University of Alabama at Birmingham Top Questions

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


I wish I had known how research-oriented this university is. It's an R1 university, and research is huge. That means great opportunities for students to become involved in research much earlier than other students, and in a much better institution.


I wish I'd known that slacking off is a downward spiral-- keeping the dedication and passion that you feel on day one is totally crucial to doing well.


I wish I knew how to campus looked before I came.


Get focused early and start reaching out to companies you would like to work for in the future. Volunteer or get into an internship. That way, when you do graduate it will be much easier to get a job. Do not wait until your sophomore year to decide on a major. Take your classes seriously. Just because you can skate by and get a B does not mean you should. You might need that A that you could have earned to cushion your GPA later in your college career when the course load gets harder. Every class counts, even electives.


Before I came to UAB, I wish I had known about the somewhat difficult transition there would be from my community college to UAB.


How Financial aid deals with people, I wish that they were easier to get in contact with and would respond to emails and phone calls in a prompt manner. Granted, for the size of the school I guess they do a good job. They aren't very helpful with housing, everything has to be done on your own accord.


Before I came to college, I wish I had known how many different opportunities I would encounter once I entered school. I also wish I had known how many different cultures I would encounter, and how the setting in the city would be so different from where I came from.


I wish I would have known the exact amount of tuition and I wish I would have applied for more scholarships at the school. I really need this scholarship to pay off my tuition so I can register for the next semester. If not, I will be kicked out of school and I don't want that to happen. I want to prove to my family that we can graduate from college and so on to be intelligent people.


That the physical therapy program would be phased out at the bachelor's level.


The importance of grades, at an earlier age, especially now that I am in gradate school


I wish I would have known that having my own mind and point of view is actually a good thing. I wish someone would have made sure I knew that time management is the key to survival. I wish I would have known, without a doubt in my mind, that I can actually be anything I want and someone will be there to help me reach this goal. Above all, I wish I would have known that I would form some of the best friendships of my life here.


Before I came to UAB, I wish I would have known more about the amazing services and opportunities available for me and all other students at UAB. Even though I am somewhat involved, I wish that I would have known more about the numerous organizations offered so that I could be tremendously involved like many of the people that I have come in contact with in my few months a UAB. I feel that if I would have been more interested in learning about what is offered, it would have been easier for me to get involved.


UAB charges a lot of money for out of state tuition and I wish I would of known this before hand, because they also don't give out that much money for loans, and now I'm stuck being able to pay for school.


Before I came to UAB I wish I had known that you could major in whatever you like to be on a pre-med track and also that housing on campus was so expensive after freshman year and off campus housing is also.


I wish I had known the difficutly in getting financial aid. Minorities have no problem getting aid however those whose parents are still together and make a fair income usually do not recieve as much aid as the minorities with the same financial situtation.


I wish I had known how easy it was to approach teachers about my own conflicts. I was having trouble with a teacher's assissant who was not teaching my Biology lab well, but I felt like it was too small of a deal to approach my professor. After the semester I approached my professor about the problem and she said she would have remedied it immediately if I had come to her. Unfortunately my grade and GPA were already affected because I was reluctant to speak out about problems in my lab.


The only thing I wasn't prepared for was the lack of parking.


I pretty much knew what I wanted because I researched and visited the whole time I anticipated coming here. The only surprise to me was the dorm/meal plan prices.


How to prepare mentally and physically for the road ahead. Grades can slip if you're not careful.


How much I needed to study!


Finiacial aid


I wish I had known that graduating with degrees in majors other than pre-med or pre-health at this school will not be a jump start for a career in the fields.


i wish had money and ap classes before i came to uab.


The lack of funds for the arts.


I wish I had known that the hospital was going to impact and interfere with the college campus experience as much as it does, considering that people have to drive through and onto campus in order to get to the hospital.


I wish I had already realized from the beginning that the campus is safer than I thought it might be. Campus security is great.


How massive it was in size.


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.


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.


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.


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.