December 8, 2020 | Press Releases

Outstanding UM students honored at virtual Senior Elite Night

Many University of Montevallo students were honored for their achievements during the University’s Senior Elite Night on Nov. 4, which was held virtually this year due to COVID-19. The event is a longstanding tradition dating back to 1933, and honors students who have demonstrated outstanding academic and leadership abilities during their time on campus. Faculty […]

December 3, 2020 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo named best teaching school in Alabama  

The University of Montevallo has been named the best school in the state and one of the top schools in the southeast for graduate programs in instructional media design, specifically instructional technology. Teaching Degree Search recently released its 2021 Best Teaching Schools rankings, and UM was named the best instructional media design school in Alabama, the best […]

November 23, 2020 | Press Releases

UM freezes tuition for third consecutive year

To help maintain its status as one of the best quality-for-cost higher education institutions in the state, the University of Montevallo’s Board of Trustees voted on Feb. 12 to again freeze tuition, ensuring the University’s tuition will remain the same it was in 2018. “Montevallo’s tuition freeze is yet another example of our family of […]

November 12, 2020 | Press Releases

UM ranks high for on-campus and online offerings

The University of Montevallo has been named one of the top accredited higher education institutions in the state for its mix of on-campus and online degree programs. recently released its list of the “Best online and on-campus colleges in Alabama,” and UM placed in the top five in the state and was the highest-ranking […]

November 11, 2020 | Press Releases

Sides joining forces for UM’s 2021 College Night 

In March, College Night will look significantly different than it has in the past, as the Purple and Gold leaders have developed a plan to celebrate the tradition while staying safe during the pandemic. College Night leaders, in coordination with advisors from the College Night Committee and University administration, finalized the plan in early October. […]

November 5, 2020 | Press Releases

UM alumni donate more than 950 masks to students 

Alumni worked to ensure UM students remained safe and healthy during the fall semester, as they donated several hundred purchased and handmade masks for student use.   Last summer, the UM National Alumni Association purchased one cloth mask for each UM student, faculty and staff member to use when returning to campus for the fall semester. From […]

October 20, 2020 | Press Releases

UM’s Carmichael Library awarded $50k technology grant

The University of Montevallo’s Carmichael Library has been awarded a nearly $50,000 Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to make its offerings more accessible to remote users. The agency recently awarded the grants to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. UM was one of 68 institutions selected from 1,701 applications […]

October 16, 2020 | Press Releases

UM waives application fee from Oct. 19-23

High school seniors, transfer students and graduate students were able to apply to the University of Montevallo without paying an application fee during the week of Oct. 19-23. Montevallo participated in Alabama College Application Week, and waived its normal $30 application fee. Students who are interested in applying should visit In September, the University also […]

October 14, 2020 | Press Releases

Founders’ Day virtually celebrates UM’s 124 years 

Due to the challenges presented by COVID-19, the format for the University’s 124th Founders’ Day on Oct. 8 was unlike any before it. However, its purpose of celebrating this year’s seniors and UM’s more than a century of making a difference in students’ lives remained unchanged.   The theme of this year’s Founders’ Day was “Building for […]

September 18, 2020 | Press Releases

UM waives admission test score requirement, adds scholarships based on GPA

The University of Montevallo has waived the ACT/SAT test score requirement for admission, and is offering scholarships to students based on their high school GPA. UM made the decision to waive the test score requirements for admission due to the cancellation and limited availability of standardized testing dates because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a […]

September 17, 2020 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo named among South’s most beautiful colleges

The University of Montevallo has been named one of the most picturesque college campuses in the South by Southern Living magazine. The publication recently released its 2020 list of the South’s Most Beautiful Colleges, which honored institutions in several states “where both the academics and aesthetics are impressive.” Montevallo’s campus features brick-lined streets and sidewalks […]

September 17, 2020 | Press Releases

UM Department of Theatre receives national accreditation 

The University of Montevallo’s Department of Theatre has received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), meaning every visual and performing arts department at the University is now nationally accredited. Montevallo joins only about 190 other schools across the nation in holding the prestigious NAST accreditation. NAST voted to admit UM as […]

September 14, 2020 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo continues to climb in U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings

For the 12th consecutive year, the University of Montevallo continues to be the top-ranked public regional university in Alabama, and has earned multiple other accolades in U.S. News and World Report’s recently released 2021 Best Colleges rankings. The publication released the rankings on Sept. 14, and UM earned praise for its high value to students […]

September 9, 2020 | Press Releases

UM’s Center for the Arts earns Building Birmingham award

The University of Montevallo’s newly opened Center for the Arts has been selected as one of the most important construction projects in the Birmingham metropolitan area. The Birmingham Business Journal honored the Center for the Arts on its 2020 Building Birmingham list, which recognizes projects based on their impact, degree of difficulty and unique offerings. […]

September 3, 2020 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo opens new College of Business building

The University of Montevallo opened a new 10,000-square-foot facility adding space for the Michael E. Stephens College of Business with the start of the fall semester on Aug. 24, greatly enhancing the college’s offerings. The new home for the College of Business is a state-of-the-art and technology-rich facility. It features a large student commons and […]

August 27, 2020 | Press Releases

UM opens new Center for the Arts

The University of Montevallo’s new Center for the Arts is completed, and began hosting classes with the start of the fall semester on Aug. 24. The 36,750-square-foot building is located at the intersection of Oak Street and North Boundary Street, and is unique among collegiate facilities in the state of Alabama. It brings together many […]

August 25, 2020 | Press Releases

University of Montevallo enrollment up for fall semester

During a time when many universities across the nation are experiencing declining enrollment, the University of Montevallo saw an overall increase in its number of students for the fall. The University began the fall semester on Aug. 24 with a total enrollment of 2,656, which is up about 2 percent compared to the fall 2019 […]

August 14, 2020 | Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile: Cynthia Todd

Your name:  Cynthia Kay Todd Your home:  Hoover, Alabama Your hometown: Calera, Alabama Education: Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, majoring in business management at UM in 1988 Master of Arts Degree in Public and Private Management Degree at Birmingham-Southern College in 2007   Educational achievements at UM:  I served in leadership roles during college — most notably president of Alpha […]

August 14, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

Purple Side Victory Highlights 2020 Homecoming 

Campus was a flurry of activity during this year’s Homecoming festivities, as hundreds of UM alumni, students and friends celebrated being a part of the Montevallo family. The University hosted reunions for Alabama College; the classes of 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010; Young Alumni, Old Golds and Vintage Purples.   The festivities also included several […]

August 14, 2020 | More Montevallo Stories

UMNAA Honors Outstanding Alumni Achievement 

During this year’s Homecoming celebration themed 20/20 Vision: Eye on the Future, the UM National Alumni Association honored three alumni for their outstanding contributions to the community. The honorees received their awards in front of a full house in Anna Irvin Dining Hall during the Saturday Homecoming Recognition Luncheon.   The luncheon also served as the […]