Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Funding: Public University
Size: 36, 155 enrolled (2014)
Percent of Women: 54%
Tuition, Room, and Board: $12, 591 per semester (In-State); $20,153 per semester (Out-Of-State)
Most Popular Majors: Business, Health Professions, Marketing, Family and Consumer Sciences, Engineering
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 57%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores visit UA's website at www.ua.edu/admissions.
Why Choose The University of Alabama?
"When I first visited UA, it was perfect. I loved how beautiful the campus was and after learning about all the academic programs and scholarships available, I knew this was the university for me. I could just smell the wonderful opportunties that would be there for me."
"UA becomes your second home right away. Everyone is so welcoming and the student body is like a family."
"There is nothing like Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama. It truly is the best place in the world."
"Alabama not only honors high acheivement but encourages you to even do better."
"Roll Tide becomes a way of life once you attend here."
Here at The University of Alabama, we are used to the same buildings and experiences that the rest of the world looks to in awe. Even so, there are a few places within the University and surrounding areas that are still, to this day, the top 5 best features that Tuscaloosa has to offer.
Bryant-Denny Stadium: What else is there to say? This is the home of Alabama Football. This is where thousands of fans gather every Alabama Saturday to cheer on the Crimson Tide. When Bryant- Denny is filled with Alabama fans, it most likely means that we’ll have a win and a good time! From the locker room, to the student section, to the skyboxes, every person is full of excitement and passion to be whatever competition that tries to break us down. If you haven’t been to Bryant-Denny, you haven’t experienced football.
Walk of Champions: We walk past it every day, maybe for class or to get a quick bite to eat at the strip, but don’t be mistaken, the Walk of Champions is a great place to be. Why? BECAUSE CHAMPIONS HAVE WALKED THIS PATH FOR YEARS. This isn’t an ordinary sidewalk. Great men such as Julio Jones, Javier Arenas, and Mt. Cody have walked these paths… and of course the great Nick Saban. We understand the value of this treasured path and we cherish it in our hearts.
Denny Chimes: Denny Chimes is basically how we know if we’re late to class or not. Literally… If you have a class at 11 am and you here three rings, you know you got to pick up the pace! Denny C. helps us realize that we are all a part of the Crimson Tide. With its echoing ring that awakens your soul and the tower for all to see, Denny Chimes lets its people know that it’s all good in Ttown.
The Quad: That big green area behind Denny Chimes that looks like a mini oasis of green… Yeah, that’s the quad. This is where people bring their puppies to play with. This is where fans come to tailgate before a home game. This is where people play touch football and ultimate Frisbee. This is where we relax. This is where we walk through to get to class quicker. The quad serves a lot of purposes, making it one of the best features on campus
The Strip: It’s kinda on campus, kinda not. Either way, the Strip is the go- to entertainment district after a great win, or for the weekend out, or for anything. The strip literally has everything you would need. You can go get some fruit from Publix and then get your nails done at A Nails. You could shop at Ellie Crimson and go get ice cream at Coldstone. You could go to Bento for sushi and then go tanning. IT HAS EVERYTHING.
Transportation and parking is an aspect of UA that does need improvement. The school's transit system, Crimson Ride, is efficient for students, faculty, and visitors on campus. However, time is a big issue for students using the bus to get to classes. The best advice for this issue is walking. However, walking in the rain is NOT fun. If you plan to use the bus to class try to give yourself at least an extra ten to fifteen minutes depending on your destination.
Parking is an issue because it seems like there just is not enough of it available and the cost of the parking permits. UA is adding an additional parking lot which will be beneficial for students.
New Collegiette On Campus
Freshmen at Alabama come from all over the country with a diverse array of backgrounds and past experiences. One’s first year at UA can be a life changing experience where students make their first lifelong friendships of their college career and figure out who they are away from home. Many students come to campus with no idea what they want to do in life, some have an idea that they end up changing, and others have steadfast dreams and plans for how to make them come true. It’s completely okay not to have it all figured out right away. Just take advantage of all the opportunities the school has to offer, get involved as much as possible, and try to find a balance between social life and academics. Though it all may seem quite overwhelming at times, it’s important to enjoy every moment. This is the year to make mistakes and learn from them.
All About Academics
The University of Alabama is known for its award-winning academic programs and high scholastic achievement, with some of the top programs in the nation and the student body and faculty to match. University of Alabama students have won many awards ranging from the Goldwater Scholars to the Rhodes Scholars award to name a couple. As far as academic programs, The University of Alabama law school is ranked 23rd in the nation and also has one of the top Management Information Systems programs. Along with the top programs UA has the faculty to match. UA’s faculty ranges from writers of the New York Times to the top scientist and engineers in the industry.
Learn From The Best
When it comes to professors, our best advice to get to know them! All of them have office hours and are very open to scheduling appointments in order to help or just meet you! UA's professors are among the brightest in the country but don't let this stop you from interacting with them. Getting to know your professor doesn't just help you do better in the class, but knowing them can have an impact on your future career when you're needing those reccommendation letters, references, etc.
Interests & Involvement
With hundreds of organizations at UA, everyone can find at least one that fits them. Whether they join the honor society for their major, participate in club sports, or hang out at meetings for people with a common interest for an activity, the ways to get involved on campus are numerous. At the start of every semester, all the on-campus organizations have booths at Get On Board Day so students can learn more about them and sign up for the ones that strike their fancy. The Source is UA’s student involvement website where people can browse through all the organizations and “join” the ones to which they already belong. Greek Life is quite a vibrant community at Alabama. 33% of the student body belong to a sorority or fraternity. Many of the sororities and fraternities have houses on campus where members can live, eat meals, or just hang out.
Is there girl power at the University of Alabama? I mean, we have JBO (Judy Bonner). It’s everywhere. From our University emblem, to the various projects around campus, women are a great factor here at the University. For instance, there are various organizations within the University, such as NCNW and Society of Women Engineering that bases their organizations on helping women advance in academics and in future careers. We have various female Greek organizations that use their philanthropy to bring the campus together through projects such as Charity cookouts and fundraisers. The University also brings in great female role models such as Soledad O’Brien and Ava DuVernay to come talk to the young women on campus and share their stories of success and how it is possible to achieve their goals through hard work and dedication. Girl power is everywhere. It’s part of the Crimson blood that runs through the veins of the University of Alabama.
Food & Drink
There are many dining options available both off and on campus at UA. The Ferguson Center houses restaurants such as Chick-Fil-A, Panda Express, Subway, Wendy's, Auntie Anne's, and more. Four all you care to eat dining halls are also available. Off campus food & drink spots include Moe's, Galettes, Buffalo Phil's, Chipotle, and many more!
The University of Alabama offers many on-campus housing options that include traditional dorms, suite-style, and apartment style. UA currently has 16 housing communties. Many of these communities are learning or program based that include Honors, Business, Blount Undergraduate Initiative, Nursing, Engineering, and more.
For more information on Housing, please visit www.housing.ua.edu.
Tuscaloosa has many places off campus to hang out and enjoy. The Strip is the common hotspot featuring stores, restaurants, and bars. Beyond The Strip is Midtown Village, The Riverwalk, Lake Nicol, and Downtown Tuscaloosa.
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