University of Mobile Named ‘Best Value’ by U.S. News & World Report  

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MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile again earned top honors from U.S. News & World Report in the 2020 Best Colleges rankings released Sept. 9, 2019. The annual Best Colleges report assess academic quality among regionally accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The University of Mobile was named a “Best Value School” among regional colleges in the South. Best Value Schools are considered to offer the best value for students, according to U.S. News & World Report. Best Value Schools are chosen based on academic quality and net cost of attendance.

The University of Mobile was again the highest-ranked Alabama school in its category at #11 Best Regional Colleges in the South and #4 Best Regional Colleges in the South for Veterans.

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.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are among many recognitions the university received recently. The popular ranking and review site Niche announced its 2020 best colleges list in August. Niche factors in millions of reviews from students and alumni, along with a rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Niche ranked University of Mobile as the #1 Best Small College in Alabama with the #1 Best College Dorms in the state. UM earned top honors nationally for best college campus and best college dorms, ranked #22 Best College Campuses in America out of 1,417, and #28 Best College dorms in America out of 1,384.

Niche also ranked UM as #1 Best College in the Mobile Area, #3 Best College Food in Alabama, and #4 Safest College Campus in Alabama.


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 77 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 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.