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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
Hello, Bama students! It’s getting to be that time when you’ll start boxing up all your worldly possessions to haul them to Tuscaloosa. But here’s a pro tip: do not bring all your worldly possessions. There’s no room.
“So what should I bring, Emily?” The answer to that question is going to vary widely from person to person. But I have for you today MY packing list from last year, slightly revised with the new knowledge and experience I’ve gained. It’s categorized, and I’ve annotated it with explanations of anything that might seem goofy. Note that this list is tailored toward a person living in the suite-style dorms. Use this as a template to put together your own list, keeping in mind the type of room you’ll be in and the things that are most important to you.
If you haven’t started packing, you might want to start thinking about it. Here’s a list to help you remember the important things!
Hi there. I'm an Australian student looking at going to Bama on exchange in 2015. I was just wondering what made you choose UA? I'm deciding between Bama, University of South Carolina, Florida University and Arizona Sate. I just want an all-around american college experience (And a uni with a good academic rep). Thank you.
Well if that’s what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with Bama! It looks like all the universities you’re looking at are in the Southeast, of which Alabama is certainly representative. (Mostly this is a good thing - the weather, the food, the southern hospitality - but it does tend to be a bit less tolerant than other parts of the country.)
I chose UA because I had already spent a lot of time here during high school, doing journalism events and the like. (The Alabama Scholastic Press Association is headquartered at UA.) It was the only in-state school I applied to, and they offered me a crazy-generous scholarship, so it felt like the best choice for me. And I’ve never regretted my choice! It’s been so much fun and there have been endless opportunities to meet people and learn things and get involved in some really amazing stuff. I worked on a research project as a freshman, and visited the space and rocket museum, and got more involved with my political party. I haven’t joined a sorority, but I see that you’d like to, and that’s a wonderful way to get a truly American experience out of this. Bama is a research university, so the academics tend to be pretty good (though this will vary by department), and we have an incredible faculty who are really enthusiastic about what they do.
Good luck with your exchange! If there’s anything else I can help you with, don’t hesitate to ask. :)
someone tell me more about the University of Alabama—all I know is that it has amazing financial aid <3
Hi Rainbow - you might find this blog helpful! And you can always feel free to come talk to me on my personal blog too. Roll tide!
Hey! I hope you don't mind me asking since it's not strictly related to UA, but as somebody who grew up in Birmingham, what's your impression of Birmingham-Southern? They would offer me a lot of aid and their program in my major looks great, but the student body seems really homogeneous (especially compared to UA). Anyways, thanks a bunch for running this blog, it's been incredibly helpful!!!
Hi Anon, I’m glad you enjoy the blog! I don’t really know much about BSC - most of my experience is with UA and a bit with Montevallo (where the rest of my family goes or went). I have been to their planetarium a couple of times. It’s pretty cool.
I see that it’s a private liberal arts school associated with the Methodist Church, whereas Bama is a public research university. BSC’s student body is smaller, which may really appeal to you (some people find UA’s 35,000 students a little overwhelming!) but will mean fewer housing options, student organizations, and the like. The campus looks really beautiful, from what I’ve seen on their website. Have you visited? That would be a great way to get a feel for whether you’d enjoy going there. As far as diversity goes, the only demographic info I can find on BSC says they have students from 33 states and 16 foreign countries; UA’s stats are here: ua.edu/quickfacts/demographics.html
If you haven’t applied to Bama yet, it might be good to see if they’d offer you similar financial aid, and you could check out the department for your major. What program are you looking at? I might be able to hook you up with a student or faculty member who could tell you more.
Birmingham is a fun city with lots to do, so you’d never be bored! And it’s a medical mecca, so especially if that’s what you’re interested in, you can’t go wrong with the Magic City. :)
Wherever you decide to go, I wish you the best of luck!
I think I just applied to UAlabama? But it was so easy and literally took five minutes I’m not sure.
It is pretty easy! Congratulations on applying, and good luck :)
(Apply for Fall 2015 at gobama.ua.edu/apply.)
Hey y’all, I’ve decided to turn off submissions to this blog for the time being. Hardly anyone uses it, but if you happen to have something to tell me that’s too long for the ask box, send me a message off anon and I will give you my email address. Or you can always just send more than one ask. :)
What kind of scholarship could I get with a 30 on the ACT? Because some people tell me their scholarship qualifications change a lot, and I'm trying to get as much of my school paid for as possible so I can have money left over for extracurriculars. Thank you!
And also, how hard is the Honors College to get into, and how exactly do I go about applying for it? Thank you!
A 30 on the ACT will get you the Presidential Scholarship (full tuition for four years) if you also have at least a 3.5 GPA. With that kind of ACT score I don’t think you’ll have much trouble getting into the Honors College, which you can learn how to do here. Good luck!
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