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The staff at UA are absolutely clueless.Super BrilliantUndecided
The staff at UA are absolutely clueless. They seem to be undereducated local Alabama people. No one knows what the HELL is going on and they are not clear about academic policies or transfer policies. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! I will stay at my NORTHERN SCHOOL, where people can find their way out of a paper bag. LOL.
1st Year Male -- Class 1920
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This school can create strong opinions.Quite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
This school can create strong opinions. I fall into the strongly positive side. Great experience with my major and social life. I met my wife there. Got into a solid graduate school after my time at Bama. If you don't like football, this isn't your school. If you want a small liberal arts education, go elsewhere. This place is big, getting bigger and you can get lost in the shuffle. It is Greek oriented. But you can have a good time without Greek life. You have to work a little harder to find it. Alabama is different from the Northeast. I wouldn't trade my time at Bama for anything. But be prepared to work hard to have a good scholastic and social life.
5th Year Male -- Class 2013
Friendliness: A+, Campus Aesthetics: F
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From a first glance the campus looks prettyAverageCommunications
From a first glance the campus looks pretty nice, most of the buildings have been updated and renovated. The quad is nice with many old, big trees and other aesthetically pleasing landscape. The more time i spent on the campus, the more obvious the issues became. I would first like to say that the campus is essentially "run" by greek life. Coming from out of state, this seemed like the best thing to meet new people and get involved, which it did. After being involved with this organization for two years, I began to realize just how backwards this campus is. As much as they would like to disagree, in my opinion, the greek system here just creates a greater divide between the student population, to the point of putting down those who aren't involved. This leads to a great deal of conformity and and puts down individuality. They say that they strive to make you and the community better through philanthropy and other means. While it is true some have made an impact, mine included, this is not normally the case. As for academics, I understand my major isn't the most difficult, but I also changed it several times. I would like to see the college offer a wider range of majors and minors. Recently they have began to address this and created the "new college". This gives students the opportunity to create their own major. As this progresses this could help to alleviate some of those previous issues. From my experience with advisors, some were very accessible and willing to help, while others seemed almost annoyed and unwilling to advise, as well as even give false information. As for campus safety, the immediate campus itself is fairly safe. There are many phones positioned throughout campus with a direct line to the local police department should any issue arise. However when leaving campus, this becomes a more unsafe environment. The school sends out an email to all students alerting them when issues such as robberies occur. Sad to say the past year or so these notifications have become much more frequent.
4th Year Male -- Class 2017
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