University of Mobile Ranked #1 Best Regional Colleges in the South, #8 Best Christian Colleges & Universities in the Nation

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile is the #1 Best Regional College in the South and #8 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the nation, according to College Consensus, a college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews.

The rankings also place UM among the top colleges and universities nationwide, ranked #141 Best Colleges and Universities.

To identify the 2018 Top Colleges, College Consensus combined the latest results from the most respected college rankings with thousands of real student reviews to produce a unique consensus score for each school, according to an April 25 announcement.

“Like Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic does for movies, College Consensus gathers the publisher rankings and student reviews from around the web and distills the results into simple, easy-to-understand scores so students can quickly and easily compare schools. It is the ranking of all rankings, so to speak,” said College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder.

The College Consensus ranking is a combined average of a school’s average rating score from the most respected college rankings publishers, including U.S. News & World Report, and a school’s average student review score from around the web, according to the site.

College Consensus says the rankings are “crunching the numbers, pure and simple, to see which colleges the experts admire and which ones the students love.”

For the full rankings, go to

UM President Timothy L. Smith said the new rankings reflect the university’s focus on rigorous academics taught from a biblical worldview and a college experience that renews minds and transforms spirits.

Since 2016 when Smith was selected as the university’s 4th president, UM has added over 11 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and announced its first doctoral programs.

“University of Mobile is committed to being a premier Christ-centered academic community that prepares graduates to fulfill their professional calling and distinctively transform the world,” Smith said.

For more about University of Mobile, go to or call the Office for 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 and master’s degree programs in over 40 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 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 media relations director and former journalist whose expertise has enabled the University of Mobile to gain national and regional attention. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Auburn University and worked as a journalist for 12 years, including 10 years at the Mobile Press-Register, earning regional and national awards for coverage of education, deadline reporting and feature writing. She joined the University of Mobile staff in 1993, earning awards for writing and public relations including the Baptist Communicators Association grand prize for feature writing in 2015 and 2012. She is a charter member of Providence United Methodist Church, serves on the board of the John Will Scholarship Foundation, 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 the University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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