The University of Alabama


The University of Alabama, commonly referred to as UA or Bama, is the state’s flagship school located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Crimson Tide has always focused on being the best, whether it be excellence in education, athletics, or service. Students adapt to the Alabama family right away because of the incredibly welcoming environment and sense of community.


Sleep: Hotel Capstone |  Breakfast: Another Broken Egg

Lunch: Buffalo Phil's  | Dinner:  DePalma's

Visitor Information: Tour Bama or MOVE IN

Stay: Located on the University of Alabama campus, Hotel Capstone is the best choice for campus visits, reunions, and business trips. It is within walking distance to Bryant-Denny Stadium, the University Quad, and the Paul W. Bryant Museum. However, Hotel Capstone is booked for most of the home football games, but Home2 Suites by Hilton and Embassy Suites by Hilton are both within walking distance to campus and are a few blocks away from downtown Tuscaloosa restaurants and shops.

Coffee: Right on campus, head to Java City located in Gorgas Library. Two Alabama students opened Monarch Espresso Bar. The great atmosphere and craft coffees make this an ideal stop.

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, which is right on campus and is a hit with college students because of their wings, comfort food, and beer selection. Right down the street is Steamers, known for their fried seafood and seasonal crawfish. If you’re looking for some BBQ, Dreamland is almost famous for their ribs, sausage, and BBQ sauce (which you can order also order online). Taco Mama is a popular Mexican restaurant in the springtime for a quick bite, with an open atmosphere and fresh food. Mugshots is located in downtown Tuscaloosa and has a large selection of burgers, salads, and sandwiches, some with a Hawaiian-twist.



Casual: Although Five Bar is a popular brunch spot, it is also a popular dinner spot. There are five menu options of southern-pub cuisine (five appetizers, five entrees, etc.) At night, the lights are low with only a few chandeliers and live music is playing, making the atmosphere very enjoyable. If you’re in the mood for a bowl of spaghetti, DePalma’s serves as 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 that are constantly raved about.  If you’re sick of southern cuisine, Surin of Thailand and Kobe both offer great sushi and are right on campus.


A Step UpChuck’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 Chuck’s while visiting. Although farther away, Cypress Inn is 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 so 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.  

— Quotes From Campus —

I witnessed football history my first two years at the University of Alabama and Saturdays were the only days that mattered—it taught me so much more about life. It was a place so different than what I’d known for the first 18 years of my life, but it made me into the person I am today. Tuscaloosa, Alabama will forever be a place I call home. Roll Tide Forever.
— Victoria
Alabama was a special place because I met some of my best friends there. The spirit of the school itself was great to be a part of.
— Jenna
Alabama is such a big school, but it feels so small at the same time. Everywhere you go there’s always a familiar face.
— Lauren





Big Al/Elephant

School Colors

Crimson & White

Acceptance Rate

51% (2017)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Rolling Admission








Admissions Office

203 Student Services Center
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0132

(p) (205) 348-5666

Rick Funk, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Recruitment

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Jeff Sessions
Joe Namath
Harper Lee

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