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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 make 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 AM in the library or at 2:00 AM 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."

Overview

Applicants
38,237
Acceptance Rate
53%
Average HS GPA
3.69

GPA Breakdown

49%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 590

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 640

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
23:1
Total Faculty
1,829
with Terminal Degree
1,329

959
Men
870
Women
403
Minority
67
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

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)
  • Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • 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
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, 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
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,777

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,597

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,256

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
47%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,816

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$10,780
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$28,100
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,674
Transportation for Commuters
$3,050

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,974
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
32,563
Foreign Countries Represented
59

Demographics

1.18%
Asian
10.37%
African-American
4.37%
Hispanic
78.41%
Caucasian
1.92%
International

56% female
44% male
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
26%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

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
567
Number of Honor Societies
45

Number of Social Sororities
23
Number of Religious Organizations
44

27% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

34% participate in intramural sports
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


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 UG Admissions, Campus Outreach

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 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 10am & 1pm,Sat 8-10am;added as needed also
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

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.

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


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