Students Say

The University of Alabama is a ridiculously affordable, “technologically advanced,” “student-centered” institution that enjoys an outrageous degree of alumni support. “Course offerings are pretty diverse,” and there are “tons of majors.” Highlights include a “great” engineering college and three honors programs. Other standout programs include business, communication studies, and nursing. Some students say that the “bold and visionary” top brass runs the school “fairly well.” Others gripe that the administration is “very bogged down in red tape.”

Overview

Applicants
33,736
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average HS GPA
3.65

GPA Breakdown

47%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 620
SAT Math
500 - 630
SAT Writing
480 - 600
ACT Composite
22 - 31

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

The University of Alabama is a ridiculously affordable, “technologically advanced,” “student-centered” institution that enjoys an outrageous degree of alumni support. “Course offerings are pretty diverse,” and there are “tons of majors.” Highlights include a “great” engineering college and three honors programs. Other standout programs include business, communication studies, and nursing. Some students say that the “bold and visionary” top brass runs the school “fairly well.” Others gripe that the administration is “very bogged down in red tape.” “Working with the administration is really terrible sometimes,” undergrads say. Professors here are “top researchers or writers in their fields,” and some are “very enthusiastic about having undergraduate students helping them with research.” The faculty as a whole is also “approachable” and “generally very easy to get in touch with for outside assistance.” Teaching ability is “hit-or-miss,” though. While many professors are “very animated and interesting to listen to,” “others do not have the same talent.” “Being a great researcher does not necessarily make a person a good teacher,” notes one student.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
21:1
Total Faculty
1,776
with Terminal Degree
1,307

950
Men
826
Women
311
Minority
53
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Microbiology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Family Resource Management Studies, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Hugo Black
Former U.S. Supreme Court Judge

E.O. Wilson
National Medal of Science and Pulitzer Prize Winner

John McKinley
Former C.E.O. of Texaco

Paul 'Bear' Bryant
Former UA Football Coach

Winston Groom, Jr.
Author - Pulitzer Finalist - Forest Gump

Millard Fuller
Founder, Habitat for Humanity

Harper Lee
Author

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
64
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,495

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,178

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,328

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,320

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
44%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,293

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,826
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,950
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,266
Transportation for Commuters
$3,121

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Students here are "extremely friendly" and "usually well-dressed and well­ mannered." "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 stu­ dents maintain that UA is "not diverse socially, ideologically, and culturally." "The different ethnic groups stick together," they say. They look around cam­ pus and see "frat boys or sorority girls for the most part"-"sarne hair, same sunglasses with a string on the back, and stupid visors." Other students vigor­ ously 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."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
30,752
Out of State

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
56

Demographics

1.11%
Asian
11.51%
African-American
3.58%
Hispanic
80.37%
Caucasian
3.97%
International

54% female
46% male
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview

Students Say

"An atmosphere of almost antebellum charm" permeates this "pretty" cam­ pus. "On sunny days in the fall and spring, students enjoy studying and play­ ing 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 horne, 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 stu­ dents, 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."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
27%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
69
First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
70

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Judy Thorpe

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

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

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
510
Number of Honor Societies
45

Number of Social Sororities
21
Number of Religious Organizations
44

26% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Crimson Tide)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Crimson Tide)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: The Crossroad Community Center; http://www.crossroad.ua.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
79

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
100

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Rick Funk
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Ca

Address
P.O. Box 870132
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0132

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 studens. 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 10am and 1pm, Sat 8 - 10am
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

Advance Notice
Other

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

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Birmingham airport is a on-hour drive from campus. There is a Door to Door Shuttle Service available (205) 591-5550 or http://www.birminghamdoortodoor.com/. Rental cars are available at the airport. There is also a smaller airport (Van de Graff Field) in Tuscaloosa. 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 from i_59, turning onto McFarland--a right turn if you are coming from Birmingham. Stay on McFarland and take Exit 215 (University Blvd.); the Rose Administration Building will be on the left as you enter campus.

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 15-minute drive. The Guest House, 3920 E. McFarland Blvd., 205-553-1550), at the high end of the inexpensive range, is about 3.5 miles from the school. The standard room rate includes passes to the downtown YMCA. 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 Hampton Inn, a Courtyard by Marriott, and several others. There is a list on out webpage http://www.ua.edu/visitors.html, click on the related link: Tuscaloosa and then Accommodations.
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Key Stats

33,736
Applicants
30,752
Size
51%
Acceptance Rate
1120
SAT Scores

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