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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: University of Alabama

The University of Alabama was founded in 1831 as a flagship of higher learning. The historic campus is located in Tuscaloosa and sits on over 1 million acres of land. There are over 37,000 students enrolled in the university who can choose from 13 schools and colleges, and more than 200 majors and minors. The university is also well known for its athletic program. They have 17 NCAA Division I athletic teams, with a total of 25 National championship titles, 15 of those being for football. The schools debate team also competes well, having 19 national championship debate wins.

On campus, there is much more to do than just attend classes. The Alabama Museum of Natural History is located in Smith Hall. The museum has exhibits about geology, zoology, paleontology, and much more. The Bryant Museum is also located on campus. This museum showcases more than 100 years of Alabama football history. If you enjoy art, you can stop by the Sarah Moody Art Gallery, located in Garland Hall. Students always have something new to explore on the University of Alabama campus.


We spoke to a student at the University of Alabama, here is what she had to say:

Name: Miranda Cobb

Year: Junior

Major: Restaurant, Hotel, and Meeting Management w/ a Concentration in Meeting and Events

Hometown: Bristow, Virginia


Why did you choose to attend the University of Alabama?

I chose to attend the University of Alabama because I wanted a university that offered the full package: Academics, Sports, Community Service, and a Post College Career Network. When visiting the university I was able to sit in on a class in the RHM department. This experience allowed me to see what an average class would be like and the types of teachers I would have. Loving the school, my majors program, and the teachers in my department I was easily sold.

What do you like most about the University of Alabama?

I love that one of the University of Alabama’s missions is to give you as many opportunities possible to help you succeed. The university works hand in had with advisors to help place students into post college, opens up specific Alabama student internships, supports the Greek system doesn’t tear it down, and allows freedom of expression to create any club you seek interest in. The opportunities are endless and your success and happiness is the number one priority.

What do you like most about living in Tuscaloosa?

Tuscaloosa is a nice combination between a city and suburb kind of college. Without a doubt Tuscaloosa is a college town and the community does everything to support it. The outside shopping districts are forever growing and flourishing with new shops. The city works around game day, traffic, and its community members. I love the school spirit because its state wide not just within our small Capstone community.

What do you like to do for fun/extracurricular/hobbies?

To me for fun, I love to run! There are so many amazing sites to see in Tuscaloosa that are unlike anything anywhere else. Whether its running past the largest stadium in college, passing sorority and fraternity row with its mansions, or taking a stroll down the river walk…there is nothing that brings me greater happiness! As for school extracurriculars I am involved in the Student Government Association, the Alabama Panhellenic Association, Ronald McDonald Charity, and many other campus organizations.

Do you have any advice for incoming freshman?

My advice is to get involved in every opportunity that comes your way! Apply for EVERYTHING not with the hopes of getting every position, but with the hopes to gain experience. Getting involved will increase your network socially and academically, leadership capabilities, and self-fulfillment. Find out organizations in which interest you and GO FOR IT! There is a place for everyone at UA!


If you are interested in attending the University of Alabama, you can download the “Visit UA” mobile app. On the app you can take a virtual tour of campus or take a real GPS guided tour, see local restaurants and shops, view admissions information, learn about university top points of pride, and more!

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