College Sophomore 2013-12-07T23:52:56Z
I've changed my major 10 times and never had to do anything special to get into each different major. There isn't really an application process to enter a major. You just have to go online and select what you want to do.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T23:52:56Z
I'm a psychology major, and there's a lot of awesome professors and interesting classes available to take. There are opportunities to become a research assistant for the psych lab of your choice and all you have to do is send out a couple emails expressing interest. The psychology major also has an honors program as an option, which provides great research experience. There's also a psychology club and honors society.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T23:47:06Z
Off-campus dining is mainly Southern food, sandwiches, or bar food. There aren't many quality ethnic places although I like both the Thai restaurants in Tuscaloosa. My favorite place is Epiphany, which is expensive but has amazing, innovative dishes on a constantly changing farm-to-table menu. The barbeque in Tuscaloosa is also good, but I get tired of it. There's not really anywhere I have left that I want to try so obviously there's not a ton of selection.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T23:40:32Z
I don't really notice the policies here too much, nothing is too strict. I have been to a couple of parties before that got busted for noise but the busts were not without cause. I've also had to pull one of my intoxicated friends off the ground and carry her past a police officer who didn't try to arrest her or anything but made sure I was going to be taking care of her. All of the policies here are fairly reasonable and in consideration of students' well-being.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T22:25:39Z
Tuscaloosa is definitely a college town. Its residents live and breathe our football program and are generally friendly towards all the students. One of the most popular things is the bar scene, which i'm entirely unfamiliar with. The shopping consists mainly of Bama gear unless you venture to our tiny mall or Midtown Village. Midtown Village has some nice stores. There's not a large variety of dining options around Tuscaloosa if you don't want barbeque or Southern food every time you go out. There are a couple of decent Thai places I like to go to and a fresh farm-to-table style restaurant called Epiphany that is by far the best place I've eaten at in Tuscaloosa.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T22:10:47Z
There are always buses running on campus but they usually take just as much time as it takes to walk. As far as long-distance transportation is concerned, the university has a shuttle service for the airport that has kind of limited hours but there are also multiple Facebook groups used to coordinate rides between students to get to the airport or wherever they may live.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T22:07:06Z
I'm just so sick of the dining halls. When you're a freshman it's all fine and dandy but after a year of that food you'll never want to eat it again. There aren't a ton of healthy food options, unless you want wilted salad for every meal. It's mainly Southern-style cooking: heavy and fried. Bryant is the only dining hall I go to anymore and at this point it seems no better than the rest. It's always crowded, the dishes always have food crusted on them, the hours of operation are horrible, and the food they serve is always disappointing. The meal plans are way overpriced, but I still have one, so the convenience of the dining halls must override the lack of quality and price. I suppose our dining halls are still better than what you'd expect on most college campuses though.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T21:52:44Z
The majority of the students here are white conservatives. However, the many scholarships Alabama offers has been pulling in a much more diverse crowd of students from all over the country. We have a pretty strong international program here too and I've befriended several international students. I have friends from all over the country, of all different backgrounds and beliefs. I have noticed some signs of racism though, such as the exclusion of black women from sororities that has only just recently begun to change. People tend to be pretty pushy about their political beliefs, and it's always a one-sided spew of conservative rants. As for sexual orientation, I have a few gay friends and have met many more, and I have never noticed any problems with acceptance for them, though I wouldn't be surprised if they did face problems.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T21:40:33Z
If you're not already a football fan, you will become one when you set foot on campus.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T21:34:47Z
The libraries on campus all are filled with computers, but I would be hesitant to depend solely on those computers, as they do fill up fairly often. Depending on what time you go, most of the computers are being used, so there wouldn't be much hope of finding a computer to use around finals time. You don't necessarily need a printer but I think it is worth it for the convenience, and you won't have to worry about getting charged every time you use it. We have a bit of an unreliable network and wireless access can be frustrating but it's nothing too problematic.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T21:28:34Z
I don't have a car here and it sucks. Sure, you can get wherever you want on campus by walking, but in some cases that means a good 30 minute walk. If you don't mind asking for a ride every time you want to go somewhere, I suppose not having a car wouldn't be much of a problem, especially if you live on campus. I just find it very limiting and I even live on campus. I do know from my friends who have cars that permits are pricey, but definitely worth it. It seems like every time I leave my dorm I see a car getting a ticket for not having a permit, so UA is definitely strict about that. There are also a lot of places to park and a convenient parking deck right next to where I live (well, I imagine it would be convenient if I had a car).
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T21:20:45Z
From the perspective of a non-Greek, Greek life seems to be everywhere. The campus is cluttered with sorority girls in oversized t-shirts and Nike shorts, and preppy frat guys. People in the Greek system tend to get so caught up in everything Greek that it creates a bit of a communication barrier with the rest of the non-Greek student body. Frankly, I don't care what you're wearing to your date party, or that this girl from this sorority hooked up with that guy from that fraternity, but it's all I hear walking around campus. That being said, people in the Greek system seem very content with their lives and I'll admit they have phenomenal houses.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T21:16:33Z
The university has one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever seen. The science buildings complex, in particular, is one of my favorites, and the quad and its surrounding buildings are impressive as well. As far as academic programs go, UA has strong research opportunities and can open a lot of doors for you. The university receives a ridiculous amount of money from its football program and alumni, and that is evident in the condition of the campus and the programs available. UA is constantly under construction, always adding new facilities to meet students' demands.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T21:16:33Z
Our rec center has a bunch of weight machines, a pool, and basketball courts on the first floor and cardio machines on the second floor, and it offers a lot of cool classes for students to just drop in on for free. There is also a pool with a lazy river and water slide right next to the rec, which is fun the few weeks of the school year that it is actually open. Across campus there is an aquatic center as well and I like to go there to swim a few times a week. The Ferg, our student center, is a popular choice for lunch where students can eat at a food court or dining hall. The Ferg also hosts a lot of interesting free events for students such as cultural nights or movie showings. Rodgers Library is the library I frequent most, located near the science buildings, and I love its atmosphere and computers. It also apparently has a 3D printer, which is neat. Gorgas is our main library and it has four floors I believe, but I get overwhelmed by its size. There are a couple of other libraries too connected to certain majors but I have never been to them.
College Sophomore 2013-12-07T21:01:22Z
I'm from California so any other state's weather is going to seem bad to me. It rains fairly often and gets colder than I would like it to, but we do get warm weather for most of the year. Although it can be extremely humid here, it's not something I've really had to endure because school ends before the worst humidity sets in.
College Freshman 2013-12-07T07:32:42Z
There's always buses running and there's an extremely helpful app you can download that tracks the buses and tells you what time they'll be at a certain stop. The only annoying thing is you sometimes have to take two different buses to get to your destination, and I usually find walking is a lot faster. On the weekends there's a transportation van you can call and they'll pick you up and take you anywhere on campus for free.
College Freshman 2013-12-07T07:30:13Z
There are amazing scholarships for out of state students especially. The scholarship department is very helpful and will try their best to get you as much money as they can if you go and ask them for help.
College Freshman 2013-12-07T07:29:03Z
A small number of Greeks do cocaine, but other than that, it's pretty tame. A decent number smoke weed. Most students drink. You hear more about people being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning than for anything drug related.
College Freshman 2013-12-07T07:26:53Z
UA provides many different career fairs, luncheons, mock interviews, and things that are very helpful and prepare you for a career.
College Freshman 2013-12-07T07:26:53Z
Academics are what you make of it. You can take easy classes where you don't learn much, or you can challenge yourself and take harder level classes where you're engaged and learn a lot. I have not felt really academically challenged here yet though. Most people love their professors, and the only department I know that gets a lot of flack is the math department for all the classes below Calc I.
College Freshman 2013-12-07T07:23:25Z
Wifi can sometime be unreliable, but nothing too bad that goes on longer than a minute or two. There's plenty of computers in all the libraries, and printing is very cheap at five cents a page.
College Freshman 2013-12-07T07:21:41Z
Officers know that students drink, and as long as you're not puking and screaming loudly on the side of the road with a open beer in your hand, they leave you alone. They're typically more concerned about student safety and helping you out than getting you in trouble.
College Freshman 2013-12-07T07:18:11Z
People tend to stay in their own niches, so even though there are all sorts of people here, it doesn't feel too diverse because you don't really interact with all of them. Asides from some frat douches who don't like African-Americans, people on the whole are decently accepting of others.
College Freshman 2013-12-07T07:16:01Z
There's one really delicious dining hall (Fresh Foods), but unfortunately it's only open for lunch during the weekday. There's different options to chose from in the dining halls, but the options typically remain the same and can get boring after a while. There is a decent salad bar which I like, but apart from that and roasted vegetables, that's typically it for healthy options. The desserts too here typically aren't very good.
College Freshman 2013-12-07T07:11:31Z
There isn't very much to do in Tuscaloosa. There are a lot of really good dining places though, especially for BBQ, and the bars tend to be a lot of fun on weekends. There aren't any clubs however. There is a really nice outdoor amphitheater that's about a thirty minute walk from campus that's great for shows, and big names are always performing there. The locals are all really friendly and are huge fans of the university because Tuscaloosa is a college town. There aren't many cultural events (or else they're small and hipster), which I don't like. Shopping is okay- there's a lot of cute boutiques, but they are usually pretty pricey, and there aren't a lot of big name brand stores here. Everything tends to revolve around the university and what it has to offer.
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