2017 Best Colleges in Alabama

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    University of Alabama

    • Tuscaloosa, AL
    • 3,946 reviews
    Freshman:I've been attending the University of Alabama for about two months now, and I absolutely love it! The campus is so beautiful, especially around fall. The quad is amazing during football games. You can see the sense of community during the school days and on the weekend during games. On school days you can see how hundreds of students from different backgrounds come together to study or socialize. On the weekends you can see how much all the students love our school by their support for the football team. You can also see the support through alumni who continue to come back to campus. Another thing i've started to realize is how blessed we are with some of the greatest teachers. The teachers I've met so far have been not only welcoming but seem to know exactly what they're talking about. They actually seem as if they enjoy teaching and enjoy their students. I've greatly enjoyed school here so far due to the beautiful campus, friendly people, and brilliant teachers.
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    Auburn University

    • Auburn, AL
    • 2,035 reviews
    College Senior:I currently study Poultry Science within the College of Agriculture. My experience has been nothing but amazing. Auburn University is known to be an Agriculture school. The College of Agriculture is one big family. There are many opportunities that keep the students and faculty involved with each other. That's what makes this experience for me so wonderful. Since my freshman year, I have always been welcomed and given so many wonderful opportunities to better my experience in learning my major. The department of Poultry Science is especially outstanding for their interactions with the students. Everyone knows everybody and we all work to together to help feed the world one chicken at a time!
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    University of Alabama - Birmingham

    • Birmingham, AL
    • 1,834 reviews
    Junior:My experience at UAB has been life changing! I have grown so much just from being a student. I am involved on campus within the Housing Department, Engineering Department, and Student Involvement. UAB offers so many extracurricular activities, so that students will not just excel in academics but in organizations that they find themselves involved in!
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    Samford University

    • Birmingham, AL
    • 651 reviews
    Freshman:Overall, I have enjoyed my experience at Samford. The classes have been small, so the professors can really work personally with you. They are challenging and it is definitely not easy to earn an A in most classes. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and it is great to look at. I love the fact that faith is taken extremely seriously in most activities and classes. However, I do not like the fact that there is barely any diversity on campus, and that there is a certain "type" of person that has to attend Samford. Most people are wealthy white people who have been spoiled their whole lives, and Samford continues to spoil them. Coming from a white, middle class family, this can be suffocating and sometimes makes me doubt my decision in attending this school. It is not a good feeling to be compared to everybody else because of your car or because you did not go to a private school. I cannot say that I am completely happy with my experience at Samford.
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    University of North Alabama

    • Florence, AL
    • 824 reviews
    Freshman:The University of North Alabama is a great 4 year college right here in the heart of Alabama. They offer so much in way of sports, college life, education and even the area around the campus in Florence and the Shoals is a wonderful place for young people to start their lives! The majority of students seemed very open to tell about their own college thoughts and even how things could be better. Overall the UNA visit was very good and has helped on my decision making!
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    University of Alabama - Huntsville

    • Huntsville, AL
    • 645 reviews
    Junior:My experience at the University of Alabama-Huntsville has been good, but not great. The good is that it is a small university so every building is an easy walking distance and class sizes are small. Another good thing is that most of the professors reach out to their students and will help when someone asks for it. The one thing I wished would change is that there are not a whole lot of scholarships in my department and mostly only for engineering students. Also, the athletic department does not seem to care too much about our cross country/track team. Last, I would like for the university to try giving more opportunities for commuter students.
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    Troy University

    • Troy, AL
    • 1,627 reviews
    Freshman:I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Troy University thus far. The admissions department was incredibly helpful, as I was a freshman starting 10 years after graduating from high school and had so many questions and concerns. The flexible class schedule and ability to achieve a degree completely online have been extremely beneficial for myself. I would recommend Troy University to anyone! The broad array of different degree majors, flexible and affordable classes coupled with the hands on professors, knowledgeable and friendly staff make for an amazing experience in higher education.
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    Birmingham-Southern College

    • Birmingham, AL
    • 293 reviews
    College Freshman:There are many diverse options and the courses are beneficial even if they're not part of your major. Professors and courses are challenging and allow you to think/problem-solve in ways that you may not be accustomed to. The class size is small and are often lecture-based, so student participation is great. This allows for close relationships to be formed and involvement is above average (compared to a large state school). Academic advisers are very helpful and really care about how you are doing and what classes you are taking to maximize your experience and success-fullness.
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    Tuskegee University

    • Tuskegee, AL
    • 1,064 reviews
    College Junior:I love my school. The atmosphere is family-like, and my professors strive to provide each student in the engineering department a research or intern opportunity for each year. I am blessed to attend my HBCU, and I would not trade the experience for any other school. We are the #1 Producer of African-American Female Engineers and African-American Aerospace Engineers, and I am next!
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    University of South Alabama

    • Mobile, AL
    • 1,330 reviews
    Senior:Overall my experience at South was not bad. I attended the Mitchell College of Business, majoring in marketing, and enjoyed many of the classes offered. The university is very involved with their students and sends out a daily digest email each night for students to see what the upcoming events are. A big plus about this university is how they embrace diversity and international students, and how these students accept others as well. The big issue I had while attending was the food choices. There are only four fast food restaurants in the student center and the POD stations found around campus are very over priced for a small selection of snacks.
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    Spring Hill College

    • Mobile, AL
    • 385 reviews
    College Freshman:The school has a wonderful diverse population of students from all over the United States as well as several other countries and continents. It has a family atmosphere and there are many opportunities to get involved. There's greek life, sports, numerous clubs including gamin clubs and great opportunities to get involved in community through various service organizations. Campus ministries is very active and for all faiths and Mobile is a very dynamic city...home to the original and first Mardi Gras! Spring Hill College is a beautiful campus on a hill overlooking Mobile! I love being a part of this historical Jesuit College and family!
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    Jacksonville State University

    • Jacksonville, AL
    • 815 reviews
    Sophomore:Jacksonville State University is the friendliest campus in the south! The campus is beautiful, and I have grown to love learning even more in such a great environment. There are always activities to participate in and it is extremely easy to get involved!
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    Huntingdon College

    • Montgomery, AL
    • 304 reviews
    College Freshman:Huntingdon is the greatest college ever, and I love it so much! I am so glad to have found a place where the teachers are so interested and dedicated to making sure you do great in your classes and get the most out of your college education. The admissions counselors, the staff, and the professors are the nicest and most helpful people you could ever come in contact with. And the students who go there are exactly the same. You can't walk down the sidewalk without saying hi at least a dozen times to every person who goes walking by. It is a wonderful campus, and I am grateful for everyday I get to be there.
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    Auburn University - Montgomery

    • Montgomery, AL
    • 604 reviews
    Freshman:Auburn University-Montgomery has always been in the top 10 of universities I planned on attending. The professors, faculty and staff here are absolutely amazing. The classroom settings are not large so this gives the professors the opportunity to get to know each of their students on a personal level. They will also help you in any shape or form they can. There are free tutoring services here on campus.
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    University of West Alabama

    • Livingston, AL
    • 253 reviews
    Graduate Student:My overall experience at The University of West Alabama was fantastic. I made a lot of friends, and the people and professors were all very nice and helpful. The town is smaller then what I am used to but it was still beautiful. All of the buildings and classrooms were nice and they are still upgrading! The class size is no more then 30 students which fit me perfectly. I enjoy the smaller class room size because I can learn better and the professor knows who you are instead of being in a 200 student lecture hall.
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    Virginia College - Birmingham

    • Birmingham, AL
    • 1,200 reviews
    College Junior:The way the online classes are set up makes it so easy to learn and access the online feature; I've never had any issues or interruptions in my class routines. The professors have all been extremely friendly, eager to help, and very encouraging which helps motivate me to work even harder toward my degree. Class styles and study groups are set up to fit everyone's schedule, if you work 9-5 you can still find a study group that afternoon/night and the study groups always have a professor leading them which helps keep us on topic and answers any questions we may have. Another thing VCO does that I really enjoy is our group discussions, they are set up that you can visit, talk and reply anytime throughout the week rather than a set time and the discussions are a great way to debate and brainstorm with my fellow classmates.
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    University of Mobile

    • Mobile, AL
    • 252 reviews
    Freshman:I love this school! I am about to finish my first semester here. I have been involved with this school for about 4-5 years and I'm glad to go here. One thing I would change is more dining options for the weekend because we all now how broke us college students are.
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    University of Montevallo

    • Montevallo, AL
    • 648 reviews
    College Sophomore:The homecoming tradition, College Night, makes it an easy pick as far as liberal arts schools in the Southeast go. Since the classes are small, the teachers are much more readily available than say Auburn University or University of Alabama. I would choose this college again just for the experience of Montevallo! Ask anyone who is attending or has attended and they will tell you it is a completely unique experience.
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    Oakwood University

    • Huntsville, AL
    • 1,277 reviews
    College Freshman:My experience at Oakwood University so far has been awesome! I've never been to a campus that has so many caring hospitable teachers and students. At this school, professors actually care about your well being and may even take the time to talk to you if you allow them to. If a student is not feeling their best and a faculty or staff knows about it, they will do their best to come to the student personally. Sometimes they may even invite the student to a nice lunch or dinner to help them express their concerns! This example is only one of the many things I've encountered during my first semester here and I am proud to say that there are plenty more to come. If you never considered Oakwood University as an option, take the opportunity to experience it yourself during "Oakwood Live" (formerly known as college days) because it is a true reflection of what the University is all about.
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    Concordia College - Alabama

    • Selma, AL
    • 34 reviews
    College Senior:My experience at school has been good. The reason why I chose this school was because of the great education program. It is a small campus. You are able to bond with people from different places & backgrounds as well as the great professors.
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    Faulkner University

    • Montgomery, AL
    • 285 reviews
    College Sophomore:Everyone you encounter in the hallway, in the library or computer labs, and in each coarse are all so helpful and positive. The teachers are so passionate about what they are teaching and care greatly that your are understanding and learning. I have loved my experience here so far and I would make the same choice again for sure!
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    Alabama State University

    • Montgomery, AL
    • 1,008 reviews
    College Junior:I would not choose another HBCU even if I had the chance to. Alabama State University has taught me so much about myself, as well as the Alabama itself. There are so many opportunities at my HBCU that you would have no choice but to be engaged with the student body. You meet people from all over the world and the education is just wonderful! Not only do the professors teach, but their passionate about it and you learn about life situations as well. I will never forget my experience at Alabama State University, and I will forever be grateful for the friends, professors, and knowledge that I have gained.
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    Alabama A&M University

    • Normal, AL
    • 873 reviews
    College Freshman:So far, my college experience at Alabama A&M has been amazing! My professors really do want to see my scholars and I succeed and graduate. There are so many different backgrounds of people on campus and I love learning about as many people as I can. If I could, I absolutely would choose this school all over again because I feel as though this is where God led me and I have grown so much as a person since being here.
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    Stillman College

    • Tuscaloosa, AL
    • 190 reviews
    Alum:Stillman College is a small school, but that's a great thing though. The classroom sizes are small enough to where each teacher will get to know you individually. The school had recent cuts to certain programs at the school due to budget cuts. Honestly, it's really not a bad school and I enjoyed my four years at Stillman and I would not change anything about it.
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    Talladega College

    • Talladega, AL
    • 237 reviews
    Freshman:I really love that Talladega has a small campus. Talladega is really fun..you just have to make the best of it! step out a few times and have fun! The only bad part about Talladega College is that the dorms aren't in theor best condition.. theor are workers that try their best to keep the dorms and rest of the campus clean, but the dorms could use some renovating!!
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