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University of Alabama at Birmingham


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Nicole
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

UAB is known for its research, medical and nursing schools, and the affiliation with the UAB hospital. This is a highly resp...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

UAB is known for its research, medical and nursing schools, and the affiliation with the UAB hospital. This is a highly respected school because of its many contributions in research. The teachers are some of the top professors and are very proud of what they do and have done. Overall, the students and professors here are smart and they care about their work.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say that there is a school out there that best fits who you or your child is as a person. Write down some of the major things that you feel you should receive with your education, such as dorms, great off-campus shopping/food centers, or size of the college. If you want to be in a more urban area then look for colleges that are located in such areas. After finding the college of your choice, don't be afraid to "jump in" because this is where your life-long friends are made. College should be a place where you find who you are; therefore, you will more than likely mess up. Just remember that life is not perfect even though you think a "B" is not great, you will make it; it only makes you work harder. On the other hand, don't take grades/school so seriously that you miss out on the fun times with the girls/guys. Yes, Friday night at the bar was fun and crazy, but its time to get back to reality on Monday. Just remember those four years are not that long and are gone before you know it.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Overall UAB is a medical-based college; therefore, many students are in a health-based program. The biology and science department is great for these careers. This school also has great engineering programs that many students are enrolled in. The kind of person to come here is more related to health careers because of the affiliation with UAB hospital, but this is a college that encourages any type of program. All of the teachers here are highly recommended because all are extremely knowledgeable in their field of study. Any type of person would fit well here because of the diversity.

Brooke
Describe the students at your school.

There are a lot of really unintelligent people at UAB. Narrow-mindedness is very common, and the student body seems utterly o...

Describe the students at your school.

There are a lot of really unintelligent people at UAB. Narrow-mindedness is very common, and the student body seems utterly obsessed with drinking. For instance, in every English course I have ever had, when the professor asks for paper topics, lowering the drinking age and legalizing marijuana are the first to be given by students here. There are definitely smart people here, but there are so many pseudo-intellectuals that it is sometimes difficult to weed them out.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't pick a college just because it is the easiest choice. It may be cheaper and easier than a private liberal arts college, but in terms of the quality of your education, you get what you pay for. Also, if you were meant for a small private school, then going to a large state school just SUCKS.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That it was much bigger and a lot less academic than I was led to believe. I thought I would have much better professors and classes than I have ended up having. Also, the atmosphere is just odd...there are a lot of aging people who have decided to come back to school when they hit around 40, and a lot of people commute, giving the school a very strange atmosphere indeed.

Jake
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are some of the most fun, interactive, knowledgeble peers one could ask for

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are some of the most fun, interactive, knowledgeble peers one could ask for

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Medical facilities. #1 AIDS Research facility in the country, if not the world. UAB Gospel Choir on XM Satellite Radio.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It isn't something to be taken lightly. Start talking about it as early as possible, no later than Sophomore year of high school. Parents be open minded, students trust your parents. They've been around the block more than once, and usually know what they're talking about, whether they went to school or not. Do your research!!! Find what best works for you, and go for it 100%!

Dustin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't let the academic advisors overload you with to many classes in a semester. They tend to just think of what you need to ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't let the academic advisors overload you with to many classes in a semester. They tend to just think of what you need to get your degree and not what it is humanly possible to actually do in one semester. Figure things out for yourself.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That every thing here is mostly medicine oriented and that the electrical engineering department like to use the name electrical engineering but really all they ever end up teaching you is computer engineering.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

To many busy street crossings, and to much standing at lights hoping some crazy driver isnt having a bad day and runs you over.

James
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

UAB is a very lively university that focuses on helping students to acheieve their future goals.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

UAB is a very lively university that focuses on helping students to acheieve their future goals.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell the individual to follow their heart and trust it because once they have done so they will feel relieved. I would also tell the parents not to pressure the student where they want them to go, and I would add that they support their son/daughter in whatever decision they make. Lastly I would tell the individual to focus on the school's academic and long standing success.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

There is nothing more that I could have wanted to know about UAB because it is everything and more than I ever expected of a university.

Amy
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Although there are tons of schools that are more urban based, I really like UAB because it is so varied in not only environme...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Although there are tons of schools that are more urban based, I really like UAB because it is so varied in not only environment but also in types of people. My friends are so ethnically mixed and I believe that part of that reason is because the setting and cost. I really enjoy that about UAB.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice would be to absolutely make sure in the research stage that you have enough time to decide on the appropriate college. Most students won't really know where they'll be most comfortable environmentally, so definitely tour the school, check out the setting that the student will live in. It can be really constricting to find yourself somewhere that's totally alien and uncomfortable and that will roll over into the student's ability to make logical decisions. The student must find out the most about the school that he can before deciding. It can all be really overwhelming to make a decision like this but it is of great importance. This will help the student at least know the surroundings well enough that he will not be totally confused and awe-struck his first semester. The more relaxed and at ease that the student is going in, (matched to good professor's challenging the students at the school) the better his chances of success.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I would have to say the bureaucratic indifference. The school is so big that some of the decisions are made by committees and delegation that is necessarily in our best interest. Students are occasionally given new costs on tuition that just appear out of no where without our consent or any actual need on our part.

mansi
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

the advice that I would give to students is that do not hold back during your college years. It is vital to reach out and se...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

the advice that I would give to students is that do not hold back during your college years. It is vital to reach out and see what is out there. Do not enter college thinking that you want to be a doctor, lawyer etc, but instead come with an open mind and see everything that you can because it is only that way that you can decide what it is that you really want and what it is that you can contribute most to for the rest of your life.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is that the faculty and health advisors are willing to help the students out in any way possible about their career goals. If students really do the work and are focused, they can achieve their goals easily because the faculty is here to help. For me, college is an adventure and to realize what it is that once wants to do in life and that is why with the help of advisors, my future is bright. I would say that this is the best thing about my school.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

the worst thing about my school is that even though it is a very diverse school, people still remain attached to their race. There isn't a unity that I wish to see. All students do come together during football games etc, but when it comes to hanging out after class or going out during the weekends, the groups are mostly of one type.

Robert
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Bring your kids to colleges early. Spend the day with them at your local school to give them an idea of what is around them....

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Bring your kids to colleges early. Spend the day with them at your local school to give them an idea of what is around them. When the time comes to pick a school and visit, they have something to compare it to. If you've never seen a freshman dorm before then any dorm room is good. If you dont know what to look for, how can you pick the right school for you?

What's unique about your campus?

The school pushes so many people through it that it dumbs up the work for anyone to pass.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that the "college experience" does not apply to this school. I was given one chance to have fun and learn in college, and I blew it by attending UAB. The college is dead after classes and on weekends. To be honest, the school pushes diversity so much that it hosts "black only" events. The sports teams are horrible here. The school pushes so many people through it that it dumbs up the work for anyone to pass. The only thing this school taught me was that life gives you one chance.

Natalie
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

UAB is diverse, academically competetive, community involved and aware, career focused, pre-proffesional, and mulit-oppurunti...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

UAB is diverse, academically competetive, community involved and aware, career focused, pre-proffesional, and mulit-oppuruntisitc university.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Study hard but remeber to have fun. Exercise it reduces stress and helps you stay fit and healthy. Go to some on campus events like movies and homecoming stuff. Join some clubs and volunteer. Visit your advisor every semester. Try to get into a freshman honor society. Maintain whatever GPA you need to keep your scholarship you'll be grateful not to pay out of pocket or with student loans.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

School needs to be made easier to pay for. They try to be prompt about finaid. But they need a better monthly payment plan. Becuase for ours you still get charged late fees and have holds on your account even if you are in the program. But paying 4 it monthly under a better program would make it easier 4 work study students.

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