University of West Alabama
Livingston, AL, USA

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University of West Alabama
3.58 Average Rating

Janay from Montgomery, AL

accepted here and planning to attend soon
5 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Its a beautiful campus with cheap tuition for in state students and has the perks of a more expensive University. The campus has its own movie theater, that is free for students. The dorms are beautiful and recently built, any student will be happy at UWA.
Tips for prospective students
Apply for the scholarship affiliated with the school even if you think you are not able to get one. Visit Campus and got to the first orientation it will be two days of fun.
Academic Rigor
If you focus and get your work done as soon as you get it you should get good grades. Attending class is part of your participation points.
Dorm Life
Beautiful new dorms with private bathrooms for all freshman.
Food and Dining
Food is delicious, surprisingly so. There are also plenty of healthy choices are also available.
What to do for fun
Go to the movies, attend parties and social events that are put together by school organizations.
Campus Safety
The campus has its own police and a taxi service for student who wants to go around campus at night.
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Alegna from York, AL

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
UWA is a fine school. They have many great majors and opportunities for anyone desiring an education! It will be a worth while experience!
Tips for prospective students
Don't waste your time or the institutions. If you truly want to learn then pursue it but if not find a trade or just stay home!!!
Academic Rigor
Great academic program! The teachers genuinely want you too learn!
Dorm Life
Exceptional!
Food and Dining
They have a great dining hall filled with extensive choices from fresh fruit, wide variety salad bar, pizza, deli, and a real food section set of selections to choose from, it's great!
What to do for fun
You an go to the sub for fun! There you can workout, hangout, swim and more!
Campus Safety
The campus safety at UWA is top notch. They have trained policeman and guards on duty at all times for your safety! Plus they bus that will escort you anywhere you need to go upon calling at late hours when you have classes!
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Grant from Saraland, AL

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The teachers here have an actual personality and care about their students.
Any time you have a problem or question the staff in the office listen and direct you to where you need to go.
The atmosphere on campus is amazing; with ponds, lakes, and a few nature walks the atmosphere on campus is relaxing and in general just perfect.
Tips for prospective students
A tour of the campus is essential for anyone on the fence about the school. If you don't feel at home after the relaxing nature walk and with the small town community feel around the campus then the college isn't for you.
Academic Rigor
Academically classes aren't too challenging. All classes are tough but the classes here aren't too terribly hard because the teachers do welcome questions and always have their office doors open.
Dorm Life
My first year in a dorm I was nervous about having a room mate and worried about being away from home. BUT the hall directors and resident assistants
Food and Dining
The cafeteria is somewhere everyone can go to hangout, relax, and have a bite to eat. The procedure to get in is simple. Scan your I.D. at the front desk and grab a plate to get your food. A large variety and no limits make finding something good easy.
What to do for fun
There is a fitness center that you can work out at. Inside the fitness center there are pool tables and a foosball table. And there is always some kind of event on campus to go to, whether it's a football game or a concert party you will have no trouble finding something to do.
Bang for the buck
I feel that you get a lot for what you pay for. In addition to great classes and awesome teachers, your student I.D. doubles as monetary system that works at certain locations around town. The Tiger Bucks system is basically a re-loadable card (Your I.D.) that starts with a free $100 on it. once you run out you can put more money on it. Your Tiger Bucks do not subtract from your meal plan!
Greek Life
Many sororities and fraternities to choose from if you are interested.
Campus Safety
In addition to Livingston police officers, there are campus security officers patrolling everywhere 24/7.
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Britton from Robertsdale, AL

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The education at this school is outstanding! With the classes limited to smaller sizes it creates a better learning experience for students with more one-on-one teacher-to-student availabilities.
Am enjoying being here
College is what you make it. It should always be a priority to make time for studying, but you also need to reward yourself with a break from time to time. The environment is very friendly and the campus of this uiversity is one of the 10 Top Safest Campuses in the U.S.
Bang for the buck
Tuition for this school is very reasonable. Especially when you are looking for a 4 year accredited school. The teachers are highly educated and are available in their offices during specified hours and can answer ANY questions you have for them and explain them thoroughly.
Tips for prospective students
Make friends and strike some life-long relationships. It makes life in college a lot more easier. Also, it helps to be self-motivated and to choose the right groups to study with. Give the school a chance, try to explore all the activities that go on on campus and try to refrain from going home every weekend. You are being introduced to just a pinch of the real world and it could really benefit in the long run in developing your own independence.
Great for these types of students
The University of West Alabama is great for ALL types of students! As long as you can keep the minimum required GPA, you should have no problem with adapting to the college community.
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Jamilia from Eutaw, AL

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The campus is small, yet it feels much like home. Meeting new people is not an issue, because everyone is friendly. The atmosphere overall, is very welcoming.
Tips for prospective students
- Go to class.
- Have a little fun, but not too much.
- There are always events going on, on campus. Go out and be social.
- Classes run at moderate pace. There's not too much stress when it comes to the flow of class work.
- Chicken Wednesday is the best day to go the Caf.
Academic Rigor
UWA has been said to be all about the Nursing Program. True enough, the school takes pride and dedication towards the program, but the instructors throughout other fields care just as much. UWA makes it their priority to ensure that all students succeed in their classes, and that we all meet our program requirements.
Dorm Life
I currently live in Selden, which is a traditional, all-girls dorm. This building is currently the cheapest campus living. Right next door are the boys' dorms, Spieth Hall. Next year, Fall 2012, these dorms will be closed. Our campus is now in the process of finishing construction to the new dorms, Gilbert Hall, also known as Freshman Hall. Upperclassmen have five other living arrangements, as well as the choice to live off-campus.
Food and Dining
The Caf, short for cafeteria, is the main eating quarters on campus. The Caf offers buffet style eating, and allows students to have several choices of food. Inside the building there is a sub shop, Tiger Alley. In the library resides the school's very own coffee shop, Java City. Javalanches are quite famous around here.
What to do for fun
The Greek organizations are always having social events. Attending sports events with friends is always FUN! Many off-campus students have their own events, and on-campus students are always invited. UWA has an outdoor swimming pool and a very nice fitness center.
Bang for the buck
UWA is totally affordable. *View the school website for more details.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Almost everyone on campus knows about sitting under the tree. Outside of Selden and Spieth are sitting areas, in which many students come out and socialize.
Great for these types of students
UWA is a great school for students who are from small towns, and aren't quite ready to make that big transformation into big cities. The campus isn't too big, so if you want to be able to get your classes just by walking, you won't have a issue at all. UWA is also a great university for students who enjoy a small classroom setting and may need a closer relationship with their instructor in order to better succeed.
Clubs and Activities
LOTS!
Greek Life
UWA is home to several Greek organizations. The Greeks are nearly always taking interest in new members. UWA is home to the following fraternities and soroities: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, Phi Mu, Alpha Sigma Tau, Omega Phi Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Chi, and a few others.
Campus Safety
The campus police are always around to make sure students follow campus rules. To ensure safety at the dorms, UWA has campus security guards.
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from Livingston, AL

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The University of West Alabama has great teachers that like to see their students succeed. The campus is small, but still gives you the opportunity of attending a 4-year college. The University of West Alabama is truly my 'home away from home'.
Tips for prospective students
I recommend living on campus and being involved in many organizations around campus. This gives you the opportunity to have a great college experience.
Academic Rigor
The classrooms are small giving you more one on one time. The teachers here know you by name, not by number.
Dorm Life
Living in the dorms allowed me to meet new people that I still keep in touch with today.
Food and Dining
I love stopping by the deli when I am walking from class to class. It's in a convenient location with super fast service and great sandwiches!
What to do for fun
The University of West Alabama hosts several entertaining events throughout the school year.
Bang for the buck
I personally love the University of West Alabama. I have met some great people here at UWA and would not change anything about my college experience.
Clubs and Activities
I am an associate member of Alpha Epsilon Delta which is a professional honor society for students who are interested in the medical field.
Greek Life
I am in a sorority called Phi Mu and have the best sisters that anyone could ask for. Being in a sorority has given me many opportunities and allowed me to become best friends with some great girls.
Campus Safety
I feel very safe being on campus even at night. Our campus police are seen all over campus and at night, they provide services to take you to your dorm or any other part of campus.
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Brittany from Rainbow City, AL

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am in the Athletic Training Program at the University of West Alabama and I can honestly say I have learned so much. Some of the things is taping ankles, what to look for when people are unconscious, how to react to certain situation, and etc.
Am enjoying being here
Even though there is not much to do in livingston,al the university of west alabama has a lot of student activities and events to help the boredum.
Bang for the buck
I honestly think my money is spent well.
Tips for prospective students
Don't ever get behind in your studies. Always ask for help early if you need it.
Great for these types of students
All students of all majors, but athletic training is a fantastic field to study.
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Angie from Russellville, AL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
For online graduate students, UWA provides a simple, easy to follow set of courses. Online courses demand being self motivated to learn. Professors are usually great to work with you.
Tips for prospective students
Be ready to write! Be ready to follow a set schedule so that you do not fall behind.
Dorm Life
I'm an online student.
Food and Dining
Online student
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Essence from Birmingham, AL

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
It is not the best school, but it is pretty decent. The professors I have had have been great and have gotten to know every student individually. Overall, the campus and community is very safe and close-knit.
Tips for prospective students
To any student who plans to attend The University of West Alabama, I suggest buying your groceries in your hometown because groceries are expensive there. Also, there aren't many places around (stores, malls, doctors, dentist, etc.), so I would suggest investing in a car before attending the school.
Academic Rigor
When it comes to academics, they are pretty strict. If you fall below a C, if I'm not mistaking, in any class you are put on academic probation. If you don't bring it up by the end of that semester, you will no longer be able to attend the institution. You would have to file for an appeal for them to consider re-admitting you, but if that doesn't go through you would have to leave. However, if you have a certain grade point average at the end of the semester you will have the option of joining a Honor Society. G.P.A is a factor in very many organizations on campus.
Dorm Life
I love the setup of their dorms. Unlike most colleges, almost every dorm on campus has a private bathroom and kitchenette within the room. However, the first dorm I stayed in (Stickney Hall), had extreme pest problems. No matter how much we cleaned, pest still found their way in our room. Overall, on-campus living is fun and convenient.
Food and Dining
There aren't many restaurants in the city. However, you are allowed to use your tiger bucks card which comes in handy when you don't have any cash. There are three fast food restaurants (Sonic, Burger King, and Hardee's). There are about five or six dine- in (take-out is available) restaurants. I've never heard of these restaurants until I went to this college. The most popular ones are Dandy Don's, and Diamond Jim's. Both are very good.
What to do for fun
To have a little fun, most students go to The Oak Tree, Trackside, or Tee's Lounge (three clubs). I've never been to any of these, but the best thing about the city is that it is located near Mississippi. That's where most students go for leisure. Also, Demopolis and Tuscaloosa are other places nearby to have a little fun. There is a very small movie theater in the community, and on-campus activities are held also.
Bang for the buck
The school is not very very expensive compared to Auburn and Alabama, however, since this school was my last minute choice, I have to say I would rather pay my money elsewhere just because of that. Also, like most colleges, some of the staff aren't good at their jobs.
Great for these types of students
If you are coming to college without a car, not much of a party animal, and looking to focus on academics,looking for a decent sized campus, then this is the school for you.
Clubs and Activities
I do not know all of the clubs and activities on campus, but I do know there is a S.G.A, math clubs, science clubs, sports organizations, campus plays, etc.
Greek Life
The Greeks on this campus suck compared to those on a bigger campus. The President of the college doesn't even like Greeks. He doesn't see the purpose of a sorority or fraternity.
Campus Safety
The campus is very safe. Though I don't recommend it, I have walked alone at night several times with no fear of anything happening to me. The police are great, and they actually do their job. They ride around the campus at all times of the night/ morning. It's like having 24 hr. surveillance (excluding the cameras).
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