“War Eagle,” the Auburn staff, faculty and students enthusiastically roared as we stepped into the information session at Auburn University. (We learned what those two words meant at the end of our tour.) From the moment we stepped on campus it was clear that tradition and history run deep here.
Auburn University is located in the pristine Alabama town of the same name. Auburn is a land, sea, and space institution and home to 28,000 undergraduates. Students study in one of the twelve colleges, with engineering, pharmacy, business, architecture and nursing being the most competitive programs. Those interested in studying nursing apply the second semester of their sophomore year.
There is definitely a more Southern feel here than in the Atlanta area, which is two hours northeast. The majority of students hale from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Students address their elders with Mam and Sir. Not surprising, most students are politically conservative but are respectful to others’ views.
Our tour guide, who was from Tampa, told us that most students stay on campus on weekends, and there is plenty to do here. Greek life is popular but does not drive the social scene like many other Southern universities. About 30-percent of students join fraternities and sororities. Many students are deeply involved in community service. Students do not need a car here. The quintessential college town is just steps from campus. Lots of cute shops with college wear and trendy clothing, restaurants and bars line the streets.
Athletics is huge here, and Auburn football is an institution! The gigantic on-campus stadium seats over 87,000 spectators and boasts the largest jumbotron in college football. Sadly, tickets to games are hard to come by and students must enter a lottery each year to secure game day tickets. Before each home game “tree rolling,” toilet papering of the trees, has become a coveted tradition.
At the end of the tour, the meaning of “War Eagle” was revealed. “War Eagle” is not Auburn’s mascot (Aubie the Tiger has that distinction) or a nickname, but rather a way in which students, faculty and alum greet one another. It’s also the battle call at football games, a sign of unity and perhaps most of all an affirmation of school pride.
Admissions and Merit Aid
Auburn has its own application and is not part the Common App. Admissions does not superscore the SAT or ACT. Students are encouraged to send all test scores. Admissions told us that they do track demonstrated interest. Students can apply for merit aid once admitted to the University.
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