UM Offers In-Person Campus Visits for Prospective Students

Kathy Dean Experience, News

MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile is hosting in-person campus visit day events and private campus tours this spring, as high school students across the nation are making their college decision.

Prospective students and families can have a college visit experience that follows CDC guidelines and still allows students to set foot on campus for an in-person visit, instead of limiting students to virtual campus tours.

“We have been able to provide the full array of campus tours,” said Faith Baker, assistant director of admissions. “While some adjustments have been made to comply with state requirements and to give alternate options for our guests, this past year we have hosted families in all formats. Private individual family tours, traditional UM Days, and virtual campus visits have all been options.”

Private tours are available Mondays through Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. In-person UM Days are set for Feb. 5 and March 19. Upcoming virtual UM Days are Feb. 10 and March 25. Students who attend a UM Day or campus tour, apply and enroll may earn a $2,000 visit scholarship.

RSVP for private tours, UM Days and virtual UM Days at umobile.edu/visit. For more information or to speak with an admissions counselor, call 251.442.2222.

Hali Givens, assistant vice president for enrollment, said students attending a UM Day will hear from UM President Lonnie Burnett and a panel of current students during an opening session, then tour campus in small groups led by UM Ambassadors. They will meet with their academic area of interest and meet faculty.

Givens said there are some differences in current campus visits compared to pre-pandemic visits. The opening session is set up to accommodate social distancing guidelines. UM has reduced the number of guests who can attend UM Days. Masks are required, and all guests are symptom checked and temperature checked. Instead of seeing dorm rooms of current students, visitors tour dorm show rooms.

Spring is a traditional time for high school juniors and seniors to visit college campuses, which can be a deciding factor as students consider where to spend their college years, according to Baker.

“The thing to remember when choosing a school is the next four-plus years of development are very intense ones. A lot of times, college is the place spouses are found, some of the most influential friendships are formed, and values and beliefs are solidified,” Baker said.

“Because of the significance in this stage of life, finding a school that feels like home and encourages positive growth is an extremely important decision. Ask the questions that matter to you and your family the most. Whichever way the decision is made, one thing is certain, the chosen school will send ripple effects through the rest of the student’s life.”


About the University of Mobile

The 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, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the 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 the 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 public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; 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 University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.