College Senior 2011-07-25T19:25:25Z
My Housing Experience – It is a great experience living on UA's campus! The building I live in (Ridgecrest East) is one of the best on campus. I share a dorm with three other guys, but we all have our own bedrooms. Overall, it is very satisfying and well worth the expensive price.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-25T01:04:39Z
Improving, but Has a Long Way to Go – UA has only had a transit system for 4 years, so they are still working out some kinks. The bus stops are conveniently located around campus, but the bus timing schedules usually can't be counted on. You can usually get there more quickly by walking. The transit system doesn't stop anywhere off campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-25T01:00:05Z
Something for Everyone – Off-campus dining is everywhere. There is a city around the campus that offers everything from fast food to fancy dining. There is something for every budget. One of my favorites is Ichiban, a Japanese place. It's the same Hibachi style cooking as chains like Shogun and Kobe, but the food is even better at half the price!
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-25T00:57:27Z
Honors, Southern Charm, and SEC Football – I chose the University of Alabama because of the Computer-Based Honors Program, and the Honors College in general. UA is known for being very generous with its scholarships, which also helped. I love the college town atmosphere, especially on football game days. I can't imagine myself anywhere else. Roll tide!
College Senior 2011-07-21T03:09:49Z
When It's Nice, It's NICE. Tornadoes Are a Bummer – When the weather is pretty, it is so enjoyable. This year we had quite a bit of rain, which is no fun. It is essential to wear rainboots and a raincoat. This past year we had a very unusual tornado come through. It caused alot of damage. We have alot of tornado warnings, but about 98% of the time, they end being nothing.
College Senior 2011-07-21T03:05:18Z
Specific Areas to Park, Overly Give Out Tickets – Permits are pretty pricey, but they give you parking access to areas close to your dorm. Totally worth it. Bama is such a big campus, it would suck not to have a car. If you park out of your zone, tickets are about $50. Which may not seem like much, but it adds up. Its a pain to find a close parking spot early in the day and late at night.
College Senior 2011-07-21T03:01:55Z
Judgmental but Nice – There are tons of large Greek houses. Join one and you'll get the chance to live in one. Most non-Greeks are ok with Greeks unless the Greeks decide to be snobs. This happens occasionally, but not too often. The are very judgmental about looks, so wear the right clothes to parties. They make football games fun and throw tons of cool parties.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-18T19:11:59Z
Good Dining – There are many options for students to eat. My favorite is Buffalo Phils that is the best off campus dining
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-18T19:11:03Z
Health & Safety:
I always feel safe while im on campus. The security on campus is always on point to what they are suppose to do.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-18T19:10:05Z
Profs Are Really Good – The Profs are really good to help their students pass the class. They will help as many students they can after class. Their schedules are really flexable to students schedules. they are really there to teach.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-18T03:16:24Z
Love the Experience – My overall experience of this school is great. The students as well as the staff are so humble and welcoming. If I as ever lost looking for a class I could totally go up to a student I did not know and they would gladly help me find it. All in all, I absolutely love it!
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-18T03:14:15Z
Tuscaloosa's weather was always beautiful, with the exception of a couple rainy days. As of 4/27/2011, every time it looks as if a storm is about to partake, everyone fears for their lives because of the damaging tornadoes that took place.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-18T03:09:11Z
College Dining – The dining halls at The University of Alabama are great. There is always a variety of foods. Never will you see the same combination in the same week. The best place to dine at would be Fresh Foods which is my favorite I absolutely love their pizza. UA gets an A in my book.
Campus Life – Alabama's campus life is awesome! There is always something going on.
College Junior 2011-07-14T22:52:47Z
Bama Ride – Bama Ride is the bus system used at the University of Alabama. It is very clean, and the bus drivers are really nice. The only down side is that they have a route and they have to stop at those places, and if it is before your stop you have to wait. I would not suggest using it to get from class to class.
College Junior 2011-07-14T22:41:59Z
Rec Center – The rec center at Alabama is awesome. It is very clean, and has a lot of fitness equipment accessible to students. They also have a really nice lazy river to relax in after a stressful day, or a water slide to slide down for fun!
College Senior 2011-07-08T22:09:12Z
Paying the Price – Campus strictness is mostly only seen academically. If you are caught cheating or forging academic material in any way, you are reported, your parents are notified, and you could potentially have a law suit on your hands. It's not worth messing around with at all. On the other hand, cops aren't too strict about underage drinking. As long as you're not making a fool of yourself you should be okay. Drugs are a whole different story, however. You will immediately be taken to jail if you are caught doing drugs in any way.
College Senior 2011-07-08T22:04:29Z
Drinking Day and Night – At the University of Alabama on a Friday night, you could find 90% of the student population at a party, bar, or house drinking. Drinking is prevalent at any social event, mostly parties and football games. Drugs are not as popular, but a lot of people do smoke. On the weekends and especially game days, cops can be seen around campus but they usually don't intervene when students are just drinking. Personally, I believe that in fraternities and sororities peer pressure is somewhat of an issue, because a lot of students drink just to fit in with everyone else.
College Senior 2011-07-08T21:57:01Z
The University of Alabama has a very strong academic foundation. The professors make themselves available as much as they possibly can to the students, and the advisors seem to be willingly involved in their students' lives. All of the professors I have communicate with us through e-mail, and they always respond quickly. That has made me feel like I am a priority to them, not just a student passing through. In my smaller classes the individualized attention is very helpful. I enjoy going to class at the University of Alabama.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-05T13:50:18Z
Being a nursing major is like not being apart of the university. The program is so demanding it does not allow much time for leisure or recreation. You spend majority of your time studying and in class. The nusrsing program is so unique from the other expectancies on campus. When it comes to grades they are scaled down. So a 80/B is actually a C. This alone causes you to push yourself a lot harder. The workload is unreal. It is required for you to put the nursing program above everything else. Education is a very important factor in life, but I would not recommend anyone who is not serious about their education should not lean towards a program so demanding. The staff try to help those who try to help themselve. No one babysits you.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-30T08:25:35Z
Roll Tide Roll – We don't play football, we LIVE it. Alabama is all about our football team. Our capstone is centered around what the football season brings in. Fall semester is the most exciting, fun-filled semester at UA, and it's all about football. Alabama is the only school I know that help off returning to school for the championship game in 2010. :)
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-30T08:20:41Z
We MIX in Well – The campus has a good percentage of black and asian students. Other minorities are looked over, but at least they have clubs and organizations to help them bond and come together. All in all, I think the minorities blend in very well with the caucasian students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-30T08:17:31Z
Hard, but Good for You. I came to UA for it's dance program, and the program is awesome. Cornelius Carter is a wonderful professor, along with Sarah Barry and Rita Snider. The program lets me express myself in ways I knew I would not be able to do at any other university. Academically, UA is tough, but hard work pays off so that when you finish a class here you feel that you have really learned the subject. The department heads are easy to talk to and they faculty make a big college seem smaller when the advisors personally know you and what assistants to offer you. I love UA!
College Senior 2011-06-29T03:12:21Z
Guys & Girls:
Being a big Southern school, Alabama males and females are very friendly and outgoing. The girls are all friendly outright, although some Southern belles can be mean behind your back. The guys are just as friendly and very gentlemanly. You'll never have to open your own door or carry your own books if you're a girl at Alabama.
College Senior 2011-06-29T03:09:13Z
The technology available in all the different labs, libraries, studios and buildings is very advanced and user-friendly. The only problem is that in libraries and computer labs, computeres and spaces fill up quickly, especially during finals weeks. As an Interior Design student, a computer is very necessary so it's expected that all students own one, as well as know how to use one.
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