I wish I could pick readers up and transport them to the stunning campus of the University of Montevallo, one of the most beautifully landscaped and designed colleges that I know of. Several of the buildings were built before the Civil War and are on the Registry of Historic Places. In fact, the entire center of the campus is a National Historic District. The paths are paved with red brick, and many of the buildings are also crafted of handsome brick. Much of the design of the campus was done by the firm that designed the Biltmore estate in Asheville and Central Park in New York City. Montevallo is a lovely campus, but it is included in this book because it is also an ambitious university with some distinctive programs and one of the very few public universities designated as a liberal arts college, a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.