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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | Montevallo
Population | 6,575
Enrollment | 2,600
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host

Term Dates
Fall | 08/21-12/20
Spring | 01/02-05/03

University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL
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Private liberal arts university experience at a public university.

About This Campus

Experience a private liberal arts education at a state university price! The University of Montevallo is a COPLAC school (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges) - one of 29 public liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Enjoy small class sizes on a campus that looks like a movie set – green quads, old trees with students in hammocks, and brick sidewalks and streets. Our campus was designed by the Olmsted brothers (who designed NYC's Central Park), and includes an observatory, an ecological preserve, and a student retreat with a lake. Inside our historic buildings you will find highly qualified faculty teaching classes – not graduate students. A student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1 allows for close collaboration with faculty inside and outside of class. Check out our majors, our gorgeous campus, our unique campus traditions, our Southern food and mild winters, and Alabama's great white sand beaches and forest-covered mountains. Come to Montevallo, y’al

Location Information

The University of Montevallo is located in the city of Montevallo (pop. 6,575) in the geographical center of Alabama. It is 35 miles south of Birmingham - a restaurant mecca recently called "the next Music City". Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains yet within a four hour drive to the famous white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, you will find almost any outdoor activity–unless it involves snow or ice! UM is also 15-minutes from the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge.

Helpful Information

The City of Montevallo is a pedestrian- and bicyclist-friendly community that offers many local amenities even to students who live on campus. The bike share initiative ValloCycle allows bicycles to be checked out at various check out stations for use for a small fee. Montevallo also has the famous Orr Park, a thriving artist community that is showcased in such local events as the Montevallo Artwalk, which is staged several times a year, and the annual Montevallo Art Show that is held in April.
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RegistrationClosed Programs
Education courses for Alabama teacher certification. Speech-Language-Pathology. Independent study courses - unless authorized by coordinator, professor and registrar. Senior portfolio courses in Art (ART 492).

Notable Academic Programs

  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics - Ceramic study at UM is special for a variety of reasons. Among these is the availability of several atmosphere firing kilns including the 40-foot wood-fire anagama kiln. Fired once or twice a year, the kiln fires for 100 hours and consumes up to 14 cords of split wood. With raku, glaze, and salt kilns in addition to the two wood kilns, UM provides one of the most comprehensive ceramics experiences for undergraduates in the country.
  • Theater Design Technology - Students can major in one of two tracks in Theater Design Technology: Costume Design or Scenic/Lighting Design. Students interview for production positions in their tracks.
  • Environmental Studies - Our Environmental Studies program is top notch thanks to our devoted faculty and staff and a number of invaluable hands-on resources like University Lake, the James Wylie Shepherd Observatory, the UM Organic Community Garden, and the Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve. We also have other ways to get involved in making our community more sustainable, like ValloCycle, recycling, and the Green Fund. All of these facilities and opportunities are open to the whole campus community – after all, more participation always makes for a bigger impact. The University of Montevallo has been recognized nationally for our efforts in sustainability. We were honored as a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, and in 2019 we received our first STARS Bronze Rating for sustainability achievements.
  • Exercise Science - The Strength and Conditioning concentration is designed to prepare students to pursue a variety of careers related to the strength and conditioning field, including NCAA strength and conditioning specialists, fitness industry professionals, and tactical strength and conditioning specialists. Courses in this concentration will provide students with an in-depth look at the latest strength training and conditioning techniques endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • Michael E. Stephens College of Business - The UM College of Business is accredited by AACSB, the leading accrediting agency for business schools throughout the world. Accounting majors at UM are placed in premiere internships during their senior year, and most receive job offers before they graduate.

Unique Academic Programs

  • English - If children’s literature is your thing, you will love being on the campus housing one of the largest children’s literature collections in the southeastern U.S. The collection boasts approximately 3,000 titles, including pop-up books and signed first editions of Newbery and Caldecott award winning books. The collection was donated by UM alumna Pat Scales, who has served as chair of the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott and Wilder Award Committees.
  • Environmental Studies - UM was recognized as a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School – one of only 11 in the U.S. The University was the first in the state to implement a Green Fund. UM owns a nearby lake as well as a swamp a few miles from campus. The organic community garden, bike share, and sculptural bike rack are other notable results of the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program.
  • History - Alabama was a center of the Civil Rights movement. One of UM’s history faculty was active in the Birmingham area Civil Rights Movement and teaches courses about the Civil Rights Movement. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church are 35 miles from the UM campus. Selma and Montgomery are each an hour away. The UM Milner Archives and Honors Program students are working with Jawana Jackson, daughter of Selma Civil Rights leaders Dr. Sullivan and Mrs. Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, to preserve artifacts from the Jackson family home. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a frequent guest in the Jackson home and met with numerous Civil Rights leaders there.
  • Computer Informatics - The Computer Informatics program at the University of Montevallo focuses on the extraction of information from data to aid in critical decision making. The rapid advances in data collection and storage have led to the demand for professionals capable of deriving insights from large data sets across all areas of society including business, medicine, science and government. A degree in Computer Informatics equips students to fill this demand that falls outside of typical information technology programs. In addition to data analytic skills, the Computer Informatics program provides students with strong computer programming skills, the ability to interact with traditional and emerging data storage systems, information assurance techniques, and the communication skills necessary to support decision making. We equip students with a strong liberal arts background in addition to the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in a growing industry.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, African American Studies, Applied Mathematics... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 525.00 paper or 71.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Home or Host Pay
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Host Pay
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/08/24

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $6854.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 16 ($403 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 16 ($403 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $35 Year Host Mandatory
Housing Deposit $100 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Activity Fee $30 Credit Hour Host Mandatory
Health Service Fee $90 Semester Host & Home Optional
Technology Fee $37 Credit Hour Host Mandatory
Parking Fee $35 Year Host & Home Optional
Recycling Fee $5 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Green fund Fee $5 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: ID Card - The first one is free. Any additional cards are $10.00 each.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/08/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus: n/a
Notes About Housing

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Required of on-campus residents 5-meal plan/week + 350 flex dollars 10-meal plan/week + 200 flex dollars 15-meal plan/week + 150 flex dollars 19-meal plan/week + 100 flex dollars


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/08/24

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


    Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
    No public transportation is available.

    Other Health Related Comments
    Brick streets can be a problem.

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