University of Montevallo
The University of Montevallo provides a unique higher educational experience in Alabama as the only public liberal arts institution in the state. With a strong emphasis on undergraduate liberal studies, a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and professional programs supported by a broad base of arts and sciences, the cumulative experience is designed for students’ intellectual and personal growth.
Montevallo’s vision is to offer academically capable students from all socio-demographic backgrounds an affordable, life-enriching “honors college” experience. Montevallo stresses community service and global awareness within an atmosphere of national, historic beauty and a tradition of innovative cultural expression.
Get to know University of Montevallo
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Disability Services
- Conditionally Admitted Student Support
- TRIO Student Support
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
The mission of the Undergraduate Research program is to provide opportunities for undergraduates to foster their academic knowledge and understanding through collaborative research efforts, scholarly activity, and creative endeavor. The overarching goals of the UR program are to facilitate the undergraduate research experience between students and faculty mentors and to prepare students for graduate or professional schools. The program hosts a Run for Research in the fall and an Undergraduate Research Day in the spring. Students also have opportunities to receive travel grants to present research at both regional and national competitions and conferences, including the Southeastern Regional COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference.
Inspired by the unique history of Montevallo, the University is dedicated to educational, cultural, and social programs designed to combat bias, bigotry, and racism. Montevallo also promotes intercultural dialogue and respect for diversity. The University offers a variety of opportunities, including Korean Culture Club, Minority Student Union, and National Association for Multicultural Education, among others. Students are also encouraged to participate in various foreign studies courses and study abroad opportunities.
FORTHCOMING CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The University of Montevallo’s forthcoming Center for the Arts will provide 36,000-square-feet of space to offer collaboration across the Fine Arts disciplines. It will house a state-of-the-art, 350-seat theater, a 100-seat black box theater, a University art gallery, a multi-use fabrication lab, scene design and wardrobe shops, and several new multipurpose classrooms and studios. With this space, the University will facilitate more cross-discipline interaction that will provide students with more marketable skills for their future occupations.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 16%
White, non-Hispanic: 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
COMMON INTELLECTUAL EXPERIENCES
Students have opportunities to partake in team-taught classes by faculty in both the Honors program and certain majors, including a new Environmental Studies major, which began in Fall 2016. Team-taught classes are interdisciplinary and taught by two professors from different fields. These courses address a combination of issues, bringing new discussion and thought angles to special topics.
Falcon Scholars in Action is an honors program in which 25 UM students serve clients in agencies and programs throughout Shelby County. Students selected are provided with a significant annual stipend from Shelby County in exchange for their service. Examples of services provided include GED/ACT/SAT preparation, tutoring, coordinating physical activities, and providing training in job skills, computer skills, and social skills. All majors are eligible. Students are chosen through a highly competitive application process and are enrolled in UM 222SL, which can be taken for variable credit ranging from 0–3 credit hours.
UM’s Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement supports faculty in integrating service into their teaching and research. The office also assists students in identifying appropriate service opportunities and supports their development as community leaders. Finally, the office is responsible for enhancing the University’s engagement in the community, serving as a clearinghouse of service opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.
The University of Montevallo Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in the community.
Located approximately 35 miles south of Birmingham, the University of Montevallo campus is nestled near the geographical center of Alabama. Famous for its red brick streets and paths, the central portion of campus is a National Historic District with two antebellum structures. The first plans for the University were developed by the Olmsted Brothers, who were famous for designing New York’s Central Parks, Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue parks, and the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. The City of Montevallo embraces the University, its students, and its activities on all levels, from theatrical premieres and art openings to basketball games to guest speakers.
Athletic Division: NCAA Division II
Number of Varsity sports: 21
Mascot: Freddie the Falcon
Colors: Purple and Gold
Campus housing options.
Special housing for disabled students
UM offers a variety of opportunities for students to practice in a professional setting the skills and knowledge they acquire in the classroom.
In some majors, applied experiences are central to the curriculum. This is the case for clinical assignments in social work and communication science disorders as well as for practice teaching in education. In other majors, such as art, business, and communication studies, students may enroll in an internship for elective credit. Interns may be placed at agencies in the local community or outside the state through such programs as the Washington Center, a government internship in Washington, D.C.
CAPSTONE COURSES AND PROJECTS/SENIOR EXPERIENCE
UM encourages its students to explore that which excites them most. To cater their experience, students at the University of Montevallo may complete a capstone course or undergraduate research in various degree programs. And those who wish to complete their own major may apply for the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Major, a self-designed course of study that permits them to combine features of more than one discipline. A capstone experience is required for IDS majors.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The UM Career Development Center offers a variety of resources to help students prepare for their future careers and professional development. The center’s services are available to all currently enrolled degree-seeking students, faculty, staff, and alumni. These services range from helping choose a major, finding job opportunities, applying to grad school, and offering professional development.
GRAINGER CENTER FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Business students at UM have an additional professional development resource in the Grainger Center for the Professional Practice. Located in Morgan Hall, this center assists students with the transition from academics to the business community. Not only does the center provide a space for students to seek advice in developing professional skills and practices, but it also serves as a valuable resource for students to find internship placements by forging connections with business and industry representatives.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
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The University of Montevallo welcomes applications from passionate and committed students who are interested in pursuing a quality education. The Office of Admissions reviews all undergraduate applications using a rolling decision format, with students receiving notice of the decision soon after the file is complete.
Application Fee : To apply for admission, one must pay a $30, nonrefundable application fee by credit card or check, made payable to “University of Montevallo” and mailed to the Office of Admissions at:
75 College Drive
Montevallo, AL 35115
Official High School Transcript : An official copy of a student’s high school transcript must be submitted by their guidance counselor in order to complete the UM application. All transcripts may be mailed to the Office of Admissions.
Standardized Test Scores : Official ACT or SAT scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions to complete the application. These scores can be listed on the student’s official high school transcript or sent through the testing provider.
Know Your Deadlines: The general admission deadline is August 15.
Fall Term—Incoming freshmen wishing to have their application considered for merit-based scholarships should apply prior to December 1.
Spring Term—The deadline for students wishing to enroll in the spring term is December 1.
Summer Term—The deadline for students wishing to enroll in the summer term is May 1.
More information on Admissions can be found at montevallo.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $11,730
Tuition (out-of-state): $24,360
There are several ways to finance the educational experience at the University of Montevallo. Scholarships are available from a number of sources and are awarded based on demonstrated need and other grants are available to undergraduates who have not previously received a bachelor’s degree. On-campus employment is offered through the Federal Work-Study Program and other jobships offered by the University. Other options are available to U.S. veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits.
Students interested in using grant money to pay for costs associated with their education must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 1 priority date annually.
As gift aid, grants are typically not repaid unless a student withdraws from the semester. Only undergraduates who have not previously received a bachelor’s degree are eligible for the following grants:
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Pell Grants are available in amounts ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars per academic year. The amount of the grant depends on financial need and enrollment status. Federal regulations limit the length of time a student can receive Pell Grants. The lifetime limit for recipients of Pell Grant awards is the equivalent of 12 semesters. If a student is not full time, the eligibility is prorated. The maximum percentage of aid is 600% (based on 50% aid for full-time students per semester). Students may go to www.nslds.ed.gov to view the lifetime amount of Pell Grant that has been received. This grant is based on income, cost of attendance, and enrollment status. Funds are awarded based on full-time (12 hours or more), ¾-time (9-11 hours), ½-time (6-8 hours), and less than half-time. Students enrolled less than half-time are not eligible for assistance. Federal regulations require provisions to be made for Pell Grant recipients who have a credit balance on their account to be able to purchase books and supplies within seven days after classes begin. UM students who are eligible for Pell Grants and have an authorized/pending credit balance prior to the first day of class will be provided with the opportunity to charge books at the bookstore.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) in the amount of $1200 per academic year are awarded to students with exceptional financial need. Funds for this program are limited. This grant is awarded to the neediest Pell Grant recipients with the greatest need based on hours of enrollment. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA by March 1 for consideration.
Alabama Student Assistance Program
These state-funded grants are awarded to students with exceptional financial need who are legal residents of Alabama. This grant is awarded to Alabama residents who are among the neediest Pell Grant recipients. Funds are limited, and amounts vary.
It’s important to remember that a college education is an investment in one’s future, and the University of Montevallo believes that it’s equally important to invest in its students. There are many scholarships available for UM students, all of which are based on certain academic criteria. General requirements for scholarships begin with a 24 ACT or 1090 SAT and a 3.0 high school GPA. Many of the colleges, departments, and programs offer additional scholarships.
Examples of Scholarships offered at UM include:
- Academic Recognition Scholarship
- Alumni Honors Scholarship
- Freshman Leadership Scholarship
- Presidential Honors Scholarship
- Community College Presidents’ Scholarship
- Miss Alabama Scholarship
- Minority Educators Scholarship Program
- President’s Scholarship in Drama
More UM scholarships can be found at montevallo.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/scholarships
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