About UM

Facts & Stats

UM at a Glance

  • Founded October 12, 1896
  • Average enrollment: 2,600
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14-to-1
  • Average freshmen class size: 500
  • Average ACT composite score for entering freshmen: 23
  • International students represent 19 different countries
  • One of 29 public liberal arts colleges in the U.S. and Canada
  • UM offers academic programs within four different colleges:
    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • Michael E. Stephens College of Business
    • College of Education
    • College of Fine Arts
  • More than 35 degree programs featuring approximately 75 majors and concentrations
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges since 1925
  • UM was the first Alabama institution of higher learning to guarantee its teacher-education graduates


  • 96 campus buildings (including 4 antebellum structures)
  • 9 residence halls
  • National Historic District at the center of campus
  • The Olmsted Brothers—of the landscape architecture firm famous for designing New York’s Central Park, Atlanta’s Ponce de Leon Avenue parks, and the grounds of Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina—also developed the first plan for the Montevallo campus. Their basic design ideas are still followed.
  • 90,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Student Activity Center opened in 2004
  • 4-story new residence hall opened in 2009


  • More than 90 percent of faculty hold a doctorate or terminal degree
  • High degree of student interaction


  • More than 23,000 active alumni
  • Represented by the University of Montevallo National Alumni Association
  • Strong alumni support for College Night and other Homecoming events
  • Notable alumni include:
  • Television/stage/film actress Polly Holliday ’59
  • Broadway star/recording artist Rebecca Luker ’84
  • Texas Rangers team Hall of Fame outfielder Rusty Greer ’95
  • Sports talk radio host and TV anchor Jim Dunaway ’88


  • 22 NCAA Division II athletic teams:
  • Baseball (Men)
  • Basketball (Men and Women)
  • Cross Country (Men and Women)
  • Golf (Men and Women)
  • Lacrosse (Men and Women)
  • Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field (Men and Women)
  • Soccer (Men and Women)
  • Tennis (Men and Women)
  • Volleyball (Women)
  • Softball (Women)
  • Swimming (Men and Women)
  • Wrestling