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Emily, junior, here to answer questions from prospective UA students and share advice from current students. This is an utterly unofficial blog and is not recognized, endorsed, or sponsored by the University of Alabama. Personal blog: intothequantumfoam
To the anon from Michigan: One of my best friends here is actually from Michigan! Like Emily said, most people are excited about having new friends from all over the country. Since so much of the class is out-of-state, it's a really cool opportunity to learn about all of the different states' cultures. My friend from Michigan has actually put together an intramural floor hockey team and is teaching all the Southerners (I'm including my Californian self in that) how to play! -Alison
I'm from Michigan but really interested (and already accepted into) UA. I've heard in the past that students are really bitter towards northerners though, is that true?
I don’t think you have anything to worry about. There are a few “good old boy” types who like to talk trash about the North but they’re certainly not the norm and they’re mostly joking. We have students from all 50 states, and because of that, people really don’t care too much where you come from. If you’re still worried, my friend purplepoctopus is from Connecticut and I’m sure she’d be glad to talk with you :)
Is there an early decision for the University of Alabama? (What's the earliest I can be accepted?)'
We don’t offer early decision, but UA processes applications as they’re received, so you should get a decision within a few weeks of applying. The application will be available to you around July before your senior year of high school. So if you’re a senior now, go ahead and apply! If you’re younger, you’ll have to wait.
Do you have a personal blog?
I do! It’s intothequantumfoam.tumblr.com (and from there I have a “Blogs” page that lists all my blogs)
What is the best residence hall for freshmen? And since the housing has been open for almost two weeks now, are most of the rooms going to be taken already?
I don’t think you select rooms until spring, do you? Like, April? So no rooms are taken yet! You should get your deposit in ASAP to get an early registration time, though.
As far as which hall is best, that’ll depend on what you’re looking for in a dorm. If you’ll be in the Honors College, the Ridgecrest buildings are a good option - that’s where I’ve lived for 3 years now. Similar suite-style rooms are available for non-honors as well, and there are some of the more “traditional” style dorms too. Go to housing.ua.edu/halls to check out the options yourself and decide what works! :)
How bad is the weather in Alabama? I am from a state with no humidity, and I am afraid if I go to school there the weather is going to bother me quite a bit. Obviously this is not something that should keep me from going, but I am just curious. :)
Largely, the weather is really nice. It’s more humid than a lot of places, which does suck, but you kinda get used to it. Our winters are mild compared to other regions and it hardly ever snows. Springtime especially is gorgeous, with lots of warm, sunny days.
And yes, I know this is right above a post about possible tornadoes. :P That happens too, but we’re super prepared for it!
Hey guys, keep an eye on the weather in T-Town this evening. We’re currently under a tornado watch, meaning conditions are favorable but a tornado has NOT been spotted.
If you live on campus, you just got an email telling you where to go if a warning is issued. If you live off campus and a warning is issued, go to the lowest level of your house or building and shelter in an interior room away from doors and windows. If you don’t feel safe in your home, the Rec Center and Gorgas Library are open (and caged/leashed pets can shelter in the Rec as well).
Be smart and be safe!
Hello! So I recently checked my application status online and it says that my application has been processed and that my admission term is Spring 2015, so I wanted to ask if that meant I was accepted or if it means they still need to review it? Roll tide!!!
It sounds to me like you’ve applied to start this coming January. If that’s not what you meant to do (i.e. if you want to start next August), you should probably call admissions at 205-348-5666, explain the situation, and ask how to change your admission term.
If spring 2015 is when you mean to start, then you’re just waiting on the University to review your application. This shouldn’t take more than a few weeks in most cases. :)
Hi! I recently applied to Alabama, and myBama account says that my application has been processed. Does that mean that they have everything and I should be expecting an answer soon? How long does it generally take to get notification of an acceptance? Thanks!
Congratulations on your application! It sounds to me like you should be good to go. Unfortunately it’s been so long since I’ve done it myself that I don’t remember exactly how long it takes them to make a decision. It shouldn’t be more than a few weeks, I’d imagine, but don’t quote me on that. In the meantime make sure you’ve also filled out the application for scholarships!
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