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University of Mobile Named ‘Best Value’ by U.S. News & World Report; Ranked #5 Regional Colleges in the South and #2 Regional Colleges in the South for Veterans

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile again earned top honors from U.S. News & World Report in the 2019 Best Colleges rankings released in September. The annual Best Colleges report assesses academic quality among regionally accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States.

University of Mobile was the highest-ranked Alabama school in its category at #5 Best Regional Colleges in the South and #2 Best Regional Colleges in the South for Veterans.

University of Mobile also was named a “Best Value School” among regional colleges in the South, earning the #23 spot.

Best Value Schools are chosen based on academic quality and net cost of attendance.

“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” according to U.S. News & World Report. Best Value Schools “are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account.”

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.

University of Mobile President Timothy L. Smith, PhD, PhD, said the rankings “are a reflection of the university’s commitment to being a premier Christ-centered academic community that renews minds, transforms hearts and prepares graduates to pursue their professional calling and distinctively transform the world.”

Smith said the university is in a season of growth.

“There is a spirit of educational entrepreneurship that is driving the development of new academic programs and new approaches to higher education,” Smith said.

That growth includes a $4.6 million renovation of healthcare and science classrooms and laboratories, rising enrollment, and the addition of 19 bachelor’s degrees and the university’s first two doctoral degrees.

The new facilities are among the many “living laboratories” across campus that are part of the Christian university’s new approach to teaching college courses, called “Prac-ademics™,” that expands traditional classroom learning by providing experiences to enrich the learning process.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are among many recognitions the university received recently. Others include #1 Best Regional Colleges in the South, #8 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the Nation, and 100 Best Small Colleges for 2018, all from College Consensus; Top 10 Best Colleges for Jobs in Alabama by Zippia; and #1 Best College Dorms in Alabama by Niche.com.

To learn more about University of Mobile, visit 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, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 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.



About the Author

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.