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Old 03-04-2016, 03:14 PM
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One of my kids just got accepted ....

Doing some research now .....

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Son is currently a freshman in Tuscaloosa. Formula based school, I think scholarship money is available with a ACT score of 28, a 32+ will get tuition & fees covered. Anything in particular you want to know?
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Son is currently a freshman in Tuscaloosa. Formula based school, I think scholarship money is available with a ACT score of 28, a 32+ will get tuition & fees covered. Anything in particular you want to know?
Thanks.... Yes,,,, thoughts on academics and off campus housing ...

I have never been up there (plan to go asap).... any areas to avoid ?

Thanks so much
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:26 PM
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I am a graduate. If I'm not mistaken, all freshmen have to live on campus their first year. After that, there are a ton of off campus accommodations that are very close to campus. There is a large greek population. I had a lot of friends that were Greeks, but I ended up staying independent. I also felt like I got a good education. The lower level classes are pretty basic IMO, but 300 & 400 level classes are good.
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I am a graduate. If I'm not mistaken, all freshmen have to live on campus their first year. After that, there are a ton of off campus accommodations that are very close to campus. There is a large greek population. I had a lot of friends that were Greeks, but I ended up staying independent. I also felt like I got a good education. The lower level classes are pretty basic IMO, but 300 & 400 level classes are good.
transferring from a school in Florida .... Sophomore ....
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If your kid is a daughter tell her to stay away from Joey Freshwater....
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Freshmen are required to live on campus, there are a lot of new dorms, filled primarily with freshmen. The girls going through rush typically want to live in Tutwiller which an older building but is close to stadium & sorority row. My son lives in Lakeside East, seems to like it. We didn't allow him to take a car freshman year. Like most campuses parking is at a premium. He is living off campus next year, rather expensive, a lot of places will not rent to males. Need to find & commit to a place to live Sophmore year in the fall of Freshman year, the good places go quickly & are often handed down. He is in fraternity & having a good time. Academics are good & they have one of the top honors colleges in the SEC.
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transferring from a school in Florida .... Sophomore ....
Cool. Another thing I loved about it was there is a lot of public hunting land close to campus. We would duck hunt in the morning and deer hunt in the afternoon. Plus, you are only 3.5 hours from Orange Beach.
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If you don't mind you kid going to a school that has a winning football team I'd say go for it.
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:28 PM
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At least it ain't UF...
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:31 PM
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The kid across the street goes there. I have never spoken to him though
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At least it ain't UF...
Amen to that brother... GO DAWGS
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Oldest son went there and experience was very good. First class "college experience". Has some very strong programs in business, particularly accounting. Would suggest there might be better choices for technical degrees such as engineering.

Would also suggest being careful with "nontraditional" degrees which a lot of schools including Alabama are apparently offering nowadays as it could limit job prospects upon graduation.

You can get a first class education there - if you want to.

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Thanks guys .... Heading up there in a few weeks ....

Regarding housing - are there bad neighborhoods to avoid ?
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haven't been there in years, but favorite place to eat lunch was the Northport Cafe
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Just curious, where does she go now? And why does she want to transfer.

I only ask because it is my experience that students who transfer are usually very independent, bright, and fearless, so their reason is something to learn from about any univ / college that research won't necessarily pick up on!
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Just curious, where does she go now? And why does she want to transfer.

I only ask because it is my experience that students who transfer are usually very independent, bright, and fearless, so their reason is something to learn from about any univ / college that research won't necessarily pick up on!
Florida Atlantic in Boca .... fearless and independent for sure - but lets just say a better athlete than scholar
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Cool. Another thing I loved about it was there is a lot of public hunting land close to campus. We would duck hunt in the morning and deer hunt in the afternoon. Plus, you are only 3.5 hours from Orange Beach.
If the students go duck hunting in the mornings, deer hunting in the afternoons, and are concerned with how far a drive it is to the beach then I guess it isn't surprising that U.S. News and World Report college rankings show a 6-year graduation rate percentage in the 60's. For me personally it doesn't sound like the kind of place I'd want to be sending tuition checks. I'm pretty old school in the sense that I believe the expense of college should increase employability and income potential. I'd question the ROI given the data.
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Do what you best, triple, and get rental property. We bought a condo, both boys lived in it, and sold it easily when they were finished with it. Turned out to be a good bit less than if they had rented.
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