Setting: Small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $23,152.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $23,152.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 935 / 20 / 3.21
Male/Female Ratio: 50:50
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Baptist Church
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 64%
Mars Hill University is a private, coed, liberal arts college. The university is located in the small town of Mars Hill, North Carolina, United States, 15 miles due north of Asheville, western North
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 committed to character development, to service, and to responsible citizenship in the community, the region, and the world. This mission statement was adopted in 1997 as part of the university's strategic planning process. To accompany its Mission Statement, Mars Hill University has further defined itself with a Religious Identity Statement.
Mars Hill University was founded in 1856, and it is the oldest college or university in western North Carolina. It started as the French Broad Baptist Institute, sharing a name with the nearby French Broad River. In 1859, the university changed its name to Mars Hill, in honor of the hill in ancient Athens on which the Apostle Paul debated Christianity with the city's leading philosophers. During the American Civil War the university was closed for two years, but it reopened after the war. From 1897 to 1938 the university, under the leadership of Dr. Robert Moore, enjoyed substantial financial and physical growth. In 1921 Mars Hill became an accredited junior college. Dr. Hoyt Blackwell served as president from 1938 to 1966, and under his leadership Mars Hill became an accredited four-year college in 1962. From 1966-1996 Dr. Fred Bentley served as the college's president. Dr. Bentley was, at the time of his appointment in 1966, the youngest college president in the United States. Dr. Dan Lunsford, a 1969 graduate of Mars Hill, is currently the university's president; he holds a doctorate in education, Ed.D, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Under Dr. Lunsford, Mars Hill University has constructed a new dormitory and science building, greatly upgraded its athletic facilities, tripled its endowment, seen an increase in student enrollment, and started a graduate school in education. Mars Hill is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).