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University of Montevallo

Montevallo, Alabama

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-to-1 student faculty ratio, and professional programs supported by a broad base of arts and sciences, the cumulative experience is designed for student 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.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,564 undergraduate students
90% of undergrad students are full time
33% male — 67% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
151 full-time faculty
78 part-time faculty
16 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
80% of first year students live on campus
50% of all students live on campus

School Location

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— 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 surrounds the University and embraces UM, its students and its activities on all levels from theatrical premieres to art openings to basketball games to guest speakers.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences  
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

77% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

45% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 15%
White 72%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


Athletic Division: NCAA Division II
Number of Varsity sports: 19

Mascot: Freddie the Falcon
Colors: Purple and Gold

Other Information

University of Montevallo is a four-year, public liberal-arts university, founded in 1896. It is Alabama’s only public liberal-arts university.

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News and World Report: Best Regional Universities

  • U.S. News and World Report: Top Public Schools

  • Military Friendly Distinction

  • Student Loan Report: Most Affordable Colleges for Incoming Freshman with Financial Need

Undergraduate Research

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.

Diversity/Global Learning

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 other opportunities. 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 theatre,  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.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station X
Yearbook X

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.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


*Philosophy included in humanities 

Learning Communities

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.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Service Learning

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, while 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.


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 and 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 may engage in applied work outside the state through programs such as the Washington Center, a government internship in Washington, D. C.

Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience

Students at the University of Montevallo may complete a capstone course in various degree programs or through undergraduate research. Students wishing to complete their own major may apply for the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Major, a self-designed course of study with faculty advisors that permits students to combine features of more than one discipline. A capstone experience is required for IDS majors.


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 offering help in choosing 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.


Admissions Fall 2015

2,024 Total Applicants 
1,417 Total Admissions 
505 Total Freshman Enrollment

70.01% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 455 595
SAT Math 475 580
SAT Writing 470 585
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT Math 18 24
ACT English 21 28
ACT Writing    

Admissions Process

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 by check, made payable to “University of Montevallo” and mailed to the Office of Admissions at:

75 College Drive
Station 6030
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:

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; 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 through jobships offered by the University; and various loans are also available. Other options are available to U.S. veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits.


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,740 $22,110
Fees $670 $670
Total $11,410 $22,780
Room and Board (on campus) $8,182 $8,182
Room Only $5,582 $5,582
Board Only $2,600 $2,600
Estimated Total On Campus $19,592 $30,962


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

91% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
58% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$8,363 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$6,238 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

There are several ways to finance your educational experience at the University of Montevallo. Scholarships are available from a number of sources and are awarded based on demonstrated need; 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 through jobships offered by the University; and various loans are also available. Other options are available to U.S. veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits.


The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is a federally funded employment program available to qualified students who demonstrate financial need. Students should indicate on the FAFSA if interested in receiving FWS. Students may be employed on or off campus and are paid bi-weekly based on the hours worked. Funds are not applied to the student’s account. A limited number of community-service positions are available. Please note that if the offer of FWS is accepted, this does not guarantee employment. If placement does not occur within 30 days of the beginning of the term, the offer will be cancelled. Funds are very limited. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA by March 1 for consideration.

Jobship: The University funds a limited number of jobship positions available through various campus offices. The positions are not need-based and are not awarded by the Office of Student Financial Services.


Students interested in using grant money to pay for costs associated with their education at the University of Montevallo must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by the March 1 priority date annually.

Available Grants
Grants are gift aid and 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 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 is 600% based on 50% per semester if full-time. Students may go to 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. Often 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 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 their 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
  • MAPS
  • Miss Alabama Scholarship
  • Minority Educators Scholarship Program
  • President’s Scholarship in Drama


More UM scholarships can be found at: