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Academics

University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa is an institution where “students reach their full potential and accomplish their dreams.” Undergrads here are drawn to the school’s rich history, beautiful campus and wide range of challenging academic programs. A major benefit is the fact that “there’s a lot of funding for scholarships…[as well as] research and facilities.” As with any large university, students are likely to encounter a range of professors, but for the most part, Alabama undergrads enjoy their time in the classroom. They report that the majority of their teachers are “caring,” “engaging,” and “highly intelligent.” Professors hail “from a myriad of backgrounds, and a lot are here to carry on research that they are interested in.” Fortunately, “their passion drives classes and makes learning very interesting and fun.” Even better, “they are willing to help you if you need it and sincerely want you to succeed.” Standout programs include business, communication studies, engineering, and nursing. The honors college offers “smaller class sizes and more theory-based assignments.”

Student Body

Over the past few years, University of Alabama has done a great job of attracting large numbers of out-of-state students. As such, undergrads here report “the culture is definitely shifting from ultra-conservative to more progressive.” “School spirit permeates every aspect of campus and student life” and we’re assured that “all students bond over the love of the Tide no matter what differences they may have in passions, interests, or politics.” And just as important, regardless of a student’s hometown, we’re told that “Southern hospitality” shines through. Hence it’s not surprising that many students describe their peers as “friendly,” “polite,” “warm, and inclusive.” The vast majority promise that there’s “something here for everyone, and there are people on campus that fill every academic and social niche imaginable.” As one content student conveniently sums up, “There are the students who are here just for football and partying; there are students here strictly for academics; and there are students…that will be with you at 2:00 a.m. in the library or at 2:00 a.m. in a frat house.”

Campus Life

Life at UA is active: “there are over 400 clubs and organizations to fill your time here.” Crimson Tide football is dominant; “Tailgating before games and then going out to party after games is common.” Beyond football, “intramural sports are popular [as is] going to the rec centers to exercise.” Greek life is popular and a big part of the social scene. “Fraternities and sororities have swaps on Thursday nights. Friday nights the fraternities have band parties or DJ’s come in.” The university sponsors plenty of alternative options as well. Undergrads can attend “concerts and fairs,” “movie nights,” “book clubs,” and cultural events like the “Japanese festival.” And when students want to take a breather from campus life, they can easily head to “Riverwalk, a walking trail close to campus that goes along the Black Warrior River.” Moreover, hometown Tuscaloosa “has more restaurants than you could try in four years so we go out to eat a lot.” Finally, if undergrads want to further explore the surrounding area, “Birmingham [is only] 50 minutes away.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Rick Funk
Director Undergraduate Admissions, Recruitment

Address
P.O. Box 870109
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0109

Phone
800-933-2262

Email
admissions@ua.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ferguson Center Student Union
Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library
Bryant-Denny Stadium
Malone-Hood Plaza/Foster Auditorium
Museum of Natural History
Bama Dining offers a wide variety of dining options ranging from all-you-can-eat buffets to coffee shops in venues located across campus. Residence halls also provide many housing options and activities for students. A sample room is available for students to visit while on campus.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
"The Strip" shops and restaurants adjacent to campus
Midtown Shopping Center
Downtown Northport & Tuscaloosa Shops and Restaurants
Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
Lake Tuscaloosa
Located on the Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa is a multi-cultural city that offers a wide range of ethnic foods and restaurants, concerts, theater and outdoor activities on the river and nearby Lake Tuscaloosa.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday Mornings
8:00-4:45 Mon-Fri & 8:00-12:00 Saturday
800-933-2262

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 8:30am, 10am, 1pm and2:30 pm, Sat 8:15am and 9:45am; also added as needed
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year Round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://rolltide.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Birmingham airport is a on-hour drive from campus. There is a ScuttleShuttle available from the airport to five locations and there are prices for individuals and groups. Book and pay online at scuttleshuttle.com. Rental cars are available at the airport. There is also a smaller airport (Van de Graff Field) in Tuscaloosa not serviced by commercial airlines.. Amtrak train service is available to Tuscaloosa from New York and New Orleans. The Tuscaloosa Metro System furnishes the Tuscaloosa Trolley that services all of Tuscaloosa with a whimsical flare. The University also has its transit system, the CrimsonRide, which will meet your needs for any on-campus transportation.

Driving Instructions to Campus
visit https://gobama.ua.edu/visits/directions/

Local Accommodations
For convenience, you can't do better than the on-campus Hotel Capstone, 320 Paul W. Bryant Dr., 800-477-2262 or http://www.hotelcapstone.com, whose moderate price includes passes to the health club and use of tennis courts. A number of Tuscaloosa motels are within a 10 minute drive including the Hampton Inn on Harper Lee and the Holiday Inn Express on Veterans Memorial Parkway as well as three new hotels in downtown Tuscaloosa (Embassy Suites and Home 2 Suites both on University Blvd) and Hotel Indigo on Greensboro Avenue. America's Best Value Inn, 3501 McFarland Blvd., 205-556-7950) is also inexpensive and has a pool. It is about 15 minutes away. A Best Western, 1780 McFarland Blvd., NE, 205-759-2511, is about 10 minutes away. It is inexpensive and has a pool. There is also a Hilton Garden Inn and Courtyard by Marriott just off I20/59 at exit 71A. Tuscaloosa Convention & Visitors Bureau website has an updated listing of local hotels http://visittuscaloosa.com

Admissions

Applicants: 38,505
Acceptance Rate: 83%
Average HS GPA: 3.77






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