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Forbes has this great article about how young people from all over America want to come to the University of Alabama:

As a high school senior from Woodbury, Long Island, some 30 miles east of New York City, Daniel Machover’s top choice for a college might strike some as curious: the University of Alabama.

A big college football fan, Machover paid a visit to Tuscaloosa, where he had already applied and been accepted, and found the “rah rah” atmosphere of Crimson Tide country everything he expected. But while it was football that had initially piqued his interest, he found much more to ultimately sway him: Beautiful campus, warm weather and friendly people.

“There was no culture shock at all, everyone was just real nice,” he says.

Why?  It’s football!

Head football coach Nick Saban has done the near-impossible at the University of Alabama:  orchestrated a seismic shift in the meaning of “Roll Tide.” The longtime motto used by the locals to exhort its college football team to victory has spread across the school’s campus to the registrar’s office, to new buildings for science, engineering and nursing students, and on to the wallets of increasingly generous alumni.

Time for a disclaimer:  This blogger is JD ’83 from Alabama.  I agree with much of Machover’s observations:  Nice people, pretty girls, great school, and other than a bit too much football spirit, it was a good experience to go to Alabama.  The law school had high caliber faculty and a new (in 1983!) physical plant.  But if you aspire to go the the Capstone, better find an aunt in the state first.  The other out-of-staters are filling the spots fast!

For the admissions office, more applications mean more selectivity. Six years ago, 64% of students applying to the University of Alabama were accepted. By 2012, the acceptance rate had dropped to 53%. About one in four students from the 2012 freshman class carried a 4.0 high school GPA. The class also includes 241 National Merit Scholars, more than any other public university in the U.S.

As for Daniel Machover?  Well, he isn’t going – even though he was accepted!  Money was an object and distance, too!

Alas, Machover won’t get to live the southern dream. At least not this year. As decision time neared, his dad Geoff decided that for his college visits and his son’s treks back home, road trips beat flights. He nixed Tuscaloosa in favor of the University of Delaware. “I’d pick Alabama,” says Daniel. “But he’s paying the bill.”

I doubt the leaders at UA read my blog but maybe they can find some bling to get Daniel to Tuscaloosa!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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