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University of Montevallo

Montevallo, AL


About This Campus

Experience a private liberal arts education at a state university price! The University of Montevallo is one of 29 public liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, and 13 of us are members of NSE. Enjoy small class sizes on a campus that looks like a movie set–think green quads, old trees with students in hammocks, and brick sidewalks and streets. Inside our historic buildings you will find highly qualified faculty teaching our classes–not graduate students. A student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1 allows for lots of access to faculty inside and outside of class. Check out our majors, our gorgeous campus, our unique campus traditions, our Southern food and mild winters, and our great white sand beaches and forest-covered mountains. Come to Alabama, y’all!

Location Information

The University of Montevallo is located in the city of Montevallo, Alabama (pop. 6,575) and is the geographical center of the state. It is 35 miles south of Birmingham. Birmingham has recently been called "the next Music City" and has many award-winning restaurants. 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! Northern Alabama is home to NASA facilities including Space Camp, Lookout Mountain in the northeast corner of the state, and the magic of the music created in Muscle Shoals. Lynyrd Skynyrd sings about Muscle Shoals in the song “Sweet Home Alabama”. Alabama is home to many iconic Civil Rights locations and museums. Alabama also has a rich literary heritage. Harper Lee and Truman Capote were both born in Monroeville. Alabama is also birthplace of the fictional Forrest Gump and the very real Helen Kell

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. Additionally, Montevallo has 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.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Montevallo
Population | 6,575
Enrollment | 2,717
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/13
Spring | 01/16-05/01

Campus Diversity

White | 67%
Black | 13%
Hispanic/Latino | 7%
Asian | 1%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 5%
Other | 6%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Closed Programs
Education courses for Alabama teacher certification. Speech-Language-Pathology.

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.
  • Exercise Science
  • Accounting - 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).

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.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Computer Game Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Dietetics
  • Digital Arts
  • Drawing
  • English
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise Science
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Family Studies
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Latin American Studies
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Music
  • Nutrition
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Photography
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Radio and Television Studies
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 525.00 paper, 193.00 computer or 71.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 05/16/19.
  • Estimated cost: $6045.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 16 ($403 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 16 ($403 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/16/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $35 Year Plan A Mandatory
Housing Deposit $100 Year Plan A Mandatory
Activity Fee $60 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee $90 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Technology Fee $50 Year Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee $35 Year Plan A & B Optional
Recycling Fee $5 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Online course Fee $75 Semester Plan A Optional
Administrative Fee $20 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Other Fee $40 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

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

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001004

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/16/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 50% living on campus
  • Double: $2900
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 5
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 5
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus: n/a
Notes About Housing

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1415 declining balance plan.
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

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/16/19.

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

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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