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Campus Visit Report-University of Alabama at Huntsville

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I know this one comes up a lot. 

We visited UAH today, and visited the honors college, biology, sociology, and met with admissions.

First of all, it’s pouring rain, and has been all day. So pretty awful conditions to visit a school. Despite that, DD loves it. She loves the offerings in the honors college, that the standard dorm structure allows privacy and the ability to retreat, and that the flyers on campus obviously show that folks there share her interests. The book store had plenty of geeky t-shirts (and ones on students were also suitably geeky). She felt comfortable there. The cafeteria had ample vegetarian and vegan options-indeed, many things were set up so that they were vegetarian and meat could be added. There also was a dedicated allergy-free line, with separate dishes that were the only ones used on that line-a big difference from “we’ll mark stuff as to what allergies it contains, but it’s on the line right next to food that has said allergen, so you’re hoping that the worker doesn’t accidentally cross-contaminate”. 

The biology prof/department chair who interviewed her recognized the conference her t-shirt was from-and will be presenting there this summer on reproductive ecology of a specific fish. He doesn’t work in her specializations and interest areas, but suggested others that did, and answered her concerns about animals being killed for research/education purposes. Double majoring or combining minors is possible. Most classes are taught by tenure track faculty. Lots of research opportunities. He thinks something could be worked out to let her keep her education snakes in the vivarium, possibly in exchange for lab animal husbandry.  (DD also knows the herpetologist there already, but didn’t mention that intentionally). She also did a lab tour. 

 

Sociology paired her with the environmental sociology professor, and they also got on well. Again, it’s not common to double major with bio, but could easily do so, research is included, and in fact a capstone project is required. There are a lot of classes DD is interested in. And, again, there are other faculty that he suggested she talk with. 

 

Admissioms felt there would be no problem with her age, transferring her credits from concurrent enrollment, or freshman status. 

 

There is a greek system, but it wasn’t really emphasized. There is a competitive game-day cheer team that cheers for hockey and basketball, and offers small scholarships that stack with merit aid. It’s definitely a student first, then athletics model. 

All told, it seems like a potentially very good fit. 

 

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Sounds like it checks a lot of boxes. 🙂

My dd also loved the campus environment. If the French dept hadn't told her they didn't have enough course offerings for her, it is the school she would have chosen.

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In my mind UAH is the front runner for my 2021 grad. He is interested too and friends we have that have visited have told him he will love the campus. It will probably be our first visit for him next year. Would be nice if he just falls in love and makes for an easy college search. LOL. 

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My family has lived in Huntsville for 15 yrs, and my husband graduated from UAH (computer engineering). I also worked at Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology (lots of biotech collabs with UAH), so if you have any questions, let me know! 

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