College Senior 2011-01-08T01:18:50Z
I am a student at the University of Alabama. The academics here are outstanding. There are many opportunities to get internships and co-op jobs. I myself just finished a semester of co-op and it has been great. Most facilities at Alabama are new with new ones being built. Most professors are very helpful and happy to share their knowledge. I don't have anything to complain about.
College Senior 2011-01-06T21:29:00Z
College is the most expensive thing my parents have ever paid for, other than a house. Between tuition, housing, and books, it is ridiculous. I don't qualify for financial aid because my parents make too much money in their jobs but it is still a struggle. I don't think it is fair that I don't qualify because of that.
College Senior 2011-01-06T21:18:36Z
Dining Outside the Tide – I love the off-campus dining options around Tuscaloosa. In Midtown Village, University Mall, and in downtown Tuscaloosa, there are restaurants varying in price ranges, menu selection, and atmosphere.
College Senior 2011-01-06T21:16:32Z
Health & Safety:
Safe in Crimson – For the most part, I do feel extremely safe on campus. I feel confident while I'm walking around by myself that nothing will happen to me. I don't typically go out at night by myself but if I had to, I would only be midly concerned. UAPD are constantly present and doing a great job.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T19:18:44Z
Process for Summer – I wanted to study abroad in Greece the summer after my sophomore year. I worked with a lady who could not have helped me more. She was caring and I could tell she wanted me to get all the help possible. I met with her on several different occasions and I know if ti were not for her I probably would not have been able to study abroad and have such a wonderful learning experience.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T19:10:03Z
Houses Are So Expensive – There are many houses that are in great location compared to campus, however, they can be extremely pricey. The landlords constantly go up in price and if you dont sign the lease before a certain date, you better believe the price will rise. There are a good variety of houses, old and new. But, the cost for houses that are old are too much considering the quality. THe nice and new houses are extremely expensive, simply because they can be.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T19:03:18Z
Our Design Lab Does Not Meet the Demands for Our College – The computer lab that most all of my fellow design students as well as myself, use the same lab. Adams lab, in many ways is quite annoying. The computers are outdated and there are not enough to meet the demand of our particular college. This becomes a huge problem, especially around the end of each semester. Students have to wait in line to use a computer. This should never happen. Yes, we could use a different computer at a library, however it does not have adequate computer programs that our work requires. I would be so happy to see this change.
College Senior 2010-12-20T21:34:47Z
It's What You Make of It – Whatever you go looking for you can find. Rose Towers is an old dorm full of international students--as sharp contrast to Ridgecrest which is a brand new honors dorm. You can even find old-style dorms (the bathroom is down the hall) like Tutwiler, Burke, and Paty.
The security is a little relaxed--there may be someone at a front desk but you don't have to check in guests and some dorms don't require key-card entry during the day--this can be a little unnerving. There are always activities going on but they are poorly attended and I don't get the feeling that the dorms are central to social life at all.
Roommate contracts are just about the only regulations in the dorms so make sure that you fill one out with your roommates (MOST definitely put down guest policies) because the contract is law. The rules that are put in place by the university aren't always enforced.
All in all, dorms range from really nice (the honors dorms) to a little yucky (community-style dorms) but I enjoy living in the dorms. They are normally just a 5-15 minute walk to classes. The cost is a little steep for the newer dorms but if you can, the cost is worth the convenience.
College Senior 2010-12-20T21:15:44Z
Lots of Stores – If you don't have a car, all you may see of Tuscaloosa is McFarland Bvrd which is lined with stores and eating establishments. There is a line of bars and restaurants near campus called "The Strip" where a lot of students hang out. One thing's for certain, Tuscaloosa is used to college students and good old Southern hospitality abounds.
The university is only 45 minutes to an hour away from Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, which is full of lots of attractions and things to do.
College Senior 2010-12-15T23:45:07Z
Longest Process Ever – The financial aid process for an out of state student is ridiculous. The main proportion of the scholarships go to instate students. The FASFA is your best bet but it still does not help much. It takes an extremely long time to fill out everything and for them to process it and it still does not give you much.
College Senior 2010-12-15T23:42:35Z
Frat Row and the Strip – The nightlife at the University of Alabama never dies. You can always find a party or something to do almost any night of the week. The best way to find nightlife is to go to Frat row because there is always something going on, especially Thursday-Saturday. They have bands parties almost every Friday night that are simply awesome. On the strip there are bars that are cool places to chill and rage.
College Senior 2010-12-15T23:37:53Z
The facilities at Alabama are very good. The recreation center is amazing and has everything you could ever want. There are several libraries that are beautiful and have top of the line computers. The student center has a variety of different restaurants, a book store, a post office, a theater, and much more. All of the facilities are always clean and absolutely beautiful. There are always campus activities going on in the quad or at the student center.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-15T01:15:54Z
I received some financial aid but I thought that I coud have got more. It was not that difficult of a process.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-15T01:11:56Z
Athletics is a big part of the campus. There is a lot of involvement and support from the students and faculty.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-05T02:22:48Z
Not Worth the Hassel – Parking permits are expensive and parking is limited. It is frequently a hassle to drive on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-05T02:18:23Z
The faculty at UA seems to be quite fair in all of the policies and willing to accommodate students.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-01T05:26:50Z
The parking here is terrifying. My first year on campus was alright, however I got a ticket for parking in an area that literally was not even ten percent of the way full. This year, I was forced to buy a parking pass that is a ten minute walk away from my on-campus dorm simply because the university oversold the number of parking passes for the number of parking spots available. Parking rules are unclear and have led to me accumulating $355 worth of parking violations.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-01T05:21:28Z
Midtown Is Where It's at – Near the University, approximately 5 minutes away from where I live, there is an outlet mall called Midtown. It has Yogurt Mountain, Logan's Steakhouse, Kobe's, Five Guys, Starbucks, etc. Basically everything that a college student could want for dinner can be located in Midtown. It is a nice, clean, and convenient area that provides good shopping (or so I'm told) and great dining options.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-01T05:18:24Z
Library Computer Labs Are Excellent – At the University, each and every library has computer labs and also wifi so that you can bring your own computer to work. Some libraries even provide a personal laptop if you would rather work on those. The libraries have Macs and PC's based on your peronsal preference. It really is a good deal at the University of Alabama
College Senior 2010-12-01T00:22:58Z
Social Atmosphere – It appears about 70 - 80% of students are involved in Greek Life, which could have a tendency to allienate some
College Senior 2010-12-01T00:11:48Z
Dining Halls – It not bad. Availability is good. Could enhance variety.
College Senior 2010-12-01T00:03:05Z
Cultural Events – would benefits from more cultural diversity activities
College Senior 2010-11-23T16:24:20Z
Go to the Frat Houses – There aren't really any clubs around Tuscaloosa that let 18 year olds in, and there is one that lets 19 year olds in, but overall, the clubs are overcrowded and very pricey. The frat houses are free, and most everyone has a fun time through the night.
College Senior 2010-11-23T16:05:42Z
Guys & Girls:
Frat Boys and Sorority Girls? There is such a wide variety of students at Alabama, it is hard to put them into the categories of "frats" or "sorority girls". During my time here, I've found that nearly everyone here has a big heart and a welcoming smile. Sports is a huge part of the students' lives here at UA, whether it's being an avid football fan or a gym rat at the Rec.
College Senior 2010-11-17T00:33:52Z
Health & Safety:
Safety First! I feel very safe on UA's campus. Campus police are always on their jobs.The fire department also responds to false alarms and even true alarms very quickly. The RA's always have posters and flyers up making sure that the students keep everything locked up just in case and even hold informational meetings to remind students as well. The campus requires student/faculty ID's for all of the buildings so just anyway cannot enter/exit. With bad weather, the campus provides a weather alert system which sends emails, calls, text messages, etc. UA also has strict safety policies for parking as well. Overall, UA has a great campus safety system.
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