The University of Alabama commonly referred to as UA, Bama, or “The Capstone” is the state’s flagship school located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama is a large school with an enrollment over 32,000, with over 50% of the population from out of state. Just 45 miles from Birmingham, Tuscaloosa has been on many lists as one of the most livable cities, thanks to a strong sense of community, a college town atmosphere and easy access to big-city conveniences. The sports teams are well known as the Alabama Crimson Tide, with football as the reigning king and a famous rallying cry of “Roll Tide.”
Transportation: The nearest major airport to the university is Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport , 62 miles from the center of Tuscaloosa, AL. Amtrak’s Crescent route stops in Tuscaloosa if you are arriving by train.
FYI: The University of Alabama campus is often referred to as "The Capstone" by alumni and friends of the university. "The Capstone" is a nickname coined by former UA President G. H. Denny calling the University the "capstone of the public school system of the state" in 1913. At the beginning of freshman year, at convocation, every new student recites the Capstone Creed; “As a member of The University of Alabama community, I will pursue knowledge, act with fairness, integrity and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all I do.”
Stay: Located on the University of Alabama campus, Hotel Capstone is our first choice for campus visits, and Parents Weekends. It is within walking distance to Bryant-Denny Stadium, the University Quad, and the Paul W. Bryant Museum. Unfortunately, Hotel Capstone is often booked, especially during football season, but Home2 Suites by Hilton and Embassy Suites by Hilton are both within walking distance to campus, and just a few blocks from the downtown’s restaurants and shops.
Breakfast: A favorite breakfast spot, Another Broken Egg serves eggs benedict, grits, sweet potato pancakes and more with the lovely view of the Black Warrior River. If you would like to dine surrounded by Crimson Tide memorabilia, Rama Jama’s is the place to be. Located in the shadows of Bryant-Denny stadium, this diner is must-visit for any Alabama football fan. In downtown Tuscaloosa, Five Bar and Avenue Pub are local favorites for brunch.
Lunch: One Tuscaloosa classic is Buffalo Phil’s, right on campus and a big hit with college students who come for their wings, comfort food, and beer selection. Right down the street is Steamers, known for their fried seafood and seasonal crawfish. If you’re in the mood for BBQ, Dreamland is also popular for ribs, sausage, and their famous BBQ sauce (which you can order also order online). Taco Mama is many students go-to Mexican restaurant for a quick bite, with a fun atmosphere and fresh food. Mugshots located in downtown Tuscaloosa has a large selection of burgers, salads, and sandwiches, some with a Hawaiian-twist.
Casual: Five Bar is both a popular brunch spot and dinner venue. The southern-pub menu features five appetizers and five entrees, with regular specials. At night, the lights are low and live music is playing, making for a fun night out! If you’re in the mood for pasta, DePalma’s is one of the best Italian restaurants in Tuscaloosa. Jim ‘N Nick’s is a quaint, laid-back restaurant with slow-cooked BBQ and cheese biscuits-- -everyone in town raves about them. If you want a change from southern cuisine, Surin of Thailand and Kobe are where to go for good sushi and other Asian dishes.
A Step Up: Chuck’s Fish is located in downtown Tuscaloosa and features a diverse menu of seafood, sushi, and pizza, in a trendy atmosphere. It is one of the more upscale restaurants in Tuscaloosa that many parents enjoy while visiting. Although farther away, it’s worth the drive to the Cypress Inn, known for their river views, great cocktails, and delicious food. It is a very family-oriented restaurant, yet college students often go for celebrations such as birthdays or graduation dinners. The Side by Side restaurant is located in the Embassy Suites and is known for blending Southern, French, and Californian cuisines, and it is one of the only restaurants in Tuscaloosa featured on Open Table, so it is easy to make a reservation.
Late Night Snack: For college students, Quick Grill on the Strip is infamous, known for their “messy fries.” (fries smothered in chili and cheese) Quick Grill is open until 3 AM, and its location next to the bars makes the restaurant very popular. Little Italy is also a staple late-night restaurant, with pizza that tastes as good as a New York slice.
Local Attractions: History fans will enjoy visiting some buildings on the University’s campus, such as the President’s Mansion or Gorgas House. Both of these buildings narrowly spared destruction during the Civil War, making them some of the oldest buildings on campus. If you’d like to learn more about Crimson Tide football, the Paul W. Bryant Museum offers an excellent sense of history and the tradition that the UA football team was built on. The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is the outdoor venue for music concerts such as John Legend, Rod Stewart, Eric Church, and others. You can check their website for schedules and tickets.
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA FAST FACTS
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Big - 29,000 Undergraduates
203 Student Services Center
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0132
(p) (205) 348-5666
NCAA Division I
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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