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I've been at UNA for two years andQuite BrightBiology
I've been at UNA for two years and there are some really great things about the school. Of course, there are also bothersome aspects, but I'll cover everything and you can make your own decision.

I came to college with the intent of getting an education, not just a BS degree (no pun intended). So far, I've felt like my professors are just trying to get students in and out as quickly and painlessly as possible. Of course, there have been exceptions (Dr. Gebhardt, the adjunct religion professor, is AMAZING and the only prof I've had so far that I felt really cared about what I learned instead of just getting through the material.) For instance, in one of my freshman biology courses, several students had questions during a lecture and each time, the professor would say, "See me after class, I really need to get through these slides." I feel like I'm not paying to have someone rush to get through the slides, I'm paying for them to explain this to me so I understand it and actually get something out of it.

As far as professors being available and helpful, I've had pretty good experiences with most of mine, but of course there are know-it-alls who view students as pests.

The majority of the students are so influenced by their peers that you have a bunch of clones walking around. Most of the guys look like douchebags in way-too-short khaki shorts, Guy Harvey shirts, and boat shoes. The girls mostly wear frumpy, oversized sweatshirts, sweatpants or booty shorts, and Ugg boots. Because most of the student body conform to this profile, it's difficult to find good, like-minded friends. By the same token, Greeks dominate the school, so either rush or prepare for ostracism. I've had several good friends that joined a fraternity or sorority and completely changed everything I'd liked about them.

I lived on campus my freshman and sophomore years on the Lifehouse floor (the one where you can't drink or smoke) in LaGrange Hall. The only reason I joined is because I figured the floor would be quiet with no drunken mobs filing in at 3 AM (I was right). Freshman year, I was so awe-struck by university life that I was blissfully unaware what pompous, power-crazy jerks 90% of the RAs are. Sopomore year, during a meeting, my RA told us, "How many of you have heard the statistic that Greeks are more successful in life?" And when I challenged that by pointing out that 'success' is a subjective term, he instantly got defensive and snotty and threatened to report me to Res. Life. Living off-campus is not only cheaper, but you aren't being forced into meetings and social gatherings when you've got six chapters to read and two research papers to write.

Towers Cafeteria - if you live on campus, you have to buy a meal plan if you're a new freshman or transfer student. Be aware that the food just plain SUCKS, and you can't take anything with you unless you OK it with the staff. The way I see it, I'm paying roughly $1000 a semester for this crap, I should at least be able to take a banana for the road.

The campus is really very pretty, especially at night(this is also a plus to living in LaGrange Hall in an even-numbered room: you have a great view of the campus.)

Parking is terrible!!! Get to campus about 45 minutes early in the mornings or be prepared to park in BFE.

The city of Florence is just... tiny. It's full of old people and there's no nightlife. Be prepared for a drive if you're looking for something to do; Huntsville is about an hour away.

Because the campus is in the heart of the Bible belt, almost everyone is a Southern Baptist/Christian. They're close-minded and just unaware that there are actually people here who aren't fellow Bible-thumpers. My roommate sophomore year was so adamant that I was hell-bound for being Jewish that she routinely left me notes on my desk in the mornings telling me to look up Bible verses that proved her religion was the true one.

Overall, I'm enjoying my time here at TUNA, though of course, like anywhere, it's not perfect. Just ignore idiots and don't be afraid to be an individual. We need more of them here.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2012
Campus Aesthetics: A, Surrounding City: D-
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First off I am a city girl andQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
First off I am a city girl and it was VERY hard to adjust to such a small town such as Florence, AL. I am going to graduate in May and am goingt o be so happy that I can go back to my hometown of Atlanta, GA. So if you a re a city person and do not see yourself adjusting well to a small town then I would not suggest you make these one of your options. Anothe rthing is I transferred here from another university my sophomore year and UNA is not a college where you can live the "real" college life with all the parties and sorities and fraternities all over campus..stomping the yard. so you will basically come home and go to school.On another note. I feel like the school does nto care about ina sense of when you work for them. you only get paid once a month and when you do get paid, you get your check way after all of your bills are due. My rent is always late. My utilities is always late etc. Because most often you dont get paid until 6th,7th,or,8th. and for christmas break they dont even start your process until after the break so you get paid even later. Maybe like the 10th or so of January. So I fell like they dont care about their students in that sense. So you might want to consider working off campus if you are allowed to and have a car because nothing is in walking distance form campus.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2009
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: F
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