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The University of Montevallo – Montevallo, Alabama


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.

5 comments for “The University of Montevallo – Montevallo, Alabama

  1. Tim Little
    January 24, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I graduated from UM in 1983 and came back for a M.A in 93. One of the reasons I returned was I needed to come home. Montevallo is special. It gets into you and before you know it you are in love. Mr. Arango, thank you for seeing the beauty and the glory of UM. What is was, is and shall forever be!

  2. Jeffrey M. Daly
    January 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Graduated in 99′. Was the best experience of my life. Montevallo has its own energy and its very difficult to pull yourself away from such a wonderful place. Beautiful is a small way to describe the campus and community!!

  3. paulboyd
    January 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I received my bachelor of fine arts degree in English from Montevallo as well as grew up in the small town surrounding the University. It is truly one of the most unique places around the South and an excellent institution. I loved it so much I returned to attempt my Masters degree in counseling.

    Montevallo is a treasure.

  4. Sheila Snow-Croft
    April 2, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I received my undergrad in English with a minor in Communication Arts at UM in 1986. Montevallo was an amazing experience and a great place to grow up, to learn to be an adult while being vaguely buffered from the world at large. Friends made there have turned out to be the truest of souls. Good people. Beautiful place and space. The best of times.

  5. May 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I graduated from there a few years back and had one of the most amazing experiences. The architecture is amazing and it has a calm atmosphere. It is one of the best institutions in Alabama.

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