University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL, USA

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University of South Alabama
3.63 Average Rating

Cecillia from Bassett, VA

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Currently I'm taking classes which aren't very challenging, mainly because I have already taken something that was nearly equivalent at my last college, but the credits didn't transfer. Being said, I still feel that the professors here do a great job and that if the material is new to you, then you will definitely learn.
Am enjoying being here
I live on campus and I can say I enjoy USA and Mobile in general. The weather has been great so far, which is nice. The campus is generally easy to navigate, even though I'm still new, and a lot to do is offered.
Bang for the buck
The tuition is really cheap for instate, but a little more pricey for out of state. Being said, it's still cheaper than a lot of the universities in VA, which is where I am originally from. I pay less to attend USA as an out of state student then I did to attend my last college as an in state student.
Tips for prospective students
Take a look around the website and especially pay attention to a lot of the new features the campus is adding. They have so many new buildings and more to come. Also, there are currently 2 live webcams up of different spots on campus; if you are from far away like I was, this could be your first, and only, look at the campus before you apply!
Great for these types of students
Anyone who wants a solid education at an affordable price, as well as wanting to be close to the beautiful Gulf Coast.
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Raymond from Tuscaloosa, Alabama

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The University of South Alabama is a university of excellence! I love the University of South Alabama because of its home-like atmosphere, friendly faces, and superb academics. It is a great place to study, live, and soar.
Tips for prospective students
Be involved on campus! Find an organization that you are interested in that has to so with your major or interests in order to connect with people socially and academically.
Academic Rigor
Academics on campus is hardcore; however, they want you to learn and succeed.
Dorm Life
I like the dorm life on campus. I have been able to connect with people through residential life. The residence halls are not bad at all.
Food and Dining
Campus dining is pretty good. The Fresh Food Dining Hall is great on most days; however, if you are disappointed, the campus offers Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, Burger Studio, Pizza Hut Express, and other dining establishments to fit your needs. Plus not too far from other eateries off campus (some are within comfortable walking distances or short drive).
What to do for fun
Plenty of on campus activities going on throughout the week to attend and be a part of. In addition, Mobile has some pretty great events going on.
Bang for the buck
Definitely a best bang for your buck on education and activities. South Alabama has great facilities, events, and more that help with the college experience. The best overall bang for your buck in the college search.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Junk the Jungle is a tradition that students started to get a football team on campus. Since then, it has been a tradition to roll the traffic circle during homecoming week.
Clubs and Activities
USA has an array of clubs, organizations, and activities. If they do not have it, it can be started. I have found many organizations, activities, and clubs to be active in since I arrived on campus.
Greek Life
Greek Life at South Alabama is flourishing. It is something I would recommend a student find out more information about getting involved in Greek Life.
Campus Safety
I feel safe on campus despite the fact that we have an open campus; however, things can happen like at any other University. Nothing too bad has happened that I am aware of, but crime rates on campus have gone done in the recent years.
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Kendrick from Jackson, AL

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I just finish my first year at the University of South Alabama and I have to say it is a wonderful school. All the teachers in every department are very helpful and willing to help with any problem you are having, even if you are not enrolled in one of their courses! My teachers are also very concerned about your education and will stay long after their office hours to help you.
Am enjoying being here
I am very much so enjoying being a part of South Alabama! The other students and teachers treat you much like family and are very helpful. Also the scenery around the college is very beautiful and if your bored or just looking for something to get into there is always an event of some sort going on.
Bang for the buck
South Alabama is not a very expensive college like some others but you will still get the same great experience here or better. Plus the college is always giving away something free.
Tips for prospective students
Don't be scared of meeting new people and trying different things.
Great for these types of students
South Alabama is great for many students, from all walks of life and cultures.
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Kaitlyn from Mobile, AL

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
All of the professors at the University of South Alabama are great. I have some teachers that use only the computer to teach but the classes are easy.
Am enjoying being here
I love Mobile! There is a ton to do here. Its 45 minutes to the beach, 15 minutes to downtown, 5 minutes to all the food you want. Plus, there is always something to do downtown weather it be concerts or fairs; Mobile is great.
Bang for the buck
The tuition is being raised but they are making many improvements to the university. They are building new dorms, classes, and entrances so it weighs itself out.
Tips for prospective students
Invest in the meal plan, you may not think so now but you will run out of money. The cafeteria is open till 10 P.M. so you always have a backup plan if your broke.
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Dion from Birmingham, AL

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I feel like the teachers are doing a splendid job at helping me in learning the material. In the short amount of time that I have spent here, I feel like I've learned more than I ever have anywhere else.
Am enjoying being here
This campus is peaceful and there are a lot of organizations that host various functions.
Bang for the buck
This school is one of the least expensive schools in the state and it has so much to offer from academics to sports, especially with their new Jaguar football team.
Tips for prospective students
Apply early, make sure your GPA is up to par, and do your best on the ACT.
Great for these types of students
South Alabama is great for all types of student.
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Olivia from Ocean Springs, MS

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am learning a lot at South Alabama. My teachers are very understanding and they do all they can to make sure I know the material.
Am enjoying being here
There is always something to do here. There are events almost every weekend and it is never a dull moment. The food is good and there is a large variety to choose from. What I love the most are no community bathrooms! Every dorm has their own personal bathroom with each room.
Bang for the buck
It is really easy to get around the University. They have JagTrans that run every so often so that students don't have to walk all the way to class. It is really a life saver.
Tips for prospective students
Go to class and make the effort and you will come out with a good grade.
Great for these types of students
USA is for everybody! Anyone can succeed here! It is the place to be!
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Aerion from Valley, AL

a current student here
23 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I learned a lot in my first year of school. The teachers help you in any way they can, rather that is working with you after class or referring you to a tutor. I am looking forward to beginning my second year of college there.
Am enjoying being here
I really enjoy being at South Alabama. The people are nice and overly friendly. If they can help you find something, they will.
Bang for the buck
I think I am really getting the most bang for my buck.
Tips for prospective students
Tips that I would give prospective students would be, don't be afraid to ask questions because the people are really nice and helpful. You could make a friend just by asking a question. When I began school there, I didn't know anyone at all, but now I have more friends than I can count. The second tip would be don't be afraid to be yourself because it's many different types of people so if you be yourself, you will fit in just fine. The third tip would be to look over the Jag Tran routes before the first day of school so they will not get on the wrong one.
Great for these types of students
The University of South Alabama is a great school for any types of people. There are many different types there already so anyone would be able to find a friend.
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Lauren from Spanish Fort, AL

a current student here
10 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors at the University of South Alabama are more than willing to help in any subject. They are there for the students. The advisors are also extremely helpful, and help you as you work towards you career goal. I am learning a lot not only in academics, but about myself as well.
Am enjoying being here
The University of South Alabama has something going on all the time, whether it be dinners, sports events, or some kind of concert. What ever your interests are you can find something to do. There is a vast number of student associations and everyone is friendly, and helpful. The University gives many opportunities for students to meet new people.
Bang for the buck
The University's campus is compact and easy to navigate. There are many things to do, and during sports events and other activities, there are many chances to get free t-shirts and other jag wear. The bookstore has many activities going on, in which students have opportunities to win things such as gift cards or other Jag souvenirs. The school also has many job opportunities to help students pay for books, tuition, or other expenses in the University.
Tips for prospective students
The most important thing to remember, is to come out of your shell. Talk to the people you have classes with, and make new friends, you never know when you will need a study buddy. Study, it is the best thing you can do. Don't Fret if you don't do your best on your first test. Learn from your mistakes. Get out of your dorm. If you commute, you can still participate in the activities around campus.
Great for these types of students
The University of South Alabama is great for any student. With the vast selections of student associations, and clubs there is not a student who can't find somewhere to fit in. Also, if a student wishes to participate in a club that is not on South's campus, they can start. Although papers have to be filled out and signatures are needed, in the end when the club gets approved it is all worth it.
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Kristen from Fairhope, AL

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am currently really getting into the courses that are specific to my major and within these classes I feel adequately challenged, but at the same time, all my professors are more than willing to help me if I ever have problems. However, my first year here I was very disappointed in the curriculum. I came from a very rigorous high school academic program and was accustomed to being pushed to my limits within my studies. The transition from high school to freshman year at college was a shocker for me because college was easier than high school. Everything in my Biology class, I already knew. The same went for my English classes. Once you get past the first general education courses you are required to take, the classes become more challenging and more applicable to your course of study and your future career. I am a Spanish major and my vocabulary and grammar knowledge has increased exponentially in the year and a half that I have been a student here.
Am enjoying being here
The campus layout was disappointing to me as a first year student because I dreamed of the green quads and quaint old buildings you are accustomed to viewing in movies. However, after a year, the facilities have greatly improved. The new student recreation center is phenomenal and conveniently close to the dormitories for students who live on campus. Lighting around campus has been improved, making it much safer for students who take night classes.
In addition to the superficial qualities of the university, the teachers are extraordinary. Just because you don't attend a suffocatingly small, private university does not mean that you will be just another face in the crowd to your teachers. They are not too busy to help you as long as they see that you are making an effort in their classes.
Finally, the last major attribute to USA is that the student body is so diverse. This diversity allows individuals to make friends with comrades of many different nationalities and helps increase tolerance for different cultures and beliefs: a necessity in today's increasingly globalized world.
Bang for the buck
Tuition at the University of South Alabama is one of the lowest rates in the state. It is lower than both Auburn University and the University of Alabama. They also offer numerous scholarship opportunities for students based on academic performance, athletics, and musical abilities.
Tips for prospective students
As cliché as it may sound, getting involved on campus will make your college experience one of a lifetime. Don't wait until sophomore year like I did in order to truly get involved. Find several organizations that you are interested in and make contact with the individuals in charge. They will be more than happy to provide you with information about the organization. Most student organizations have facebook pages and send out emails that give you a sense of what they are about.
Living on campus is also something that I would recommend. It's fun and convenient. When you only have to walk ten minutes to class in the morning from your front door, it makes it a lot more likely that you will actually motivate yourself to go.
Great for these types of students
The University of South Alabama is great for students who want to meet people of all different cultures. During a typical day on campus, one will pass at least three different individuals conversing with their friends or on the phone in completely different languages. The ESL (English as a Second Language) Department has many different mixers and activities to help international students make friends that you can get involved with.
USA also has very good medical programs and within the past five years they have built a state of the art Health Sciences Building that contains the College of Nursing and the College of Allied Health. Students interested in the health professions would be well advised to look into the programs offered by the University of South Alabama.
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Tamera from Center Point, AL

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
University of South Alabama has a very beautiful campus and there is always something to do! Getting involved with organizations and clubs is important because you have the chance to met so many people and become exposed to a lot of things.
Tips for prospective students
Get involved, bring rain boots, and get ready to study but also have a great time at South!
Academic Rigor
Just stay focus on your academics and get to know your professors. South offers great academic services for any student who needs assistance with their classes.
Dorm Life
Currently, I live in New hall and I love it there! The amount of space I have is good and I have my own privacy. Sometimes its a little noisy but that's how college is. I encourage every freshman to apply for New Hall or Epsilon because the other dorms are not that great and there isn't really that many options of dorms to choose from.
Food and Dining
The Caf food is disgusting! Only thing is good is the omelets and fried chicken. I suggest eating at the Delta Deli or the food court at the Student Center. The food court have Chick-fil-A, Quiznos, Burger Studio, Pizza Hut, and Java City.
What to do for fun
Make friends and go out to the social events on-campus or hit the clubs downtown!
Greek Life
The Greek life seems pretty nice. Their parties are always on point! lol
Campus Safety
South's campus safety is pretty good and I feel comfortable walking to classes at night.
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