- Class: Sophomore
- Major: Other
- High School:
- Transfer Student: N
UA is a really big school. There are aver 25,000 students, so at first its pretty daunting, because you don't see all the same people all the time like in high school. Football and school spirit is important to a lot of the students on campus. People go crazy during the fall for the games and tailgaters permeate the city. Tuscaloosa is a pretty small town, but there are plenty of places to eat, grocery stores, and bars.
I've been really pleased with most of my classes at UA. They are definitely challenging. Many lower level classes like English composition, Chemistry, and Math are really big. Comparatively, honors classes are way smaller and more intimate feeling. I feel like the average UA student doesn't really study as much as they should. I'm always hearing about students buying stimulants like Adderall to cram before a test.
Although the campus is predominately white, I feel like UA's student body is diverse. There are lots of student organizations for different ethnic, religious (or lack there of), and political backgrounds. One particularly strong group is Spectrum, the GLBTQ group on campus. Some political groups include College Dems, UA Republicans, and an anti-war, anti-oppression group Students for a Democratic Society (the campus as a whole is relatively conservative and politically inactive). The kind of student that you would see most is the Greek stereotype: blond women with pony tails and a gym shorts/t-shirt combo or the "bro": fratty dudes with a visor and expensive shoes.
The Best Things
It's a big university, so there are a lot of resources to help.
The Worst Things
The traffic during football weekends!