I am a parent of a current UAH Sophomore Aerospace Engineering major. Plus, my husband was born and raised in Huntsville, and we have spent a lot of time there visiting relatives.
UAH was started during the Space Race to educate locals to work in the space industry. For years it was mostly an adult commuter campus, with some local students choosing to live at home after high school and commute. In the last decade or so UAH decided to build dorms and start actively recruiting students to live on campus. Today you will see enrollment is at 10,000 students.
Dorms were designed to appeal to quirky students who enjoy their privacy. Most students will have their own bedroom as part of a 4 person suite. Each suite has 2 bathrooms, a mini kitchen, and a living room.
UAH was built to educate scientists, so Engineering, Physics and Math are their strongest departments. The campus feels small, even though students might walk a long ways to get to a class. There is lots of grass and some trees on campus, and even though public streets cross through the campus, it does not have the city feel of a school like Georgia Tech in downtown Atlanta.
I was surprised to find 17 religious student organizations on campus, and saw signage for all of them when we visited. There are various church denominations in Huntsville, and I am glad to give you more details if you want to message me.
UAH is not a hotbed of Covid-19, and students seem to be following safety guidelines for the most part. The school is doing a great job under trying circumstances. As a parent with a child attending school in another state, I feel more comfortable with him at UAH than at a larger campus.
Huntsville is thriving with new jobs, new music and entertainment venues, restaurants, etc. So many companies that offer internships and full time jobs to UAH students and graduates. Huntsville does not feel like a traditional southern town, since so many people from around the country and around the world have added to the eclectic population. It has a small town friendly feel while also being a major powerhouse of industries.
Huntsville is an easy drive to Nashville, Chattanooga and Birmingham. Air travel to and from Huntsville is more expensive and less convenient.
UAH has a strong local and regional reputation in engineering. They are not well known nationally. The school recruits OOS students with their generous merit scholarships. The average ACT/SAT scores are high, and the Honors College has been a great choice for my son.
UAH is a small school with a unique vibe. It will either appeal to your child or turn them off. But definitely worth your time to research and consider.
Again, I am glad to answer specific questions you may have.