Recent Alumnus 2012-10-15T21:27:37Z
The police some enforce the drinking policy, but not alot of people get caught for underage consumption. You're far more likely to get a ticket for speeding or parking outside your zone than get one for PI.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-15T21:25:11Z
You have to walk a long way to campus, and if you park anywhere outside your designated zone, be prepared to receive a ticket
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-15T21:22:52Z
Hot and humid, when it rains, the campus floods and it's difficult to not cross campus without rain boots
College Senior 2012-10-15T20:33:36Z
Football season is a blast, there's lots of programs in which to get involved. It's a small city with Birmingham close by. There are lots of parties for Greeks and Non-greeks. There are plenty of resources for students who need help with studying. The law school is the best in the country with the most reasonable price. The New College Life Track allows adult students (25+) a completely customizable degree, right down to the classes you take - if you can dream it, they will find a professor to help you with your goal - without having to step foot on campus except for one weekend seminar. New College is also offered to traditional students with some slight differences in the format due to not being considered a distance learner (there are perks and draw backs to both). There are also a lot of artists here. it's very cultured... and there's elephants everywhere. who doesn't love elepants?
College Sophomore 2012-10-15T09:14:15Z
Greek life is EVERYTHING here.
If you're like me and you look like a sorority girl, act like a sorority girl, but don't want to be in a sorority and are super independent...then you will have a very hard time here. If you aren't anything like a typical southern sorority girl and you don't rush then you should be completely fine.
I didn't go greek and it has been impossible for me to make friends or find things to get involved in. Athletics are divided into women's, men's and greek. The only options you have for nightlife if you aren't 21 are greek affiliated. And if you aren't involved in greek then you aren't allowed to attend certain parties.
If you are not greek you will not be best friends with people in greek, you just won't be around them enough to get close enough. it is greek vs. non greek. you have to be on one extreme.
People that are involved in greek life are constantly at their sorority/fraternity house. If you're a girl, you are always with your sorority sisters. Every night of the week there will be something planned...whether it be a meeting or a swap with a fraternity. During the day you have study hours that need to be done at the house and mostly everyone eats at the house for lunch. All of this makes it very hard to make friends with people in greek life if you are not in it. If you are in a fraternity....welllll this is Alabama and prepare to go through a semester of HELL. It is the most intense thing you will ever do. For a semester you are somebody else's bitch. When you aren't in class, you must be at the house. And at any point, even if you're in class or if its 2 am, they can text you to come to the house and you must go. You also will get hazed. A LOT. Every horrible story you have heard is true. If you're in a fraternity then your life pretty much becomes revolved around the actives that need you..and drinking. You will drink more than you ever have or will in your life.
If you're in a sorority you only go out with your sorority sisters, and when an active wants to leave a fraternity, you leave with her. The sororities are big so there are cliques within them. Some sororities haze and some make you wear heels and dresses to class. People are friends with girls in other sororities. Reputations are HUGE within a sorority. Eyes are everywhere and if you are ever caught doing anything to give your sorority a bad name then you will be punished for it. This is not the school you go to if you are looking to be a crazy drunk slutty sorority girl. You must be classy and you must be discrete. If you're going to hook up with someone, you better make damn sure that nobody sees you. Most sororities have rules that you aren't allowed to "shack"- aka sleepover at a guy's place.
Finally, if you are a the typical southern, cliquey, wealthy, big tshirt wearing, classy, polite, outgoing and overly enthusiastic then you will LOVE sorority life here. If you are a sorority girl and you want to be with your sorority all the time and be obsessed with your sorority sisters and talk about how much you love your sorority and just talk about greek life all the time then this is ABSOLUTELY the right school for you.
College Sophomore 2012-10-15T09:00:34Z
Yes, Alabama is a party school, but it depends on what kind of partying you are looking for. If you are a city girl/guy, this is the completely wrong place for you.
If you're 21 you go to the bars on the strip or downtown. If you aren't 21 you won't get in, and if you do then there is Alcohol Beverage Control that comes out random nights and checks everyones id's. They will arrest you if you're caught using a fake. If you aren't going to bars then your nightlife is completely limited to Frat parties. There are "swaps" or other frat/sorority parties on any night of the week, but you have to be in the designated sorority/fraternity to attend. On friday's and saturday's they are always open to anyone.
Keep in mind that we are in the south. These are not the types of parties that you go to and everyone is playing beer pong and doing keg stands. The frat parties are very social, with the girls dressed nicely, guys in button downs and they are all standing around schmoozing and drinking. If you are pledging a sorority your night life revolves around what your sorority is doing and which fraternity they want to go to. Greek life also makes the school much smaller- if you're a sorority girl you can't afford to act slutty or drink too much.
One last thing- on away game weekends this place is DEAD.
College Junior 2012-10-11T22:15:27Z
I'm a Nursing major at the University of Alabama. I am very satisified with my experience thus far. I am still in Lower Division, meaning that still taking my basic core classes like English and Math. However, my experience with the Nursing adminsitrators are all positive. We meet with advisors every semster which is comforting. Also we get constant emails that keep us update about opportunties available. They are very well organized and are truely helpful to students.
College Senior 2012-10-09T18:31:17Z
NOT ENOUGH PARKING SPACES. POLICE WILL TICKET YOU
College Senior 2012-10-09T18:27:34Z
mOST OF THE OFF-CAMPUS DINING OPTIONS ARE REASONABLE AND CLOSE TO CAMPUS AND YOU CAN QWALK IF YOU DO NOT HAVE TRANSPORTATION.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-08T19:40:29Z
Parking permits are extremely expensive and so are the fines. It's best to just live close to campus so you can walk to class and not have to drive.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-08T19:35:30Z
There are many different races and religions at the University of Alabama. Greek life is really big at our school.
College Senior 2012-09-28T00:28:18Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe – Well lit, bus/transportation available around the clock and in outlying shopping areas.
College Senior 2012-09-28T00:21:12Z
Parking garages are great if you have on campus housing. Cannot speak to off campus communters
College Senior 2012-09-28T00:19:38Z
Excellent, engaging professors and the facility is expanding and awesome with opportunity for research and co-op opportunities.
College Senior 2012-09-22T12:18:43Z
Although there is alot of Diversity on the football team around campus they are not around much so to speak
College Senior 2012-09-22T12:16:43Z
Most Fraternities on campus are cool and just would like to see the NPHC involved more.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-11T15:40:03Z
School of Library Sciences Online Program – The University of Alabama has one of 52 American Library Association Accredited Master's programs within US borders. Other than the four days (required) spent on campus for orientation, the entire program can be completed at a distance. Fulfilling degree requirements usually takes students between eighteen months- for students who take three classes per semester- and three years- for students who take the summers off and only take the required two classes per semester.
There are quite a number of specialized electives run over the summer- they take place during three condensed "semesters"- May Interim, Summer I (four weeks in June) and Summer II (five weeks in July). If you decide to take a class, I would recommend taking only one per semester. I took two during Summer II and though I survived, I was unable to keep up the level of work I usually maintain, often submitting assignments last minute due to homework requirements for the other class. On the other hand, these summer classes tend to be smaller- about 20-25 students, as opposed to the 35-40 during the regular semesters.
College Senior 2012-09-11T15:30:01Z
Transportation is pretty good. The Crimson bus route is always extremely packed though. But other than that I love catching the buses. I dont enjoy walking. But if your classes are only 10 minutes apart I would advise walking or you will end up late.
College Senior 2012-09-11T15:09:56Z
Weed and Alcohol – Drug scene is not really big, but ofcourse it depends on who you hang around, I know where to get drugs if I want to take part in them but everyone does. Ive heard of people doing cocaine and taking sleeping pills but I have not witnessed it. Drinking on the other hand is a big problem. Id say 90% of the campus drinks, especially on game days.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-11T14:15:46Z
Masters Library & Information Sciences (MLIS) Online – The only reason I continued my academic career after high school was to earn this degree. My BA was a stepping stone on my path here. The University of Alabama program allows me to remain at my current position as small town library staff while continuing my education so that may become a librarian myself- and the classes which I am taking in school often have immediate and direct positive effects on my work projects. Eventually I want to find a position in a medium or large public or college library for a few years, and eventually become a department head or perhaps assistant to the director.
I am not currently terribly worried about finding a position. Quite a few library personnel are approaching retirement age, and as I am not particularly concerned with what state I am employed in, there will be a position somewhere. I just have to find it.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-11T13:56:04Z
Online Master's Degree in Library Sciences – Getting an application in for the Library and Information Sciences degree was almost and education in and of itself. One had to apply to the School of Library & Information Studies as opposed to the regular campus, and the online program is especially tricky as they only offer about 40 slots for the semester beginning in August- on campus is slightly easier as they have cohorts beginning in Fall and Spring semesters, and therefore have more space.
If you are thinking about applying for the online cohort, suggest that you seriously evaluate how well you can self- study. the professors do their best to be available, but the level of access is well below what would be normal for on campus students.
College Sophomore 2012-09-09T17:33:02Z
Printing Is Relatively Cheap – It only cost $.05 per page for black and white copies and $.15 per page for color copies. The university also allows you to use "BamaCash" which is on your Act Card in order to pay for the pages that you print. This makes it easy and affordable because you don't have to carry change to the library every time you have to print something!
College Sophomore 2012-08-31T04:05:46Z
Not what I expected, but not bad – Being from the north, I was expecting everyone to have southern hospitality. But, the girls are CATTY, typical sorority girls. If it wasn't for them, this school would get an A+ because all the facilities are beautiful and the professors are great and helpful. Plus, nothing beats gamedays! Weather is a wreck though.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-19T21:26:27Z
New to the University – I am a senior and transferred from another school. What I have encounted is a host of friendly advisors and students who are willing to help me find my way. I strive for A's and I know with my advisors help I will maintain my 3.7 GPA
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-19T21:15:48Z
Tuscaloosa is in the tornado belt and has hit the city and school several times. This makes going to class difficult, but for the most part the weather is nice.
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