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What are the academics like at your school?


My favorite classes at the University of Alabama have been sociology seminars, each taught by the same professor. Class participation is a must at the university if you wish to pass a course. Academically, the student environment at the university is probably as competitive as one would expect with a student population of 40,000. In my department, I am fortunate enough to get to not only create my own curriculum in certain instances but also have the option to take both on-campus and online courses simultaneously. The professors are a huge asset in this regard as many are accessible for meetings outside of the classroom and even off-campus in specific cases. They also show up for student-organized events which they feel are beneficial to the university as a whole.


Although challenging, the academics live up to the reputation of a great school.


Although it is a large school, the class sizes remain small. They're challenging but not difficult, and most professors are nicer than my high school teachers were.




Do professors know your name? No Is class participation common? Not really. Classes usually are too large for discussion-based classes. Do the students have intellectual conversations outside of class? It depends on who you talk to. Are students competitive? Not really. What's the most unique class you've taken? EN 207 with McWaters. It was the only small class I've ever had there. He was hilarious and frequently asked questions to engage students in discussion.


I cannot answer this question for the whole university. However, the college of engineering has great academic prestige.


I have some kind of relationship with every professor I have had thus far. Whenever I was confused about homework or a test, I just send them an email and they quiclky respond. They all have motivated me when I felt like I was giving my best in class. Being a college student, you have to balance time. You have to make a schedule inorder to study, eat and have "fun time".


I feel the academics at my school are at the top level. There are some classes where the professors know your name. In the larger lecture classes it is up to you as a student to get to know your professor by meeting with them during their office hours and emailing them with specific questions. The studying on campus varies from person to person. The people who are determined to finish in four years stay on top of their academics, but schools will always have those students who barley get by. The professors have office hours outside of class that allows you to ask any questions that need to be asked. They are always willing to meet one on one with any student that is struggling. I am majoring in Nursing as of right now. The department they give us is so helpful. They plan out our four years class by class to make sure you finish on time and stay on track.


In some classes (mainly core science classes), there are a few hundred people in one room. However, the majority of classes are small enough to where the professor knows each students' name.


The professors at UA are great about trying to get to know the class. They really enjoy getting to know the names of the students and involving them in class. This helps with attentiveness in class because you never know when you'll be called on since the teachers know your name. Also, the professors are going to make sure you not only can remember formulas, terms, etc., but they want to make sure you can apply the knowledge to real life circumstances to get you prepared for the real world. Any given day, you can be walking through the food court and overhear conversations of philosophy, theology, physics, and other intellectual topics of the sort. This is not to say you don't have to sit through the conversations about the bars, sports, or something of that nature. So, you can basically find anything you're looking for here.


The academics at UA are stellar. Being a biology major, I have multiple resources and professors that are willing to help. However, just like every other school, it is important to be able to learn on your own. The student body is competitive, so slacking off would be detrimental to a student's grades, but after all, college is that sink or swim moment. The education that I received here will lead me into bigger and better things, knowing this, UA is a great school for better opportunity and a quality education.


So far I have had great professors this year as a freshman. All of my classes have been small, with only at the most of 50 people for a lecture I have. The rest of my classes are all small like it was in high school for me. I guess it depends what class it is, I haven't been in a large auditorium lecture yet, hopefully wont. The professors are all awesome with responding to emails on the day i send it, they can make appointments to meet for papers too. The student writing center is such a great place to go to for help with anything, I go for writing papers if you need help how to start or have someone proof read. And its all free! You can make an appointment or do a walk in.



The classes here are not too bad meaning they are not hard and not easy. As long as you do the work and study a little bit, you will do fine. Also, show a little participation in class because professors love that.


The students here are mostly study hard, sometimes you can't find a seat in the libraries.


The students here are mostly study hard, sometimes you can't find a seat in the libraries.


The best thing about this school is the people and all the different ways there are to get involved and meet new people. I would change the attitude of the non Greek students in relation to the Greek community. When you tell people that you go to the University of Alabama they always want to know about the football program.Most of my time on campus is pent in class and in the library studying. Tuscaloosa is a great college town where there is always something going on the strip and down town bars are always raging Thursday through Saturday but also a large number of house parties for people that are not into the bar seen. The largest recent controversy would be the machine and its influence on campus. There is a ton of school pride especially during football season. I will always remember my first game in the student section at the University of Alabama.


Academics at the University of Alabama are varying depending on ones major. They are what you make them. If you want to get to know your professors well, it is up to you to take the incentive and talk to them. Once you take the initiative, the professors are all friendly and willing to talk to you.


Classes at The University of Alabama range is size from 30 students to 300 students. I have made it point to introduce myself to my teachers and participate in class discussion, as well as study in my free time. Many of my friends who study and go to class do well, but the ones who do not do these things struggle just to pass. A student's grade is dependent on their integrity and ambition. The most interesting class I have taken was Kinesiology 199 because that was the first class I took related to my major Sports Science and Medicine. My professors provided their e-mail address and office hours so they were very accessible outside of classes if needed. Overall, the classes I have taken are academically rigorous and are geared toward preparing students for success in their future careers. Although, I feel that UA's standards for acceptance is too low and takes away from their reputation. The University of Alabama has a great academic program that challenges it's students and prepares them for their future careers.


It is very competitive, but I think that is necessary. Most classes are interesting and informative.


The classes are amazing here at UA. The class sizes vary depending on if it introductory level or not. When the class is introductory, it is very large, but if it upper level or specific to a major it holds about 15 people. The professors will know your name is you make them know your name. They are willing to help you and to get to know how they can help you specifically. I am a journalism major, which is a smaller department and there are several teachers that know my name. They also have opened a lot of opportunities for me as a senior about to graduate.


Within my classes, they arent all about who makes the best grade. It all depends on the teacher. Some of my teachers have been hardcore and fierce about getting your work done and done incredibly well. Others have been less rough, they've wanted you to enjoy your curriculum and understand that some students are taking more hours than others. GPA's are competative and if your considering a grad school its best to take your classes seriously as the grades are competative with this many students graduating each year.


Academics are the top priority at the University of Alabama. Most of the professors are passionate about what they teach and are eager for you to succeed. They help you each step of the way through your time at the university. A wide variety of majors is offered here, ranging from business to nursing and even fashion. The University of Alabama's School of Law is ranked 35th in the nation and the Public Relations department is the top in the nation. Whatever road you're going down, the University of Alabama can help guide you to success.


Many classes at The University of Alabama are massive, sometimes consisting of more than 300 students. However, the classes that really require intensive focus and study are often smaller, consisting of 20 students or less. Professors will get to know you if you take the time to get to know them. I have a very close relationship with my English Composition professor from my freshman year. I can talk to her about anything, and we get dinner occasionally. She's a great reference for anything on campus, and of course I get to put her down as a reference on my resume! Classes at the Capstone will vary depending on your major. Interior design majors won't study nearly as often as engineering majors. It just depends on what you're into.


Some of the teachers at Alabama may not be the best but as long as you read your book and stay on top of it, you should be able to handle it. I have had classes with 25 people, as well as a a class with 450 people. The smaller classes are the classes where the teachers know your name, but i'm willing to say that the class with 450 people, that my teacher probably doesn't even know what I look like. My favorite class is definitely Human Anatomy but it is VERY hard. I am definitely a nerd and still have a hard time with it. Its just a lot of information to retain but it is very interesting. I probably spend at least 20 hours a week studying. I would say that not all students study that much however.


Academics are some of the best I've seen anywhere. UA takes a lot of time and considerations when selecting faculty memebers and their selectivness reflects a great educational environment.


One thing a lot of people ask about is class size. Like most universities, UA does have some large classes. Personally my largest has been 160. But size is what you make it. Professors have office hours for a reason, and all of my professors have begged for students to come visit and ask questions. Most classes, especially when you get into your major, are no larger than 60 students with the majority being smaller. In the history department, most of my professors know my name, or at least know my face. You are not a nameless number here. You can always find people debating some issue or another on campus. We get free copies of USA Today, so most history classes at least sit around before class talking about the day's issues. People are very passionate about their beliefs here, and we are very diverse in those beliefs, so it can get interesting. An education at the University of Alabama is very competitive with the rest of the country. In fact, several of my professors are graduates of Ivy League schools and are very respected in their fields. If you are interested in history, you should take Dr. Lawrence Kohl's Civil War class. He is the ultimate storyteller, and while it is a tough class, it is well worth the effort. We have one of the top business schools in the nation and our law school is consistently ranked in the top forty. If a student leaves the university unprepared for life in the real world then it is their own fault because there are resources galore here to help you if you are willing to help yourself.


Academics are really good here at the Capstone. My favorite classes were my English 101 and Art History 253. I had a really great teacher. She made it fun to write all the papers. My least favorite classes would have to be History 101 and Psychology 101. These are big lecture classes with about 150 to 200 students. In all the classes that only had about 30 students, the teacher knew my name. Only in a few of my big lecture classes did the professors know my name. Don't be fooled there are some hard professors here at Bama, but they will help you when you ask them for help. Never be afraid to ask your professor questions. It is their job to make sure you understand and they want you to achieve. With all the different classes you will find out want you like to study and what type of major you can get with it. Never be afraid to change your major. At the beginning of my first semester, I was a Social Science Education major otherwise known as a history teacher. After my first history class I knew I wasn't going to enjoy learning all the history, but I did love writing papers that dealt with describing or telling about a certain subject. I change my major mid-way through my first semester. My major is advertising. I start my advertising classes next semester. I declared my graphic design minor right before spring break of my second semester. I am looking forward to the classes.


All my professors know exactly who I am, and I'll often have discussions with them after class that have nothing to do with class. For example, I had a really long discussion with one of my French professors yesterday about the politics and crime rates of larger Southern cities. Honestly, I love all my classes, so I don't have a favorite really. The most unique class I've taken thus far is my French Literature class. We read the works, have multiple discussions that occasionally involve what we read, and then we write a long paper about something we've read/discussed. I am a French major and Biology minor following a Pre-Med track. It's a lot of science and language. However, the stark contrast in subject provides a good balance in my workload. UA's academic requirements are daunting, but easier to plan out than most people think. My education is ultimately focused on getting me to medical school, but I love what I'm learning along the way.


As far as academics, I really recommend getting involved in the honors program. I have had my most enjoyable classes in the Honors College, and the classes are small enough so all the professors know you by name. They also know that you are a student who cares, so they treat you with respect. Class participation is much more common in the Honors classes. I took one class called Witches and Bitches in Popular Culture, and I was completely enthralled the entire time.


UA academics are amazing. I know all of my professors names (first and last and where many of them went to college, etc). My favorite class was actually not in my major. It was a women's studies class (WS 200). It really challenged me to think outside the box and look at things in with a different perspective. My least favorite class was organic chemistry (need I say more?). The amount of time I study depends on the class style and the subject (1-5 hours a week). Students are competitive but also collaborative. I took a freshwater interdisciplinary studies class my freshman year and really enjoyed it. It was a seminar class where we had speakers come in every week and talk about issues related to freshwater ecosystems. The speakers were from a very diverse background and gave a good picture about different reasons why some of the issues arose in the first place. It was definitely one of my most interesting classes. Class participation varies based on the topic being covered and the size of the class. I did undergraduate research so I spent a good amount of time outside of class with professors and graduate students. UA's requirements are just the minimum. Biology majors really need more upper level classes. UA's education isn't geared towards a job really.


Your relationship with your professors will be what you make it. If you decide to go up and introduct yourself and see them outside of class you will have a close relationship. If not, then you won't. Class attendance isn't that big of a deal. Most people get by without it . I learn better if I go though. Class participation is kind of intimidating in large classes. Students study according to how bad they want a good grade. I think I've taken a lot of classes I didn't need. I wish the first two years weren't spent only doing core requirements. I wish there was more time devoted to your major classes.


The size of the class and your own participation depend on whether your professor knows your name. My professor for Spanish and English both know my name, because they are smaller classes. However in my larger classes like Art History, Astronomy, and Math, the professor might know my face, but may not remember my name right off the bat. The education at UA is geared toward getting a job I think. Whatever department or major you have, your advisors work with you if you choose. There are also many internships for different majors and colleges. I think UA does a good job at trying to have a job lined up for you when you graduate.


If you get into the right programs, such as Blount or New College or Honors College then it is an Ivy Education at a Football School. Your education comes with finding the great professors on Campus.


Although football is unaminously the biggest thing here, academics is huge here too. We always rank high on practically every academic-based list. I would say that the curriculum is rather challenging, but I think so in a good way. Employers prefer students who go to colleges where you have to earn good grades as opposed to schools where you can just show up and get an 'A'. All classes aren't hard, I guess it just depends on your major. Even then, a lot of times the toughness of a course depends on the professor. Some of them are very nice and make every effort to make their students happy. Other ones just stand in front of the room and talk, and could care less whether or not you understand the material. But I guess it's like that at every school. There are many classes, especially in the business school, that allow you to go well beyond just reading a textbook and taking tests. They emphasize real world projects, which of course will help students in the long run especially as they go out into the real world.


Classes at UA are impressively small for it being such a large school. Most of my classes have about 20-30 people in them, except for my lecture classes, those have about 200. But even in those classes, it's not hard at all to pay attention. Those professors still take the time to try and have everyone in class participate. I think that the most beneficial class that I have taken so far is Computer Science 102. It doesn't really count towards anything unless you are majoring in business or computer science but it makes you a master at Office 2007, something you're going to need to be for the rest of your life.


What you put in is what you get out. If want to study, you will study. No one is here to hold your hand. If you want, you can get an education equivalent to that of any "Top" school in America. If you want to just party, you can do that too. My favorite class was Classics 222 with Kirk Summers. It was Greek and Roman Mythology. My worst class was TCF 112 and MC 101. Don't take college of communication classes. The business school is very much about giving you a great education while at the same time working with you to find a full time job.


The academics at UA are good. I sometimes feel like the classes I take are not hard enough. I sometimes feel like I am still in high school when it comes to how much studying I actually have to do. Don't get me wrong, I do have a lot of studying to do in some classes, but for the most part they aren't all that hard. I really dislike the core curriculum. Had that not been in place, I may have decided a major and stuck with it. I kept changing my major simply because I had too much time to think about it. For some, that may be good. Now that I am fixing to graduate, I wish I would have stuck with what I originally wanted to do, which was teaching. But over the years, so many people told me the negatives of it, that I decided I would do what others wanted me to do.


It depends on what your major is and what your class sizes are if your professor knows your name. As you get into upper division classes they seem to make more of an effort to want to know who you are. Its the students responisbility to introduce themselves for the most part. Favorite class is MKT300 with Dr. Reynolds. My least favorite would have to be any english class. It depends on the student to say how much they study. I have just recently started studying up to a week and a 1/2 before a test. class participation is more common in upper division classes. but always common if points and/or extra credit is given for attendance. i think the honor students and/or the students in the top 5{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} on their class are competitive, but thats about it. I am an accounting major and i strongly believe we have to best faculty, teachers and advisors. it has VERY hard classes and the teachers treat us and give tests to us like we are smarter that we really are. so the tests are very hard. but they offer their time to help you and they are very focused on being 15th in the nation for undergrad accounting schools. i do not know if UA as a whole is geared toward post graduation jobs but i know the accounting school is. i would be giving a conservative percentile when i say 85{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} of accounting students have a job waiting on them before they even graduate.


I have great professors. My experience here as an undergrad student was awesome, and graduate school is good too! My professors are so helpful and go out of their way to help me.


Professors don't konw my name at UA because their assistants do all the grading. My favorite class was Microcomputer least favorite (so far) is microeconomics and statistics. Students study time differs from the activities of their lives... Students here are very competitive... I'm in the business administration's okay...could do without some of the certain teachers in it though....just a few though.... Academic requirements at Bama are very fair..thus far... And I'm still trying to determine if the education at UA is geared towards getting a job or learning for it's own sake....ask me when I graduate.


The education at the University of Alabama, especially in the business school, is unlike any other. From the relatively small class sizes, expected class participation, and availability of instructors out-of-class, Alabama makes for a great place to learn your preferred field. Also, professors put a great deal of emphasis on the job-finding aspect of things. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.


As a member of the Honors Program, I am blessed to be involved in classes with students willing to learn and professor eager to educate. For example, I am currently taking a course on public policy taught by Dr. William Stewart. I am one of eleven students in the class, and Dr. Stewart takes personal interest in each one of us. I know all of my peers, and have gotten to know almost each one of them on a deep personal level. We support each other in our academic trials and successes.


Teachers as a whole do care about their students. Until you get into an upper division, classes tend to be lecture style and quite large, but you generally have a Graduate Teaching Assistant that you can go to in smaller groups to discuss issues and questions. I have yet to meet a teacher who was not warm, accommodating and caring. Southern hospitality is very contagious, apparently. Most students don't have to study that often, just before the tests because the teachers know what they're talking about and we don't really have to study to get it. Humanities courses tend to just be knowledge for knowledge's sake, but core and major classes are more geared toward "this is what you need to know to work out in the real world and here's why."


Academics can go either way here, depending on your major. Business and Communications are highly ranked year in and year out among public universities. On the other hand, as with any school, you can find majors that are boringly easy.


My freshman year, I was very involved in the Blount Undergraduate Initiative. The friends that I made through this program were very unique and I could always have an intellectual conversation with them outside of class. Students vary at the University. Many are just trying to get by in their classes, and others such as those in Blount and the Honors Program want to gain some extra knowledge from their college education. The Blount Program is a four year program in the College of Arts and Sciences that can be taken as a Minor. Students take 2 literature classes during their freshman year that are held in the Blount dorm. These classes explore the liberal arts and encourage discussion about the different authors like Freud, Descartes, Marx, Toni Morrison, Camus and E.O. Wilson (a notable UA Alumni). The classes for Upperclassmen are more fun because students can choose which ones they would like to take, depending on their interests. These include Yoga, Book Arts, Photography, Star Wars and Religion, Law, and others that are more specific to the sciences and classic literature.


The classes at UA are pretty cool. I get a very diverse education. The Honors College has a lot of neat, interesting classes that aren't too hard. Some majors are very easy while others are impossible!


My proffessors are all basically good. I have one that I'm not so fond of, but they're basically awesome. You can go to any of them if you have questions and they're really good about helping you out.


The academic rigor at the University was incredibly disappointing. The amount of grade inflation that goes on within the classes, as well as the level of discussion that takes place has been below the hopes I had of intellectual stimulation upon arrival in 2005. My most difficult challenge was keeping up with the reading, even though I could usually get away with not reading for at least one of my classes. Within my major, Secondary Education - Social Studies, the history classes I took were the most rigorous courses I encountered during my time at the University. One class in particular stood out, and although I have recently been informed that Dr. Hagenloh is leaving UA to teach at Syracuse, I must say that his course was the most challenging, but I also learned the most from him. In that class, we were held accountable for each reading, and were required to participate in discussions both in online blogs and during class discussions. I would say overall that I was disappointed with the academics at UA, but professors tend to lower their expectations in correlation with the caliber of students they have in their classes.


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.