U.S. News & World Report Ranks University of Mobile #1 for Veterans and #5 Overall Among Regional Colleges in the South, Named ‘Best Value’

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile is ranked #1 for veterans and #5 overall among regional colleges in the South in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings announced Sept. 12, 2017. The university was also named a “Best Value” school.

The annual Best Colleges report assesses academic quality among regionally accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States.

“These new rankings are a reflection of our ability to fulfill the mission of University of Mobile to offer an intellectually challenging, Christ-centered academic community where students can be prepared to fulfill their professional calling,” said UM President Timothy L. Smith, Ph.D., Ph.D.

The new rankings are a continuation of University of Mobile’s dramatic rise in the national Best Colleges listing, after the Christian university broke into the top 10 last year. Over the past two years, UM has moved up 20 spots among regional colleges in the South for veterans, and risen a total of 18 spots among regional colleges in the South overall.

For the current 2018 rankings, UM jumped from #3 to #1 among Best Regional Colleges in the South for Veterans. UM moved up from #8 to #5 among Best Regional Colleges in the South.

University of Mobile was ranked #23 Best Value school among regional colleges in the South. Best Value rankings are based on a school’s academic quality and the 2016-2017 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically,” according to U.S. News & World Report.

School rankings are based on academic reputation and academic quality, including factors such as graduation rates, faculty information, admissions data and peer assessment, according to U.S. News & World Report. Colleges are grouped in categories to compare schools with similar missions.

Now in his second year as president, Smith said the 2018 Best Colleges recognition comes as University of Mobile has adopted an “educational entrepreneurship” approach to higher education. The university has expanded academic programs, raised admission standards, created the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice, and added unique programs such as a four-day academic week with Focus Fridays, a day dedicated to student life activities, service and personal growth.

In less than two years, the university has moved rapidly to develop new degree programs and community partnerships to meet employment needs in the region, such as the local and national shortage of healthcare professionals. Smith, who practiced as a certified registered nurse anesthetist before entering the field of higher education, has a particular interest in expanding the university’s programs in healthcare professions. Among the 10 new academic programs being launched this academic year are an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a highly competitive Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner degree.

In addition, the university has added master’s degree programs in higher education and music performance; launched online and on-campus degree programs for adult post-traditional students; expanded early enrollment and dual enrollment programs for high school and home school students; and created certificate programs in areas such as personal safety and security, youth ministry and college readiness.

For more, go to www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222.


About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning media relations director and former journalist whose expertise has enabled the University of Mobile to gain national and regional attention. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Auburn University and worked as a journalist for 12 years, including 10 years at the Mobile Press-Register, earning regional and national awards for coverage of education, deadline reporting and feature writing. She joined the University of Mobile staff in 1993, earning awards for writing and public relations including the Baptist Communicators Association grand prize for feature writing in 2015 and 2012. She is a charter member of Providence United Methodist Church, serves on the board of the John Will Scholarship Foundation, and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from the University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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