UAB is a good place to matriculate, especially if you are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. There's not a lot of campus life, as the campus itself is quite close to downtown Birmingham, but it is my understanding that the administration there is taking steps to make the campus less "commuter" and more "traditional college". I think this school gave me a good start--I was able to go to grad. school from there and am now gainfully employed in my career of choice.
UAB can be very daunting. You may feel unwelcome at first if you are not Pre-professional or pre-med. But don't let that intimidate you!! This school has great programs that are in no way related to the medical field! The best way to feel connected in the sprawling campus is to get involved. (And you don't have to become Greek to do it, if you don't want to). There are a ton of student organizations that you can help with, volunteering opportunities, and acedemic groups you can join. A lot of these can not only connect you with other students and administrators (both of which are great assests, think about how great it would look to turn in a recommendation letter from the VP of Student Affairs), but it also allows you to connect with Birmingham as a whole and really benefit from being in a bigger city in AL.