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September 16, 2019

University earns high praise in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings

For the 11th 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 2020 Best Colleges rankings.

The publication released the rankings on Sept. 9, and UM earned praise for its high value to students and for being one of the top regional public universities in the South.

“These recognitions from U.S. News and World Report reflect an institutional devotion to the students we serve at Montevallo,” said UM President Dr. John W. Stewart III. “Our campus family is committed to providing life-changing learning experiences that prepare students for meaningful, rewarding lives and careers.”

UM was named the best value out of all regional universities in Alabama, and ranked in the top 20 in its category in the Southeast.

U.S. News and World Report formulated the Best Value School rankings based on the ratio of quality to price, percentage of students receiving need-based aid and the average discount provided by need-based aid.

In the Top Regional Universities category, UM ranked in the top 35 in the South while being compared with public and private schools throughout 12 states, and was the top-ranked public university in Alabama in the category.

In all three categories, UM either maintained or significantly improved upon its ranking from the previous year.