Auburn or Alabama for speech pathology

<p>I know people have some strong opinions regarding AU and UA. Both schools seem appealing and I would be interested in finding out if one school has a stronger undergraduate program in Communication Disorders. </p>

<p>Also, what would you say are the major differences between the two schools? Any insight would be appreciated.</p>

<p>Hi,</p>

<p>I have visited both campuses, and both are very beautiful. </p>

<p>*Disclosure * : I have 2 kids at Bama. </p>

<p>Here is the link to Bama's Communicative Disorders Dept - Communicative</a> Disorders</p>

<p>Here is the link to Auburn's - Auburn</a> University Department of Communication Disorders</p>

<p>I have no idea of which is better for speech pathology. </p>

<p>I counted their dept faculty numbers, and they have the same amount. I thought that might give me an idea as to whose department was "bigger and better." However, with the same number, that didn't reveal anything. </p>

<p>School Similarities....</p>

<p>Both have strong traditions
Both have spirited student bodies
Both have lovely campuses
Both are "football schools"
Both offer somewhat similar merit scholarships (see below)
Both charge course fees.
Both have some Super Suites housing.
Both have Honors Colleges (see below)</p>

<p>Differences...</p>

<p>Auburn.... rural
Alabama ....city population 125,000
Auburn.....little more expensive - full & 2/3 tuition scholarships consider 15 credits plus semester fee. Auburn....NMF housing scholarship isn't as generous.<br>
Alabama... full & 2/3 tuition scholarships consider 16 credits course load.
Alabama has more money.
Auburn doesn't have enough housing.
Alabama Honors College admits by specified stats
Auburn's Honors College admits by competition.</p>

<p>Other differences have nothing to do with your situation...for instance... Auburn has an architecture school, and Bama has a law school.</p>

<p>Are you considering them because of scholarships?</p>

<p>Can you visit them? Or are you too far.</p>

<p>Mom2</p>

<p>I knew you would come through! I've learned so much about Bama from your posts on CC. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a Mom2 for Auburn.</p>

<p>We are visiting next month and I'm hoping there will be a clear "winner" for DD. She changed her major mid-stream so half the schools she applied to are no longer on the list. She knows two kids who attend AU and none at Bama. None of her friends from school have applied to either school. She has never experienced "Southern" culture ("but we've been to Florida, mom"). She absolutely wants to go Greek. </p>

<p>It's funny, but she has been talking about Bama and Auburn since she was a junior. I told her to forget about them as they are too far away and she knows nothing at all about the state of Alabama. However, when she started applications last Sept. she asked if she could apply to them. (Although she still can't tell me why those schools are so appealing to her) Now I have a feeling we'll be learning a lot about Alabama.</p>

<p>Enjoy your visits to both schools. </p>

<p>Be sure to check out the off-campus hangouts, too. </p>

<p>Auburn's off-campus hangouts are by Toomer's Corner - which is College St and Magnolia Avenue.</p>

<p>Bama's off-campus hangouts are west of the stadium on University Drive. Called "The Strip." There are more off-campus hangouts further down and the area is referred to as "Downtown." There are more at Midtown Village - an outdoor lifestyle mall, and at the regular indoor mall.</p>

<p>Bama Tip...To avoid streets/buildings undergoing construction/remodeling....when approaching UAlabama, use McFarland Drive off of I 59/20.</p>

<p>Touring tip....ask to see the housing (honors and/or regular). Don't remember if Auburn includes on tours, but Bama doesn't. So, just ask and they'll refer you to where you need to go to view dorms. :)</p>

<p>Also, have you made your campus tour reservations? If not, make them now, they book fast. You can always change your mind.</p>

<p>If you have any other questions that I can help you with, feel free to send me a PM. :)</p>

<p>I'm a student at Auburn University as Pre-Med with Biomedical sciences major. Auburn tends to have more students focusing on the Science/Math/Engineering programs, whereas Alabama seems to be more liberal arts based. I think either/or would be fine for your son/daughter. My sister attends U of A and loves it... I'm at Auburn more for my major considering most students are more focused on Science and Engineering here.</p>

<p>Alabama tends to have more students in Greek organizations. Not sure if that's an important factor, but I think Alabama has a bigger "party" and "social" atmosphere. As for going Greek, be careful, some sororities have absolutely horrible reputations at Auburn and do in fact live up to those reputations; but not all sororities at Auburn are bad. I participated in Fall Rush and found out you can do more at Auburn than pay copious amounts of money to be in a "social" organization to make friends... get involved in Tiger Tuesdays, UPC, Band/Choir/Art, Sports, Church Organizations, Social Sororities, etc.</p>

<p>As for housing, I would secure your spot ASAP. I placed my housing before I even decided on coming to Auburn in April and it was filled by March. I live in the Quad and I do enjoy being able to get all my science lectures and labs within a minute. However, if you can not get a spot on campus, I would start looking at Apartments within the area considering most of the apartments fill by March.</p>

<p>As a Audiologist that majored in Audiologiy and Speech Sciences undergrad, as long as there is a long list of required undergrad courses in Speech and likely just a couple in Audiology either will be fine. Grad school is much more important. </p>

<p>One suggestion, if your daughter is interested in Speech (vs Audiology) have her get her teaching certificate so she has the option of working in school districts. I would think both of the schools you list have an education dept. There will be plenty of time in her schedule for these courses.</p>

<p>I doubt your daughter will spend much time in the Speech adn Hearing Centers, other than classes, as this is mostly for grad students, but check them out. Check out the grad programs while there as it is likely wherever she goes undergrad she will apply to grad school if she likes the school and environment.</p>

<p>Good luck. PM me if you think of questions 9as I may not check this again...)</p>

<p>*Alabama tends to have more students in Greek organizations. *</p>

<p>Actually, the percentages are almost the same. Auburn's is a bit higher.</p>

<p>*whereas Alabama seems to be more liberal arts based. *</p>

<p>That may have been true at one time, but not since Bama has built its mega Science and Engineering Complex which consists of 9 additional buildings. And construction has begun on Phast III - 3 more science buildings. Phase IV includes 3-4 more buildings. When the entire complex is complete, it will be one of the largest in the country.</p>

<p>When you visit, be sure to visit the Shelby building (shaped like the Pentagon) and the rest of the Science & Engineering comples.</p>

<p>Well, you can look at statistics, but I think actually asking a student who attends either one of the schools would be more beneficial. I have friends at both schools and I've heard great things about Alabama too. I'm not biased to Auburn at all, considering I'm only here for in-state tuition. I would rather be out of state.</p>

<p>^^^</p>

<p>Yes, asking students is beneficial. :)</p>

<p>But, surely you're not dismissing the fact that percentage of kids in Greeks is about the same. Some students' perception or belief can't change that, right? :) I mean, some students might claim that there are a lot more males (or a lot more females) on one of the campuses, but it wouldn't be true. </p>

<p>For instance....A Bama student recently claimed on this forum a very incorrect % of out-of-state students at Auburn based on what his Auburn friend told him. A student posting that number, doesn't change the fact that Auburn states on its own website that about 40% of students are from OOS. Right? </p>

<p>Both schools are very nice...absolutely. :)</p>

<p>You wanted to go out of state? Where did you want to go? :)</p>

<p>Thanks everyone! It's so helpful to get first hand info. We are all really looking forward to our trip.</p>

<p>Has anyone gone through the Communicative Disorders undergrad at Alabama and then applied to other grad schools for speech pathology? Just wondering about acceptance rate and how the undergrad program prepares you.</p>

<p>Hi,</p>

<p>you probably should post this question on the Bama forum here on CC. </p>

<p>University</a> of Alabama - College Confidential</p>

<p>Okay. Thanks for very much for the help. Still trying to figure out how to use this great resource.</p>

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