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Virtual Student and Parent Orientation
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 • 5:30 p.m.

At the Virtual Student and Parent Orientation, we will discuss our purpose, campus resources and what to expect from your experience at UM. Sessions will include UM Police Chief Tim Alexander, Director of Student Conduct Tony Miller Jr. and Dr. Sierra Turner, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Please register in advance using this link:

The Montevallo M.A.D.E. (Minorities Achieving Dreams of Excellence) program is designed to assist first-year minority students in successfully transitioning to life as a Montevallo student. We are here to help you adjust to the academic, social, personal, and professional challenges experienced by first-year students. As a M.A.D.E participant, you will enjoy; Academic enhancement and professional development support, a collaborative space for studying, tutoring, events, meetings or just hanging with your new UM friends, personalized advising and coaching, access to job shadowing and internship opportunities and an exciting, safe and supportive community of students, faculty and staff. What distinguishes our program is our commitment to the personal and professional growth of our students throughout their whole journey, continuing to provide opportunities, experiences, and resources necessary to graduate equipped to succeed.

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Any students falling within the criteria below is eligible to join M.A.D.E.

  1. Students must be admitted to the University of Montevallo;
  2. Students must represent an underrepresented minority (i.e. Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and those of two or more races) at the University of Montevallo;
  3. Students must apply for Federal Financial Aid;
  4. Students must complete all application materials by the indicated deadline(s).

By invitation, you are also eligible to become a M.A.D.E. Scholar. As a M.A.D.E. Scholar you will:

  1. Receive additional financial support
  2. Participate in our early orientation which includes: early move-in, parent reception at Flowerhill, campus-wide orientation, game nights, team building activities, and much more!
  3. Attend required monthly growth groups
  4. Attend required coaching and advising sessions
  5. Have access to leadership opportunities within the program