University of Montevallo is a four-year public institution located in Montevallo, Alabama. Alabama’s only public liberal arts university, University of Montevallo was established in 1896 as the Alabama Girls’ Industrial School, beginning with 150 young women. The School was started as an experiment, and trained women to be teachers, bookkeepers, artists, musicians, dressmakers, telegraphers and milliners for the purpose of graduating women who would be self-supportive. In 1911 the school was renamed the Alabama Girls’ Technical Institute and the phrase “and College for Women” was added to name in 1919. By 1923 the school became a degree-granting institution and changed its name again, this time to Alabama College, State College for Women. In 1956 the first male students were admitted into the College and in 1969 the school’s name was changed one last time to University of Montevallo in order to better reflect the changing atmosphere.
Academic ProgramsUniversity of Montevallo’s vision is to “offer academically capable students from all sociodemographic backgrounds an affordable, life-enriching ‘honors college’ experience stressing community service and global awareness, all within an atmosphere of national historic beauty and a tradition of innovative cultural expression.” The mission of the University of Montevallo is to “provide to students from throughout the state an affordable, geographically accessible, ‘small college’ public higher educational experience of high quality, with a strong emphasis on undergraduate liberal studies and with professional programs supported by a broad base of arts and sciences, designed for their intellectual and personal growth in the pursuit of meaningful employment and responsible, informed citizenship.”
University of Montevallo is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925. More than 30 degree programs are offered with approximately 75 majors through the University’s four colleges, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the Michael E. Stephens College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Fine Arts. Several experiential learning programs are also offered by the University of Montevallo, including the Honors Program, Internships, Partnerships and Outreach, President’s Outdoor Scholars, Research, Service Learning, and Study Abroad.
Student LifeUniversity of Montevallo has a total enrollment figure of just over 3,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students. As a residential college, student housing is offered in the form of several residence halls. The University of Montevallo’s first campus was designed by Olmsted Brothers who are famous for designing New York’s Central Park, Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue parks, as well as the grounds of the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, and the Olmstead’s basic design of the University of Montevallo’s campus continues to be followed today. More than 70 buildings dot the rural campus with the National Historic District located at the campus’ center.
University of Montevallo recognizes a number of student-led groups and organizations which cater to a wide range of interests including academic, professional, spiritual, recreational, and interest-based clubs. As an NCAA Division II school, the University of Montevallo’s varsity teams compete in the Peach Belt Conference. Sports include basketball, cross country, golf, outdoor track, and soccer, as well as men’s baseball, and women’s indoor track, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, and softball.