College Sophomore 2013-02-02T22:30:44Z
Health & Safety:
We have campus police pretty close and they are always around. We also have the emergency phones all around campus. Personally for me, I came from a city and Tuscaloosa is a rather small city compared to Cincinnati, so I feel pretty safe walking across campus in the dark.
College Sophomore 2013-02-02T22:26:53Z
I didn't have any problems getting into the Interior Design program. There wasn't anything special I had to do. They accept everyone into their program and there isn't anything that you have to do to secure a spot in the program.
College Sophomore 2013-02-02T21:47:27Z
Very sparatic. However, it is very nice in the spring when it is warm, and the cold weather is bearable for the most part
College Sophomore 2013-02-02T21:44:50Z
Hamner Real Estate is a very good company. They are very willing and helpful to find you the perfect place to live off-campus. Great service!
College Sophomore 2013-02-02T21:41:24Z
They are very reasonable, the availability can be low from time to time, but overall they are very useful.
College Sophomore 2013-02-02T21:39:31Z
The nightlife is great if you are older. For freshman and sophomores, it is much better to stay at house parties and the fraternity parties. The parties have a much lesser chance of getting busted, and everything is free!
College Sophomore 2013-02-02T19:21:51Z
We LIVE football. We also recently won national championships in women's softball, gymnastics, and wheelchair basketball.
College Junior 2013-02-02T18:07:24Z
Tuscaloosa has plenty of things to do off campus since the town is pretty much built up around the campus. There are restaurants, shopping, movie theaters, bars, museums, an amphitheater for concerts, and plenty of other entertaining things to do!
College Junior 2013-02-02T18:04:11Z
Health & Safety:
I have never felt unsafe at on campus. There are plenty of security guards especially in the buildings that are open at night. There are emergency call poles located frequently around campus if someone walking feels uncomfortable or needs immediate help.
College Junior 2013-02-02T18:00:01Z
Athletics are HUGE at Alabama. With 15 National football championships and plenty other sports holding national championships, sports are a very large part of the university. Even intramural sports have a lot of credit on campus with plenty of options as well.
College Sophomore 2013-02-02T03:20:16Z
There are many people of different races at the university of alabama in tuscaloosa. I myself am biracial and have never felt so excepted. Everyone here is super nice and helpful the only thing i have noticed is it maybe political . There seems to be alot of its who has the money and who you know just from talking with other people that shared there personal expericences. As far as i see it though everyone here is equal.
College Sophomore 2013-02-02T02:10:54Z
Buses run all day throughout campus, and there are buses that drive around the perimeter of campus at night. There's also a bus that you can call for free to pick you up late at night and they'll take you anywhere on campus or somewhere off campus if it's nearby. Most apartments have shuttles that bring you to and from campus everyday as well. Like all public transportation, it can sometimes be a little off schedule/late, but it's still convenient for getting you places.
College Sophomore 2013-02-02T00:11:49Z
I would say that UA has some of the best athletics around. Our sports win constant championships and are really entertaining. There are almost always full houses at our home sporting events. The school spirit is impeccable. Our facilities are top notch and wonderful places to watch some wonderful athletics. We also have club sports and intramurals that are really fun and a great way to keep up with your athletics after high school.
College Sophomore 2013-02-02T00:06:31Z
Although I am not part of the Greek system at UA, I would still give it an A. This is because of its prominence on campus. It seems like quite a few people came to this school because of its Greek life. The Greek system does a lot of great things for the school. Some of these things are hosting great events that benefit the community and also participating in plenty of community service. Don't get me wrong, there are some of your stereotypical sorority girls and frat guys, but for the most part, they are normal people and are very friendly. I hear that their housing is gorgeous. Greek life is somewhat of a status thing here at UA, some Greeks think that they are better than the GDIs, but overall, it is a good system.
College Senior 2013-01-29T03:36:18Z
Lots of spectacular options! American, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Mexican...some restaurants within easy walking distance of campus: Bento, Hungry Howie's, Buffalo Phil's, Newk's, Pita Pit, Little Italy, Firehouse Subs, TCBY, Cold Stone, Smoothie King, Surin, Swen, Moe's, and more. Within a 15 minute drive of campus: Krispy Kreme, Applebee's, Burger King, Ichiban, Mugshots, Mellow Mushroom, Chili's, Olive Garden, Chik Fil A, Yogurt Mountain, Longhorn Steakhouse, Kobe, Panera, Arby's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Taco Casa, many more
College Senior 2013-01-29T03:28:59Z
UA is getting more diverse and more accepting, but there's still a long way to go. The gay community is growing and is accepted by a large part of the student body, but there are still some students who don't know how to accept gay people. The international program feels huge, but many of the students don't speak English well. It seems that most come from Asia. The campus is also growing more accepting of African Americans, but let's be real, you're coming to the deep South, you're gonna encounter a few racists.
College Senior 2013-01-29T03:22:08Z
ugh. there's not much to say. campus dining is improving, but they wayyy overcharge you for meals. There is no shortage of food, but the dining halls are always crowded at lunchtime, and there are other great options close to campus. Some good new options on campus include subway, burger king, chik fil a, pizza hut, starbucks, and more...if you're willing and able to wait 15 minutes at least in line to get your food. traditional dining halls have less of a wait, but finding a table can be very difficult during peak hours
College Senior 2013-01-29T03:17:12Z
On campus housing is really strict about infractions, but once you move off campus it's not so bad, and most people don't live on campus past their freshman year. It's pretty serious if you get caught by the police underage drinkin/druggin in your dorm. That said, many RA's just don't care at all, and turn a blind eye to suspicious activities. One cool positive is that open container laws (and if you're not obnoxious underage drinking laws) are pretty much blatantly ignored on gameday.
College Sophomore 2013-01-26T07:19:26Z
It's not the best food in the world or gourmet or anything, but it's good enough to get nutrients in your body. Meal plans are a little expensive. It's good that they usually vary the menu enough to make it interesting. Sometimes the service in the cafeteria can be poor, and sometimes the food isn't cooked well, like the spaghetti noodles can be hard. Bryant has the reputation for being the best cafeteria on campus, but I personally don't really notice much of a difference. As for dining outside of the cafeterias covered by a meal plan, Publix is a convenient place to buy groceries. Also, in a few places on campus such as the Ferguson Center, there are express-style chain restaurants such as Subway and Burger King. They don't have everything on the menu that the regular version of the chain restaurant would have, but it is good enough to stop by for lunch in between classes.
College Sophomore 2013-01-26T07:11:41Z
The transportation around campus is pretty convenient. Most classes are walking distance from my dorm, and if I don't feel like walking and want to save time, there's bike racks everywhere to park bikes. The bike rentals at the Rec Center are reasonably priced and a pretty beneficial service. I don't have to drag my bike from my hometown to college. The campus shuttles run regularly on weekdays and can be helpful depending on where on campus you're going. The campus shuttle on Sundays to the shopping area is especially convenient. Transportation off-campus, especially without a car, can be a hassle. The public transit system has reasonable fares, but the service is infrequent, only runs on weekdays, and runs for a relatively small time span during the day. Also, walking and cycling off campus are not convenient, because of a lack of recreational trails and a lack of bike lanes, shoulders, and sidewalks on the streets. As for long-distance transportation, getting to and from the Birmingham Airport is not too much of a problem, although it can be expensive if you don't have someone to give you a ride there. There is a train and bus station in town if you want to take a long-distance train or bus. However, there are only 2 trains per day out of the train station. It's a little annoying that Tuscaloosa has no Megabus service, it makes long-distance bus fares higher.
College Sophomore 2013-01-24T00:11:52Z
Alabama isn't very strict on much. They are when they need to be, but they don't stick their nose in everyone's business.
College Sophomore 2013-01-24T00:10:16Z
Alabama gets a high grade for their academics because there are so many options for classes. If you aren't sure what you want your major to be or just want to take classes that interest you, UA has plenty. The professors are very helpful and understanding. The only problem I've had is that sometimes the classes have to change rooms or buildings and it can get confusing.
College Sophomore 2013-01-24T00:06:31Z
The weather is usually decent, but it gets very messy when it is raining.
College Sophomore 2013-01-24T00:02:48Z
Technically there are plenty of spaces, but you have to park in western Mongolia to use them. Not a lot of the parking actually makes anything any easier.
College Sophomore 2013-01-22T21:57:30Z
Although football is a huge sport at our school, tons of students (including the football players) go out to support the other teams we have. We have a great basketball team, as well as gymnastics. There's tons of options for anyone wanting to find a team to join, including dozens of extracurriculars (i.e., quidditch)
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