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Academics

Founded in 1831, University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa offers an educational experience ripe with “significant academic resources and infrastructure.” Students can take advantage of “strong academic programs that rank highly,” and while there is a range of difficulty across different fields of study, many classes “provide the opportunities for deep, sustained, and interesting engagement with the course material.” The undergrad experience is elevated by “many outstanding, passionate, and brilliant professors” who “teach from a real world perspective” and provide “extensive research opportunities.” Instructors are known for putting “a ton of strategy and preparation into their lectures,” and many faculty members are “amazing and care deeply about teaching.” There are “opportunities to be challenged academically through honors classes and higher-level courses,” which can mean everything from “[interviewing] prominent people from the Civil Rights Movement” to studying “the science of baking.” Non-traditional subjects are popular, and “Many students take a class that allows you to make a book from the paper to the binding.”

Student Body

“Most students are here to have fun and learn at the same time” and have “no shortage of enthusiasm for the school.” Undergrads agree that “One of the greatest strengths of UA is the strong community,” as demonstrated by the way enrollees are known to “stand up for things they believe in.” They truly create an atmosphere where “everyone is willing to help everyone.” The University of Alabama campus is full of “smiling faces” and students “eager to learn from one another.” It’s an environment where “People always ask how you are doing even if you’ve never seen them before.” With “such a large student body, there are so many different skills and talents present,” providing undergrads the opportunity to make “friends of all sorts of ethnicities, backgrounds, and personalities.” Students come from all around the world and “The out-of-state population brings different perspectives and backgrounds to the school.”

Campus Life

Outside the classroom, “There is so much to get involved in” at the University of Alabama. UA’s Crimson Tide athletics give the school “a well-known name” and “are such a fun part” of undergrad culture. As one student puts it, “Saturdays in the fall are 100% dedicated to game day.” This strong sense of school spirit also allows individuals “to unite with students of varying backgrounds on game day.” Greek life is a major part of Alabama life, with organizations “unlike anywhere else in the country” that create connections across the entire student body: “Even those not involved still support [Greek life’s] philanthropy and service events.” Tuscaloosa’s warm climate provides plenty of opportunity for getting outdoors, and “There is a strong campus culture of keeping active and enjoying time outside.” Exploring nature tops the list of students’ favorite activities, with many taking advantage of the “good hiking spots near campus” and “adventuring through the surrounding wilderness of Alabama.” On campus, students “[play] sports on the quad or sand volleyball at the courts,” and “The club sports have lots of funding,” making them as accessible as they are enjoyable.

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
8:00-4:45 Mon-Fri
800-933-2262

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 8:30am, 10am, 1pm, 1:45 pm and 2:30 pm; 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: 39,560
Acceptance Rate: 80%
Average HS GPA: 3.82






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