Mars Hill University

100 Athletic St, Mars hill, NC 28754
Tel: (828)689-4968
Private, for profit | 1,370 students
Mars Hill University is the oldest educational institution still on its original site in Western North Carolina. Mars Hill University, an academic community rooted in the Christian faith, challenges and equips students to pursue intellectual, spiritual and personal growth through an education that is grounded in a rigorous study of the liberal arts, connected with the world of work; and committed to character development, service and responsible citizenship in the community, region, and the world.

School Overview:

Mars Hill University
CountyBuncombe County, NC
Title IV EligibleYes
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level4 or more years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
94 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,370 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,255 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
115 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
1,351 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
19 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted68%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)410-520450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)430-530460-573
ACT English (25-75%)15-2219-25
ACT Math (25-75%)17-2418-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)17-2220-25

School Notes:

  • The University offers 5 degrees (B.A., B.S., B.M., B.F.A., and B.S.W.), 30 majors (with 61 concentrations), and 33 minors. MHU's student-to-teacher ratio is 16. Average class size for first-year courses is approximately 22 students, while the average for major curriculum courses is approximately 15. MHU competes in 18 at the NCAA Division II level (see below for details). The university also has 43 clubs and organizations.
  • MHU also offers a Masters of Elementary Education 
  • Mars Hill University acknowledges the inter-relatedness of its academic program and its extracurricular activities and affirms the belief that learning takes place in all experiences of daily living, not just in the classroom. The Student Life program encompasses housing, student government, student activities, counseling, health care, orientation, student organizations, and campus police.
  • Mars Hill University is located in one of the most beautiful and healthful regions of the Eastern United States, the mountains of Western North Carolina. Located in a small town surrounded by mountains, rivers, woods, and all the outdoor activities they offer, the college's environment offers ample opportunity for study and reflection.
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