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The University of North Alabama (UNA) is a public university in Florence, Alabama. It is the state's oldest public university. Occupying a 130-acre (0.5 km2) campus in a residential section of Florence, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. The four cities compose a metropolitan area with a combined population of 140,000 people.
The University of North Alabama was founded as LaGrange College in 1830. It was reestablished in 1872 as the first state-supported teachers college south of the Ohio River. A year later, it became one of the nation's first coeducational colleges.
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  • This has to be one of the most beautiful campuses we have ever seen in the United States. We stopped at Jimmy Johns and they told us about the lion, so we meandered down that way. We arrived on... 
    This has to be one of the most beautiful campuses we have ever seen in the United States. We stopped at Jimmy Johns and they told us about the lion, so we meandered down that way. We arrived on...  more »
  • This campus is absolutely beautiful. We didn’t get to see the lion but saw plenty of squirrels and the coloring of the trees and plants are beautiful 
    This campus is absolutely beautiful. We didn’t get to see the lion but saw plenty of squirrels and the coloring of the trees and plants are beautiful  more »
  • We visited the campus solely to see the lion. The enclosure is a comfortable spot complete with waterfall. Leo - just one lion now- was understandably sleeping. “Hush my darling, don't fear my... 
    We visited the campus solely to see the lion. The enclosure is a comfortable spot complete with waterfall. Leo - just one lion now- was understandably sleeping. “Hush my darling, don't fear my...  more »
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  • UNA has progressed since I started and is a college I might have actually enjoyed starting if I weren't finishing. They do have an outdoor center that allows the students to check out kayaks and a Friends of International Students outreach as well now. When I first started, I was paying monthly and the time came when I finished my basics but was an undecided major because I didn't know what I wanted to do and my advisor told me in my meeting with her that I really needed to have a major and that I should know what I wanted to do by then (I was only 22) and if I didn't then there wasn't really much she could help me with. My most recent advisor for my career was much better at advising me. The staff was 50/50. Most of the professors are really good at explaining their material and passionate about what they do. Sadly, my favorite history professor was an adjunct so was only around for that semester. Unfortunately, the majority of the basics professors are the ones that really lacked in making me want to stay there. We had one professor that would count us absent even if a few minutes tardy, which makes first year students feel like they might as well not even be in the class if they're unable to find parking and running late. Graduation, though exciting after so many years was also really irritating. After thousands of dollars and twelve years of working towards my Bachelor's while working full-time, my graduation ceremony had a 6-person maximum. My mom, dad, partner, and three grandparents were able to attend. My three siblings, one of which just started this same college, my step dad, my step grandmother, and all the other people that had supported me were unable to see me walk in person because they're so strict about attendance. Their only response was that they could watch it via live stream as if 1) everyone happened to have access to the internet (which we didn't at my parent's house) and 2) that it was the same thing as seeing the first in three generations achieve a college degree. With as much money as I had spent on getting the degree, I really wanted to be able to have everyone that helped me (mentally and financially) watch me recieve it. To top it all off, the graduation ceremony was delayed by 2 hours, which we didn't find out until we got there so my partner who had only been able to get the morning off work for, had the leave halfway through because of the delay. Less recent, yet, equally irritating: The cost. The fees are ridiculous: mandatory transportation fee for a bus that never came anywhere near my apartment, recreation facility fee for a pool and gym I was unable to use, technology fee though I used my own laptop, camera, Internet, etc. Most obvious: the parking. Absolutely atrocious. Freshmen can't even park on campus, they have to use a parking deck downtown. Everyone else that is allowed on campus or near the university needs to come an hour or two early to circle the parking lot(s)/deck(s) like a vulture to find anything within 5 minutes of their class starting as there's definitely twice as many students as there are parking spots. Not so much a problem for everyone: online classes. For a university that states to have to capability of getting a completely online degree, there are an awful lot of classes unable to be taken online and an equally disappointing amount of classes that are only offered once every two years that make timely degrees a bit hard. This was a selling point for me coming back for my degree while working and ended up being a hassle to actually take classes. The nicest thing about this University is the aesthetics (even though it is too spread out to efficiently get to classes across campus) and they do offer the IDS degree that makes it easier to graduate for someone that swapped majors too many times while still getting a customized program of study that focuses on the things that would actually be needed for their career.
  • I mainly want to give a warning to anyone planning to attend here about parking and living on campus with the numbers rising. There are only 1868 spots for students to live in dorms. With over 10,000 students now going to una, this means under 20% can dorm. This also means only 20% can use the transit system so the others either have to live close enough to walk (very few houses and apartments are within walking distance) or park. Parking is horrendous and at this point ridiculous. I truly wish they would look into parking and dorms before they built anythingelse but for some reason accommodating students doesn’t seem to be a priority. If you have a 9 am class living off campus expect to have to be looking for parking by 7:30 and i would say on the first few days 6:30-7 but the parking doesn’t get much better like it used too since most teachers have a 3-day excused or unexcused absence rule. Lions lyft only goes within 3 miles of campus so not bringing a car is pretty much not an option. The parking deck is full everyday all day until about 3-4 pm. Your best bet is to park at the church of Christ church down the road but it’s a walk. I have had days where I quite literally couldn’t find a spot so I haven’t even been able to get to class.. all these options they give are for the students living on campus NOTHING for the 80% that do not. They will not warn you about this so knowing is kind of just learning it the hard way or hear say. The university could truly be up to any other d1 school in this state but they are raising tuition and lowering accessibility instead of simply accommodating the students they have. They also preach how it can be affordable but unless you get financial aid and alot of it it will not be. Not working is literally not an option unless your parents just pay for everything. Even parking for your own dorm I’ve heard is horrible. Another parking deck would help a ton with this but they won’t do it. It is hard to make friends without being in a sorority or being recognized by the university in some way. Alabama is and will forever be above una until they learn how to accommodate transit for students living on and off campus. Whether it’s rentable bikes or golf carts or expanding lions lift or expanding transit. Also if you go to the medical center they say they’ll excuse you if it’s that day you call but this is not true if it’s later in the day and they have no appointments open so I reccomend Huntsville hospitals urgent care if you can get there. I feel bad they are understaffed but they really need to stop trying to expand if that’s the case. If you have jose as your freshman advisor I reccomend trying to get with someone else especially if your getting advised late in the summer, meaning beginning of July. After that you are pretty much on your own. There isn’t even enough general classes for all the students here. I know students that go to other university’s and pay just as much as I do and do not have the problems I do with the attendance policy especially considering covid still exist and you shouldn’t be coming to clas while sick.. this gives one full week until your grade drops and in some classes the grade drops for every excuses or unexcused absence. Because of this people DO come to class sick because no one wants to drop their gpa to avoid infecting people with covid and they should not have too. Anything other than covid you might as well just take the grade and not try to fight it. Some professors (mainly the younger ones) are amazing with this and understand completely. They recognize that there are students struggling and talk about it but again the resources are limited too counseling which takes time out of study hours and working and that will do nothing for grades or professors understating. It’s very disconnected in that area. Another thing is if you think your ever gonna party during college here, unless you wanna take the risk of serious charges no you will not. Go to bama or auburn or Jacksonville anywhere else it is like they expect this to be a private university
  • Terrible Experience with University They Simply Deferred my Admission from Fall 2022 to Fall 2023 That Too in mid July where we got no other option to opt for. If they are lacking number of seats then why are they issuing admissions and i20s earlier. Simply Playing with the future of Students Strongly Not Recommend
  • There's both positive and negatives to going to school here, but mostly negatives. They don't always have a good selection of teachers in every department. For example, classes in the CS, CIS and the IT departments are all taught by just a handful of teachers. If that teacher is horrible at teaching, you're out of luck. Some teachers miss class regularly to the point that it's ridiculous, but don't you dare manage to get sick and miss, because your grade will be affected. There's literally only about two teachers in this department specifically that I would consider good teachers. One of those teachers was only there for a year before taking a job overseas. James Pope was the best teacher this department ever had and the other teachers could have learned from him. In total, I've only had a few amount of great teachers who really cared about my wellbeing and success at this school. We complain about parking every semester, every single year. They do nothing about it. This has been going on for years. They will however boast how many more students are coming to the school each year. Those students have nowhere to park, and the school constantly blocks off parking. I even heard two of the school staff talking about how students were trying to find a place to park one morning, the campus police had blocked parking spots and were laughing in the students' faces. I've also been harassed without cause by campus police before. They get a ton of money, both from students (ever increasing tuition and fees) and the state. They're building expensive new department buildings and that's great, but you also need to put that money into what students are needing, aside from new buildings. The number one need is parking. Every year, they survey us on dining options and nothing comes of it. Apart from chick fil a, mane market and grab and go locations, the on campus dining options are very expensive. You can expect to go through your dining dollars within a month, maybe two and a half if you don't eat often. Every single semester, the school sends out evaluations for the students to essentially grade the teacher. We know the teachers get the feedback, because a few of them have complained about receiving negative feedback every year. I don't know about you, but if I was given negative feedback every semester, I would fix what I was doing wrong like what would be expected at any normal business. In a normal business, there would be consequences. There is even one teacher in the music department that even the other teachers know how bad he is, because students complain and can't get any help because his wife is the department head. UNA sends the evaluations out and they receive the feedback, but they obviously don't care. They don't go out of their way to find good teachers that care about their students. They will instead reward bad behavior with tenures. The few positives that I have briefly touched on: I do have a small support system at this school. There are a few teachers who truly care about the students. The best thing about this school is Leo and the departed Una. At least the lion is well taken care of and given the best. This school would do better to actually listen to their students and not just put on a face and pretend to.
  • Super nice college campus! Friendly businesses all around. Good food and charming downtown area!

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