College Junior 2012-01-31T19:11:31Z
GI Bill – I received aid from the federal GI Bill. The VA rep. at the university was helpful, but very abrupt and makes me feel a little intimidated, but overall the process was fine.
College Junior 2012-01-31T19:07:47Z
Guys & Girls:
Most students look like the typical young adult. However, if you dig a little deeper you will find that not everyone fits into a typical social or cultural mold.
College Junior 2012-01-31T19:03:47Z
Student Recreation Center Is the Best! The Student Recreation Center at the University of Alabama is great! The equipment is modern and up to par, and th
College Junior 2012-01-26T23:03:18Z
Most of the scholarships are awarded automatically due to ACT or SAT scores. It makes the process easy and quick, and I know many people, including out of state-ers, who have received full tuition, and in many cases full housing as well.
College Junior 2012-01-26T22:57:30Z
Rec Center – The recreation facility is awesome on campus. There is plenty of space for everyone to work out and there are a variety of different classes offered completely free every day. The only downside is that you have to drive to get there, or take a long walk, as it is on the edge of campus.
College Junior 2012-01-26T22:55:44Z
Intro Classes – I know in the future there are plenty of opportunities to learn, but during your freshman year, at least in engineering, you must trudge through a variety of intro courses in which you learn virtually nothing. Your base courses, such as chemistry, math, and biology all are very informative and in-depth, but the introductions into your specific major seemed to be simply designed to give you an "A" and take up time in your schedule. After transitioning out of freshman courses, much more valuable courses are taken.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-23T03:56:46Z
The nightlife has become boring. I'm so ready to move. All of the clubs close at 2AM and you really get tired of doing the same thing repeatedly.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-23T03:55:22Z
Guys & Girls:
followers, crazy, nice, good-looking, educated, greek
College Junior 2012-01-19T17:42:54Z
The Strip Is Amazing! If you ever visit Bama and wish to observe the social scene on campus, head down to University Boulevard and walk down the Strip, a cluster of shops, restaurants, fast food, bars and opportunities. There is almost always something big happening at night, and it is always fun to party hard and have a great time.
College Junior 2012-01-19T17:36:52Z
Delicious but Expensive – The meal plans and Dining Dollars provide access to all-you-can eat dining halls and the other campus vendors, but at $8.75 per meal plus tax, the amount of money spent can add up very quickly. Most freshmen that are required to buy a meal plan can hardly use all of their meals during the year, and there is no discount for buying meal plans ahead of time, which is very unfortunate. Fresh Foods dining hall has some of the best and freshest buffet food I have ever eaten, but watch out! It is very easy to gain the freshman fifteen when eating at any of the dining halls; very little emphasis is put on portion control or calorie consumption. After a while, some people feel that eating at the dining halls or the on-campus vendors just gets old, but I disagree. If you are ravenous and have the money to pay for it, eating on-campus is well worth it.
College Junior 2012-01-19T17:29:58Z
Very Well Funded and Maintained – The existing facilities here at Bama are very useful for students, faculty, and staff alike. The Rec Center has 2 levels of machines and equipment available to anyone on or off-campus; for those who would like some direction as to their exercise, there are three studios almost constantly running some sort of class, whether it be Pilates, kickboxing, spinning, or Yoga. The Ferguson Center, the spot that students converge in to take shelter from the elements and eat as much food as they want, has its own delicious dining hall (Fresh Foods), as well as eight or nine fast food services ranging from Chik-fil-A to sushi to pizza. The five libraries are prime location for students looking to study or just hang out, and most of them offer computer labs students can use at almost any time of day (even at midnight!). No matter what you want to do on campus, or where you want to be, there is always a place to have fun or get things done.
College Junior 2012-01-17T22:49:04Z
Bring Your Car. There's parking near every dorm, but availability of it varies. Colored parking zones based on residence or if you're a commuter help keep different parts of campus from getting clogged up. Almost all upperclassmen live off campus and the commuter lots are pretty far from central campus, so the bus is a necessity.
College Junior 2012-01-17T22:46:52Z
Just Be Discreet. the UAPD is more concerned with keeping everyone safe than trying to make as many arrests as possible. But be warned that the UAPD sends anyone who has been arrested to the Tuscaloosa jail. Don't do anything stupid in public. Also, don't park anywhere outside your parking zone before 6 PM or on weekends. You will get a ticket within 15 minutes.
College Junior 2012-01-17T21:12:06Z
Bryant Is the Best. Bama has four dining halls- Bryant, Lakeside, Fresh Foods, and Burke. Bryant and Fresh Foods are only open for lunch and are the two best with Bryant reigning supreme. Their food is always good and they have larger portion sizes than the other halls since it's where the athletes eat. Burke is hit and miss and Lakeside seems to have a lot of variety at first until you figure out that all of their offerings run on a two week rotation. You can also use your $300 Dining Dollars for the food courts in Lloyd and the Ferg which have Burger King, Chik fil A, Pizza Hut, Boar's Head, and even a sushi place. There's also small supermarkets at Tut and Lakeside.
College Junior 2012-01-17T21:07:20Z
Pick Your Profs Carefully – Do your research when picking classes. Like any school, your prof can make or break a class. Most freshman classes such as Psychology or Chemistry 101 can have upwards of 200 students, but most professors are glad to make time outside of class for students. Once you're past the introductory classes, there are rarely more than 75 students in a lecture class and classes within your major are even smaller. UA even offers a few online courses which can make finding study time more convenient.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-16T04:15:57Z
Better Than Ohio – We have some wind and rain but winters are much milder than in the North. The tornado last April was quite an experiance. We were very fortunate to have had minimal damage. We were surrounded by disaster and many were affected. The campus was efficient before, during and after.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-16T04:01:55Z
Welcome Northerns! Coming from Ohio many told me I would not be accepted. However the Southern hospitality has always been extended and I feel very fortunate to experiance their culture and learn the diversity of different regions of our country. Chosing a college 800 miles from home, not knowing anyone was a challenge but I made the best of it finding students and professors having the same interest in and out of the classrooms.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-16T03:36:41Z
Health & Safety:
Safe and Comfortable Atmosphere – I have always felt safe and secure on UA campus. Love my dorm and have stayed in the same room every year.
College Junior 2012-01-12T21:05:39Z
I'm in the college of Arts and Scrience which is probably one, if not the biggest college on campus. The teachers and students are all really nice and helpful. I think as long as its something you loike though it won't really matter. I do know however that the nursing is very competitive here at UA
College Junior 2012-01-12T20:58:48Z
UA is very diverse. If you like diversity then this is the place for yo. And what's even better is there are a lot of diverse clubs and groups to join or even just to visit and see what they are about. Yes most are white here but I would like to think we still have a lot of other different races and ethnicities.
College Junior 2012-01-12T20:55:51Z
Meal Plans, Dining Dollars, BAMA Cash Oh My! There are A LOT of options both on campus and off. All freshman automatically have 160 meals on there meal plan and this is very helpful. There are at least places on campus that use meal plans and the meal plans are like basically going to a buffet. Then every student gets 300 dinig dollars and you can use these at places like subway or starbucks on campus. Finally is the BAMA cash that you load on your account personally but most places off canmpus accepts bama cash. So pretty much you get a wide variety of choices when it comes to eating.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-06T17:17:02Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe – The campus is well-lit and I always feel safe when I am on campus.
College Senior 2012-01-05T22:05:25Z
parking is terrible. there arent enough spaces at all.
College Senior 2012-01-05T22:00:24Z
Electrical Engineering – it's hard work to be an engineering major, but it's worth it. there's alot of support from the staff as well as the students.
College Senior 2012-01-02T00:37:24Z
Drugs on Campus – As you will find on campus, Alcohol isn't exactly hard to come across. The University has a pretty good lock-down on the system while still understanding that students in college are going to drink if they so choose to. We are all in college and are on the road to being indepent adults; some of us have already reached the independent destination. I have never felt pressured to do something I wasn't comfortable with at the University. The University understands that students in college drink, this is why they have alcohol awareness classes about how to be safe when drinking if you so choose to do so.
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