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Alabama or UT Knoxville

HowtonHowton Posts: 35Registered User Junior Member
edited July 2013 in University of Alabama
I have custodial parents in each state allowing me to receive in state tuition in both states
Tennessee would be cheaper because of Lottery Scholarships here, but Alabama has the degree program I want (It isn't offered at UTK)
So please give an unbiased opinion on where to go even though this is an Alabama forum and you hate Rocky Top
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Replies to: Alabama or UT Knoxville

  • slippy2000slippy2000 Posts: 528Registered User Member
    The Tennessee campus is small (one of the smallest in the SEC) and pretty crowded. If you like green space, go to Bama.
  • amcm4klm3amcm4klm3 Posts: 213Registered User Junior Member
    DS,had to make the same decision last year. What helped him decide was a visit to both campuses.
    He ultimately decided to attend UA (Presidential+ Departmental Scholarships) even if UTK was less expensive.
    He liked the "can do" attitude of the professors that he met at UA vs. the "...you will never be able to do a double major in ECE/Physics in 4 years" at UTK.
    He also liked the campus and dorms more at UA.
    By the way, DS is on track to do the double major in 4 years at UA.
  • aeromomaeromom Posts: 1,444Registered User Senior Member
    I don't know why anyone would go to a school that doesn't offer their major field of study.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,840Registered User Senior Member
    Bama is gorgeous, UT is, well, UGLY...and that's not just a Bama fan saying that...that's what pretty much many people say.

    What is your intended major?

    What are your stats? Do you qualify for any scholarships at Bama?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,840Registered User Senior Member
    In another thread you mention that you're a rising junior, but not happy with your ACT scores. Study and retake...and also take the SAT.
  • Class2012MomClass2012Mom Posts: 1,983Registered User Senior Member
    If it was ME going, I'd choose UTK - but only because I'd be minutes away from my beloved NRDMOM. There is no other reason on the face of the planet to choose UTK over UA.
  • HowtonHowton Posts: 35Registered User Junior Member
    Thank yall for responses
  • TNTide5TNTide5 Posts: 101Registered User Junior Member
    Howton, as someone who has attended both schools (UTK for a summer program and UA for college), I can say that both are amazing and it really depends on your personal values as to whether you might choose one over the other. I do like UA's campus better, but UT's is nothing to sneeze at. Really though, you're not going to college for scenery. If UA offers the program you want and UT doesn't, it seems simple to me. Having said that, I originally applied to all of my schools as a Biomedical Engineering major (which UT offers and UA doesn't). The differences for me were how much the college invested in me/seemed to want me (UA hands down over any school, although Lipscomb was persistent), the ease with which scholarships were handled (National Merit at Bama, vs. a smattering of scholarships including the HOPE which didn't quite cover expenses at UT), the strength of the Honors College (I can't speak much for UT's, but ours is amazing!), the Computer-Based Honors Program (a great opportunity for me), and some superficial things like housing, scenery, and football. I personally experienced a warmth from UA's students, faculty, and staff that wasn't quite matched anywhere else. I saw lots of opportunities blooming before me, and now as a sophomore in Chemical Engineering and Honors College leadership, I'm seizing them. But if you see similar opportunities at UT, well, that's your story to write. If you want a more in-depth comparison of my time spent as a student on both campuses, feel free to message me! :)
  • SECfamSECfam Posts: 89Registered User Junior Member
    I have kids at both schools and have had vastly different experiences. You may find this thread useful.

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-alabama/1449297-ua-vs-utk.html
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,840Registered User Senior Member
    Really though, you're not going to college for scenery

    True...but attractive surroundings to play into one's morale.
  • HowtonHowton Posts: 35Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks again for responses
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