University of Mobile Hosts Drive-Thru College Fair on Thursday, Dec. 3

Kathy Dean News

MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile will host a Drive-Thru College Fair with over 25 colleges on hand to give information on academics, financial aid and campus life to students searching for their college home.

Students and families are invited to the University of Mobile campus for the event on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. College representatives will be stationed behind Weaver Hall with proper social distancing. As students and families drive through the parking lot, each school will hand out information and answer questions, all without the need for participants to leave their vehicles.

Students are encouraged to RSVP at umobile.edu/drivethru. The University of Mobile is located off Exit 13 on I-65, at 5735 College Pkwy., Mobile, AL 36613. For information, call 251.442.2222 or visit umobile.edu/drivethru.

The Drive-Thru College Fair is for any student interested in learning about their options for higher education. Organizers expect the event will draw students and families from throughout south Alabama, the Florida panhandle and Mississippi coast.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the college search process for both students and colleges, according to Nick Hampton, enrollment counselor at the University of Mobile.

High schools have canceled college fairs that normally provide face-to-face interaction between prospective students and college enrollment counselors. Much of the college search process has moved to online visit days. The University of Mobile has been able to continue holding in-person visit days and scheduling private campus visits while also following CDC guidelines, but many universities have eliminated or reduced campus visit days.

The pandemic is making it more difficult for potential students to learn about their many options for higher education, Hampton said.

“Last year during fall semester, our enrollment counselors traveled over 10,000 miles across nine states, averaging 30 events a month. We saw around 500 students per event, and up to 6,000 at the larger college fairs. As a smaller university, we don’t even travel as much as our SEC-size counterparts,” he said.

Hampton and UM Assistant Director of Admissions Faith Baker organized the Drive-Thru College Fair, which is drawing colleges from Alabama and surrounding states.

Baker said, “All of us in the college admissions realm have been desperately missing face-to-face interactions with potential students. Events like this make it possible for students to have the opportunity to connect with colleges and universities that they otherwise may not be aware of.”

The following colleges, universities and armed forces organizations will be represented, and more are being added. For the most recent list, go to umobile.edu/drivethru.

Currently attending are: Coastal Alabama Community College, The University of Southern Mississippi, Troy University, The University of West Alabama, University of South Alabama, UAB School of Health Professions, The University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, University of Montevallo, Spring Hill College, Samford University, Stillman College, Pensacola State College, Jacksonville State University, The University of Alabama, University of West Florida, Army National Guard, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, William Carey University, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Loyola New Orleans, Auburn University at Montgomery, Mississippi University for Women, Judson College, Miles College and Alabama A&M.

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.