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Set in the city of Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama is the state’s largest university in terms of students, enrolling nearly 40,000 students. Take a walk around the 1,900-acre campus – nay, the city – and you’re likely to hear the phrase “Roll Tide” once or twice or 12 times.

‘Bama, as it’s affectionately known, features a colorful campus highlighted by must-see sites and attractions like the Denny Chimes, the Alabama Museum of Natural History, the Paul W. Bryant Museum, and Gorgas House Museum. Do yourself a favor and tour the campus to truly take in the history and culture found throughout.

Of course, during the fall, a ‘Bama football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium is quite the electrifying experience as well. Boasting numerous NCAA national championships, the Crimson Tide are one of the most well respected and successful teams in college football history.

Just a short drive north of Tuscaloosa along Interstate 20, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has made a home in the capital city since 1969. The campus is located in downtown Birmingham, where roughly 19,000 students are enrolled, studying in a variety of degree programs across 12 colleges and schools.

The university is increasingly known for its rapid growth and development of the UAB Health System, considered one of the nation’s largest academic medical centers. Some other campus highlights include Bartow Arena, the UAB Recreation Center, the Hill Student Center, which also the staging area for campus tours, and Legion Field Stadium, home of the UAB Blazers football team.

On the outskirts of Birmingham, the small, but noteworthy Samford University enrolls the modest amount of just over 5,000 in the suburb of Homewood. A private university, Samford was established in 1841, yet has grown into one of the state’s highest-ranking colleges – not to mention the overall highest-ranking private school.

Despite being a smaller school, the Samford’s sports teams have faired well as Division I competitors within the Southern Conference. The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs field 17 varsity teams altogether, playing home games at venues like Seibert Stadium, Pete Hanna Center, and Joe Lee Stadium.


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