University of Mobile Announces Test-Optional Admissions, New Freshman Scholarship

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MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile announced a new test-optional admissions policy and a new scholarship opportunity for students applying for admission to the fall semester 2020 freshman class.

“We know it’s been a difficult time for high school seniors and their families. The new test-optional admissions policy can help graduating seniors who may not have been able to take the ACT or SAT standardized tests in the spring,” said Charity Wittner, vice president for enrollment services.

Graduating high school seniors currently applying to the University of Mobile can choose whether to submit ACT or SAT test scores as part of their application or select the test-optional route. Test-optional admissions means students with a grade point average of 2.75 or better can be admitted to college without submitting test scores.

With this choice, the university will consider a student’s high school GPA, course load and similar academic indicators that highlight achievements. Students may self-report their GPA during this time, since high schools may not be able to send transcripts quickly.

Students who choose test-optional admissions will still be eligible for possible institutional grants and need-based aid offered by the University of Mobile, for those who qualify, as well as state and national education entities.

Also, incoming freshmen who make their down payment before July 1 for classes starting fall semester 2020 may qualify for the new Freshman 2020 Be Known Scholarship. Created for first-time freshmen, the Freshman 2020 Be Known Scholarship will be awarded in addition to scholarships students would normally receive.

“By taking these steps, the University of Mobile wants to simplify the transition from high school to college while at the same time helping to ease the financial stress faced by many in our community,” said UM President Lonnie Burnett.

To learn more, call University of Mobile Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222 or go to umobile.edu/freshman2020.

 

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.