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Jul 31 2017

The University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa – The Princeton Review College Rankings – Reviews #university


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The University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa

Students Say

Students here are “extremely friendly” and “usually well-dressed and wellmannered.” “People tend to be a bit conservative,” and “a lot are religious.” “The typical student is active in a few organizations, makes decent grades, and finds time to relax, too.” African American students are the largest minority group. They represent more than 10 percent of the student body. Some students maintain that UA is “not diverse socially, ideologically, and culturally.” “The different ethnic groups stick together,” they say. They look around campus and see “frat boys or sorority girls for the most part”—”same hair, same sunglasses with a string on the back, and stupid visors.” Other students vigorously disagree. “We truly aren’t a university filled with cookie-cutter people,” asserts one student. “There are many diverse groups of students who all have their own roles on campus.” “It is easy for someone to come from up north and say this campus is full of close-minded Southern Baptist Republicans, just like it is easy for someone to come from a small town…and think this campus is full of liberal heathens,” points out another student. “Few people are really atypical, because no matter where you fall in any category, there are people around you who you can connect with.”

Overview

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus

Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Housing Options

Apartment Single Disabled Student Dorms Coed Dorms Female

Dorms Male Frat Sorority International Student Other Theme Housing

Students Say

“An atmosphere of almost antebellum charm” permeates this “pretty” campus. “On sunny days in the fall and spring, students enjoy studying and playing on the quad.” Recreational facilities are “excellent.” “Life during football season revolves around football.” So does morale. Win or lose, though, UA boasts “one of the best college football atmospheres in the country. On Saturdays when the Crimson Tide plays at home, the campus is “a sea of tents for tailgating,” “and Alabama fans are singing the fight song.” Otherwise, “the Greek organizations rule this campus.” They wield “an inordinate amount of power” in student government as well. Whether you pledge or not, though, students promise “an outstanding social atmosphere.” “While not everyone participates in the party scene on campus, it is very popular.” In addition to the house parties and the festivities at the frat houses, “people enjoying going to the bars on the strip.” “Comfort” abounds in surrounding Tuscaloosa, and it is “definitely a college town.” People are “very open and courteous” to the students, and virtually everything you need is within “walking distance.” When students at UA hanker for more urban environs, “Birmingham is only an hour away, and there is plenty to do there.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name

Documentation Requred for LD

Narrative report from appropriate professional which must include results of tests measuring aptitude, achievement. Also, history of disability, past accommodations. All reports must demonstrate a substantial limitation to a major life activity as a result of the condition. Rationale for any recommended accommodations must be included, using test results to support the need. Complete requirements can be found at www.ods.ua.edu.

Documentation Requred for ADHD

Narrative report from appropriate professional which must include results of tests measuring aptitude, achievement. Also, history of disability, past accommodations. All reports must demonstrate a substantial limitation to a major life activity as a result of the condition. Rationale for any recommended accommodations must be included, using test results to support the need. Complete requirements can be found at www.ods.ua.edu.

Special Need Services Offered

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

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

I-20/59 is the main highway into Tuscaloosa. Take the McFarland Blvd. exit (#73) from I-20/59, turning onto McFarland Blvd. — a right turn if you are coming from Birmingham. Stay on McFarland Blvd. and take University Blvd. exit turning right onto University Blvd. The Rose Administration Building will be on the left as you enter the heart of campus.

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

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