so nice and judgmental than Greeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to join besides just Greek life. Get on Board Day is a great day to find out about the clubs. There is usually a lot of things going on if you join clubs or just ask around. Fraternities and sororities are always doing something. Also homecoming is pretty fun.

    Great for these types of students

    I would say if you want to be a part of Greek life, UA is great for you. As a non-Greek I still highly enjoy it but I'm also a local who is a huge fan of the school and it was the cheapest school for me to attend living so close. Regardless if you're Greek, I think most would enjoy it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some areas on campus that are said to be haunted.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little expensive and seems like tuition is always rising but I think if you pick a good major, the cost should be worth it. Grants and scholarships do help out but a lot do take out some loans.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs to join and if you are interested, the most fun will come out of joining Greek life. Attending football games can be fun especially against certain teams like LSU and Auburn. If you are into the party or bar scene, heading downtown has many bars that many students hit up. There is a movie theater, an amphitheater, bowling alley and skating rink(although many young kids go here). The town doesn't have a lot to offer although you can probably find something to do. It's nice that during Spring Break the coast isn't too far away.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are not too bad and there are some other options. I would like to see more healthier options especially fast food wise. I don't think students should have to go to dining halls for possible healthy options. Meal plans are required for freshmen and afterwards I would suggest not getting one unless you really think you need one. Any students taking 9 hours or more will have $300 in dining dollars per semester anyways and depending on how often you eat on campus, this should last.

    Dorm Life

    I honestly cannot say how dorm life is as I live at home being a local attending the university. However from what I heard, the best dorms are the honor students dorms. For females, Tutwiler may not be in the best condition but if you plan to be in a sorority, it is the best to choose since it's closest to sorority row.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not too difficult but this could vary depending on your major. My advice is if you have a major known for being hard, look up professors and try to pick one that seems most enjoyable. As long as you go to class, take notes, and study you should be able to pass any class here. Many past students will even offer to sell you past notes and tests to help you study with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as you even throughout your time at Alabama. Join some clubs if you can and be active in them. Look on Facebook groups when it comes to buying textbooks as students will charge a lot less than the bookstore. Go to some of the football games and stay all 4 quarters.

    In three sentences

    Alabama has a lot of various majors to offer. Alabama has many clubs and organizations to help students network. Alabama is overall a great university for many to attend and graduate from.

  • 06/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a full police department who work very hard to keep us safe and there are tons of help buttons in case of emergency.

    Greek Life

    The greek life here is hardcore. (Hence last years up roar)

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a million and one things to do on campus! Everything from lgbt friendly to club sports! There is a lot to offer.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to have the full college experience of fun and friends ,but also the great joys of learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dead week is the most chill fun time because everyone is cramming for finals but it's still a week of no class. El Rincon is the local Mexican bar that has really great food and drinks.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many scholar ships options that make school here very affordable. It's a great cost for classes although learning accessories:bluebooks,books for reading in a class, etc. Can sometimes get pricy.

    What to do for fun

    Football of course!!? But there are also other ways to have fun. The pool at the rec center is great for a summer afternoon with friends! Playing sports on the quad is also really fun and walking frat row on friday night is equivalent to New Orleans Burbon street!

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good although dining hals close early. Crimson-to-go will be your best friend. It's very convenient.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty good . There are many options depending on how you want to life. Most of the people are very sweet and polite ,but some of the dorms can be rowdy after a game.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are very much up to par. The competition is great but professors are also very understanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your A game! Literally, it's the most fun place you could ever be,but the professors challenge you to better yourself and do your best!

    In three sentences

    One of the best decisions I ever made. The best school in the SEC! The perfect Southern College.

  • 08/29/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Dining halls have a variety of options and the meal plan is very reliable.

    Dorm Life

    I've stayed in Ridgecrest, the Honors College Dorms, which are spacious and clean. I don't know anything about normal housing.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've seen, the staff is extremely qualified and engaging and will go out of their way to help an ambitious student. Students attending the university are able to balance coursework, social activities, and extracurriculars successfully.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Apply early so you get early decision on housing. -The Honors College is amazing, and there are tons of benefits if your ACT and GPA are high enough to join.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is the perfect blend of southern hospitality and big-college feel--the faculty are caring and qualified and the students have major school spirit. There's plenty of opportunities at UA and there's always something new being built or renovated. The vast opportunities offered are part of why I plan to attend Alabama next fall.

  • 09/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a huge priority that is greatly stressed. There are blue emergency lights everywhere, the campus publicizes maps with walking paths that are most brightly lit, and if I get to my dorm late, I'm almost guaranteed to see security officers patrolling to ensure safety.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is fairly big on campus, constituting about 1/3 of the 30,000 students. Alabama is great for students interested in Greek life and has lots of socials and community service projects done by Greek houses, but that definitely isn't all of the campus! I didn't rush, and I still find Alabama to be an awesome experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many extracurricular activities and clubs to get involved with that freshmen almost get inundated, but that's all part of being a balanced student and finding your passion. Club range from departmental based to honor societies to campus ministry to common interest. Most clubs are service based, but there is still plenty of variety.

    Great for these types of students

    Alabama is great for students interested in Greek life, but that definitely isn't all of the campus! I didn't rush, and I still find Alabama to be an awesome experience. If you like larger schools with good nursing or engineering programs, Alabama will probably be a perfect fit.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Running through the huge fountain outside of the Ferguson Student Center after the Iron Bowl is a fun tradition. The newly constructed Engineering Quad also has a million dollar fountain that can be fun to play in, as long as you don't get caught!

    Bang for the buck

    Considering that most students have some sort of scholarship, the reduced cost is another plus to the already great academic programs Alabama has to offer.

    What to do for fun

    Going up and down The Strip to check out the restaurants and shops is a must. There are so many extracurricular activities and clubs to get involved with that freshmen almost get inundated, but that's all part of being a balanced student and finding your passion. Checking out downtown Northport is also fun.

    Food and Dining

    Despite having one of the most expensive meal plans required for all freshmen, my dining experience has been phenomenal. The food is so much better than I expected. Pro tip: If you go on any tour or orientation, you will probably have lunch at Lakeside, which is the dining hall with the least variety, but even at Lakeside there are plenty of good options. Just don't keep going to the same food station, so you don't get burned out on a certain type of food.

    Dorm Life

    The new dorms are absolutely amazing, though very pricy. You can always stay in the traditional style womens or mens dorms, but they have definite cons. I stay in one of the Honors College dorms, and I've loved the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are what you make of them. If you sign up for easy courses like GEO 100, you're obviously going to say it isn't rigorous enough. The Honors College is great for increasing both academic rigor and opportunities for scholarship and special programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come for University Days, a visit that is geared toward prospective juniors/seniors. There are tons of fun activities, information, and free stuff! Plus, you really get a better feel for the campus and student population.

    In three sentences

    It wasn't my first choice, but it really has been a great fit for me and I love it more each day. The campus is beautiful with plenty of hidden treasures, and there are a multitude of programs and degrees for everyone. The absolutely amazing scholarships don't hurt, either!

  • 09/28/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is on top of their admission decisions. They don't mess around and leave you hanging. They are fast at sending out their mail and once you apply you'll know very soon!

  • 10/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always activities happening. There is a farmers market every week, clubs, sporting events. There are restaurants and bars on the strip. Just off of campus, there is the University Mall.

    Food and Dining

    My dorm has a dining hall, and it is very nice. The student center also offers a good selection of dining. If those do not suit you, there is always the strip, with restaurants and a publix within walking distance of the quad.

    Dorm Life

    I was put in an old building, but other than that it's not bad. The R.A.s are cooperative and helpful, and the building staff are too.

    Academic Rigor

    This is sort of dependent on the professor, but it is sufficiently rigorous. I am challenged in all of my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    When I say it is a large campus, I do not kid. Invest in a bike if you are not bringing a car. Parking is difficult but not impossible (for cars). Be sure to walk around before your classes so you know where your buildings are. Register/do your orientation early so when you register for classes, you aren't stuck with the crappy time slots. Prepare yourself for humidity.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama is a great school if you don't mind Greek life and football. The campus is gorgeous, and large, and there are varying class sizes. Overall, a nice, clean campus.