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University of South Alabama


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Recent Reviews

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

College has been the best and most important experience of my life so far. It has allowed me to experience what it is like to...

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

College has been the best and most important experience of my life so far. It has allowed me to experience what it is like to be on my own and how to be independent and responsible. Socially college has allowed me to interact and learn from people of different backgrounds and cultures that have different customs and values. Also I have been able to make social connection with professors which is has helped me through college and I believe will help me in my professional career. The most important social connections I have made though are with my friends. The friends I am making now will be lifelong friends that will be a great support system throughout my life. After starting college I feel I better understand what is going on in the world around me. It has allowed me to grow and mature into a confident adult and has given me the tools and support I need to succeed. The experiences I have had in college are invaluable for it has taught me life lessons and has given me lifelong connections. College has been an essential stepping stone for me from being a teenager to being an adult.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I mostly brag about the benefits I get as an honor student. I get to sign up for classes before other students and I get free printing.

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

The top two things I have gotten out of my college experience would be studying abroad and time management skills. Studying ...

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

The top two things I have gotten out of my college experience would be studying abroad and time management skills. Studying abroad changed me forever and it is without a doubt my favorite thing that I did while I was attending my 4-year undergraduate school. It has opened my eyes to the world and different cultures as well as made me realize things about my own culture. It has also opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities for my career path. Another valuable thing about my college education is learning how to manage my time and juggle multiple projects at once. Over the years I have steadily gotten better at this and my confidence in my ability to keep up with a fast paced job has increased.

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

The University of South Alabama is a rapidly growing center for higher education with many amenities to fully enjoy the colle...

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

The University of South Alabama is a rapidly growing center for higher education with many amenities to fully enjoy the college experience while offering a vast array of class choices and excellent instruction.

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

The University of South Alabama offers a traditional four year degree in liberal arts which is an advantage over obtaining a two year degree elsewhere first where I would not have been able to take classes pertinent to my degree, along with the fact that all the classes I am interested in taking are offered at South with the addition of other subjects I have been introduced to while there and decided to take also in order to refine myself into a more well rounded individual.

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

Becoming a published author is difficult and time consuming, with many people competing for the same end result. Therefore, developing my skills over that of the competition will get me closer to my goal and increase my chances of success. Obtaining a degree in philosophy will not only provide me with a wide knowledge base of subjects and material on which to write, but also give me practice and feedback on my written communication, thus setting me at an overall advantage. I will gain exposure to matters on which I am not versed, expanding my knowledge base while being molded into a well-rounded individual. These attributes are necessary in reaching my goal of becoming a published author of non-fiction in the humanities. It is because of this that I have recently decided to continue my education in the hopes of turning my passion for writing into a lucrative career.

Stephani
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

IU is best known for their business department.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

IU is best known for their business department.

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

My college experience has been very interesting thus far and has provided many opportunities through culture and classes. In my few short months on campus I have already experienced some of the amazing shows and theater oppotunities at IU. My classes have also provided me an oppotunity to explore my interests and possible majors. Going into my freshman year as an undecided student, I took various classes exploring various interests of mine. Thanks to the classes I am enrolled in, I have been able to narrow down my options and focus on a major.

What kind of person should attend this school?

If interested in attending IU, one must be willing to work and work hard.

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

Since attending my chosen Community College, I have gained knowledge and skills in and out of the classroom for my classes. A...

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

Since attending my chosen Community College, I have gained knowledge and skills in and out of the classroom for my classes. A person quickly learns to do their homework when they recieve it and not last minuet, as well as looking back over essays, and studying well ahead of the test date. Attending a Community College has helped prepare and excite me for my future desired University and taken me out of the high school world and into the real world. My college experiance has been tiring yet refreshing and I can not wait to move on to a University thanks to it.

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

I am a returning student who has been out of college for a little more than 10 years. My reason for returning to college is ...

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

I am a returning student who has been out of college for a little more than 10 years. My reason for returning to college is to obtain a degree in registered nursing. Even though this is my first semester back, what I have gotten so far from college experience is the work takes alot of time therefore time management is very important especially if I work a fulltime job. I study and complete homework assignments consistently. For me, college is valuable for me to attend because I am determined to reach my goal and that is to get into the registered nursing program at Del Mar College which is a very competitive program. Once I have reached my goal I will go into the nursing industry very prepared.

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

My college experience has only began. But, if you want, I'l be happy to answer it when I graduate, Ha Ha Ha! So far, I've gat...

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

My college experience has only began. But, if you want, I'l be happy to answer it when I graduate, Ha Ha Ha! So far, I've gathered that college isnt as hard as I expected, but that you definately need to be an individual who is responsible enough to go to class and read the material in order to get a good grade. I've also found that college is very expensive, and hence, im applying for as many scolarships as I can! Ha Ha! But, anyway, Im probobly not the right person to ask about the "College Experience". Many people think about the college experience, and things like parties and late night cramming pop into their heads... And I dont like parties, and I never late night cram for anything. But, so far, I've found college to be enjoyable. I just hope that I will have the financial ability to continue.

What's unique about your campus?

This school has a large ammount of degrees / programs availible, and from what I know they are all acredited and have a good reputation within the community as far as quality of education is concerned. In adddition, the tuition for the University of South Alabama, fees, and other associated costs is very cheap when compaired to many other high level four year colleges.

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

I wish I had a clear plan of my acedemic and other... courses of action. My plan is to transfer out of this school, and to go to SUNY Maritime in New York in the spring, however the school I am in right now is still very acceptable.

Kendra
What is your overall opinion of this school?

We also aren't small. Enrollment was around 10,000 in-coming Freshmen this year, I think. We have a student population of aro...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

We also aren't small. Enrollment was around 10,000 in-coming Freshmen this year, I think. We have a student population of around 40,000. That's a lot of people going to one college. Budget shortfalls have caused some programs to be cut, and some classes aren't offered consistantly. I'm also a bit disappointed with what goes on on campus. There are a few academic extra-curriculars offered by USA. There are a few lectures here and there and a couple of faculty or student concerts and plays.The lectures are usually free, but the concerts and plays require a fee, even for students. We also have the student newspaper; you won't get paid for writing for them anymore, though. You can also volunteer for the campus television station--Jag TV. We also have a recreation center, an in-door swimming pool, and a student gym with various classes and activities, all free, I believe. If you are into sports we also have collegiate and intermural teams, oh, and don't forget football...we're currently undefeated...if you are into that sort of thing...

Describe the students at your school.

The USA student body is over 40,000 students strong and is moderately diverse. There always seems to be a new group promoting cultural awareness on campus. The cultural awareness groups are interesting and are worth checking out. Some of them offer a chance to learn a new language and explore new cultures and religions. There are also various political clubs as well. Perhaps we lean more toward moderate liberal or independent, but if you have a point, we should be willing to hear it.

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

Overall, it's a build-you-own experience, and there are bound to be better colleges. USA has a little diversity, but the student body is anything but small. Plus, we aren't really a community, try as we might, because there are so many students and so much going on. There are a few on-campus traditions, but we're mostly all trying to earn degrees and get out...I don't really think anyone is expecting to build a legacy here. We just don't have enough of an academic history...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

In my experience, no, traditional Alabama stereotypes aren't true in a lot of cases, and USA is no exception. In the city of Mobile, there is a fair amount of cultural diversity. We also have some international students and a high African American population. We're pretty friendly, but I feel like we could do a better job of forming an overall image. I think there are too many different people from too many different backgrounds, though, for that to really happen.

What are the academics like at your school?

We have a few great teachers and classes, but, like I said earlier, some of the classes at USA are way too big. There's a little learning for it's own sake, but I would say that mostly it's geared toward getting a job. Most of the academic action for its own sake takes the form of various student groups around campus. There are many student organizations that focus on certain academic and creative areas, like the creative writing club, foreign language clubs, and cultural appreciation clubs. We also have a psychology club, biology club, math club, medical students club, drama club, etc...a whole book of student clubs...even the option to start you own...

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I'm really not the best person to ask. If you drink, you should opt to live off campus, because we are dry. There are Greek fraternities and sororities here, but I've heard that they don't represent all of the ethnic groups on campus. There's a lot you can do without drinking. Try joining one of our many campus organizations, like the Communication Student Association, African American Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Latin American Student Association, etc., make some new friends, and improve yourself.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Well, I don't know if there are any stereotypes about us except for the stereotypes that follow all Alabamians, like the old "dumb Southerner" image. I think people from Alabama, in general, are perceived as being backwards and xenophobic.

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

I have learned that wearing real clothes instead of uniforms to school is awesome! I have learned that being in a Sorority mi...

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

I have learned that wearing real clothes instead of uniforms to school is awesome! I have learned that being in a Sorority might be hard, but it has been a valuable experience working with charities and fundraisers. I have learned that studying is mandatory. I have spent more time studying with my big sisters than I have sleeping! I will do the same for my little sisters coming up in the future. I have learned that all people of different color and nationalities are basically the same. We all are growing together in whatever vocation we chose, but can still hang out with and enjoy everyone no matter what. I love college life! My parents have struggled to get me here and I want to make them proud. I also have two younger sisters that I try to coach into making the right choices for their upcoming college life. Hopefully I will be a teacher in a few short years. I am working part time in a child care facility, but cannot wait to have my own kids to teach all year!

What kind of person should attend this school?

This school is diverse. With so many colors and nationalities it would be hard to give one kind. It has been a great experience learning from different people. I have learned so much and made friends I hope I stay in touch with a long time.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person that attends this school better know how to study! I have heard it its harder than some of the big name schools in Alabama, but I love it. My sorority makes it mandatory for hours of study, which is great!

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

I've learned in my first semester that striving for perfect scores and the highest grades only makes the college experience m...

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

I've learned in my first semester that striving for perfect scores and the highest grades only makes the college experience more difficult. Doing your best without pushing yourself past what you know you are capable of makes school work easier to complete. Potentially, working at a comfortable pace makes pursuing a degree and moving to the next level of education easier and more enjoyable

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