MONTEVALLO—The University of Montevallo has announced a nine percent increase in its freshman enrollment numbers for the fall 2012 semester, reflecting seven consecutive years of growth in the total student enrollment.
Rick Barth, UM’s vice president for enrollment management, credited much of this year’s increase to an innovative enrollment management approach and a successful re-branding and marketing campaign launched in 2011.
“We’re as much as concerned and focused on the long-term development and growth of the student as we are in having them attend UM. We don’t stop once a student is admitted. UM is an active partner in their academic success every step of the way, from the first day of class through graduation and even into career decision and development,” said Barth.
Prospective students and their parents are increasingly recognizing the value of a University of Montevallo education, and the University continues to receive accolades through the rankings of “America’s Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News & World Report. According to rankings for the 2013 edition, released in September, UM is once again ranked as the No. 1 public master’s-level university in Alabama, a distinction it has held each year since 2008.
Most recently, Montevallo has been named a College of Distinction. UM is one of only four universities in Alabama and the only public institution in the state to receive this designation. Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school students seeking a nationally recognized university that is highly recommended by educators. These universities are nominated by high school counselors and must excel in four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
Further, the University, the City of Montevallo and Shelby County have formed a coalition to extend UM into downtown Montevallo. This development and growth is already underway and is expected to better connect the university and the community, benefitting all who live and work in Montevallo and Shelby County.