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Unbeknownst to some, a dreadful war is being waged down south. Each and every day since the inception of the Iron Bowl in 189...
Unbeknownst to some, a dreadful war is being waged down south. Each and every day since the inception of the Iron Bowl in 1893, the forces of Auburn University battle against their most hated rivals, fans of the University of Alabama, and while it may seem to some like a petty dispute over football, the conflict is really nothing to be trifled with. Friendships have been broken, families have been torn apart, and Auburn's iconic, ancient trees can even be found among the casualties. Yet even in the midst of so much bloodshed and agony, there remains a sanctuary. Nestled right in the middle of Tuscaloosa and Auburn lies the city of Birmingham in all its glory, with UAB as its centerpiece. Rarely thought of as a key player in Alabama's academic or athletic scene, the school has experienced much hardship of its own, including the outright cancellation of its football program in 2014; however, as glass is beautifully molded by fire, so my university has flourished through suffering. Our School of Medicine is ranked number thirty-five in US News and World Report's list of the best medical schools in the country, allowing undergraduate students ample resources to get involved in volunteer work and shadowing. Research opportunities abound, so much so that UAB is classified as having the highest level of research activity possible for a university. The arts are not only prominent here, but the Department of Music and the Marching Blazers have even played a crucial role in boosting school spirit for the return of UAB football this fall, and the university is the largest employer in Alabama, contributing over thirteen million dollars to the economy of the state every single day. Persevering through trivialization and derision, our men's basketball team has repeatedly appeared in the NCAA tournament and continues to improve each and every year. Our first-rate Honors College provides students with countless resources to explore their interests and pursue their passions, and our gorgeous, urban campus provides the perfect setting for student contentment and recreation. Thus, although many may pass off UAB as a small, insignificant institution that simply falls short when juxtaposed with the giants of Alabama and Auburn, I argue the contrary - it's a place of intellectual growth and stimulation, of school spirit and passion, so much so, in fact, that I along with my peers will without a second thought affirm that we are "ever faithful, ever loyal, to dear 'ole UAB."
Great city, not a whole lot to do but dorms and community are active.
Great city, not a whole lot to do but dorms and community are active.
It is a good University with wonderful scholarly opportunities, but the experience I've been having is terrible. The campus...
It is a good University with wonderful scholarly opportunities, but the experience I've been having is terrible. The campus is beautiful, and that's about as far as my bragging goes. The actual location is horrid. There is never any parking and campus parking police constantly check the meters. There is most definitely a lack of student-professor relationship, and the experience I had with my Student Advisor left me confused, unhappy, and doubtful in my studies. The atmosphere of the University as a whole is extremely cold-hearted, and not in the sense that everyone is simply busy and "doing-their-own-thing" but more in the sense that they generally don't like to be talked to, stood next to, or even looked at. If you aren't in a sorority or fraternity there is a very small chance that you will find an on-campus group that is small enough where you can make close friends. And even if you do join Greek Life, it's honestly not even worth it considering the lack of their involvement on campus. If you like sports, you might be interested in watching a few baseball games but football is nonexistent. No one gets hyped during the seasons and the faculty definitely don't support it. The most celebrated sport, from what I can tell, is soccer. But even then, no one really gets excited during the season. When I was accepted, the University had promoted and promised that football would be coming back but it never did and nothing more was brought up about it. Most of your time will be spent at home studying or in the library studying and driving, which is what any college student should be doing for the majority of time because it's a school. However, when you aren't studying or driving, there isn't much else to do because everyone else is either A) studying B) working or C) smoking weed or D) ....driving. Driving in Birmingham, especially around campus takes up a good hour or more of your time. Considered riding a bike to and from campus and your place of stay? Good luck. You'll either get hit by a car or your bike will get stolen. Morning traffic is stand still so morning classes are a drag and there's no guarantee you will be on time no matter how early you plan; and night classes are dangerous. If you're working through your education, this school is not a good option. It's a negative city, the University has a pretentious atmosphere that it can't live up to, and the faculty are just rude. Getting my degree at UAB is psychologically impending and at this point, I'm only pushing through for educational gain. It crave other colleges when I hear my friends who attend different colleges talking about what a great college experience they are having because their college is both education and student-focused . I would not recommend this The University of Alabama at Birmingham to anyone AT ALL. Pre-Meds and the like, run from this school and hear me out when I say, you can definitely receive your education at other Universities and have a better experience and overall degree.
Love the diversity!!
Love the diversity!!
It is a great academic school with various opportunities and advantages available. I am a transfer student to UAB and if I we...
It is a great academic school with various opportunities and advantages available. I am a transfer student to UAB and if I were to experience the new UAB that is currently growing and expanding before graduating high school, I would have no doubt started there.
UAB is a constantly growing school with a diverse student body. Right of the bat, you can see the diversity with students fro...
UAB is a constantly growing school with a diverse student body. Right of the bat, you can see the diversity with students from all over the world, and not just from Alabama and other states. The academia is excellent and I've learned UAB is not just a nerd school known for its sciences and medical school. From the engineering program, to the english department, a lot of the studies at UAB is all around well demonstrated and it helps that the college is in the heart of Birmingham so college life isn't always boring.
I have absolutely loved attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). At first I was scared for my safety, worried...
I have absolutely loved attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). At first I was scared for my safety, worried about making friends, and concerned about the fast-paced city life. I have sense come to realize that all of my fears were false. I have developed a deeply rooted love for the city of Birmingham, Alabama and all of the people who make each day amazing!
It is nice but there is no community among students. The involvement from students in campus activities and campus life is ex...
It is nice but there is no community among students. The involvement from students in campus activities and campus life is extremely low. The food is pretty sparse and the places that do have food are constantly packed. Also there are plenty of new constructions but what we really need is parking and better transportation.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a wonderful place to attend college. It is located in the largest city in Alabama ...
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a wonderful place to attend college. It is located in the largest city in Alabama so there is always something going on in the city. When you're not busy with school work you can go the Vulcan and enjoy a nice view of the city or you can take a walk in Railroad Park. UAB is full of diversity with students from over 100 different countries. UAB students excel in the Medical, Dentistry, and Optometry schools. UAB is a excellent school to attend for academics and full of many opportunities.
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