See what students say:


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

Andrew Tucker
Director Undergraduate Admissions

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



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The University of Alabama Student Center
Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library
Bryant-Denny Stadium
Malone-Hood Plaza/Foster Auditorium
Alabama Museum of Natural History
Routinely named one of the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S., UA offers numerous living, dining and recreation options to meet the needs of all its students.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
"The Strip" shops and restaurants adjacent to campus
Midtown Village Shopping Center
Downtown Tuscaloosa Shops, Restaurants, Theaters and Gallaries
Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Moundville Archaeological Park
Located on the banks of the Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa is a city of just over 100,000 people. It's known for its art and music festivals, food and entertainment venues and popular local coffee shops.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8:00-4:45 Mon-Fri

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 8:30am, 10am, 1pm and 2:30 pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Year Round

Faculty and Coach Visits

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Class Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is a one-hour drive from campus and rental cars are available at the airport. The Tuscaloosa National Airport is not currently serviced by any commercial airlines. Amtrak train service is available to Tuscaloosa from New York and New Orleans. The Tuscaloosa Transit Authority operates the Tuscaloosa Trolley that provides several routes throughout Tuscaloosa. The University also has its own transit system, Crimson Ride, which will meet your needs for any on-campus transportation.

Driving Instructions to Campus

Local Accommodations
Hotel Capstone is located on the UA campus at 320 Paul W. Bryant Dr., 800-477-2262 or hotelcapstone.com. A number of Tuscaloosa hotels are within a 10-minute drive, including the Hampton Inn on Harper Lee Drive, Holiday Inn Express on Veterans Memorial Parkway and several newer hotels in downtown Tuscaloosa. The Visit Tuscaloosa website has an updated listing of local hotels at visittuscaloosa.com.


Applicants: 58,418
Acceptance Rate: 76%
Average HS GPA: 3.87



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