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  • 08/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 out of 38 people found this review useful. 1 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    There is an organization on campus for everyone to be involved in and to make friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to experience a college not like any other.

    Bang for the buck

    All of the professors are well qualified to be teaching their subjects. You will learn what you are supposed to know for your major by the time you finish. The different facilities available to students are well kept and offer a wide variety. The Recreation Center is very nice and offers classes such as ballet, hip hop, aerobics and more to students for free.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love UAB's campus! The student body is very diverse. Everywhere I look I always see many ethnicities and not always in their own groups. I am also very involved on campus. I am a member of a sorority, a non-denominational Christian association, and I love volunteering with Into the Streets, Down the Alley, and anything I can do to help the community. It is also very different from most colleges because it is in the down town area of Birmingham. There is always something to do on campus whether it is hanging out with friends or joining the many organizations.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham has many tools to help students succeed in their classes. Many of the science and courses have sessions every week to discuss the lectures. Students are able to ask questions and get answers from students who have taken the class before and have done well. The professors are always willing to take the time to help their students when they ask for help. The professors always seem to care about the success of each student in their classes. Many give advice the first day of school on ways to keep up in class and tips on studying for their specific subjects.

  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 out of 30 people found this review useful. 2 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UAB is for you if you are interested in - -Sciences, such as chemistry, biology, etc. -Graduate school-dentistry, medical, health professions, etc. -Diversity -Long-life friendships

    Tips for prospective students

    Words of advice: If you are up for the challenge of your life with hard course work, networking with faculty and other students, participating in fun-filled activities and programs, then pursue it! You will not be disappointed. I am currently a sophomore at UAB, and many people would say that after a year or so it gets boring. Well, it doesn't. There is always something new happening each day, which makes UAB so wonderful. That's what makes it so unique.

    Bang for the buck

    As with any university, the price can be expensive, especially since the economy becuase of the current economy status. Nevertheless, I would say that you get your money's worth from this university. There are several resources available that can provide you with financial aid support.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here!!!!! I have never been happier at UAB. They have so much to offer. There are plenty of activities on campus throughout the academic school year, from seminars that are informative about the academic process, financial aid, etc. to study abroad opportunities. Another reason why I enjoy UAB. Gang Green Rules!!!! When football season rolls along or any other major sport, Gang Green is there to raise spirits with enthusiasm and of course, free T-shirts and other items for the Blazer Fans!

    Am learning a lot

    If you're interested in the medical field, then this is the place for you. UAB has several resources that can help you get a head start on your career in no time. I have learned a lot from the professors here. They are very helpful and are willing to assist in any way that they can so that you can succeed, whether it is during class, office hours or even outside of class.

  • 12/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 3 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UAB has always been known for its wonderful Medical School. However, it is now also an Art school as well. Therefore, UAB is great for all majors! Another great thing about UAB, is that we are ranked number THREE in the country for diversity. UAB has so much to offer, and you will love it here!

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important thing I learned from my first semester is to get involved! Attend meetings, club organizations, and games. Getting involved will help you meet new people as well as become more aware about things happening on campus. They also look great on your resume! (Oh, and at all the events, there is usually free food and tshirts! I've gotten almost fifteen shirts since I have been here, and haven't had to buy any of them! That's always a great bonus.)

    Bang for the buck

    College can be expensive, no matter where you go. UAB is definitely worth your time and money though. UAB offers tons of scholarships and financial aid to help keep the costs down! So, you are sure to be able to afford it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here at UAB. There are many activities to keep me involved in, such as sports, games, club activities, volunteering opportunities, church organizations, and weekly weekend outdoor pursuit trips. The dorms also hold events almost everynight. You are never bored at UAB. There is always something going on!

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a great college! I am a freshman here, and have just finished my first semester. I couldn't have expected a better experience! UAB offers many programs and organizations to help you switch from a high school setting to a college setting. Although the two are very different, you don't have to be nervous! UAB makes sure you are enjoying your new college life.

  • 12/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 4 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for students who was a good variety of people. There is always something interesting happening on campus even if it is after midnight. It is a very exciting place to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    If I were to offer any tips they would have to be to make good friends that are going to have your back and support you. Friends will drag you to class and to study sessions even when you don't want to go, and trust me you will thank them later.

    Bang for the buck

    As with any college it is expensive, but I do feel like I am getting the good education I am paying for.

    Am enjoying being here

    The college offers what they call a FLC or freshman learning community. The objective of these courses is to get you the student in a group of friends that share common interests. Honestly if I had not been in a FLC I would not have made the great friends I have now.

    Am learning a lot

    This college has a lot of good professors to offer. So far I have no complaints about the teachers, they have all been fair so far and are concerned about my succeeding in their courses.

  • 01/25/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 5 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UAB is a great school for students who don’t want a college that is too big or one that is too small. Students who like a city campus instead of a rural campus will like UAB. UAB is a fantastic school for anything in the medical field so if you plan to major in nursing, nuclear medicine, medicine, etc., UAB would be a great choice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before you come to UAB, find out about all of the amazing services and opportunities available for you and all the other students at UAB. There are numerous organizations that you can research and join so you can make friends and become involved in UAB. A good place to start is at orientation. Part of the orientation is similar to a trade show – the different organizations have booths set up and you can walk around and talk to the representatives to find out more about what they do. Take this part seriously and find a group or groups that will work for you. One more thing, read and follow the ‘list of what not to bring to campus’ which is on the UAB website! The rooms are small and you really don’t need to bring anything on this list.

    Bang for the buck

    Attending UAB and living on campus is not cheap but the education I am getting is going to be worth it. I have great parents who are paying for my education although I need to get a part time job soon to help out. UAB is well known and respected and is a great school (it is ranked among the top 15 percent of U.S. colleges and universities by The Princeton Review) so I believe I am getting an above average ‘bang for my (parents) buck’.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it at UAB. I have the best classes, teachers, friends, boyfriend, dorm and family anyone could ask for. My life is amazing right now and I am so excited for the future and to see what is in store for me, but I'm definitely not rushing it. I am living my life a day at a time and loving every minute of it.

    Am learning a lot

    I am amazed at how much I have learned so far and I only have one semester completed. In addition to all that I learned in my coursework – Chemistry, English Comp, Pre-Calculus Trig, Psychology, and Public Health – I have learned so much outside of the classroom. I have meet people from different cultures and countries and with different beliefs. I learned how different and at the same time how similar they are to me. I have learned that I can’t wait until the last minute to start studying for a test like I could when I was in high school! I have learned to try not to get caught up in everything that goes on every single day. There is always something going on in the dorm and in every other part of campus. I learned that I need to stay focused on school work while still participating in the fun stuff. I have learned how to get involved, while still making time for fun and meeting new friends. I have learned that you don’t wash white clothes with anything red!

  • 01/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 6 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UAB is a great school for anyone who loves diversity and a good atmosphere, but particularly best for students who want to major in health professions and the medical field. I am a political science major and I love the school and the people here, but we are all different so make a choice that has your best interest in mind.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for students who want to attend UAB are keep a positive attitude about everything, work hard, but have fun too, and prepare yourself because college is a lot of freedom all at rushing in at one time. I learned that talking to people about what to expect helped me a lot, but somethings I had to learn for myself. Explore the campus, get to know people, and enjoy this experience!!!!!!!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    The money you pay to go to school at UAB is money well spent because the campus is beautiful and it looks exactly like the pictures in the brochures. There are activities for the students to participate in all the time and facilities that we can use are amazing, clean, and up-to-date.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at school and it's not just the freedom either. I've met some really good people who I believe will be life long friends. We laugh together all the time and we have fun even when there is nothing to do.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm learning a lot here at UAB. I'm only a freshman and this is my second semester, but the professors that I've had have all been wonderful and the material they taught was interesting. I really believe that you'll learn as much as you want to learn and I'm sure making the most out of my education. The advisors help a lot with recommending the classes that you should take. Over all I can't complain about my school, its perfect.

  • 07/13/2009

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

    8 out of 11 people found this review useful. 7 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Has something for almost every type of student and has great facilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the earliest orientation you can get in to.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 8 of 161

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    UAB has a huge outside open area for students to use. For example, you might see students lying on beach towels trying to tan, or you might see a game of flag football.

    Food and Dining

    To be completely honest, the food at UAB is good for about the first month and then the lack of choices can get to you. Especially, since freshmen who live on campus are required to purchase a meal plan; thus, being forced to eat the same things over and over.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Blazer Hall for my freshman year and I LOVED it! Blazer as the students call it, always had something going on. There was something to do for all types of people, as well as all types of interests. I also liked that Blazer had so many study rooms, because a good education was the reason I attended UAB in the first place.

    Academic Rigor

    While many of the courses at UAB can be rather tough, they are not impossible to pass. One could say that you feel more accomplished for earning an A at UAB than another school, because you would have worked very hard and truly earned it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should either set up a personal tour with a trailblazer, or attend a UAB day. During a UAB day, you can bring your high school transcript and an immunization form to apply to be a student. The best part is that you will find out that same day if you were accepted or not!

    In three sentences

    UAB is an exceptional place for one to further their love of science. It has some amazing professors that you will look up to and remember for the rest of your life. UAB is a melting pot of sorts; I love how diverse our student population is!

  • 11/15/2009

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

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school appears to be one that will take you to the next level in education.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state applicants will need to review this category closely

    Will enjoy being here

    Wonderful atmosphere

    Will learn a lot

    This is the place to learn if you're in the medical field

  • 06/03/2010

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

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I'm thinking health profession majors, science majors, and arts & humanity majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get your financial aid information and transcripts in on time. It matters a lot.

    Bang for the buck

    They offer a mass amount of scholarships and financial aid if you meet the requirements by deadline. If I had not received a scholarship, I would have still been going to college for free because of the amount of money from financial aid and me living off campus.

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm not exactly introverted or extroverted so I'm hoping to make a few like-minded friends here. Everyone seems friendly though--which is good because I am too. :) I hope I'm able to pass my classes! Also, The campus is beautiful and there are plenty of activities on campus and in Birmingham--even for the eccentric few

    Will learn a lot

    From what I've seen and heard, the classes are highly informative and the professors aren't just teaching for the money. I am amazed at how many classes there are to choose from and I'm really looking forward to getting a taste of college life at UAB.

  • 06/09/2011

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

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    those who love a diverse student body, pre-med, pre-dental, pre-optometry, most pre-professional majors, psychology majors, those who love a city feel to the campus, those who like to live in a bigger city, those who want a non-traditional honors program, those who love having a more personal relationship with instructors instead of being just another statistic

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early ! For those who wish to apply for any of the four honors programs, you should definitely apply to the university ASAP because your Honors College applications will be accepted but will NOT be processed until you apply to the university itself. If you plan on applying for more than one honors program, you must keep in mind that there will be different essay topics for each of the programs. You definitely do not want to wait until the last minute to write them. Also, prospective students should ask for recommendations from their teachers well in advance of application deadlines. It is never a good idea to have your teacher write you a recommendation in a hurry. In-state students who want to apply for scholarships should understand that UAB has a different system than most universities. The higher your ACT/SAT score is, the lower your GPA has to be to qualify for a certain scholarship, but the lower your ACT/SAT score is, the higher your GPA has to be. For example, getting a 33 ACT with a 3.0 GPA will qualify you for consideration for the Presidential Scholarships (ranging from $7000-full tuition/require fees/housing), while a 32 ACT and a 3.7 GPA will only get you the Golden Excellence Award ($6,000/yr.) So my advice is -- STUDY HARD FOR THOSE SATs/ACTs and work hard on maintaining/raising your GPA by the end of junior year !

    Bang for the buck

    For those with a strong academic and testing record, receiving scholarships should not be a problem at all. The scholarship department is dedicated to helping you find a means of financing/paying your tuition, housing, and other fees. Students who have been accepted into UHP can also apply for the Honors Program's own scholarship. Housing scholarships are also available. Honors students get honors housing without having to pay higher housing fees, which are required for honors housing at many other colleges and universities. Any student who has earned college credit through high school courses will be pleasantly surprised by the quantity and quality of education they receive for the price of tuition.

    Will enjoy being here

    UAB has consistently made the Princeton Review's Happiest Students and Most Diversity lists. I think it is absolutely amazing how students from so many different backgrounds are able to come together in harmony. It really allows students to experience a plethora of different cultures, especially since the school hosts many different cultural festivals and activities throughout the school year.

    Will learn a lot

    As a student enrolled in the University Honors Program (UHP), I will be replacing the traditional required core courses with what the university calls interdisciplinary seminars in order to prevent students from simply sitting through the same courses they have been taking since the 1st grade. I think that this really helps students understand the subject better in relation to their respective majors .

  • 03/11/2010

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 out of 6 people found this review useful. 12 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I really want to go to this college, i wanna learn , and be educated i want to have a bright future and i want UAB to help me

    Tips for prospective students

    I'm looking forward to go to this amazing college

    Bang for the buck

    I am now searching for scholarships, my parents don't have any money to pay my college and I'm looking for help right now.

    Will enjoy being here

    i will really enjoy being here, i will earn about different people, because UAB has students from different countries and religions, i would like to be around different people

    Will learn a lot

    i will learn a lot because this is a great college to go to.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UAB is a great school for all those interested in medicine, engineering, nursing, or medical technology. However the art department is expanding. There is even a build-your-own major program, so there is something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early! If you come from a long distance, make friends on face book beforehand! There are others just like you! Be prepared to work!

    Bang for the buck

    At UAB you get world class education for a fraction of the price of other major research institutions. Especially if you are an in-state student, its a great investment in education. The dorms are moderately priced, although the meal plans are a bit on the expensive side and there is a dining fee in the form of dining dollars.

    Am enjoying being here

    Although UAB is not categorized as a party school, there are plenty of things to do. Whether it's a boys or girls sports event, to dorm sponsored socials or comedy shows, you shouldn't get bored! If you have a car it's an added bonus because you can go off campus to other events.

    Am learning a lot

    Coming from a different high school system in Washington DC, UAB has reinforced many of the things I have learned in high school. The curriculum is tailored to your specific major, and the professors are great overall!

  • 08/01/2012

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a big deal at UAB. Tere are help booths located all across the campus that call the police. UAB also has their own police station filled with actual policemen.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is a great school for any type of student, actually. If you play sports, the school has PLENTY! There are also leagues for students who arent as talented, but just want to have fun. There are many different origins of people at the university so no student will feel left out or misplaced.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A student would have to make their own tradition if they would like to.

    What to do for fun

    Be sure to visit the recreation center often! Eat at Hungry Howie's because they have amazing pizza and crust. Take the open opportunity when there are campus based events, because it surely offers what a starving college student wants most, free food.

    Food and Dining

    There is a Chic-Fil-A, and a Taco Bell! There is also a Starbucks in the library, with many great dining places on and off the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Having a ice group of friends will happen while living in the dorms, just remember to clean up after yourself!

    Academic Rigor

    There are many prestigious programs at this university.There are ambassadors, resident assistants, tutoring programs, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study frequently to stay on top of those grades.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy the many opportunities at UAB. The students are friendly and the professors actually teach. Studying is key if you want to do well there.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UAB has installed GPS safety poles on almost every corner. If you are standing at one, you will be able to see another. If you're ever in danger, feel frightened or lost, simply push the button on the pole and campus police will be on their way. If you're cramming for finals until 2am at the library and forgot to move your car from the parking lot 6 blocks away, campus police will give you a lift!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a quality education will fit in at UAB. I'm so thankful and proud to be part of the LAST undergrad class of Health Information Management students at UAB - after I graduate in 2015, the program will become a masters program and no longer offered to undergrad students. This is still really cool though because UAB is one of very few colleges to offer HIM at all! If you want to be in the medical profession in any way, shape or form, UAB is your school. From dentistry, optometry, and medicine to nursing, health information management and psychology, UAB has everything any student could ever want in the way of a career in a health profession,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Be on the look out for the med student gurney races!

    Bang for the buck

    So tuition is STEEP, but to me it's completely worthwhile. Thankfully I have scholarships and my parents help me pay for what my scholarships don't cover.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, sorority, fraternity or hang out on the green - there's always something going on there! A pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee or soccer or even football can be found most any afternoon. The rec center has unlimited options - rock climbing, a swimming pool, and every kind of exercise equipment you can possibly imagine. Go hang out at Starbucks or at the library - there's no shortage of life and activity at UAB. Honestly, just typing this review has me homesick for my campus!

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes the lines are long, but the food is pretty good! Some of it's downright addictive. There's a Chick-Fil-A, Taco Bell and TWO Starbucks on campus! The diner has plenty of options like dragon claws, hamburgers, veggie burgers, etc. and the cafeteria is full-service - want pizza? You got it. Cereal at 8PM? You got it. A hamburger? It's yours - cheese or no cheese. Soups, salads and plenty of options to choose from! It may not be just like mom used to make, but it's way better than microwaved Ramen.

    Dorm Life

    I am an online (off-campus) student but from the outside, the dorms look pretty sweet!

    Academic Rigor

    UAB is prestigious, but that's part of the appeal. Some teachers are really tough, others are a little less strict. If you struggle in a particular area, you might want to take the class at a community college and transfer the credits back to UAB. If you're not good at math (I'll be the first to raise my hand there!), then you will have an easier time taking pre-cal at a community college than at UAB just because your teachers will have more one-on-one contact with you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study! Some classes are easy A classes, but some do require that you put in a little grind time at the library (some require more than just a little!). Use ratemyprofessor.com to help you choose instructors that will best suit your learning type. Some instructors use videos in the classroom instead of assigning articles to read - this might work for you, but it might not. Keep in mind that UAB - like any college - is different than high school and you're a little more on your own. You might be in a class of 200 students and your teacher may never know your name, so you have to stay on top of things, make sure you understand your assignments, and remember that the TA is one of your best resources! There are tons of options if you're struggling in a class, including the library, the writing lab, and the accounting lab, but most teachers will help you if you ask - just remember to ask!

    In three sentences

    UAB is my heart's home - I have attended two other colleges and they pale in comparison to the bustle, warmth, energy and student life found at UAB. I love the downtown setting of the campus, being surrounded by so much history and growth is inspiring. But also, UAB has some of the best instructors, most interesting classes, unique extracurriculars, a sweet rec center, a plethora of majors and minors, not to mention an abundance of opportunities to grow, learn and make connections.

  • 01/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 16 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Other then stay alert, do your work, follow rules,..............Have fun ^_^.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always have your facts, Keep your information to your self not every one is for you here you are a treat as long as you are trying to be some one, Trust. Keep your room as it was before you entered make a note as to how the room was even if that includes taking a picture. Read your policies ask for copies, stay on Fafsa aid, your student aid. Stay on top of your belongings, if you one of those times that loses it when you have to pay for losing your key to some one, steal this, Trust you'll have to pay, and there not responsible for your things. Now stolen things when your room IS locked, car broke into, well duh tell him to pay. But misplacement's disorderly character destruction is intolerable so stay alert.,

    Bang for the buck

    I really had a h**l of a hassel with this here I was at the finicial aid office, 3 months before all this and now they tell me I'm missing a signature. Learn from this, Ask, ask, ask, ask again is there anything else you'll need for my records? Make sure you ask, and note that they will drain you if you don't note all your steps, All.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am now on campus, enjoying the view of freedom from my dorm window. knowing that I still have this payment sucks through. I have my own bedroom, bathroom, desk, separate door from my 1 room mate. We share the fridge, sink, cabinets, microwave, stove, and living area for visitors.

    Am learning a lot

    I love the atmosphere perhaps because I can play around a bit and know it's an A for acting

  • 05/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is a great school for students who wants to be in the field of medicine, but it does offer other non-medicine students great educational opportunities as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are looking to apply need to submit all required documents to UAB in a reasonable manner; by doing this, you will speed up the admissions process.

  • 06/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    This school has just about ANY opportunity for careers and employment while going to school.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth your money! Eventually, having your education and learning will taking you far. UAB is great with building relationships, both personal and professional.

    Am enjoying being here

    So many cultures to learn about. The campus is big! I enjoy the activities, clubs, and other events this school has to offer.

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many types of opportunities here! I really enjoy the courses and learning experience.

  • 07/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any. (Science majors to International majors to Business majors to Engineering majors etc....)

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask for help. Never say you don't have anything to do here because if you ask around there are always thing to do. Ask and people here will advise. Don't be shy! Get involved! =)

    Bang for the buck

    I do enjoy my education at UAB because of its honors programs. I believe that the cost is relative reasonable but because of my financial situation, I have to give it a four star.

    Am enjoying being here

    Through UAB, I am making friends of different cultural backgrounds. I enjoy learning about cultures and languages, so this environment gives me a huge advantage. Also from my friends, I learn that we are all alike in many ways, even if our cultural backgrounds are different.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning A LOT through the interdisciplinary program provided by UAB. I love learning from one extreme to another. The diverse learning environment allowed to captivate my attention and immerse me in wanting to further my higher education even more.

  • 07/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    UAB is worth every dollar paid for it. You receive any excellent education, you have many chances to socialize and network, and there are many activities you can get involved in.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE this campus so much; it is like a home away from home and I couldn't ask for a better place to attend school. Living on campus provides many opportunities to network and socialize with my peers which helps me grow in character.

    Am learning a lot

    The curriculum at this university is very extensive. I have found this be very beneficial when it comes to each class I attend. All the professors are intelligent in their respective fields and are very helpful when it comes to tutoring and any extra help their student may need.

  • 08/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 161

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Give It Your All. UAB isn't bad and as hard as people say. They just want to see you succeed.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many different ways to pay for college and the UAB Financial Aid Department will guide you. UAB is affordable and is the largest employer in Birmingham, so jobs are always available.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many different organizations to choose from. Over 100+ organizations and there are people to guide you and help whenever you need it.

    Am learning a lot

    UAB has the best professors in the world, in my opinion. They are here to teach you and want you to learn.

  • 09/27/2011

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

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    Will enjoy being here

    yes the recreation center is big and filled with lots of entertainment !

    Will learn a lot

    this college is one of the best colleges in the country, i visited during the summer of 2011 and had an amazing time the campus was beautiful and it is in the top 10 for most safest college

  • 10/06/2011

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

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    Will enjoy being here

    I personally have visited the UAB campus many times and I LOVE IT. I can't get enough. Any opportunity I have I go back. (:

  • 12/06/2011

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

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    Great for these types of students

    Any students would feel welcome on this campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study at a school that is truly like no other! It will be a privilege to go there.

    Bang for the buck

    It may not be cheap, but it is very worth it!

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is very diverse. That being said, I enjoyed just looking at the campus, because you feel at home and welcome!

    Will learn a lot

    This school will teach me everything I could possibly need to know about the field of study I am going into. I am very excited.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely live in a dorm your first year because you will meet so many people by just walking outside.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything you pay for is worth it, although the cost of the meal plans is questionable.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here, because there's just so much diversity.

    Am learning a lot

    In high school, I took some of the same basic courses as I do now. But this first semester, I feel like I actually learned something that is going to stick with me. Most teachers are fair and actually want to help you.

  • 05/12/2011

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

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    Great for these types of students

    Medical, most definitely.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay on top of everything and pick your schedule well. Try to leave yourself enough time to get to class.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that I will get a good education and books for a good price.

    Will enjoy being here

    I enjoy the campus very much. The dorms are nice and very private. I feel safe and secure there. The cafeteria is very inviting.

    Will learn a lot

    I have visited the campus and enjoyed it tremendously. It has math and writing labs for students to go to for help and I feel that I will succeed there. The teachers seem very knowledgeable and are willing to help.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    this school is definitely worth the money it costs. the research and medical schools are great and the campus is great if you like the city life.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is really pretty and in the city will provide something to do off campus but everyone seems to get along and there will be plenty of opportunities to meet people and have fun on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    i have one semester under my belt but i have learned a lot in each of my classes and i have learned a lot about my study habits. i have made grades that will get me through but i am happy to have learned a lot in each class.

  • 08/18/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get a good campus map! This school is spread all over downtown!

  • 10/31/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    I think it would be great for anyone who attends this college.

    Will enjoy being here

    I hope I enjoy it here.

    Will learn a lot

    I hope I learn alot while having fun at the same time.

  • 11/13/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Try to perform as best you can on the standardized tests, as many merit based financial aid offers will look at these.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for commuters and medical students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not come with the notion that your college experience here will be like other large colleges. This campus is geared towards commuters.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do not particularly enjoy UAB. It is a decent place to go to college. For me, it has been hard to get involved.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    anybody that likes a diverse campus anyone looking for a job in the medical field. anyone who likes to volunteer-uab gives thousands of volunteer opportunites

    Tips for prospective students

    to become apart of the school. learn how to study well. the teachers are really nice but there not here to babysit you.

    Am learning a lot

    it is a really great school to learn and its a very diverse campus

  • 12/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UAB is great for self-motivated students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for lots of scholarships.

    Bang for the buck

    UAB is actually really pricy, and it's hard for a new teacher to pay the tuition without help.

    Am enjoying being here

    UAB offers students like me a variety of ways to get an advanced degree.

    Am learning a lot

    I am in the graduate program, and I have learned so much about my field.

  • 12/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students of all ages from those just entering the college system to those returning to finish their degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check deadlines early!

    Bang for the buck

    More expensive than a two year college of course but still way cheaper than say Alabama or Auburn. tuition ranges from 3k to 5k + depending on what classes you are taking and at what level.

    Am enjoying being here

    The staff really know their stuff and have been helpful. Everyone from the professors to the advisors know their job and how to best get you through your degree. The atmosphere is very friendly and it doesn't feel like a big college at all.

    Am learning a lot

    All the professors know about the subject they are teaching (something I would have hoped would be an obvious requirement but sadly wasn't at my previous college)

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get involved

    Food and Dining

    We have numerous places to eat on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Never stayed in dorms so don't go on my rating

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on coming to UAB it is a wonderful school but you must be willing to study. It is not an easy school but there is plenty of help around such as free tutors, professors and supplemental instruction in some science classes. I think you would love it if your looking for a college where the information you learn is carried with you when you leave!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a wonderful school that has great professors who are willing to help you through the years you are there. I would recommend UAB but I would say studying a bunch here is the key to success at UAB. When you leave UAB you will definitely remember and attain the material you have learned.

  • 02/08/2012

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

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety looks really important to this school. they have help boxes on every corner and security riding around at all times.

    What to do for fun

    you could go work out at the rec place. be apart of the greek life there is lots you can do for fun

    Food and Dining

    they have i believe three dining halls you could get whatever you want at the time. also an taco bell on campus if i'm not mistaken.

    Dorm Life

    you share a room with one other person but a bathroom and kitchen area with two other people in a locked room only you and your roommates have keys too.

    Academic Rigor

    has a great school for nursing.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are help boxes all over campus. if you push one the police come running. they have a service that picks you up and takes you to your dorm late at night. there is a police office in one of the dorms. i feel really safe even though i live in the middle of a city.

    Great for these types of students

    this school is great for anyone who wants a good education and also wants to have fun. the students are pretty serious so its easy to find a friend group that encourages doing school work.

    What to do for fun

    if you're looking for a party school do not come here. they have quite a few clubs and bars to go to. the best way to have fun is get involved on campus and make friends.

    Food and Dining

    they have a taco bell and chick-fil-a. the main cafeteria, the commons, is pretty cool. their menu rotates so it doesn't get too boring. there is a place called the diner that is open from two in the afternoon till two at night! a late night snack is only a meal swipe away!

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is what you make of it. they have the potential to be totally awesome! there are no dorms that have to share a bathroom with the whole floor. you only share a bathroom with one person. they are all co-ed so you get to see the opposite sex. you can have over night stays; that special someone can sleep over! the resident assistants are really nice and understanding. everyone is really nice. dorm parties are easy to come by.

    Academic Rigor

    i am only a freshman, but i can tell school work is the top priority. however, the work is manageable. time management is key.

    Tips for prospective students

    be ready to do work. this school is not known for partying. most people here are going into the medical field. don't feel bad if you're not; there are people like me who have a different major. college is what you make of it. if you get involved you will have fun.

    In three sentences

    they have a really nice campus; it makes you forget you're in a city. most people are really friendly and open. this is a grade conscious school; so the library is a popular hangout.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    help signs are all through the campus, aiding in a very safe university.

    Greek Life

    the greek life is very diverse. interesting and fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 200 clubs and organizations at uab. there are clubs for all types of students.

    Great for these types of students

    students that are hardworking, students that like a challenge, great for students interested in health careers, and motivated students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    blazer nights is a tradition. it's midnight party filled with games, dances, and movies for fun.

    Bang for the buck

    you do get your bang for your buck, but you might not realize it it of you are only taking your basic classes at first. once you get into your higher level classes then you will start to appreciate your institution and realize where your money is going towards.

    What to do for fun

    basketball games, clubs, and organizations are the best ways of having fun.

    Food and Dining

    there are numerous dining opportunities at uab from on campus dining to dining off campus. the off campus dining is great for getting some thing different.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life at uab is great! uab does not consider its living spaces as dormitories, but as apartments with apartment style living.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor is challenging, but attainable. the professors challenge you to learn and gladly assist you if needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    tips are to get involved in organizations, it's a great way to meet new people outside of your normal group of friends.

    In three sentences

    uab is a wonderful inviting campus. the people and professors are very friendly and the involvement in activities is immense. the academic standard is high, but is very reachable through hard work.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    although located in the center of downtown, you will feel very safe on campus. we are alerted via text, email and phone calls if any suspicious activity takes place.

    Food and Dining

    awesome! chik fil a, taco bell and plenty of health eating options.

    Academic Rigor

    this has got to be the hardest undergraduate program that is not an ivy league school!

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you study, study study. this is not a party school. you must be focused, prioritized and have great time management skills. live on campus!

    In three sentences

    it is very difficult, very challenging and in order to succeed you must devote every moment to studying! the diversity is awesome and there is a ton of on campus events and activities.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe, but it's located in downtown Birmingham, so not a good idea to walk alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Not a lot of Greek Life.

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in pursuing a medical or science related degree.

    What to do for fun

    Birmingham has a lot of different options in terms of fun. There are a lo to of malls and there's always something going on on-campus and around the city.

    Food and Dining

    It's okay, but certainly not the best.

    Dorm Life

    Not the best dorms and they're very expensive. Location-wise, they're quite convenient.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a financial plan...this University is not cheap. Study very hard.

    In three sentences

    This is an academic university. It's a great school with a lot of intelligent students. There's not a lot of Greeks or partying. Most of the students here are focused primarily on their education.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police contact booths all over campus. The university has its own police force to work alongside the city force.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an enormous amount of clubs to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    All types.

    What to do for fun

    The Rec. center has a gym, pool, track, and climbing wall - all indoors of course!

    Food and Dining

    There are restaurants within walking distance to suit any taste.

    Dorm Life

    As with most dorms, your experience depends heavily on your room mates, but the facilities are good.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes themselves are not too hard as long as you're willing to at least take notes and read them regularly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose your major before attending - this unversity offers a lot of different choices.

    In three sentences

    University of Alabama is a friendly university. The people, intrests, and choices are diverse. The University is also conveniently located within walking distance of a lot of restaurants.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe with police enforcing the laws around campus. There are 3 main police force that look over the campus, which are UAB's own police, Birmingham police, and Homewood police.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities at UAB. Find out what you like and UAB will probably have a club for that.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is a great place for medical oriented students, but it's also great for different types of student. UAB is a very diverse school, having many different cultured students.

    What to do for fun

    There are many events at UAB and all of them are exciting and fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are 2 best known locations for lunch which are the HUC cafe and the Commons. Within the HUC cafe, there is a Chick-Fil-A, a Taco Bell, and a grill area for hamburgers and sandwiches. As for the Commons, it is more a buffet.

    Dorm Life

    Life in the dorms are good, but it's a first come, first served basis since space is limited.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be tough, but a good challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that UAB is a school that is best known for their medical field and because so, their science courses are tough.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a good school that excels in the science and medical field. It is a great school to attend no matter what major. And the staff are very nice people.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are UAB help buttons located all around campus that call the police when you push the button.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Gurney Durby is an event that occurs around homecoming. Teams choose they're names and costumes and race gurneys down 14th Street South. It's very entertaining.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm out of state so the tuition hurts me more than it does for in state residents.

    What to do for fun

    There are a couple clubs in the city that are fun to go to. There is an area next to UAB called Five Points that has restaurants and shops and its fun to walk around. And of course Fraternities and Sororities throw some fun parties.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is pretty good. We have a lot of food to choose from. The HUC has Chick-fil-a and Taco Bell, which the meal plan can be used for. The commons has a lot of stations of food to choose from also.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm is a lot of fun. Activities are planned every so often for the residents and they're fun to attend. Roommates can be fun, or they can be a drag, but I still enjoy living with others that attend school.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not had too many hard classes so I have had ample time to study for those that are difficult and I do not have to study much for the easy classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest getting involved in activities you are interested in. I did not first semester and was very home sick, but I have a lot more activities and a lot more fun second semester. I would also suggest scheduling classes to make sure you have a lunch break.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a great school, especially those who want to pursue a career in the medical field. I enjoy all of the events and clubs available and I have had very good teachers. The green is a great area to hang out and have down time after classes.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    To do for fun on campus they had different movies that they show in the audiotorium. Also is different clubs that you can attend. Different organizations have different activities to do as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are different places to eat on campus and the food is good. Also there are different restaurants off campus that students can go to as well. They are at reasonable prices.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is good there. There are over 5 dormorities at the campus. They are kept clean.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very good to do good in school because in the long run it will beneficial. They want you to do your best in all of your classes. They try to help you out the best as they can.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students just make sure you get all your work done. Go to class and make good grades. Try to get in student involvement around the campus.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I am in a graduate program and it is significantly more expensive than identical programs offering the same degrees at other schools. The only reason I went to UAB is location.

    Food and Dining

    Overall great food in the city. Decent food in the student center.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in a dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research your program and its requirements. Also, research locations to live before making a quick decision.

    In three sentences

    UAB is research oriented. It also has a great reputation for my program. The teachers are very knowledgeable and helpful.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is plenty of UAB police officer to be at your every need.

    What to do for fun

    Many student activites are offered weekly on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Different places to eat from such as Chick Fil A, Taco Bell, the Diner, Commons on the Green, and also Subway.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm has private bathroom and the facilities are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent academic services.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn about the campus and what you would like to gain from staying here.

    In three sentences

    This university is a very diverse and beautiful campus. Every major that a person would consider is offered here. The professor care and the faculty also.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own campus police. And have help boxes located all throughout the campus and if you are ever in trouble all you have to do is press the button on the help box and it will immediately alert the police. If you are being chased, run to the different help boxes and the police can track your locations.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs and activities around UAB. In the middle of our campus is this quad that we call the green. You will always find something going out there!

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is great for all students. It is one of the most diverse campuses in Alabama, if not the nation.

    What to do for fun

    UAB is located in the middle of Birmingham, Al. There are three different malls within 15 minutes of campus. There is what my roomates and I do for fun!

    Food and Dining

    The are many food options on campus. Chick Fil A and Taco Bell are right on campus and you can use your meal plans there! The Diner is open until 2:00 a.m for those nights that you have stayed up to study and now you are starving!

    Dorm Life

    I live in a dorm, and it is great! I absolutely love my roomates, we are inseparable! Living on campus makes it much easier to get class on time and everything is right there at your finger tips. Plus there are always events going on at campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are not impossible but they do require studying. In high school most students do not have to study to get an A in their class, but it is not that way in college. You have be devoted and dedicated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your studies. The teachers are really nice and they will help you in any way the can, but they are not going to give out free points. UAB offers a program called Supplemental Instruction (SI), it is very helpful, so go at every opportunity you have!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a great school and has provided me with an excellent freshman year. The facility and staff are exceptional and really care about education of their students. This first year at UAB has been amazing.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    UAB has a nice variety of dining to chose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is nice and very safe.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the University of Alabama at Birmingham courses are extremely rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should make sure the University of Alabama at Birmingham has the major that they want.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school for people seeking careers in health professions. This is a school that is very diverse in students and instructors. This school has a beautiful campus.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    It is alright.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Wonderful!

    In three sentences

    This is a wonderful university. I have had nothing but wonderful professors. Their staff have always been very helpful at all offices where I have stopped for assistance.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Learn where everything is before you go. It can get really confusing.

    In three sentences

    UAB is the top medical school to attend. UAB has a great atmosphere. The teachers at UAB are wonderful.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very prominent and active on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of restaurants, bars, and clubs around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not underestimate the difficulty of the classes.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a great school. Although it is a state school, they will challenge you. It is mostly a science school.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is something UAB takes very seriously. There are help buttons stationed all across campus, and one only needs to press them in order to contact campus security 24/7. The officers are very helpful and understanding, even offering to escort students in the middle of the night to their destinations. In my entire year, I have never felt unsafe on the campus and that is saying something.

    Greek Life

    At around 5-10% of UAB's student population a member of a fraternity of sorority, Greek Life is not as big at UAB as it is at other colleges. However, it is still present and thriving. Greeks are heavily involved all across campus, in addition to their Greek organization. There are many events such as Homecoming and Greek Week, where the Greeks are in friendly competition with each other. Greeks also participate in community service and philanthropy. And at the end of the week, Greeks know how to unwind and party. As a member of a fraternity, I can say the best part of Greek life though, is the social aspect. You will meet people that you will be bonded to not just in college, but for the rest of your life. When one goes Greek, they just don't sign up for a club; they sign up for a lifestyle.

    Clubs and Activities

    UAB offers an astounding number of student-run clubs. These clubs are all synchronized online with UAB, so finding and registering for a club is very easy and streamlined. UAB also has many on-campus activities, such as movie nights, intramural sports, and volunteer opportunities. The options are very diverse, so there will be something for everyone to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Science/Engineering majors. Pre-health (medicine, dentistry, optometry) students. Students wanting to get involved in research or academia. Students looking to have fun but still desiring a serious education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the start of every exam season, UAB hosts a midnight breakfast, free for all students. They serve typical breakfast items including bacon, eggs, and hash browns. The food is very good quality, and is something looked forward to every exam season.

    Bang for the buck

    While tuition itself is very reasonable, UAB has many additional fees outside of tuition, such as campus dining fees, lab fees, and student health fees. These fees are numerous, and their costs add up over time. Meal plans and campus housing add to the costs significantly, and it doesn't help that they are overpriced. However, UAB does offer many scholarships to incoming students, and these help to offset the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Students can participate in many on-campus activities, such as watching UAB hosted movies, playing in intramural sports, and just relaxing on the green. Greeks tend to throw parties often, and those are always a blast. And since UAB is located downtown Birmingham, there is quite a variety of nightlife options available a short drive away. There are many 18+ clubs and bars downtown so even people who are not legally allowed to consume alcohol can go and have a good time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average. It is unhealthy, overpriced, and poorly prepared. Students will be better off cooking their own food, or eating off-campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms, especially for freshman year, is highly recommended. For most people, it will be their first time living away from home, and it is eye opening. It is a lot of fun, and will definitely help students to mature.

    Academic Rigor

    As UAB is recognized nationally for its contributions in biological and medical research, it falls to reason that UAB sets high standards academically, especially in the sciences. Students will have to work hard in order to achieve the grades they desire. There is much more material covered in college classes than high school, and so most students will have to improve their study habits if they wish to keep up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! This is the best way to meet many new people in a new environment and make lasting friends. College is so much more than academics, and involvement in campus life will define your college experience.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a nationally recognized university that has everything a student could wish for. It is top-tier in academics, hosts an enormous amount of campus activities, has a thriving Greek life, and prepares students excellently for their future. If a student wishes to receive a quality education but still wants to have the full college experience, then UAB is the college of choice.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you stay smart, you stay safe. It is located in the heart of a city, and the campus is NOT separated at all. The projects are almost within walking distance. The campus is no stranger to crime, but they have a great response force and locations with buttons to press if you feel threatened. They do all they can do mitigate the risk, but it's best to stay in groups or use their fabulous escort service.

    Greek Life

    Virtually non existent. They are there if you want to join, but that culture does not permeate UAB at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty much all the typical ones you have at any college. Join Circle K for a community service organization!

    Great for these types of students

    Non traditional, traditional, focused, academically inclined, ambitious.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Al's restaurant is a must visit. It's open 24 hours, so it's perfect for college life and within walking distance from all dorms. UAB is always developing new traditions. Read the college paper to stay abreast of the happenings.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is reasonable, but the dorms are expensive. Books are obnoxious everywhere, so that's no change here!

    What to do for fun

    Since UAB is in the heart of Birmingham, there's always plenty to do. Check out events on campus. Five points has plenty of spots to hang out.

    Food and Dining

    They put in a new dining hall, so the food has greatly improved. Once you pay the original food plan, start investing in blazer bucks b/c they can be used anywhere. The food is mostly good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty good. If you get Rast or Blazer, you have to sign in your guests, which can be a pain. Blount hall is by far the best if you can get in, but it doesn't have a bathtub! They are kind of expensive; you may do better in an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    I found my classes to have a fair balance. Some of my classes were pretty easy; other classes were a challenge. I found that there were always resources to help in the classes that were difficult, even if the professor was distant.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early, especially if you're a commuter. It's harder to start getting involved your junior year. Don't be afraid to attend lectures, events, and showings put on by various organizations. They're interesting, and you meet new people. Most of all, take advantage of all the resources; your tuition money paid for it.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a great school, for traditional and non traditional students alike. No matter what your interests are, you can easily find like minded people who share them. As a learning focused environment, UAB is unparalleled.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I like to hang out in the Hill University Center or workout at the campus recreation center. There are also other things to do like swimming, rock climbing, and meeting up with friends or just relaxing in the mini park or on the green (the yard).

    Food and Dining

    Aside from eating out, there are two places on campus you can eat. There is the Blazer Cafe, which serves Chick-Fil-A, Taco Bell, and Grill 360. The other place to eat is The Commons and they a variety of foods to choose from. On a scale of 1-10, I rate the dinning experienc a 10.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not sure on how dorm life is because I stay off campus, but I never heard any complaints from my peers.

    Academic Rigor

    Like I said before, remember to stay focused. If you are taking a difficult class, there is always review session provided by the teaching assistance to help better understand the material. The professors are helpful and understanding as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you stay focused on your classes. There is always something to do on campus,which can make it easy to loose focus on schoolwork.

    In three sentences

    Overall, I love being a student at UAB. It is a great environment to be in and there something for everyone to be involved in.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though we are an urban campus, and there is crime out on the Birmingham streets, the campus itself is very safe. You are never far away from a police call-box, which rings directly to campus police. If you feel unsafe, you can call them and they will pick you up and give you a ride home. We also have free services that will unlock your car for you, change your tire, or give you a ride.

    Greek Life

    Not really a thing here. We do have fraternities and sororities, but they are small and very friendly - not competitive like some other schools. They do great community service projects, host a multitude of events on and off campus, and go out of their way to make new students feel welcome. Generally, if you want to be in a fraternity or sorority, and you go to Rush Week, you will find a place to fit in and make great new friends!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for just about every special interest you can think of, and if there isn't, it's easy to create your own! Many students here are active members of clubs, be it political affiliation, religious, major-oriented, human rights, cultural, or social.

    Great for these types of students

    We're one of the top medical schools in the country, so if you want to go into the medical field, you MUST come to UAB! You'd also do well here if you're from a different country, or want to make new friends quickly. Greek life is very subdued, and the fraternities and sororities we do have are non-exclusive and very friendly, so you can take part in their events even if you're not a member. UAB is also great for older or returning students who work full-time or have families, as many classes are offered at night, and the student body is very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the warmer months, there is a fun event nearly every week, such as Spring Fling (with rides, free stuff, and carnival games), International Fest, which offers free food from around the world, and Homecoming Week, which has fun activites every day! Last year we had a zombie mob, where students dressed up like zombies and stormed the campus... fun!

    Bang for the buck

    UAB isn't cheap, but they offer tons of scholarships, so most students are on some kind of financial aid. A typical semester of full-time classes and books will set you back about $3,500, but that also includes $500 worth of Blazer Bucks, which can be used at Barnes and Noble as well as pretty much everything on campus that you would need to buy, and also many restaurants and drug stores near campus. That pays for a great education that you can be proud of! Not to mention, you get free admission to all UAB sporting events, home and away, and the nearby Alys Stephens center, which has concerts, comedians, and lectures, offers super cheap student tickets, usually between $5-$20.

    What to do for fun

    UAB rec center (our state-of-the art fitness center) offers intramural sports, ping-pong tables, and DIRT cheap trips to go hiking, white-water rafting, camping, rock climbing, etc. Around the Sterne Library, there are usually students hanging out, playing guitars, skateboarding, etc, if that's your thing. At the Hill University Center, there are plenty of places to either study or just chill out and watch tv. The whole campus has wi-fi, so you can take your laptop everywhere. There are also two great parks within walking distance, and lots of shopping, dining, and nightlife nearby. There are lots of planned events on campus as well, like free movie nights, guest lectures, book signings, cultural events, and there is ALWAYS free stuff being given away somewhere on campus if you keep your eyes peeled!

    Food and Dining

    There are many, MANY places to eat in and around UAB! The Commons is your typical cafeteria-style place, with different areas set up for different types of food: American (burgers and sandwiches), International (stir-fry and curry), a pizza place, a meat-and-three, and a salad bar. There are also plenty of to-go options like sushi, microwave meals, cold cereal, fruit, and pastries. Across the street is the Blazer Cafe, which has a Chic-fil-a, a Taco Bell, a grill (serves meat and three and hamburgers and such), and a to-go station with salads, yogurt, pre-made sandwiches, and sushi, along with frozen microwave meals. We also have an Einstein Brothers bagel shop, TWO Starbucks, and several places where you can buy cheap meals to go, like premade sandwiches and fresh fruit. Because we are an urban campus, there are hundreds of other dining options nearby, from Italian to Greek to Japanese to Thai to Pizza to Mediterannean to Mexican... whatever your heart desires! Many of these places accept the UAB dining card, so you can eat off campus without worrying about the cost.

    Dorm Life

    I don't really know, as I didn't stay in the dorms here, but from what I've heard, there are always fun activities planned so you can meet your neighbors and classmates. You'll have roommates and dorm buddies from countries all over the world, so it's a great place to practice learning a language or share cultural activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major, but classes are usually pretty tough. If you're in pre-med or nursing, don't expect to get any sleep. If you're in humanities, the work load is a little easier, but professors always expect your best work and will rarely babysit you... if you do the work assigned and you make time to study, you will succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do a campus tour before you start classes here! The campus is sprawling and covers several city blocks, but a good, thorough campus tour, guided by current students who know their way around, will point you to where most of your classes will take place, show you the hot social spots, the best places to study, and where to get the best food on your lunch breaks! Also, make sure to make office appointments with your professors. They'll be more willing to give you a good grade if they know you personally.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a great, multicultural university where you can make friends from all over the world! The urban campus puts you close to major cultural centers and special events, while retaining a small-town feel. Classes are small, and professors and advisers are more than willing to help you succeed!

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Fairly safe. Well patrolled area. Although, this is downtown so you need to know where you are going and when to go.

    Greek Life

    Many grate sororities and fraternities

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club you could think of.

    Great for these types of students

    independent, older or returning students

    Bang for the buck

    great school at a reasonable price. Flexible schedule day and night

    What to do for fun

    Birmingham is full of Art, Music, Theatre, Clubs, museums and great restaurants. We have a water park called Alabama Adventures, and several State parks.

    Food and Dining

    There are 15 on campus dining options and many off campus restaurants take UAB Blazer Bucks off the UAB meal Plan

    Academic Rigor

    Classes and professors are challenging. Need to attend class and do all the work on time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Campus is spread out in downtown Birmingham. Must like to live in the city. This is a fairly large school. Class size will vary. Must be self sufficient and organized to stay on task. No hand holding here.

    In three sentences

    Great School in a great location. Excellent programs for medicine, business, Arts. Affordable tuition.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I FEEL VERY SAFE AROUND CAMPUS.

    Greek Life

    GREAT.

    Clubs and Activities

    A GREAT VARIETY.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL TYPES.

    Bang for the buck

    EXPENSEIVE BUT AFFORDABLE.

    What to do for fun

    AFTER STUDYING, THERE ARE SO MANY RELAXING ACTIVTIES BUT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO BECOMING A DELTA ONE DAY, SO I TRY AND PARTICIPATE IN MOST OF THEIR ACTIVIES. ALSO, THERE IS AN ABUNDANT OF VOLUTEER WORK OFFERED.

    Food and Dining

    EXCELLENT CHOICES.

    Dorm Life

    DORM LIFE IS GREAT. IT IS VERY CONVIENT AND ALLOWS FOR PARTICIPATION IN EVENTS AND GROUP ACTIVTIES.

    Academic Rigor

    UAB HAS CHALLENGED ME TO STUDY MORE AND I HAVE LEARNED TO WORK HARDER THAN EVER BEFORE.

    Tips for prospective students

    TOUR THE UNIVERSITY TO FIND OUT IF IT IS A FIT FOR YOU AND YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF COLLEGE LIFE.

    In three sentences

    UAB IS VERY ORGANIZED AND THE PROFESSORS ARE FRIENDLY. THE CLASSROOM SIZES ARE IDEAL AND I ENJOY THE MANY OPPORTUNITES TO BECOME A PART OF DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never walk alone at night. Always have your keys in hand if your walking to your car. It'll be nice to have some pepper spray on your keys as well.

    Food and Dining

    The Commons has food from all cultures and there's an all you can buffet after 6 p.m. The HUC has a Chik-Fil-A, Taco Bell, a Grill 180, and a Soul food Bar.

    Academic Rigor

    Study, Study, Study. Instead of trying to get 100%, go for 150%! The professors would definitely see your effort and they will go the extra mile to help you in the end. There are tutors available to help if needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY! Stay ahead and on top of all your assignments because it is easy to fall behind and become overwhelmed. Sterne Library is going to be your best friend! There are group study rooms and individual study rooms. There's a Starbucks located in the library if you need a coffee break. The Green is the perfect place to kick back and relax with friends. The cafeteria in the Hill University Center and the Commons have amazing food choices. The REC is the best place if your one who loves to workout. There are classes for every workout and a trainer is available if needed.

    In three sentences

    UAB is definitely the school one should attend if they are seeking diversity! The professors I have the privilege of knowing wanted nothing more but to see the student succeed. I have formed lifelong relationships which is great for networking.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a help station on every corner of the campus so you will always feel safe. The campus police are also close by.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like mentioned earlier, there are LOTS of choices to pick from when it comes to wanting to be involved!

    Great for these types of students

    Great any type of students!

    Bang for the buck

    Overall a great school to attend!

    What to do for fun

    You name it, they have it for fun! There is always a festival or a campus event every month. Not to mention club activities. There are lots of volunteer opportunities as well.

    Food and Dining

    They a lot of choices to choose from no matter what type of eating style you like!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life seems nice from what I hear. I do not live on campus so I cannot go into much detail.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of academic choices!

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip that I would recommend to any new students is get involved. You do not have to do ten different things at once (unless you want to). Just being in one or two clubs a semester is a great idea, especially if you are going to a graduate or professional school. You would look well-rounded to your future interviewers!

    In three sentences

    This school is really cool! I am learning a lot about everything! There is so much to get involved in!

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Three different police departments patrol UAB's campus. We have the UAB Police Department that thoroughly patrols the campus, Birmingham Police Department, and the Jefferson County police department. Officers are regularly seen patrolling the campus and I feel very safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at UAB is great. While there are not as many sororities and fraternities as a Big Ten school for example, Greek Life is vibrant and is available to anyone who wants to get involved. It is not necessarily a big thing on campus so it is not overwhelming to those not wanting to get involved with Greek Life.

    Great for these types of students

    Most of the students here are pre-med / pre-nursing and it definitely shows. UAB is not in any way a party school, although if you want to have fun you can definitely find it. However, UAB is mostly conservative due to the nature of the biology & nursing programs. UAB is a top choice among those aspiring to be doctors or nurses.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student, UAB was actually cheaper for me to attend than colleges in my own state! UAB is among the best value in education that I've seen for those who don't want to go to community college but still don't want to spend a lot of money at a 4-year institution.

    Food and Dining

    We have only one dining hall on campus which severely restricts options for homestyle meals. Although having one dining hall forces interaction among all students which is a plus. We also have a diner on campus that is open from 2pm-2am for students who prefer fast food style meals. Also in the University Center, there is a Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell and a Grill that serves homestyle meals & fast food options. A Subway is also on campus but does not participate in the meal plan. The quality of the food could be better but overall there are a few options of what students can eat.

    Dorm Life

    UAB has great dorms in the sense that we have no community bathrooms! The dorms are relatively clean and the two newer dorms on campus Blazer (freshmen) and Blount Hall (sophomores & upperclassmen) are the nicer of the dorms on campus. Living in the dorms is great because they are all close to the class buildings and you can meet a lot of people by staying on campus for at least one year. Most of the dorms are pretty spacious and are an upgrade compared to other college dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    UAB is one of the most difficult colleges in the state of Alabama. Our science courses are known to be extremely hard, although the staff & students here really do try their best to help others. There are a variety of resources here to insure academic success.

  • 06/09/2012

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

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    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan. I'm living at home.

    Dorm Life

    I will not be living in a dorm. I'm a commuting student.

    Academic Rigor

    Having not yet taken a class at UAB, I cannot comment on its academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since I've not yet attended a class or experienced campus life at UAB, I cannot give prospective students advice.

    In three sentences

    I like UAB, because it's diverse. The faculty is composed of just as many ethnicities as the students, so there should be no racial or cultural barriers. The faculty really cares about the student's personal success and achievement and makes the student's success and achievement a priority.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Despite being downtown, the campus is very safe. There are many emergency stations, and cops patrol pretty regularly. I have seen some cops actually remove homeless people who are sitting on the benches of common areas. They also have a system wide text/email alert notifying of any potential and unsafe circumstances

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in the Greek system, so I can not rate this section. UAB also has a fairly small Greek life system with few sororities/fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Despite UAB's size, there are several clubs and activities for anyone. There is even a Chinese Dragon dancing club, a Rugby club, and other specific interest clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is great for those who like the smaller campus feel, an easy to navigate campus, and who enjoy meeting people of all backgrounds of life.

    What to do for fun

    It is always fun to participate in Student Life activities, hang out with friends on the green, go to the rec center, or relax in the Mini Park.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, the dining services at UAB are quite unsatisfactory. There is only one main dining hall, and the hours are not very convenient. This also includes being closed at random times and holidays. The food is not very great either. It is not worth the price of a meal, food portions are little smaller than average, and there is not much variety.

    Dorm Life

    I'm glad to have lived in the dorm my freshmen year, for I gained many friends, networked, and formed study groups. I would probably not have utilized that if I lived at home. As for the quality of the dorms, they are not too bad, but there is always good and bad reviews depending on what exactly is asked to be critiqued.

    Academic Rigor

    It is hard to necessarily grade the academic rigor, because it is dependent on the determination to succeed by each individual. From rumors, some departments are fairly easy while others such as Biology are rumored to be very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I would suggest living in the dorms their freshmen year for a unique social life they wold not get otherwise if living off campus.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a quaint campus that is nicely laid out, so students are not running all over campus to get to his/her next class. Parking at UAB is not the greatest since it is located downtown and is primarily a commuter school. UAB is ranked as being one of the most diverse campus, and it is true with students and professors from all over the world.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sleep

    Food and Dining

    Very rarely eat on campus

    Dorm Life

    Do not live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Top of the line

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, be sure that you want to get back into school, talk with your family first and jump in and keep swimming until you are done!

    In three sentences

    I am very pleased with my education thus far at UAB. I feel fortunate to be there and look forward to graduating in 2015

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAB Police are all over campus and keep it very secure. There are these green Help buttons all over campus that call the police immediately. I feel very safe.

    Greek Life

    It is not very popular at UAB.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everybody at UAB in every category.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is slightly high, but the education you will receive is priceless.

    What to do for fun

    Most student enjoy going to 5 points South for the nightlife. I perfer to go to the rec center because there are tons of activities to do there. The Green is also great to run and bicycle or just hang out on. Railroad Reservation Park is also a walk away and very nice.

    Food and Dining

    Chickfila and Taco Bell become quiet tiresome after the first semester. Starbucks and Einstein's Bagels are the best two places. The diner is okay food, but very unhealthy. The Commons or cafeteria is probably worse than high school cafeterias.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are fairly new and have quite a bit of security. Ra's put on numerous programs that are great to socialize with other students. Rooms are decent sized and there are no community bathrooms!

    Academic Rigor

    Certain classes and professors are very difficult, but the majority of classes can be passed with minimum studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to RA programs to make new friends. UAB is great because there are literally students from over 100 countries represented here. Don't go out late out night without having a buddy or two with you.

    In three sentences

    UAB provides unlimited opportunities for students. It is the #3 ethnically diverse school in the country. If a student wants to major in mathematics or sciences, then UAB is a great school.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something going on on campus, just make sure you're keeping an eye out for posters, flyers, and signs. You can also explore Birmingham and its surrounding cities (Hoover, Homewood, Leeds, etc.) for fun in shopping, nightlife, public parks, and such.

    Food and Dining

    There are quite a few places to get food on campus - the Commons, the Diner, the HUC Cafe, Einstein Bros., Starbucks, and the Cafe a la Carte in the BEC. Although you have options, eating the same thing gets boring and you grow tired of it. Luckily, Birmingham has VARIOUS places to eat that serve any taste you may have.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty decent if you live in Blazer or Blount because they are newer dorms. Camp, Rast, and Denman are older and you can definitely tell. One good thing about the dorm life is that you meet all types of people, and you almost always know what's going on on campus. Most of the big events are happening right outside your door.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are used to studying and pushing yourself to make the best grades, it should be no problem. Prepare for the worst, but expect the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take the courses lightly, especially if you are some type of health major. There can be a lot of distractions with such a busy campus, but make sure to stay focused. UAB is as fun as you make it!

    In three sentences

    With me being from Anniston, Birmingham is far enough, but not too far. I love the campus life, the people, and the city. UAB was definitely a great fit for me.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is moderately expensive but is worth every penny for the quality education.

    What to do for fun

    There are many nightclubs found in downtown Birmingham, so boredom should never be an issue.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UAB is overall high quality. Every dinner in the Commons is all you can eat. There is a Taco Bell and Chick-fil-a in the Blazer Cafe. I highly recommend purchasing a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    There are 2 dorms for freshmen and 3 dorms for upperclassmen. The freshmen dorms are both nice, and there are no community bathrooms on campus. The upperclassmen dorms are apartment-style; however, they are expensive. The upperclassmen dorms also fill up very quickly, so apply early!

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are average at UAB. Like any university, it is imperative to study daily, but the classes are not overly rigorous. If you put in a strong effort, you will pass all your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in the medical field or research, come to UAB! It is one of the top medical research universities in the nation. You will create many wonderful memories here.

    In three sentences

    An excellent school for any student interested in healthcare and the medical field. The professors are top-notch, and it is overall a quality university. All of the students are very friendly.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a wonderful rec center. That allows you to chill while hanging out with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    There needs to be more choices. There is not many healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm, but I have not heard any negative comments.

    Academic Rigor

    The science classes are rather difficult. They require lots of hard work and effort. If you put the effort in you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized Set goals Manage time wisely

    In three sentences

    UAB is wonderful diverse college. It is a wonderful place to learn about different cultures. The nursing department is challenging, but it is a wonderful privilege to attend this university.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a high priority at UAB since the campus is located in the downtown area. The Birmingham police work with the UAB police officers to ensure the safety of the students. I personally have never felt unsafe on campus at nighttime. That's mostly because there are help signs and buttons that when pressed allow you to speak directly with the police department. There is also a free campus taxi service as well for nighttime.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 student organizations at UAB. You are bound to find one that you fit perfectly into.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The UAB mascot, Blaze the dragon, walks around campus regularly so you never know when you might bump into him.

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely think that you get what pay for when attending UAB. Along with excellent academic course, you are offered free group and one-on-one tutors year round. They also offer free study cubicles that can be used throughout the year.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many different things to do for fun at UAB. I personally love art and theater so I was always going to the plays, concerts, and museums that are walking distance from campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average, but that's expected of most college campuses. If you get tired of the food offered on campus there are plenty of diners and restaurants walking distance from the school.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was really great. I was really happy that I lived on campus because the people there really helped me adjust better to college life my first year.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is very tough. You will need to make sure that you study harder and learn great study habits. At the end of the semester, you will leave the course having learned a great deal.

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter what school you decide to attend, be sure to get really involved in the different programs that are offered there. It will help you meet lots of new people and adjust smoothly to the area.

    In three sentences

    I think the University of Alabama is an amazing school that offers wonderful opportunities for its students. If I were to rate the school overall, I would give it a 5 out of 5. UAB offers the perfect balance between academic rigor and social activities.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types and especially any future medical students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Camping outside basketball arena before the Memphis game

    What to do for fun

    There is always things going on around campus and the surrounding areas. Not a day goes by where something crazy awesome is taking place.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be careful on how many and what kind of sciences you take together. Get into the wonderful city that houses UAB. You will never run out of new places to eat. Be active in the activities offered

    In three sentences

    UAB is very diverse. It is one of the best medical schools ever. The medical classes are very intense and detailed

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Most people think because UAB is in Birmingham that it is unsafe, but that is so untrue. UAB is the safest campus that I have yet to know. Yes, there have been some mishaps, but overall it is pretty safe. There are campus help buttons all around the campus and in every elevator that calls the police when they are pushed. They even supply students with a number to call if you need a ride to class or if you are having car trouble. They report to anywhere on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is great for students who want to be more diverse, and are really serious about their education. There are all types of interesting people and things to do that expose you to different cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Green is a big, open field located between class buildings. It is a nice area, and people sit, play, listen to music, study, and even sleep out there at all hours.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is so nice and clean. Since I have been there, I haven't seen or heard of one fight or have been disturbed in any way.

    What to do for fun

    I, personally, didn't do much over the years, but their are plenty of things going on in the dorms and on campus. Those are mostly free or reasonably priced.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, and their are so many options. You also get a meal plan at the beginning of each semester if you desire. They can be pretty expensive too, but they are well worth it. The latest campus dining stays open is 2 a.m. which is great!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life could improve in certain buildings, but they are safe and clean for the most part. They are also like apartments instead of dorms, so that's a plus.

    Academic Rigor

    The good thing is that all of the professors are able to choose how they want to run their class, so the strictness all depends on them. The professors at UAB are very helpful, but you have to apply yourself and keep in close contact with them. They will not give you anything that you didn't earn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you pay close attention in orientation so you will know where things are and how to operate in certain areas. Get all the scholarships and loans you can because it is costly, and pay attention in class. If you see from the first day or two of class that you don't think you can handle the workload, talk to your advisor immediately and get the class changed or dropped within the first week of classes because those professors are willing to help, but they won't babysit.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a very safe, diverse university with almost any major or minor one could dream of. Although it is very costly, the advisors and administration staff are helpful and willling to assist the students in any way. The classes are a pretty good size, depending on your major, and I have hardly had any problems from my professors in all of the 4 years that I have attended. I love UAB.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You're in downtown Birmingham so you're close to many shops and restaurants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study study study! Always go to class. Utilize the library.

    In three sentences

    I believe this school is an excellent institution. They do a great job of preparing you for your future, especially if you are interested in medicine. You will have a great sense of academics after you complete your degree.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Though in the heart of Birmingham, I have never felt unsafe or insecure. Campus Police are very present on campus and do a great job.

    Greek Life

    Small enough to be close with all of your chapter and to know most everyone else, yet large enough to make an impact and gain helpful networking opportunities. Comprises 3% of the student population, yet members hold 70% of the offices on campus. Very easygoing and not intimidating. -------- Chapters: -------- National Panhellenic Council Sororities - Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Gamma. -------- Inter-Fraternity Council Fraternities - Tau Kappa Epsilon, Delta Sigma Phi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Theta Chi (Sigma Pi, fall '12; Alpha Tau Omega, spring '13). -------- National Pan-Hellenic Council Members - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. -------- Multicultural Organizations - Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Beta Chi Theta Fraternity. -------- Religious Organizations - Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority, fall '12.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Student Campout for the UAB vs Memphis Basketball and Football games.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you can find in Birmingham!

    Dorm Life

    Freshman halls: Blazer and Camp Upperclassmen halls: Blount, Denman, and Rast All easy walking distance to classes and campus dining.

    Tips for prospective students

    The city center is large and the campus is centrally located in Birmingham, but don't feel like you will get lost easily. UAB's undergrad side is very enclosed and has easy access from one side to the other. The grad schools are also close to each other and not confusing with the other parts of the city. Don't be afraid to be undeclared coming in as a freshman. There is plenty of time to narrow down your ideas once you begin, just narrow down what your interests are.

    In three sentences

    As a senior at UAB who has attended for all of my undergraduate career, I can honestly say that UAB has the potential to reach as far as needed to help their students gain access into any field they desire. It is very common and easy to customize majors or minors to cater to student's needs and the professors/faculty are well qualified in their areas of study. Go Blazers!

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Despite the fact that the University of Alabama at Birmingham is in the middle of downtown Birmingham, the campus is extremely safe. With emergency help boxes every twenty feet and a police force of close to one hundred, the students at the university never feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is non traditional at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. With no sorority or fraternity rows, the Greek Life is almost decentralized. However, despite all of this, the sororities and fraternities on campus are still extremely involved and throw plenty of functions throughout the year, such as dance competitions for the student body.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is an excellent institutions for students who are especially interested in research. Receiving thousands of dollars in grants every year, and recently receiving a 1 million dollar grant, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is a melting pot in research. Close to 80 percent of the student body is engaged in some type of research. Even if one is not a research student, the university of top notch when it comes to education in the biological sciences.

    What to do for fun

    The city of Birmingham has something for everyone, from shopping to music festivals, and to museums. There are countless restaurants, ranging from Italian to Indian, that appeal to every taste. The University of Alabama sporadically brings in renown individuals, from award winning authors to actors to speak to students. The Alys Stephens Center that is a part of the university features world famous performers, even giving out student discounts.

    Food and Dining

    Though there are plenty of places to dine: the Commons, Blazer Cafe, and the Diner, the quality of food is not particularly favorable. However, despite this, the locations of the places where one can eat are easy to get to, and the diversity of the menu leaves no one out, including vegetarians. There is also a two Starbucks and an Einstein Bros Bagels located on campus for quick coffee and snack stops.

    Dorm Life

    Being a commuter campus, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has only four dorms, two for freshmen, and two for upperclassmen. The dorms are very safe to be in and are all co-ed. Though co-ed dorms may sound odd, it truly adds to your college experience, as you can maximize the amount of people that you can meet. The Resident Assistants do an excellent job of making everyone feel at home and welcome, even having programs that aid in bringing the residents together.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not easy, but the professors are extremely helpful when it comes to any questions that a student may have. Do not expect easy an easy A, no matter how simple the curriculum of a class may sound. Expect to spend at least 3 to 4 hours of studying for each lecture. Though this may sound extreme, it is the only way to be successful in the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham does not have a traditional college campus. So, while you may not receive a classic college experience, you will receive a unique one, the important thing is to always keep an open mind. The professors are excellent but with many class sizes being so large, it is important to be more than a name on the roster. Ask questions in class and go to office hours, it will truly go a long way in your success in the class.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham's uniqueness comes from the diversity of its staff and students. A pillar of the research community, this college has been encouraging students to have a passion for research, whether it be research on Physics or Philosophy. Overall, the experience given to a student here is one filled education beyond the walls of a classroom and preparation for anything that the world throws at them.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Just because UAB is in the city does not mean it has high crime! UAB has extreme campus security. As long as the student is smart and walks with a buddy, you should never have a problem!

    Greek Life

    I love the greek like at UAB. Its small enough to get to know all the girls but big enough to still have fun!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many activities and events at UAB, there are always ways to get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is great for any student! There are so many careers to study and so many volunteering opportunities that anybody can enjoy being a blazer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many activities and social events all over campus! Whether its a Blazer night or homecoming week, there are always traditions everywhere you look.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a reasonable price for such a great school! I love UAB and am proud to be a BLAZER!

    What to do for fun

    Since UAB lies in the middle of a huge city you can never be bored! For the girls there are malls and shopping centers everywhere! For guys there are rivers and open fields everywhere! You always can find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    You can never go hungry at UAB even if you tried! You have a food court that serves numerous meals throughout the day and then fast food all over campus! Need a starbucks?... yep got that one too! UAB is by far one of my favorite places to be!

    Dorm Life

    UAB is a brand new school which mean... BRAND NEW DORMS! The freshman housing is beyond any other colleges in the state! Want a movie theater, office, or an apartment style dorm? UAB is the place for you!

    Academic Rigor

    Since UAB is one of the top schools in the country, it comes with a price of hard work. Trust me though, it will all be worth it in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    If You love anything medical, UAB is for you! Their science and health programs have succeeded most colleges in the state. Make sure you apply and get involved in everything so the big city will seem like home!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a college like no other. In the heart of Birmingham lies UAB, right in the city and right in the action. You can never get bored and will always have something to do in all the clubs and activities on campus!

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I was a book nerd!!! And never really networked and I really regret it. If you get into a lot of groups and know people then you will have a lot of fun. UAB homecoming is always fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UAB is amazing!!! They just opened/renovated the dining area. There are plenty of choices to choose from. These choices are offered every day. Also, the food choices are available all day.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in the dorm for two years. My freshman year I stayed in the newest dorm so it was nice. I got along with all my roommates and my Dorm Manager was great. My sophomore year I moved to another dorm and it was STINKY. Hopefully, they'll empty the trash compactor more often nowadays!

    Academic Rigor

    UAB is not a easy school by any means, but it definitely will prepare you for whatever career field you choose to do. When I first came to UAB, I never knew how to study, but definitely learned when I got there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study hard, but also know that it will pay off in the end. Networking is the KEY to success so talk to your professors, classmates, get in organizations and groups!! Step outside your tiny box, you'll see college is great.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a school intended for students who plan on excelling in life. They are focused on preparing their students for the real world with plenty of internships and networking opportunities. UAB is an excellent place to be if you're looking for success in the workforce.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I'm more familiar with the graduate side, so if you like school and are about your studies you will do well.

    What to do for fun

    Five Points is a fun little entertainment district. There's lots to do there, you just have to seek it out.

    Food and Dining

    Downtown gives access to all sorts of eateries downtown and you can use Blazerbucks.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but doable. Everyone is pretty focused on school.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will live off campus, there's not really a whole lot of campus housing, so start your search early.

    In three sentences

    It is officially the University that Ate Birmingham, it's perfectly located downtown, which makes it completely accessible to everything.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is always on point. There is a police department hear on campus and sub-department in one of the dorm halls. Students should have no fears of being unsafe here on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek like isn't really big here on campus. I happen to be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. It's pretty busy but we try to implement a lot of programs on campus to get non-Greek students involved on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    UAB offers so many different programs that you can get involved in. There is something for everyone on campus. UAB student involvement offers a ton of opportunities for students to exercise leadership skills.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is great for students who aren't big on parties and/or sports. The school isn't very sports oriented at all. In the past the football has been sort of bad. Parties aren't plentiful so there is plenty time to study hard then reward yourself every once in a while instead of every night.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UAB homecoming week is really exciting. The bonfire is the best. The first usually burns so big and is always surrounded by lots of students each year. It's fun to just chill out and take some time away from studying to relax at the bonfire.

    Bang for the buck

    I love learning. Although the courses are tough, the hands on labs are worth it. It gets hard to enjoy the the classes sometimes because we're so worried about how we will pay.

    What to do for fun

    UAB offers so many different programs to get involved in here on campus. There is always opportunity to do some community service for fun with the on-going service program. There is also an office for student involvement where you can get everything you need for learning about all of the programs offered here on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe in the Hill university Center stops serving home cooked meals way too early. There is little to no seasoning on the food in the Commons diner. Most of what is offered is really fattening. It's way too easy to gain weight and get tired of the food being served.

    Dorm Life

    Blount is the best building for dorm living. I lived in Rast Hall for a year and hated it. It's really dark in there. The freshmen dorm was OK but you share ONE bedroom with another girl and that was tough adjusting to.

    Academic Rigor

    These classes are really difficult. I have yet to come across any course that some students would classify as an easy A. Even the one and two hour courses require hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start strong, and work harder than you play. Ask as many questions as you feel necessary. Use all the provided campus resources here for your success. Utilize the recreational center. Don't gain the freshmen 15 or more!

    In three sentences

    UAB is a no nonsense school (i.e. there are absolutely NO grade handouts). The classes are difficult, especially the science courses. The campus dining could be better.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of campus police but it is still in downtown and crime still happens.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is always going up but scholarships aren't.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs and societies you can join, you can volunteer for events and take free exercise classes at the rec center.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are of course small and some are old but they are kept in good repair and the RAs are usually amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    It really just depends on the teacher. I've had classes I pass without ever attending and others that were nearly impossible to pass no matter how much I studied.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to do your own leg work for financial aid and pretty much anything else you need.

    In three sentences

    It's located downtown so there's always something to do. Most of the teachers are wonderful and very helpful. There's always something happening on campus, from plays and movie screenings to job fairs and protests.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UAB police are always on alert and they respond quickly. The university sends out emergency texts to all students and faculty about any reports of suspicious activity. Safety is a top priority here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of stuff to do and they are advertised all over campus. You'll find something you like to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, outgoing, friendly students

    What to do for fun

    I spend a lot of time in the campus rec. I love most sports but basketball is my passion. I enjoy working out, and attending on campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    I like the on campus dining. They have the Blazer Cafe and the Commons on the Green. Both are very good. It is best that you get a meal plan because they a little pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I do not currently live on campus, but i spent a lot of time in them with friends last semester. I hope to be on campus next year because Ive heard good things about dorm life. It's convenient, comfortable, and you are surrounded by great people.

    Academic Rigor

    They definitely prepare you for the job market after graduation. Courses challenge you and the rigor is very good for the college level.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in nursing or trying to become a doctor (or any medical field), i highly recommend UAB. They have one of the most renowned medical fields in the country. All other courses and majors are great as well.

    In three sentences

    It is a university that stresses high quality education. It is in a great location and i love the atmosphere. Most students are comfortable here.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Nothing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come to this school unless you have some type of scholarship.

    In three sentences

    This school is very expensive, but the teachers are really willing to help out with everything you need.

  • 08/01/2012

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

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    In three sentences

    This is a great school, they very focused on instilling each student with the proper education while still creating a fun college life.

  • 08/08/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    The rec center is AWESOME: rock climbing, a huge pool, ping pong, and more. And the campus green is a great place for Frisbee or soccer, or anything else.

    Food and Dining

    Not too much selection, as far as the meal plan goes, but there are tons of good restaurants around.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your classes BEFORE the first day. Campus can be a tad bit confusing if you don't.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a great school with wonderful opportunities for students. The staff is well educated and passionate about what they teach, and the campus is cool too. I would rate UAB a 9 out of 10.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hiking, biking, camping nearby. Community service opportunities are plentiful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your act together before you attend college otherwise college is a waste of good money. You will regret it down the road if you only goof off.

    In three sentences

    UAB is perfect for me since I'm a pre-med major. There is a university hospital connected to the campus which is perfect since I plan to stay here and attend med school.

  • 08/19/2012

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

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    In three sentences

    UAB is a great research school with many local outreach programs and a very good environment. Campus is great, and the students and staff are amazing. The programs are wonderful and it's a great school.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAB is very cautious about students safety. Whenever their is incident on campus, UAB send out an alert by email or text to let student know to be careful of their surroundings. This has been very helpful for me since most of my classes are in the evening.

    Greek Life

    I have not had the privilege to experience Greek life. As a returning older student, I feel Greek life is for the younger students whom just graduated from high school and embarking on their college journey. UAB has several sororities and fraternity's to choose from for all cultures.

    Clubs and Activities

    UAB has several clubs and activities throughout the academic year. One club that caught my interest was the Mock Trial team. I never joined because they meet on Sundays and usually on Sundays I go to church and spend time with my family. One activity that was very interesting to me, was going to a musical symphony at the Allyens Stephens Center. UAB is so diverse and there are several options to choose from for clubs and fun activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Student teaching is great for students whom are pursing a career as a teacher or a professor. UAB advises students who pursue these professions to be confident in there abilities to teach. For instance, in the chemistry department students get the chance to tutor their peers in a session called chemistry recitation which is required for all students. This is a very positive way to give students a boost of confidence for their future endeavors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the most unusual locations on campus is the University Boulevard building because it looks like a parking garage and you would not think there are classes being held in this building. When I first had a class in this building, it took me a couple of days to find it, because I thought the building was just used for parking. UAB is a very large campus and if you don't learn your way around, you will get lost.

    Bang for the buck

    Students can get bang for their buck by using their campus card to get into football and basketball games. Another plus is the campus card can be used for dining or catering. If you have a special event coming up you can have UAB to cater it for you or students can stock up their dorm rooms with food, which is always a plus.

    What to do for fun

    During the fall, UAB have several of football games and when playing at home it is always at Legion Field. The basketball games are my favorite and it is very accessible because it's at the Bartow arena, which is right on UAB campus. There is always homecoming every years that is so exciting with a week full of fun activities for faculty and students.

    Food and Dining

    There is a campus card available for all full time students, which allows them to dine on campus and purchase food while walking from class to class. There are a variety of options to choose from such as Chick fila, fresh salads, or grilled food. So, whenever your feeling hungry there are several choices to choose from and with the support of local restaurants students can get a discount price just by showing their student campus card.

    Dorm Life

    Out of all my years at UAB, I have never stayed on campus. However, students who do stay on campus have several amenities to accommodate them. Also, most of the dorms have parking deck for students who live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham is very high because they want nothing but the best for prospective students as they embark on their journey of a future career. Therefore, students have to work hard and study in order to be successful. It is very helpful to be apart of study groups and be well prepared for exams.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future tips for prospective students would be to first choose a major that you are comfortable with pursuing. Second, always meet with your academic advisor during each school term. Finally, enjoy your time in college!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama in Birmingham is a very diverse school with plenty of opportunities for part time and full time students. Older students such as myself will be able to adapt and have the accessibility to various helping tools within their academic career. As a UAB Blazer, I have been very blessed to embark on the journey of coming one step closer to pursing my goal of becoming a dentist.

  • 09/04/2012

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

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    In three sentences

    The campus is so beautiful here. There are also so many things to do around the beautiful city.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a great deal of entertainment offered at UAB as well as in the city of Birmingham.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great student cafeteria on campus. There are also many other dining options close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    Although I have not lived at the UAB dorms, I have friends that have. They are clean, offer ample space and are close to most class areas.

    Academic Rigor

    The expectation for excellence at UAB is great. Therefore, the programs are thorough and require a great deal of studying outside of class. The reward will be the degree one can obtain from a world renowned medical school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research all that metro Birmingham has to offer in the way of housing and part-time employment. Visit the campus to get familiar with the most common places you will be (since it is large and spread out through the city).

    In three sentences

    UAB offers many excellent resources for students both on and off campus. Being in metro-Birmingham there is ample housing on and off campus. The campus is large and offers great opportunities for students to excel and find excellent careers after graduation.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Own their own police department (UAB Police). All of the officers are very kind and there is 24-hour call boxes if you feel threatened or in any way need police assistance. Escort service available and Crime-alert system in place.

    Great for these types of students

    Diverse and interested in other cultures. Open-minded. Laid back. Self-sufficient.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Zombie Walk is every October. There are two Starbucks on campus. Non-medical students will take classes mostly in a two block area.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in campus activities. Recreation center. Bottletree cafe and shows. Birmingham Museum of Art. 5-points South for great restaurant options.

    Food and Dining

    Not the greatest. Edible but not fine dining. When they close for certain reasons, they won't let you know ahead of time.

    Dorm Life

    Acceptable. Very interested in getting students involved. Strict on rules but not very strict rules themselves.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors will help drive driven students. Work is done on time, no slacking allowed. If you have straining circumstances, talk with the school and professors, they will work with you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and research scholarships year round. Listen to other students about prospective classes. ALWAYS meet with an advisor.

    In three sentences

    UAB is helpful and flexible with determining and completing your major. UAB has a very active student life and chances to become involved. A great university to go to to expand your individuality at a self-imposed pace.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Birmingham police is located near campus, and the also have the UAB police as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming week is field with fun things. Blaze the night is a huge bomb fire gathering for students. They do gurney races, raffles, springs festival, and contests.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel some things are way over priced, considering you already pay an arm and a leg to attend.

    What to do for fun

    UAB is located in down town Birmingham where you can always find something to do. Birmingham has great clubs, bars, restaurants, an art festival, Greek festival. Coming soon near UAB is the new Rick-wood field. UAB is always showing movies for students and have convention with great speaker guests.

    Food and Dining

    UAB has many merchants that allow students to use their campus cards to dine at. The school food is delicious as well. The campus ran restaurants are opened at all times of the day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are always filled with students. Most of the dorms are nicer than an average apartment around town.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging for certain areas of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not plan classes at 6:45 am or 8:00 am if you are not a morning person. Pay attention to all deadlines from registration to a withdrawal date.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a very diverse campus. UAB offers many majors with challenging and fun on campus and online classes. UAB is meant for the determined student; it is not easy.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's is a lot to do for fun, from all the organizations to join, the rec center, and various different activities and get-together organized from outside sources and departments.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria always has amazing food and so many different choices. There's everything there and they have certain foods they serve on different days. And there's the cafe, with three different restaurants based there and many quick food choices, it's a very good option when you're on the go.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter so I really don't have any if the UAB dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the classes that I've taken have been thorough with each subject and the professors have been dedicated to their positions, trying to make sure we understand and encouraging all questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find something that you're interested and go for it, in both academics and extra curricular activities. You're going to have a great time if you do that, and meet a lot of amazing people too. And be careful crossing the streets.

    In three sentences

    UAB has an amazing amount of things to do, from hanging out with your friends at any of the great places around campus, to working out or playing in the rec center, to getting a coffee in the library. It has something for everyone with all the organizations and clubs too, the amount of organizations is unlike anything I have ever seen. And the most important thing is the academics, every professor I have had has been fantastic, willing to work with me and make sure that I understand each subject, which is the whole reason we go to college in the first place.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I do not have time for fun. I have to pay my way through school, so I work during the weekends, and I study during any free time I have in the week.

    Food and Dining

    The food options are very diverse, but they are extremely expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are willing to apply yourself, anything is possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are commuter, give yourself plenty of time to find parking. Also, come prepared to any of your advising sessions; do not let your advisers dictate your goals.

    In three sentences

    I really do enjoy this university. I love the diversity presented on the campus, but I do not like the parking situation nor do I like some of the academic advisers. It is my opinion that academic advisers should have a degree in the field in which they offer academic advice.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is well lit and there are numerous help buttons on and off of campus for your safety. Also, security patrols frequently, and alerts are sent out instantaneously if there is an emergency.

    Greek Life

    Greek life differs from that of a larger university. It allows for commitment to both Greek members as well as friends outside of the Greek system. However, it still provides all of the benefits associated with Greek life. Typically though, people do not live in the fraternity or sorority housing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an exuberant amount of organizations and clubs to join for whatever your heart desires.

    Great for these types of students

    This college provides great opportunities for actively involved and leading students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Honors have a type of tradition that compares the various programs to the houses in Harry Potter. Global Community Leadership (GCL) is Gryffindor, University Honors Program (UHP) is Slytherin, Sci-Tech is Ravenclaw, and Experiential Learning Scholars Program (ELSP) is Hufflepuff.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that this was worth the price because the campus provided a great transition into college and I obtain great material from my classes.

    What to do for fun

    The Green is an awesome way to meet people and join in a pick up game of Frisbee or soccer. The Rec Center is great for any sport or exercise and even has a lazy river. There is a variety of places to go and view the entire landscape, and there are several social venues around campus.

    Food and Dining

    ZeBi is amazing because it has fresh food. The Commons is great for a variety of food, while the Diner is convenient for late night dining.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year is fantastic. I am on the honors floor and everyone is close. The dorms are spacious and comfortable. Everything is arrangeable.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics have a great balance of challenge coupled with active understanding. The courses make you think as opposed to just memorization of material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your own car--- necessary for shopping and service or work. If you cannot afford a car, bring a bike. Be open minded-- UAB has a very diverse student body. Get involved--there are a ton of opportunities.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is the ideal college environment. It provides an accommodating atmosphere with close proximity classes, relational professors, and close student parking. I rate this college a perfect 10.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Anywhere you go, you are bound to see a UAB police officer. They are everywhere! Also, there are many HELP posts on campus to ensure your safety any time of the day or night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at UAB seems to be fairly typical, minus all the frat houses. There are a lot of Greeks. The Greek organizations tend to have some sort of event periodically to attract the student body, usually fun stuff. The stomp downs are amazing!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities on campus, too many to count. There are many different types of clubs: religious, academic, social, etc. Many of the clubs and organizations have events that attract all types of students and try to get everyone involved.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is great for any student seeking a career in a science or health related field. It is one of the top universities in the nation. Also, UAB is a very diverse university, so any well- rounded student would enjoy it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One thing about UAB is that everything happens on the green! It doesn't matter if it is hot, cold, raining, or snowing, the green is where everything happens.

    Bang for the buck

    UAB is a university that actually prepares you for the real world. By the time you're getting into the classes that are geared towards your degree, you would have learned so much already. A degree coming from UAB speaks volumes, especially in a research science or medical field. You would definitely be getting a lot of bang for your buck. It is totally worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    The campus recreation center is always a fun place to go when there's nothing else to do. The rec has a two- story rock climbing wall, whirl pool, lazy river, four full basketball courts, a multi- use court, racquetball courts, fitness studios, and of course a two level work out area. Also, there is usually some kind of student life event going on to rescue students from the stresses of class and boredom.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few places to get a quick bite to eat, or there is always the dining hall, The Commons on the Green. UAB does a great job in having a variety of on campus restaurants. There's Taco Bell, Chick- fil- a, a grill, a bistro, Einstein Bagels, Starbucks, a diner, and more. If you're a burger lover or sushi enthusiast, UAB is the place for you!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life in the residence halls are as good as it can get. Clean areas, nice rooms, and friendly residence assistants make for a great on- campus living experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on the degree one is seeking, the classes one is taking, and of course the professor. If one was truly prepared in high school for college, one will definitely excel. If not, there are many ways to get help in any subject, especially math, science, and English. Studying does really help! The professors are always open to assist students during office hours, so take advantage.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should definitely tour the campus and city of Birmingham before applying to the university. Even if the city is not favored, it would be in one's best interest to apply anyway because UAB is generous in giving scholarships to incoming freshmen, so apply early! Do not hesitate to call the school offices for information and clarification. The staff is friendly and is there to help.

    In three sentences

    UAB is such a great university. UAB provides great opportunities for success. The environment is one for academic and personal growth because of the many organizations, diversity, and student related programs.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is Always something to do at UAB! Student Life organizes little events during the weeks that just gives students something to do before, between, and after classes.

    Food and Dining

    When I first came to UAB the food was delicious and compared to other Universities, we have a lot of variety. Every now and then you are going to get a little tired of the food and you're going to want something different, that is why we have off campus restaurants that are in walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms have a stove, except for the freshman dorm Blazer Hall. Most of the dorms have a living room also. It's actually really good living on your own just make sure you pick your roommates wisely!

    Academic Rigor

    Although it has been said that our academic setting it very tough, but really it's worth it in the end. Before you register for your classes look up your professors on Ratemyprofessor.com so you can be prepared for the class and the teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to attend UAB it is best that you have a car and a job. You should also try to make friends and attend many activities. Make the most out of it, you're in college!

    In three sentences

    UAB is a very interesting and diverse school. There is always something to do on campus so you are never going to get bored. You will meet very interesting people here.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At any point on campus you can see three or more HELP boxes that can be used to call the campus's own personal police. They really put student safety first!

    Clubs and Activities

    I've been a part of both the GSSA and USGA both great organizations and I strongly suggest becoming part of them!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone, you'll be able to find something that suits your interest here on campus!

    What to do for fun

    There's a game shop down on Five-Points South called Mad Doctor Games, if you like tabletop, magic the gathering, or board games, check the place out!

    Food and Dining

    Avoid the Diner if you can, it's just fast food stuff. The Commons on the Green does All you can eat every night for dinner, bring a container and get some extras for lunch the next day!

    Dorm Life

    They have a great process for choosing RA's who are all helpful and really friendly people

    Academic Rigor

    Don't fall behind, you'll regret it

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in Camp Hall, one other person and a full kitchen as a freshman, wonderful thing! If you can, make sure to take Dr. Gray for Chem 115 and Professor Temple for American Lit II

    In three sentences

    A wonderful place full of accepting people. The research programs for science majors are going to set you up for life. A perfect place for anyone wanting a college degree.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are UAB police all over campus and an Emergency alert system set up.

    Great for these types of students

    City lovers

    Bang for the buck

    Graduate school has been expensive but I absolutely believe that the amount of money I had paid for my education does not come close to the experience and the quality of education that I have received at UAB. My professors and advisers have been amazing. Student services, Financial Aid, and Graduate services have been very helpful. Even people not grading me have been a tremendous help!

    What to do for fun

    Visit Birmingham landmarks including historical landmarks, museums, Vulcan Park, Rail Road Park, Five Points South, Avondale, The Alabama theater. Birmingham has plenty of fun things to do and see as well as live music every week!

    Food and Dining

    The Caf is very good with a lot of choices, but there is also plenty of dining options surrounding UAB.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are in the city and I hear they are very nice. They are apartment style dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The Education Department and the English Department has brilliant professors and difficult classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know exactly when and what you are paying for. UAB tends to put extra money (financial aid) on a Blazerbucks card to help pay for books. However, sometimes that is not necessary and you can opt out of this service. You may have to pay for a parking pass. You have to pay early for UAB.

    In three sentences

    At first, I did not like University of Alabama at Birmingham because I went to undergrad at a small liberal arts college. I was somewhat overwhelmed at first. My professors and advisers have been wonderful!

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Birmingham offers a city full of different experiences such as hiking along the mountains, dancing at night clubs, or relaxing in the lazy river at the UAB Recreation Center. There are many activities the college and city offers entertain students.

    Food and Dining

    The food is usually very tasty, however, the choices used for the Meal Plans are not very healthy. The healthy choices that are available are limited. Overall, however, the dining experiences are pleasant.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm layout is excellent. Camp Hall is more like an apartment than dorm with very friendly staff, neighbors, and UAB police to protect the students.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not that challenging so far. This may be a good thing, but perhaps many of the classes and programs offered for music majors are not developed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Improve time-management, organization, study, and budgeting skills. Managing time is very important, especially for music majors. Students may often get caught up in activities and socializing, and then later get stressed as he or she faces the piled up homework.

    In three sentences

    UAB is surrounding by very friendly students and faculty. The campus is easy to navigate. There are always campus-led or student-led activities going on each week.

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAB is one of the safest campuses around

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to name them all, but ther is something for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    We have alot of on campus events that are free for students all you have to do is take advantage of them. We have things from free dance classes to going to the ballet

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing and you will make alot of friends just by going to the Commons ( the dining hall at UAB).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. I highly recommend living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It is average as long as you stay focused.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do the work as soon as it is assigned.

    In three sentences

    I think the University of Alabama at Birmingham is an excellent school. The students are very diverse and we learn alot from eachother. While we do alot of work, we also have alot of fun.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do in the city.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms but from observation they look okay

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. Live near campus if not on campus

    In three sentences

    Great school, with lots of orroptunity to succeed. School is in the heart of Birmingham which is acvailable to many recources. Faculty is very helpful and nurtures success.

  • 12/04/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    Coolest pool I have ever seen.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus before applying.

    In three sentences

    It is an awesome school. It provides quality education and a beautiful campus. I cannot wait to go here full time!

  • 12/09/2012

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

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    Campus Safety

    I think the campus police is an extension of the birmingham police department. They are helpful and knowledgeable about what is happening and they keep students aware of what to do especially at night or when you're in class how to keep your vehicle safe.

    Greek Life

    I think greek life is amazing here. I want to join a sorority

    Clubs and Activities

    Juried Student Annual Sloss Furnaces

    Great for these types of students

    Visual Arts Gallery for art Students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The juried student annual is pretty amazing because students present art and its judged by their peers

    Bang for the buck

    I went to a UAB Gospel chior show and its was fantastic

    What to do for fun

    I go to the Aly Stephens Center for plays, musicals, and shows.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many restaurants in the city. The food at most places is amazing and there are different cuisines to try.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus but I have lived in the dorm before its a growth experience and lessons to help you prioritze. you have to be your own alarm clock.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically you are goiing to have to study hard, participate in class discussions and do group projects, it's not a bad thing it just takes effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember to enjoy and take in all of your experiences but also remember that the main goal is to study hard to earn your degree so you can get a job in your chosen field of study.

    In three sentences

    University of Alabama is culturally diverse University of Alabama is unmatched in educational objectives University of Alabama is fun because there is lots of community involvment.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UAB always has a program for students to either kick back and have fun or learn about something that they are interested in. They celebrate all cultures and offer activities for everyone to learn about new cultures. The activities can range from a lecture to a party on the green with a firework after show. If you are living on campus you will always have something to do.

    Food and Dining

    UAB offers a multitude of eating places for all types of students meaning vegetarians, health nuts, and junk eaters. The options of eatery are spread across the campus to ensure that access is available to all students. All you need is either dining dollards (which is required) or a meal plan (which is optional depending on your living conditions) and you can dine at any eatery that you please although the hours for each place does vary.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and at other times very tedious as far as having guests are concern. The dorm offers a ton of activities to do and makes sure to keep students posted about upcoming events for the whole campus. They are very invested in your safety which is why they are strict when it comes to guests you must check in and check out your guest to ensure that they are kept track of. This process can be tedious but for the most part it is doable.

    Academic Rigor

    UAB is a school that means academic business. The professors are confident in your ability to take the initiative to do your work outside the classroom. They offer many ways to get help including Supplemental instruction, tutoring, and access to your teachers outside the classroom via email. They expect you to get your work done but will also offer a helping hand when need be. Although the course load at times can be hectic it is worth it because you will walk out of the class knowing the information if you apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    When applying for a school you should always look to ensure that it fits your major. For students interested in the medical field this is the perfect school although the competition is very fierce. Joining scholar programs that UAB offers can really give you a push in the right direction it is not just a case of it looks nice on a resume it actually puts you above students and in some cases gurantee you into the program that you choose.

    In three sentences

    University of Alabama at Birmingham is a culturally diverse college with infamous learning oppurtunities for all ages. It offers plenty of activities for student of any age or interest to participate in order to create a fun learning environment. Attending UAB although it can be for any student it is mostly geared towards medically inclined students.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nighttime is very dangerous. Walking around during night even on campus, you might want to tag along with a friend all the time. Since its in the downtown area. There are few homeless and occasional weird people.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't have cars may be good to live here. Everywhere in downtown can be a walking distance.

    What to do for fun

    There are school events, but it is not a big events compared to other schools. It is in the center of downtown Birmingham, so you need to be careful during nights. There are few nightclubs that are conveniently 5 mins away from school.

    Food and Dining

    There is not much variety. You pretty much can eat everything of the schools food without overlapping in about a month.

    Dorm Life

    I have only visited the dorms. It is okay just don't expect too much. It all differs to everyone's personality.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a transfer student and I would believe that UAB is academically challenging. Meet the right teachers and it may be easy.

    In three sentences

    University of Alabama at Birmingham has a very well established education towards its medical, business, and engineering.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police everywhere you look, to insure that the campus remains safe. Also there are Help Buttons at most of the places on campus, which can be pushed if you feel as though you are in an unsafe situation and need assistance.

    What to do for fun

    As far as on campus fun goes, there is the UAB recreation center. It is a beautiful facility and there are a number of things to do there like rock wall climbing, swimming, racket ball, air hockey, ping pong, and billiards. Different committees also host on campus events and most of the time there is free food, which is always a plus for a college student. Also there are shopping malls not too far away like Brookwood mall, The Summit, and Riverchase Galleria just to name a few.

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent! I have been to other college campuses and there food does not compare to what UAB has to offer. UAB has a variety of different dining options including: The Commons on the Green, The Diner, Starbucks, Chick-fil-a, taco bell, and a few others. Having diversity in dining options insures that you will not get bored with the available food choices. The food is of very good quality as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice at UAB. I've visited 3 dorms and every one of them has its own unique qualities. Some are apartment style and others are more suite-like. The Resident Assistants in the dorm are always there when needed and truly fulfill there duties. Every now and then certain dorms throw fun events which give opportunities to meet new people and possibly form new friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the course load can be pretty rigorous. As long as you are serious about your schooling and put in the optimum amount of study hours to achieve the best grades, then it is very possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    My number one tip is to come in focused on your studies because that is primarily why you are there. It is okay to go out and have fun, in fact sometimes it is needed in order to maintain balance in your life, but just know when to say no to things that may inhibit studying when it is needed. Remain focused, study, have fun, put all you can into your coursework and make the most of your college experience.

    In three sentences

    So far I find the UAB to be a wonderful school. The course load can be rigorous, but there are professors there that actually care and will help lead and guide you if asked. The campus is beautiful and the location is great.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is safe as long as you do not go out alone at night off the actual campus, which is easy to do since the campus is integrated with the city of Birmingham. Just stick to the buddy system at night and UAB is actually pretty safe despite what you might have heard.

    Greek Life

    Despite there being a few Greek sororities and fraternities, Greek life is not as big of a presence at UAB compared to the other universities in Alabama. If Greek life is what you are interested in, I recommend the University of Alabama or Auburn.

    Clubs and Activities

    There a million clubs to join at UAB, the difficult part is just finding them. Your best bet is to join BSYNC and join them online.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is great for international relation majors, pre-med, pre-dental, and any science major. Its also great for students looking for an urban and thriving city life style with a diverse population.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Green is a hangout place for students on campus as well as where all school sponsored events happen. Some people will even hang up their hammocks on the light poles and study there all day.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes definitely are but the textbooks are not. Most of the books I purchased I did not even use, so wait til the class starts to buy the book unless you know for a fact that that book will be used from a friend. The meal plan also is not worth it unless you live in Blazer Hall since you do not have a kitchen there.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of free events on the green like concerts, free food, obstacle courses, so life is never boring on campus. They are also always showing movies around campus. There is a great dollar theater nearby if you have a car. Also there are really nice restaurants and eighteen and up clubs if you just walk five minutes into Five Points. There is definitely a lot to do for fun in Birmingham.

    Food and Dining

    Your first year at UAB, they require you to buy the meal plan. The Commons on the Green and the Diner are great the first few weeks, but then it all seems to taste the same. The HUC has Taco Bell and Chick Fil A, which provide the sense of fast food. If you want to walk a lot , the best place to eat is Zebi's which has yummy flatbreads and soups, but is the farther from campus. Overall, food and dining is average so stock up on microwavable foods for the dorm.

    Dorm Life

    For freshman, your options consist of Blazer Hall and Camp Hall. Blazer is a great dorm-style place to live if socialization and group studying is your niche, whereas Camp is a comfy apartment style place to live if you prefer to be work alone and cook, since it has a stove.

    Academic Rigor

    UAB is always pushing its students to strive for success. Its classes are challenging, but enough so that you are still learning. You definitely work for the A's in every class. I am in one of the Honor's Programs, Global Community Leadership Honors so I definitely get challenged every day.

    Tips for prospective students

    UAB is one of the top ten schools for medical research, so you should definitely apply if you are pre-med. It is also one of the top schools for diversity in the nation, so cultural exposure is to be expected. In the south, this school is definitely one of a kind, so if you are looking for an diverse, urban setting with the perks of southern charm, UAB is definitely where to go.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a diverse, urban, and surprisingly green campus. This beautiful campus, with its variety of cultures, exposes its students to the world around them, in turn becoming a source of inspiration for academic success. This international university is a hub for learning making its top ranking for research everything but a surprise.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can request a campus escort after dark to help you to your destination. There are HELP phones located all over campus. Press the big red button and campus security answers.

    Greek Life

    The Panhellenic Council include sororites: Alpha Gamma Delta â?¢ Alpha Omicron Pi â?¢ Alpha Xi Delta â?¢ Delta Gamma. Fraternies include: Delta Sigma Phi â?¢ Lambda Chi Alpha â?¢ Pi Kappa Phi â?¢ Tau Kappa Epsilon. National Pan-Hellenic Council includes: Alpha Kappa Alpha â?¢ Alpha Phi Alpha â?¢ Delta Sigma Theta â?¢ Kappa Alpha Psi â?¢ Omega Psi Phi â?¢ Phi Beta Sigma â?¢ Sigma Gamma Rho â?¢ Zeta Phi Beta. There's also a multicultural organization, Delta Phi Omega. To be honest, greek life could be better. there could be more Panhellenic sororities and fraternities on campus. There could be better housing also.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is great for science majors and medical students.

    What to do for fun

    There's the recreation center for exercising and other activities. Referring back to dorm life, there's fun stuff.

    Food and Dining

    I have a couple requests and one is a Pizza Hut Express! Other than that, the food court is nice, consisting of Chick-Fil-A, Taco Bell, and a Simply To Go station for hot meals and salads. The commons diner is the main source of food for students living on-campus and even commuter students can enjoy the facility, with a meal plan or dining dollars. UAB has a good variety of dining resources and blazerbucks (money you put on your student card) can be used at restaurants downtown and surrounding locations. There are a handful of cafes and Starbucks it the go-to place.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice and better than what I experienced at my past colleges. Depending on the dorm hall, you can have a single room or share a room and there are thermostats in the room. There's also co-ed habitation! There is always something going on with student housing, so dorm life won't be boring. The events on campus range from celebrity guest speakers, to parties to concerts to movie nights outside on the green (or green patch of lawn between the dorms and campus buildings).

    Academic Rigor

    UAB has medium to high range of academic rigor and is appropriately challenging. It really depends on the course and the instructor or professor. Some are a little laid back, like maybe an elective, and others are quite demanding, like every class just about. Even in your field of study, there are no easy breaks; from your chemistry or calculus class to an art class.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's very helpful to know what you're going to major in and have a backup major or minor for freshmen year. Get your pre-requirements core classes out of the way. Take classes and electives that can cross over to other majors or minors if you do decided to change your mind later on down the road.

    In three sentences

    Overall, I'd give my college a 7 out of 10 because it's still advancing in technological and academic aspects for different majors. University of Alabama at Birmingham is a good liberal arts school, but an awesome school for medicine and science. Located in the heart of Birmingham City, it's a convenient and smart choice to soak up the urban culture while obtaining a formal education.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you do not have somewhat of a plan in mind of being financially able to attend Uab, then you may want to consider it, The tuition and fees can get rather high. So one may want to consider scholarships, loans, grants, etc., to ease financial strain if any.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different organizations that can be joined to stay involved. Joining organizations and using on campus sites can truly entertain a college student.

    Food and Dining

    Since Uab is located at the heart of Birmingham, Al, there are numerous options. Dining options are available all over campus where cash, Blazerbucks, Dining dollars. and Meal plan are accepted.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty good. The system by which they operate is very thought out and organized. Options that range in style and price vary and are definitely available upon request.

    Academic Rigor

    In my opinion, Uab is rather competitive. Due to the diversity, there are people with various backgrounds that each bring something new to the table. It is up to the student to focus in order to better excel and to become recognized.

    Tips for prospective students

    Uab tends to work and focus a good bit of attention toward incoming freshmen. I would highly recommend looking into scholarships and studying well for standardized tests in order to ease financial strain while considering or attending the school.

    In three sentences

    Uab is one of the greatest schools in the U.S., especially if you are considering on entering into medicine after completing your undergraduate studies. It is by far one of the more diverse schools in the country. Overall, it is a great school.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are constantly roaming the campus just to make sure nothing is going on. From time to time they may appear bored and overattentive but they're on alert. We've only had one security issue so far this year and within 30 seconds the police was there to control the situation. The campus police even give classes on self-defense. There's also Help phones all across campus.

    Greek Life

    There's a larger Greek life here than most expect. Pledging is a huge deal here; it's a campus wide event on the green.

    Clubs and Activities

    UAB has over 150 organizations and clubs. There's a large variety dealing with religion, culture, community service, politics, and even more. There's something for just about everyone. Most of the interest-based organizations are medical which may cause concern for those who aren't at UAB for medicine.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is for the type of student who is ambitious and willing to put the work in for success. Those who understand the importance of a community service, grades, and networking are the ones that get into Medical School.

    Bang for the buck

    UAB is expensive, but the courses you take are worth every penny. The only thing that is not worth your money is the food.

    What to do for fun

    The Rec Center has plenty to do with sports, workout center, and even rock climbing. The dorms also have movie rooms which is where lots of people like to chill with friends. Other than that you have to be creative and think of something to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Burgers and fried foods is at just about every campus restaurant. Even the Commons on the Greens is supposed to give a variety of foods, yet they have just about the same thing every night. There's few vegetarian and health options, but not many. Buying groceries is the wisest thing.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are well maintained with nice furniture. They also have 24 hour maintenance crew who can help with any problems. The RA's are also always there to help and take there job seriously. Everyone's dorm life is different though, depending on which dorm you reside in. Camp Hall (one of the freshman dorms) has a family atmosphere because there's a maximum amount of 300 students. Whereas, Blazer Hall is a more traditional campus dorm because it has over 700 students.

    Academic Rigor

    UAB is a very academically, concentrated university. Normally you would assume that core courses (English, History, Art, etc.) are easy, however UAB challenges you to learn in every course. The professors also challenge you with strict attendance policies and hard exams. UAB believes in knowledge and if you have to study 10 hours every day to get into medical school then you'll study 10 hours a day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as possible because UAB is an expensive university. The UAB National Alumni website offers many scholarships to freshman. Also get to know as many people as possible. Networking is really important if you want a future job or reference. Staying on top of your grades is also important. UAB is way harder than it seems.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a university that challenges students to work hard and earn their degree. The large diversity on campus also creates an academic atmosphere as you learn about different cultures across the world. If you aren't willing to work for the knowledge then UAB isn't for you.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the best I have seen yet.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is here at UAB but not overpowering like at some of the bigger state schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    Can't say to much about them but they do have a lot of activities on the green.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are all around students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Can't share any yet just because I haven't been there long enough to learn any.

    Bang for the buck

    I think for the money UAB is probably one of the best schools in the state of Alabama just because you get everything out of college and you won't be in debt once you get out.

    What to do for fun

    There is an enormous amount of things to do on campus. From going to the Rec Center to rock climb, swim, or work out; to playing any number of intramural sports on the green.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the food on campus is actually really good.

    Dorm Life

    Can't really say much about the dorm life since I didn't live on campus but when I would visit my friends everything seemed very nice and well maintained.

    Academic Rigor

    For me it wasn't to challenging because it was my first semester of engineering but this semester I bet will be more challenging because of the heavier course load and more opportunities that will present themselves this year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to make good friends early that will help you stay on track. On the flip side of that don't get so bogged down in your studies to have some fun around the city and on the green.

    In three sentences

    UAB so far has been an enriching environment for me to be successful because of everything it has to offer its students. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs to help the students succeed in their respected future work places by offering co-ops, shadowing programs, and sometimes some on site work. UAB also has one of the most multicultural schools I have ever been to and I would have to say it is pretty cool meeting people from different countries.

  • 01/09/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    I don't really remember how the food was at this school. I couldn't have given me too much of a bad impression.

    Dorm Life

    I toured the school during a field trip, and I really liked the campus. I immediately wanted to attend the school. The dorms are clean and seem very comfortable. I like the apartment style rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    I enjoyed talking to the tour guide about the different academic courses available. The medical department really caught my attention. The study abroad program seems interesting too!

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great at UAB. Campus police can be reached at anytime of day or night!

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is especially great for students looking for jobs in Medicine, Music, Education. UAB is also perfect for students seeking a challenge and want to have impressive qualities on a resume.

    Bang for the buck

    UAB is not very expensive. It all depends on how many hours you take, and what classes you take.

    What to do for fun

    The recreation center is open to all students at UAB free of charge. There is swimming, rock climbing, basketball, indoor track, work-out equipment, camping, hiking, you name it! The rec center has plenty of fun activities to do. Athletic events are also very fun to attend.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning is great at UAB. There is a wide variety of places to eat, and menus to choose from. Being in the city also makes food a plus. There are several off-campus restaurants that accept blazer bucks and dinning dollars. Dinning stays open as late at 2am!! So no matter what time it is, there is always somewhere and something delicious to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing at UAB. I was very nervous about living on campus at first, but when I arrived, the residence assistants and people in charge of the dorms were very helpful with everything. They send out reminders of fun on campus activities and volunteer activities for residence to get involved on campus. It is also very safe. Only those who have a campus card can enter at leisure. Once inside the dorm, only those who have a sticker to pass the front desk on their campus card are allowed to pass the front desk. Dorm life is one of the pluses of UAB's campus. Dorms are comfortable and you are paired with roommates who are similar to you by filling out a survey. If you and your roommate are not working out or getting along, you are given the chance to change roommates to someone who you can get along with better.

    Academic Rigor

    Students at UAB must study for their academic classes at least an hour a day to be successful. Some classes are more of a challenge for some students than others. It all varies upon what courses were taken on the high school level and how diligent a student is. It is a very good idea to write down a list of academic goals and think about how they can be achieved-this helped me to make all A's and obtain a 4.0 GPA my first semester and I still make goals so that I can stay organized and on track. UAB has some of the best academic programs in the country and the professors are open and helpful to all students who put forth an effort to succeed. Although the courses at UAB are difficult, diligence, concentration, and interaction with professors makes it much easier to succeed in classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Campus visits are a great idea when considering the University of Alabama at Birmingham-UAB. When on campus as a student, get involved. There are a numerous amount of clubs, volunteering, and activities available for students.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a great school. It is very diverse in the number of majors and minors that are allowed, and the number of different racial backgrounds. There are several on-campus assistance programs that help all students to be successful on the college level.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    not been involved with Greek life here

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student looking to go into the Medical field, UAB is a great choice because it renowned for its programs in Medicine and Allied Health

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    check out Al's mediterranean food. its slightly off campus but it is also open 24 hr, which is rare in Birmingham

    What to do for fun

    Pick up a black and white for local community events, or enjoy the parks around downtown birmingham. There is also a lot of history in Birmingham that is fun to learn about.

    Tips for prospective students

    i encourage every student to get to know your professors, prioritize your schedule so as to give you the best opportunity to succeed and peace of mind, and make sure that you work hard in whatever you are studying so that you get an accurate assessment of whether you really want to work in your field for a lifetime.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a strong in Academics. It is especially strong in their medically-focused programs. The faculty is exceptional and challenging.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are HELP boxes all over campus. When the button is pressed the UAB Police is notified immediately.

    Greek Life

    There are fraternities and sororities to participate in.

    Clubs and Activities

    At UAB the clubs and activities are a great way to meet new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Campus Green is where most social events happen. It is where all the students go to join any festivities that are taking place.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, because UAB is a highly accredited institution. Education is the reason people attend college, so one's money is spent wisely if his or her college is educationally sound.

    What to do for fun

    The recreation center is a fun place to exercise, and there are many random enjoyable campus events that captivates many student's attention.

    Food and Dining

    There are various places to eat on and around campus. All of the places serve at least a couple dishes that could satisfy any person's appetite.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter student, but from visiting with friends, the dorms seem pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult, but if one's priorities are in line then he or she will learn to master difficulty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind and an attitude of learning.

    In three sentences

    There are lots of opportunities to pursue at UAB. Not only is it a great school academically, but it ranks high for it's diverse population. Anyone who seeks to further his or her education after high school should definitely check to see what UAB offers for his or her interest.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is located near downtown Birmingham, but as long as you stay within the campus boundaries, I feel safe. But no matter where you go, there is always going to bad people so there is always going to be some rate of crime. But the UAB police force is good about keeping that rate down even though the campus is located in a high danger level area.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UAB is pretty good. The only downside is that most of the resturant areas at UAB close fairly early and the only one open late is the Diner. But, like the name implies, the Diner mainly only sells diner food which isn't the most healthy thing to eat at 10:30 at night.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is one of my personal favorite experiences about college. I am able to make new friends and be able to be on my own to see if I can take care of myself without the guidance of my parents. It allows me to see how truly grown up I can be and how mature I truly am.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the freshmen core classes aren't too bad in their difficulty level, but the higher level the classes become the harder and more time you have to spend on each subject to be able to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is not the same as high school. You cannot procrastinate and still expect to do well. As a student, you must learn how to manage your time and understand that concept of prioritizing and actively listening to your professors, because what they're teaching you is not useless information.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is an amazing school to attend and grow as a person. The school understands that for a person to succeed in the real world, it's not all about test scores and grades. The faculty and staff are all very kind and truly wants all their graduates to succeed in life.

  • 03/14/2013

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

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    Clubs and Activities

    So many organizations to join!

    Great for these types of students

    Students with interest in any of the sciences

    What to do for fun

    Attend lectures, join organziations, go to events sponsored by Student Life, or enjoy local music around the Southside of Birmingham. The new Barons stadium is within walking distance, where B'ham is developing a new Entertainment District.

    Food and Dining

    Several eating places on campus. A wonderful diner, a cafe, and even fast food places one can use blazer bucks or pay cash.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't stayed in a dorm, but I have friends that have. Dorm life looks GREAT! There is always wi-fi available, shuttles to take students to games, lenient visiting rules, and many co-ed dorms with private rooms, study areas, and private bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor is the perfect word for studies at UAB, where knowledge shared by professors is very accurate and in depth.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to UAB, be prepared to be challenged from the first day of class. This is NOT a university for slackers OR party-seekers. Students here take education seriously, and the faculty certainly step up to the plate in providing extensive education!

    In three sentences

    UAB is a great school for students who feel serious about their educations. Everything is within walking distance, and living nearby is affordable. Anyone should feel proud to receive a degree from UAB, where there are many, many fields of study to choose from!

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    One word yum.

    Dorm Life

    One word awesome.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that this is the school you want to go to.

    In three sentences

    I'm just checking out the school. The school seem pretty awesome to me. I'm thinking about attending this school.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe with it's own police and escort services that are second to none. The security is always willing to help and maintain campus safety 24/7. Campus is constantly patrolled to ensure a safety educational atmosphere for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit week is a must with many activities going on campus wide. Football and Basket ball games are also great ways to show your colors and pride in your school.

    Bang for the buck

    UAB is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs that are active around campus, Greek life, and Intramural sports where everyone can feel like they are apart of something and where they can make a difference. There is also many bars, clubs, parks and shopping centers where students can go with their friends to unwind from a strenuous course load.

    Food and Dining

    UAB has plenty of options and various locations scattered throughout the campus. Some of the options include Taco Bell, Chick-fil-a, The Diner, The Commons, and many others that are very good and enjoyable and in close walking distance to many of the classes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be exciting for some more than others, but it is an excellent way to meet new people and make some of your first friendships in college. UAB's dorm are very comfortable and can create the perfect studying and living atmosphere. Dorms vary in size and accommodations and can tend to be pricey but it is completely worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any other school which boasts it's health related majors, UAB is very strict when it comes to its math and science courses. These courses may require extra attention and must be taken seriously. A strong background in math and science is highly recommended.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to manage time effectively in order to be successful at any college. Being responsible and keeping up with one's course load is also very important in order to stay on track. Treat college like a 9-5 job and it will help with maintaining a level of accountability.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is an excellent school notorious for its competitive health profession majors. It is also a very good school for other majors such as those aspiring to become the engineers, educators, and researchers of the future.

  • 04/02/2013

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

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    Academic Rigor

    The staff is very friendly but they also want you to stay on top of your work but they are always there when they are needed for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Contact your advisor and get to know them and all the staff is very friendly, and willing to help. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    Everyone at UAB is very warm and inviting. All the Blazers at Transfer day made me feel like I was at home. On a scale from 1-10, I rate this school a 10.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus police also works with the municipal police.

    Greek Life

    all types of sororites/fraternities to choose from

    Clubs and Activities

    plenty of student associations and activities to participate in

    Bang for the buck

    The education and the value of the degree and the institution that offers it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of student events, concerts of well known entertainers that are sometimes free to students, all types of clubs close to campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to stay on top of your studying. Get to know your instructors and professors Pay attention to deadlines

    In three sentences

    UAB is a very well rounded well known university. It is well known for its Hospital and Medical Research The faculty and staff are efficient and will lead you through the admissions and scheduling process easy

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Well I know that there are alot of clubs at UAB the process of joining can be pretty weird though. But there is always some activity going on on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I believe that UAB's food and dining is amazing. There are alot of restaurants throughout the campus with alot of eating options. Times of operations are pretty good also.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has its pros and its cons. And each dorm has there different aspects. The only thing that i really dislike is the guest check-ins. Which kinda takes away from the dorm experience.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a very diverse school and I absolutely love it. Even though public transportation is bad there are alot of places walking distance from the school. UAB's academics are really good.

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There was a new baseball stadium built in downtown Birmingham, 4 blocks from campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Coursework is definitely designed to challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are coming here to learn.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere is very diverse. The professors are interested in your success. Very good school overall.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    University of Alabama at Birmingham has a great atmosphere. The students are very friendly. And the teachers seem genuinely interested in your success.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Read, and lay on the green.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of options!

    Dorm Life

    There are only 3 nice dorms, blazer, camp, and Blount. Do not for for devil denman or rasty nasty.

    Academic Rigor

    Math and science classes... Nuff said.

    Tips for prospective students

    Follow your heart when it comes to picking a major but be willing to work hard.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school for making friends and following your dream. This school is also perfect for medical students. Also it's very diverse.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. Probably about as good as it gets when it comes to cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    I never had a problem living in the dorms. Sometimes checking guests in and out can get annoying but it is all for safety reasons.

    Academic Rigor

    It is tough but definately doable. Professors are always willing to help.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school, especially for anything in the medical field.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    AMAZING!!!!! Safest place I have ever been

    What to do for fun

    UAB has many student organizations that throw all types of student events throughout the year. Every week there is something to do and it provides safe and on campus fun. Also, Greek life host many events and they are equally just as fun.

    Food and Dining

    UAB provides its student and faculty with plenty of food options throughout the day and night. The choices range from different foods from all over the world. The only thing they lack is a larger variety of healthier foods such as fruits and non fried foods.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is expensive and personally not for me. The lifestyle there is very fun and you meet a bundle of new and interesting people from all over the world. They do enforce their policies so that way students do remain safe as well as treating the students like adults unlike some other schools with thing such as visitation curfew.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard even when it is a subject you feel confident in. They do not make the classes anything like high school. You do have to study and classes are very demanding and make it difficult for extra activities, but it is manageable and possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay on top of all paperwork that needs to be done, for UAB will take their sweet time with getting your paperwork finished and getting you notified. Utilize all of UAB's academic support programs they become your best friend in any area you find challenging. Also, utilize all of UAB's non academic supporters, especially Mrs. Leslie Riley

    In three sentences

    I would consider UAB an amazing school especially for people considering a medical field. The academic program is amazing, but the support system for students can use a little bit more work. Overall UAB is a well worth school of attendance.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is amazing. There is plenty of security all over the place as well as help boxes and an emergency alert system.

    What to do for fun

    There are several opportunities to have fun on campus. There are tons of organizations, clubs, and sports that anyone can join.

    Food and Dining

    There should be more place to eat on campus as well as better food but there is a few places that always have good food.

    Dorm Life

    The RA's are usually nice and the dorms are really nice.Checking people in and out the rooms can become annoying but it helps every one's safety.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is important at UAB but it benefits the students. Having hard classes all though are tough help the students become well prepared for future job opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont under estimate how hard a class. Have an open mind and believe in yourself and you make it through te classes.

  • 05/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The UAB police department is the largest police department in the state of Alabama. They recruit an average of 97 police officers every year. There are HELP boxes located all over the campus for emergencies and are connected to live people to speak to and send the proper officials to help, be it an ambulance, police officer, or someone to assist with car difficulties.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the best events that happens here is when the students have races with the hospital gurneys, another fun event is a zombie walk where you can dress up and chase other students.

    Bang for the buck

    While the tuition and parking are expensive, you certainly get what you are paying for. The campus is excellent, always clean and the buildings are kept up to date and comfortable. The classes provide all the technology necessary for a wonderful learning experience. The reputation of the University is also tremendous, this school is known around the world and has staff helping in places like Israel, Switzerland, and Japan.

    What to do for fun

    There a quite a few clubs and bars around campus, especially at a locally known area called five points. There a 2 story mall and hundreds of shops and activities to choose from. From the Birmingham Zoo to the Botanical Gardens, there is always something to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are many restaurant options in and around the campus. With a dozen or more fast food places and sit-down restaurants. There is even a Cajun restaurant that sends a food van around campus that always smells like amazing seafood.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus myself, but from what I have heard the dorm life is calm with no drama.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are very professional and as a student you have to be very hard-working and ready to dedicate a great amount of time to your studies. You are required to know how to do proper research and review scientific articles that will push your learning capabilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get overwhelmed by the first couple of semesters, it takes time to learn how to properly study and dedicate yourself to the academics. Listen to the teachers and pace yourself, allow time to adjust to the college life.

    In three sentences

    The professors are very open-minded and down to earth people, while the students are hard-working and friendly. The campus itself offers many features such as restaurants, large recreational center, and a variety of student organizations. The experience of attending this university has given me the tools to mature as an adult while learning the facts of life.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being downtown offers some challenges, but the campus is well lit and there are LOTS of emergency phones available. As with any college, it's best not to walk around alone after dark.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not as prominent as it is on some larger campuses but there are fraternities and sororities available if you are interested.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is a perfect place for pre-med students, nursing students, or science majors interested in medical research.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It rains quite a bit in Birmingham so on a nice day expect to see students hanging out everywhere on campus in hammocks strung between trees or light poles. The gurney races at homecoming are definitely a Gang Green unique tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, the cost of attendance is a pretty good value (especially if you're in a healthcare major.) If you're a good student with good test scores, UAB offers some outstanding scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Greeks have parties at the fraternity houses. There are also some downtown clubs that are pretty popular.

    Food and Dining

    The main dining facility is pretty good, offering a range of choices. There are some newer facilities that have been opened this year around campus where you can use your meal plan to get a sandwich, bagel, or fast food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms (especially for freshmen) are very nice. There are rules (like any dorm) which can be a nuisance. However, the tradeoff is having to find parking if you live off campus and drive. This can be tough as the campus is downtown and parking is limited.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are a student in pre-med or another of the challenging science fields it can be a challenge. Also, the honors programs are great for the higher level student seeking that challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't live in Alabama you may have a bit of culture shock. Work through that and I promise you'll fall in love with the school and the city. UAB is VERY student friendly and has an abundance of academic assistance available if you need it. Make a friend and embrace the rain!

    In three sentences

    UAB is a great school for anyone looking at pre-med or other healthcare fields, biochemistry, or neurobiology. The UAB hospital system is a premier facility that offers students an amazing opportunity for hands on experience and research opportunities.

  • 05/22/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    There are always people at the library for studying or homework. But you always end up leaving when its dark. At UAB there is a system where every block there is a big rectangle alarm thing that you push if you feel like someone is following you, it helps them locate you and help you.

    Food and Dining

    Food when I went was good. Its a little better than the cafeteria food at my high school.

    Dorm Life

    All dorms are mostly like apartments it has up to four people bedroom. I liked that all have a bathroom you do not have to share with the whole floor but with you room mate.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not taken a class yet. Though every material given is always hard to some extent. But the professors will help you after hours.

    In three sentences

    9 of 10 its a great school, very well protected or it seems like it. It has security 24/7 which I like. The food is great.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Many people worry about the saftey of this university because it is an open campus in Birmingham, but there are police everywhere. I never experienced a problem saftey-wise.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was very involved on campus. Every organization that I was a part of was fun and a great learning experience.

    What to do for fun

    Different organizations have events. There are events almost every night, so there's something to do for everybody.

    Tips for prospective students

    There's so much help (academically, professionally, and socially); use it.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a very diverse university. There are many opportunities to get involved on campus. Overall, I love this school.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAB has a top rated Police force right in the middle of campus. The parking area is well lit and has alert posts for anyone who may feel they are in danger. UAB always stresses to it's students to go in pairs but that is not because of anything that has happened on campus, it's just good sense. UAB Police are everywhere and always alert for the students' safety issues.

    Greek Life

    You will find the Greek Life at UAB to be a great way to get to know people and be involved in different activities. Don't ever be surprised if you see a 'flash mob' break out in the dining hall! It's usually one of our Fraternities or Sororities that will show up with a great dance routine for us all!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus along with other organizations where one could be heavily involved. UAB hosts special guests for one night only appearances such as comedians, political speakers, and writers.

    Great for these types of students

    Enjoy our sports programs, football, baseball, basketball, softball, and beach volleyball. If you aren't into sports we have a great Arts program at the Alys Stephens Center with concerts by major artists all during the year.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the great traditions at UAB is the Basketball game against Memphis, our rival. Students are encouraged to buy tickets in advance and pitch a tent at Bartow Arena the night before the game. There are many activities going on such as cookouts, card games, etc. A great time to be a Blazer!

    Bang for the buck

    If you are fortunate to live on campus, there are so many opportunities to get involved with organizations or support the arts as well as our sports teams. Never a dull moment!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on around the UAB campus. From music to arts to sports to movies being shown 'On the Green', there is no need to feel bored at UAB! Also UAB has an on campus Recreation Center with a full size pool and Jacuzzi, work out equipment, racketball, and just about any other fun activity you can imagine.

    Food and Dining

    The UAB food court and surrounding restaurants are awesome and allow students to use their Blazer Bucks outside of campus, utilizing certain restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Although I have never lived in a dorm at UAB, they are very clean and inviting to incoming freshmen. I live at home with my parents but if I had the means I would definitely live in a UAB dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very important at UAB. Although college can be a fun environment, UAB's Professors are there to help in any way and to make sure we are heading in the right direction academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    You may not know what you want your major to be, don't let that deter you from attending UAB! Most of us aren't sure what we want to be 'when we grow up', that is what our wonderful Academic Advisors are for, to help us in that journey and to find out what we are all about in order to lead us down the right path.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a very diverse campus. UAB is among the top colleges in medicine. UAB is also very prominent in the Arts.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many ways to get involved on campus! Students can strive for leadership positions with Trailblazers or Orientation Leaders, discuss politics with College Republicans or College Democrats, join any of the various Greek organizations, cultural clubs, or major-related organizations, support UAB athletics with clubs such as UAB Diamond Girls, or exhibit your own athleticism with the various Intramural sports teams!

    What to do for fun

    It's easy to have fun on campus! In each dorm, resident assistants host fun programs for students such as various holiday themed parties, water balloon fights, movie nights, game nights, etc. UAB also hosts bigger activities such as movies on the green, paint balling in Mini Park, laser tag, etc. The metro Birmingham area also has great night life for those who are seeking some off campus fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to dine on campus! There are UAB restaurants such as The Diner, the Commons on the Green, and Blazer Cafe. Also, there are restaurants such as Chick-fil-A and Einstein's Bagels. Within walking distance are additional restaurants such as Papa John's, Hungry Howie's, and Subway. Food trucks are also frequently on campus. UAB constantly updates it's dining scene for students!

    Dorm Life

    UAB prides itself with student housing. The dorms on campus are constantly renovated to improve residential life. The freshman dorms, Blazer Hall and Camp Hall, are perfect for new students as both provide endless activities to make the move from home more comfortable. Upperclassmen dorms give students more privacy while promoting a sense of community at the same time.

    Academic Rigor

    You will definitely get a quality education at this institution. The classes are not impossible, but will seem that way if you never take the time to study. Upper level classes can be tough, but most of the professors genuinely want to see their students succeed and will help you if you have any difficulties as long as you respect their time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus! Whatever hobbies you enjoy or values you live your life by, find the organizations that can supplement them, or start one yourself! UAB is by no means an easy school, so it is important to enjoy yourself while furthering your education!

  • 07/09/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    Orientation made me see the variety of food that UAB offers, from hamburgers, pizzas, salads and pastas.

    Dorm Life

    Spacious then most dorms that I have seen. Apartment style dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes that I have scheduled are very suitable for you and your major. Also the teachers and advisers help you with your course load, so it won't be so overbearing.

    In three sentences

    People are very friendly. You will learn a lot here. The campus is huge.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I enjoy hiking, biking, walking, running, and sleeping!

    Food and Dining

    There's plenty of places to find food. Anything from a burger joint to Indian to Mediterranean can be found around the school.

    Dorm Life

    I lived off campus, so I don't know about dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic program here is a little above average. Some classes are really strenuous, and others are laid back.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you aren't familiar with Birmingham, you should take time to come and learn the streets and where all the school buildings are. It can be confusing for some people.

    In three sentences

    I love UAB! The atmosphere is very laid back. My advisers have all been very helpful.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who like diversity. Also, it is not a huge party school; it is great for the academically driven students. It can be a fun campus, but you have to know where to look to be able to go out and have a great time. It is great for people who like cities, but not huge cities. It is also great for the outdoorsmen because there are plenty of opportunities to make use of the beautiful surrounding areas.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the money. I feel as though I am getting an excellent education for an extremely reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    Go to events. The basketball games are fun, as well as the events on the campus green. Also, there is a lot to do in the recreation center, which is where I spend most of my time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is sub-par. However, the people who work at the Commons and other dining facilities are very kind if you are kind to them. The food is not great because of the company we order it from and the meals offered. I wish there were more healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life other than the age of Camp Hall. There was some mold and a few other issues, but we are very lucky to have the living situation we have. Compared to most other colleges across the country, we are living it up with a lot of space, especially having our own bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of the sciences is definitely shown in Freshmen classes. Also, the English program was not easy. The intro courses were not very difficult, but other than those courses, to succeed, one has to do a lot of studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to make the most of what you have. You can make friends if you try, and you will not make friends if you don't put yourself out there and go to events. Sororities and Fraternities are great, but they are not the only groups on campus that allow for the opportunity to make friends. It is tough at first, but you will meet people and have a great time if you allow yourself to.

    In three sentences

    This is an extremely diverse university. There are numerous opportunities, especially in the medical field. The university is making vast improvements to expand the school and make it more of a campus rather than suitcase college.

  • 07/23/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    UAB had their own police department! On top of that, there are HELP stations everywhere you look; so if you ever feel that you are in danger, go to one and the UAB police will there before you can say help to assist you with your safety emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for every type of student! And then some!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Great campus for those who want a fulfilling college experience!

    Bang for the buck

    Not only is this a great school for education, but there's several added perks for your college experience! With your college ID in hand, you will be able to access the rec center and much more!

    What to do for fun

    ANYTHING YOU CAN THING OF!!! (Although my favorite is the recreational center.)

    Food and Dining

    Great food! There are even popular restaurants and coffee cafes on campus!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great! They are very welcoming and cozy, you won't feel homesick at all!

    Academic Rigor

    Competitive! Better keep up your GPA!

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, study even harder!

    In three sentences

    UAB is amazing! I've attended orientation, and did not want to leave campus! The students, professors, and support staff are absolutely outstanding; and I cannot wait for my first day of class as a biology major!

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a main component at UAB and it is wonderful! Even though it is always a great idea to be alert, UAB police and Birmingham police are everywhere keeping an eye out.

    Greek Life

    Greek is everywhere on campus! They do their dances in front of the Commons with actual music you hear on youtube!

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of them! Sometimes random stuff is presented!

    Great for these types of students

    EVERYBODY! UAB is filled with diverse students! Anyone can attend UAB and fit in and become a part of the family! GO BLAZERS!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chant : It's a great day to be a ... BLAZER!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive =[

    What to do for fun

    RECREATIONAL CENTER! or Rec Center for short! You can work out, go swim, relax in the hot tub or just be a lazy bum in the lazy river or shoot some hoops in the pool! IT'S HUGE! You can also play pool, racket ball, indoor soccer, indoor volleyball, badminton, play the WII, or the playstation and ping pong! Best of all, you can go rock climbing! Plus, you can out with friends and go shopping or just go window shopping! There's also a dollar theater! The Aly's Stephen Center showcases concerts and plays! Some are free for students! UAB also premiers newly released movies for free and give out pizza!

    Food and Dining

    Food can be better but nonetheless, there is variety! All you can eat buffet at the Commons for dinner!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are fun and relaxing! Very convinient and keep it clean! Follow the dorm rules! Great way to make friends! Keeps you posted on every event that's going on from community service to job opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is HUGE! It is certainly rewarding too!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go out smiling! Have a positive attitude and never be afriad to ask questions! There is always someone out there to help you if you need it! Eat food and go have fun at the Recreational Center! It's stunning! Try out their classes like Zumba, Aerobics, Yoga and much much more! Do not procrastinate and sleep early!

    In three sentences

    UAB is a great environment to learn, to go out, and to grow ! The people are nice and the staff is amazing. A lot of freebies and food! =D

  • 07/28/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    There is a green right in the middle of the campus that constantly has students playing football, Frisbee, and even soccer on. You can go to any of the academic games for free or you could just stroll around campus meeting new people. You will never get bored at UAB.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of different food places to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak for this because I am living at home.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your eye on the goal and don't take it off. There are many distractions when it comes to college, such as partying and putting other things before your studies. But just remember how proud of yourself you will be when you don't fall into peer pressure and you achieve everything you've ever wanted.

    In three sentences

    It is right in the heart of Birmingham, so if you love the city UAB is the place for you! There are so many different places and things to do on and off campus, not to mention the medical school is phenomenal. You will never get bored here and the students and professors really push you to do your best.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAB has green help posts all over campus, and police are patrolling 24/7. I felt very safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life had a lot going on campus and they involved everyone. I think it would be a great idea to get involved in greek life.

    Bang for the buck

    It can be a little expensive depending on which dorm you were living in, and some other things that were kind of your choice, but besides that its okay as far as price.

    What to do for fun

    Everything that happens on campus is always live because that's how outgoing the students (even the freshmen) were as far as student life was concerned. You can always find something to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Variety of food...Taco bell, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, food court, and plenty of nearby restaurants to eat from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, loved the apartment style living.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes were fun and very organized. The teachers were very friendly, and were almost always available for extra help outside of class.

    In three sentences

    Great Student Involvement. Variety of majors to choose from. Very safe environment.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Birmingham is a fairly large city, and there is always something happening. However, you might have to search for it.

    Food and Dining

    The food is fine, especially on days when there are tours of the school.

    Dorm Life

    The restrictions placed on you when living in one of the university's dorms are a bit annoying, but living on campus is so convenient that it makes up for itself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although the opportunities are provided for students, the passion is not; you must bring that to the university and utilize the tools that are offered to you. Be prepared to be completely responsible and accountable for both your successes and your failures.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a school which gives its students a large array of options to explore career and academic pathways. It provides students with opportunities to get involved in programs that extend from the realm of the strictly academic and into more character and/or community centered organizations. Although the opportunities are provided for students, the passion is not; you must bring that to the university and utilize the tools that are offered to you.

  • 08/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    You must study to be successful.

    In three sentences

    Great place to get an education!!

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You are able to see an emergency box anywhere on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a LOT of different clubs you are able to join. Probably more than they can fit in the room when you do sign ups at orientation.

    What to do for fun

    There is the rec center for exercising, swimming, etc. There is an indoor track over the 25 person hot tub and lazy river. There are many things that the campus organizes. Over the summer, there was a festival in the park on campus that seemed to be really popular. I didn't go, because I wasn't willing to wait through the line! There is also a galleria if you exit off of 65 going toward T-Town, if that's your kind of thing.

    Food and Dining

    The food is GREAT!

    Dorm Life

    I am living off campus, but my friend lives in a dorm and he has made good friends with his roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    You will most likely have to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check your email daily and make sure to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    The campus is clean and the faculty I have met have been very polite and helpful. The students only seem to see the best in each other. There are many things for a student to do on an off campus such as the rec center, libraries, study areas, as well as a green.

  • 09/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is affordable in comparison to other major schools and offers an amazing recreation center and top notch education.

    What to do for fun

    Definitely the recreation center. Available to you are classes varying from Self-defense to belly dancing. They also have an infinite amount of extremely affordable camping, kayaking, hiking, and canoeing trips offered throughout the year. The facilities are super with a rock wall and an olympic sized swimming pool, with a whirlpool and lazy river. Besides the recreation center you have tons of gathering the greeks and organizations available. And if you think lectures are boring then you've never been to one of UAB's before! The Alys Stephen's Center also offers a myriad of shows, concerts, and events at little or no price to students. And last but not least there are art, film, and food festivals almost monthly downtown as well as the Alabama Theater and McWane Center close by.

    Food and Dining

    They are are currently renovating the student center where Chick-Fil-A and Taco Bell were located. So the selection is somewhat limited, but you have three cafeteria based areas one of which that remains open till 1:00 A. M all of which also provide vegetarian options. There is also a nearby Subway and Starbucks that accept meal plans, dining dollars, or blazer bucks as well as numerous food trucks, vending machines, and Simply To Go food stations. Slightly off campus you have the entirety of downtown Birmingham at your disposal with Al's(mediterranean food), Maschino's(Smoothies), and 5th avenue which has the iconic Mellow Mushroom available.

    Dorm Life

    There are two main dorms for freshmen. One known as Blazer Hall, with the cafeteria on the first floor and a suite system with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a shared kitchen available, and Camp Hall, with a one bedroom, living room, and kitchen available. Each has it's pro's and con's but both give excellent security, safety, slow elevators, uncomfortable chairs, and numerous opportunities to expand your friendship. The facilities are nice with AC control available for each dorm and co-ed halls. The RA's are well selected and help maintain the chaos that is college life while protecting you and the party.

    Academic Rigor

    The challenge presented by UAB is based on which classes you select and your professors. Do not under or overestimate the intensity of the course load. It may seem like a lot, but I promise it is all manageable if you use your time wisely. If you're looking at a school that will open doors and offer you a substantial education then UAB is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the entire campus and not just the area of major that you're considering. Before your first day walk around campus and learn where your classes are, this will help and make sure you're not lost on your first day. Take initiative and apply for what you want to do. Always at least try!

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is an ever expanding college that has leading biology and neuroscience based fields and specialized honor colleges. It may not be a party school, but it still has a myriad of organizations and a phenomenal recreation center to engage its students. I love UAB because it challenges education to fit the student and ensures opportunities for all.

  • 09/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety was not great, but is getting better.

    Greek Life

    I know there are Greek Groups and Pan-Hellenistic programs, but I am not aware of them as I did not participate.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a gazillion clubs in everything from Anime to Zoology.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuter students, Math and Science, Pre-Health/Medicine/Dentistry, Public Health, Engineering, and other things related to math, science, or medicine. Those that like city living and access to many things. If you like hot weather, come to Birmingham, AL....you will not be disappointed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Humanities building is an odd building that was built during the 1960's. It was built in such a way that all classroom entrances face the perimeter of the square-shapred building. It was built that way to prevent people from having sit-ins and taking over buildings.

    Bang for the buck

    Amazing deal and education for very very cheap.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do for fun as Birmingham, AL has a metro area of about 1 million people. There's a good number of things to do here including: Visiting the Zoo, McWane Science Center and Imax Theater, Botanical Gardens, Alabama Adventure, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Birmingham, AL has a LOT of food and dining choices. We have food trucks, fine dining, and everything in-between. Want Indian? Awesome! How about Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese? Check! Mediterranean? You can't walk without tripping over a Mediterranean place to eat. We have Soul Food, Mexican, Southern Fare, AMAZING Barbecue, ...the list goes on and on.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms, but the newer dorms are very nice from what I hear.

    Academic Rigor

    UAB doesn't make things easy, but it really depends on your aptitude for the subject and the professor teaching it. I have had amazing professors and some math professors where I could not get past their accent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember that UAB is big and there are many options available to you, but definitely make sure you have a good support system. Birmingham is a big city in Alabama, but it may seem quite small to someone from a metropolis. Even though Birmingham is a small city, it is still permeated by Southern culture and values and take that into account. UAB is one of the most diverse campuses and won most diverse campus a few years ago (2009).

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a commuter research university that is quickly becoming a more traditional campus here in the heart of Birmingham, AL. Medicine is the largest school and biggest money maker, but their Health Professions and Public Health schools are some of the best in the country. No matter what major, UAB provides an excellent educational experience.

  • 09/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dining is pretty good here. It is amazing but it isn't fine dining. There are different places students can use their meal plan so you wont get bored of the same thing everyday

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are so nice! The resident assistants are awesome and they plan a lot of events to help residents get adjusted to UAB.

    Academic Rigor

    UAB is mild in academic rigor. They are very hard in science courses but other courses like math are a breeze. It depends on what degree you are going for.

    In three sentences

    Absolutely amazing! I love this college! There is so many opportunities and such diversity!

  • 10/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is super safe. There are campus police everywhere that make you feel safe.

    Greek Life

    I wouldn't know much about Greek life but I hear that it is not just partying and that UAB's Greek life is more studious than other colleges.

    Clubs and Activities

    If it's available, join the hacky sack club because I'm gonna try to found it! :)

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who love to be outdoors and like the convenience of walking everywhere you go.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year there is a zombie festival thing that they hold across the entire campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall UAB is awesome and I would definitely approve of it. But I would advise you to live in an apartment somewhere near campus.

    What to do for fun

    Definitely get out on the Green (A big open area in the middle of the campus) and do something like throw a Frisbee or have a picnic.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay at UAB. There aren't enough places that accept meal plans but it is pretty decent food.

    Dorm Life

    I don't spend much time in my own dorm but I spend a lot of time in my friend's dorm. They are nice dorms, but they are super strict on letting people stay over.

    Academic Rigor

    I've been very determined to make straight A's. Even though it's looking like I might not achieve that I'm actually pretty close to that.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely advise incoming freshman to not slack off right away because it's hard to come back from it.

    In three sentences

    This semester has been great so far! I have made new friends and have gotten good grades in my classes. It has been fun getting to know downtown Birmingham.

  • 11/26/2013

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself, everyone looks so accepting.

    In three sentences

    This has been my top school since my freshman year of high school. The campus is beautiful and the students are amazing! Love the diversity of the school.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police are always around there to protect and serve for you.

    Greek Life

    The Greeks are very fun, sociable, and welcoming. Also, you will have a great time at their parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are very welcoming and they show great school spirit.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is a very diverse school. My University is great for ALL types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I believe the most unusual tradition on campus is Fried Chicken Thursdays. Every Thursday, the Commons is packed and the food is really good.

    Bang for the buck

    The good news is UAB has two programs that makes it easier for you to spend money that does not have to come out of your pocket. One of the programs is called Dining dollars, this pays for the many dining facilities at UAB. The other program is called Blazerbucks, this pays for your books, you can use the money at CVS, and other things at UAB.

    What to do for fun

    After I get all of my work done, I go out and party with my friends. I will go out to eat with my friends and just hang out and just have a great time. But, if you don't want to spend money, UAB has different events, like comedy shows and movie nights.

    Food and Dining

    The dining facilities at UAB give you diversity and great food. For example, for Vegetarians and Vegans, every Monday, UAB Commons have Meatless Mondays. Every month, the Commons has a different month that they spotlight and cook that country's types of meals.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are very nice and well kept.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough, however, most of the teachers there are there to help you and to let you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students is that you know your study strengths and weaknesses. If you study best in a group, then get you a group that will study with you. If you study best alone, then so be it. Just as long as you know how you study. Also, it will be best for you to email your teachers in the beginning of the semester. They are there to help you and want you to succeed.

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a fantastic school. The classes there will help you better in life because they teach you the best of the best. Most of the teachers there are very helpful and work with you so that you can succeed.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are a good amount of dining options for all types of eaters. There are also vegetarian options at just about every dining place on campus. One of my favorites is the diner, which is a place where you can get most of the American classics such as burgers, fries, chicken fingers, philly cheesestakes, and much more. There are other places like WOW (world of wings) and Zebi's that are also pretty delicious. You are not only limited to on campus dining. Luckily, UAB is near many off campus eatery places like SubWay, Purple Onion, Al's PaPa Johns, Waffle House, Jim N' Nicks, just to name a few. Some of those places accept Blazer Bucs which is an account through UAB, but can be used on and off campus. So as you can see, there are a lot of options for anyone that's hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Some people do well with rooming with people they already know, so do well with randomly chosen people. It all depends on what type of person you are, and what environment you think will best work out for you. The residential assistants are very helpful and nice. You are limited to only four overnight guests per month, so use them wisely. Other than that, Housing is very good with security, so you don't really have to worry about much safety issues. The dormitories are very close to dining places and to class buildings. I enjoy being on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    UAB has extremely high standards in with their curriculum. You truly have to earn your A in each class if that's what you're aiming for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study effectively, network with your peers, talk to your advisor if you have any questions, and plan out everything you need to do (from study hours, work hours and/or play hours).

    In three sentences

    I would rate this school 9 out of 10 if there was a number scale. The advisors, professors, and administration are very helpful, but you must also have a sense of independency. There isn't much athletic involvement besides the basketball team, but there are many student organizations that doesn't leave anyone left behind or feeling alone while in school.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Lots of different greeks to join and they have great parties

    Great for these types of students

    Hard works that know how to balance school and work

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Great hidden bagel shop that serves the best sandwiches

    What to do for fun

    Great tailgating and sports. The student activities council provide great comedy and greek shows for the students throughout the year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard in high school and stay focused

    In three sentences

    Good institution for academics and social activities. Great professors willing to help in any way possible. Overall a great institution.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAB HAS CAMPUS SECURITY ALL OVER, ESCORT SECURITY SERVICES SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WALK ALONE AFTER DARK, AND A FIRE HOUSE RIGHT BY THE BALL FIELD.

    Greek Life

    TRY EATING AT AL'S

    Clubs and Activities

    I LIKE WORKING OUT AND STAYING HEALTHY IN THE GYM. THERES LOTS OF DIFFERENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATION TO GET INVOLVED IN. ONE OF MY FAVORITES IS YOUTH FOR LIBERTY.

    Great for these types of students

    THERES DIFFERENT PEOPLE ALL OVER CAMPUS TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM HAS ON OF THE LARGES CAMPUS I HAVE EVER SEEN. ITS LIKE LIVING IN A WORLD OF KNOWLEDGE.

    What to do for fun

    REC CENTER!!,TRIPS! AND THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM

    Food and Dining

    On campus there is several different coffee shops, a dining hall, and Al's your gonna love AL's.

    Dorm Life

    The campus dorms are nice and clean. Theres plenty of space. Lot of new faces and places to explore.

    Academic Rigor

    This school loves research and development, Put your thinking caps on and let the exploring began.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep trying Work hard Make good grades Apply yourself Be ready to learn

    In three sentences

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a very good medical, art, and engineering school. The staff and students here are fantastic, and the foods even good. We are so ready fro the spring semester.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall, the campus is a safe place to be. Anytime you need to get from one place to another, either our campus transit system or UAB police are happy to assist.

    Greek Life

    As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., I can say that UAB Greek life never disappoints!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs and activities to name offered. You name it and we have it! If for some reason we don't have it? It can easily be implemented.

    Great for these types of students

    UAB is great for ALL types of students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is nothing really unusual about UAB.

    What to do for fun

    UAB and the city of Birmingham offers a variety of clubs, karaoke bars, rinks, movie theaters, and play stations, in addition to fairs that come from time to time.

    Food and Dining

    UAB has many eateries on campus, as well as around the campus. On campus, my favorite place to go is WOW because they have great wings! Near campus, my favorite place to go is a sushi bar called SPR.

    Dorm Life

    I personally have never lived in a dorm, but from visiting friends, I can say that the dorms are nice and seem to be an overall great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    UAB can be very challenging, but a challenge is good! When you hard for something, it means that much more. With that being said, my biggest tip is to be prepared to put in work and study! UAB is a excellent academic school so in the end, it is all worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    UAB is big and is in the heart of the city of Birmingham. It can seem overwhelming at first, but don't be afraid to explore!

    In three sentences

    UAB is a great school, especially for those interested in the medical field, for it is home of one of the premier and preferred hospitals in the country. UAB is very diverse, and has a great selection of extracurricular activities for every niche. UAB is constantly evolving, and improving its aesthetics, giving the campus a pleasant place to be.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The Commons got a poor health rating, therefore I refuse to eat there; however, Zebi , which is a fairly new food place on campus, is wonderful. I find myself eating there almost every day. WOW cafe just was added this year, and it is not quite as healthy as Zebi, but it's great location-wise to Blount Hall.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life, I believe, is highly essential for freshmen. It gives you a sense of community and safeguard when it's your first year at college. All of the Resident Assistants go through a rigorous interview process to become RA's, so they are going to be the best. The only thing bad about living on campus freshman year is that the walls are thin, and you can often hear your neighbor (reference of Camp Hall).

    Academic Rigor

    The prerequisite/core classes are not as challenging (aside from the sciences), but once you get to the major classes, you begin to get challenged. This does not mean the classes are easy, I just mean that if you put your time into the classes, they will not be as difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to be a student at UAB, take time to visit the area and make sure that this is the area for you. Although the city is not quite like Atlanta, the traffic still gets pretty bad. Also, research the programs that UAB has to offer. Don't let money scare you away. You will getting an amazing education that will pay off in the long run.

    In three sentences

    Uab's open campus is kept beautiful year-round. The location is perfect to downtown and 5-points area. The campus is big enough to where you don't see the same people every day but small enough to where you don't feel alone in a sea of people.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have all kinds of ways to protect you!

    Food and Dining

    It's alot of options.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school! I love everything about this school. Wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Soo much! Greek life, recreation center named in the top 20 of the nation. Outdoor pursuits, intramural and club sports, and a wide variety of seasonal activities.

    Food and Dining

    Food is ok. There is a wide variety offered.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms! Safe, clean, and neat.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the class. Science courses are really hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early to receive scholarship. Get involved in student activities. Study.

    In three sentences

    It's is a good school. It has a great student life with Greek life, intramural and club sports, as well as academic clubs. It also offers a great education most science are above the national norm.

  • 01/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to Social events and there are plenty other places that are surrounding it, beside what is on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food and all is good there but the only down side of having the food places there is that there needs to be more places to eat at that is visible to the eye.

    Dorm Life

    I've never experience the dorm life..

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic life is quite good; they give you a whole list of classes that fit right into a student's major or other classes that may give one a wider view of what a student may want to do as far as their major.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips to upcoming Freshmen's or Transfer is to make sure you use the library and the writing center whenever you are having any problems with whatever subject it is that is giving you problems.

    In three sentences

    UAB is a really good school when it comes down to the Medical and the business field, but I would say that they do have a good choice of majors for those who wants to expand their knowledge. As far as Social events, I would say that they are really good at creating social events and getting students together to meet new people or other students that they could relate to.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    THE BEST. There are UAB police officers around, Birmingham police around, and then all the dorms have people at the front desk to check everyone in. I have never felt unsafe on campus, night or day.

    What to do for fun

    It downtown Birmingham! There are tons of clubs, places for live music, and places to eat. There is enough Greek life for parties and all that stuff, if that's what you're into, but you can completely ignore that if that's not what you're into. I have seen more live musicians here in Birmingham than I had in my whole life before it!

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to choose from, some of them better than others, but you honestly get what you pay for.

    Dorm Life

    Awesome. I love living on campus and hanging out with all my friends. There is always someone at the front desk so it's very safe!

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, it all depends on what you're studying. There are amazing professors in every field and they all have a different idea of how they want things done.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by all the pre-med students because you can do great things in other fields!

    In three sentences

    I could not have asked for a better place to go to school. There are so many amazing things happening here in labs. Being here really makes me want to make a difference in the world, whether it be in the medical field, or many of the other options here at UAB...GO BLAZERS!

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I have also heard the food here is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    I have heard the dorms at this campus are great.

    Academic Rigor

    I am not a college student.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAB because it is in Birmingham is an extremely safe school. The campus has a blue light or emergency phone station every 100 feet, including parking decks. UAB has their own campus police that ensure safety at UAB. Because they have their own police unit help is immediate. I have never felt unsafe walking on the Greens at night. And I probably will never. UAB also has an escort service 24/7 for those on campus who are uncomfortable walking, and a 24/7 motor assistance service for students on campus, all of which is completely free! UAB makes sure that their students have 100% protection.

    Greek Life

    I am apart of Greek Life so I can personally say that is is an amazing experience, and Greek Life at UAB is only becoming better, larger and stronger. It is a small community of but a very tight knit one, which makes it even better. Every single sorority and fraternity have a mixer each month, so you get to meet everyone. We also collaborate for philanthropy events.

    Clubs and Activities

    UAB has Greek Life, and a TON of student organizations for every person to join. We are known for our extremely diverse campus so there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded, liberal, artistic, serious academically, and those aspiring in the medical field.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our mascot is Blaze the Dragon, he lives under the streets, and when you see steam from the steam vents its Blaze's breath.

    Bang for the buck

    UAB is a little less expensive than other schools in Alabama, and is well respected for Medicine, it also has a nationally ranked medical school.

    What to do for fun

    UAB is in Birmingham and is great for night life. Five Points , which is an area of Birmingham a few blocks away from campus, has a ton of night clubs, restaurants, and bars.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is seriously lacking at UAB. They need to step it up. There are not many options anymore since they are rebuilding the student center.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, freshman year you will be placed in one of two dorms, Blazer or Camp. They are also building more residence halls on campus. RAs are awesome here.

    Academic Rigor

    UAB is tougher than you will probably expect, especially if you are a science major or have to take a science course. UAB is a good school for those who are serious about academics, really serious.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for tougher science courses than other schools. Be prepared for strict attendance and academic policies. Also be prepared for absolute zero parking if you are a commuter who has classes after 8 AM.

    In three sentences

    UAB is for the open-minded, and serious student. This is not a school for someone who is passionate about college athletics. This is a medicine oriented school.

  • 03/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Many people will tell you that Birmingham is dangerous. Those people may not be lying, but UAB is as safe as it comes. I have never heard of anything happening to a student on campus. UAB has its own police force which is always present, and there are help buttons across campus that you can press at any time if you feel like there is any type of danger. However, anyone will tell you that they have never heard of these being used.

    Greek Life

    There are several sororities and fraternities on campus, but not nearly as many as bigger schools. However, everyone that I know that is involved in one is very happy. They are very prominent on campus and do a lot of philanthropy and service projects.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for basically everything. There are religious groups (and non-religious ones), academic clubs, service clubs, and even an anime club. I stress again: there is something for everybody.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are looking to move to the big city. While you still feel that you are on a college campus, there is so much to do around the area that you never forget that you are in the city. Also great for any student consider medical school. Several of the majors and the pre-med program are very rigorous, so any student that is looking to be challenged would thrive here.

    Bang for the buck

    Not the cheapest college around, but compared to the larger in-state schools like Alabama or Auburn, the prices are significantly lower and they are much more free with giving scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Since UAB is in the middle of Birmingham, there are restaurants and stores within walking distance. There are also several large suburbs around Birmingham, so there is basically anything you could ever want to do within a 30 minute drive.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good. There aren't that many choices on campus, so the food gets old rather quickly. However, the food is usually always good.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are nice. Camp Hall has a kitchen and living room attached to each room, but Blazer Hall is newer and is more up-to-date with things such as a thermostat in each individual suite. Really, it's personal preference. I lived in Blazer Hall, and while I do miss having a stove, it's nice being able to control the heat and have instant hot water, so I would not trade it for anything. All upperclassmen dorms have kitchens, so after freshman year, it's no longer an issue.

    Academic Rigor

    Obviously this is relatively dependent your major, but most of the classes are pretty rigorous. This is especially true for the biology and chemistry departments, as they are trying to prepare many of their students for medical school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into all of the programs. Most people know UAB for its medical school, but there are so many other programs available. Also, know all of your facts, from scholarships to tuition.

    In three sentences

    While UAB is a great school for those wishing to go on to medical school, it also offers plenty of top-notch programs in other areas of study. As it is in the middle of the largest city in Alabama, there is always something going on, so getting involved is easy. And despite its seemingly large size, you really have a small campus feel when you're walking around.

  • 03/14/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    I can't wait to finally be able to apply for this school in the next two years. The campus is very nice looking and I have heard many great things about this school. Hopefully I can get accepted.