“I feel that God called me to the mountain , to thi place, to hape me for a future of meaningful work and pur uit. I will alway be grateful that for a time I wa ble ed to call Montreat not just my college, but my home.”
–Jamie Mollison ’12
History page 5 Spiritual Formation page 6 Academics page 8 Living Here page 12 Athletics page 18 Outside the Classroom page 20 After Montreat page 22 Value and Affordability page 24 Adult Learning page 29 Fast Facts page 30 Application page 31
(It’s what we do best, after all.)
Montreat College is a Christian institution. Here, you’ll discover not only what you’ll do, but who God’s created you to be. Here, you’re surrounded by the mountains, removed from distractions. Here, you’re supported by professors and classmates who will become life-long friends. Here, you’ll take steps each day to build your character and prepare for what’s next. We’ll teach you to look inward. You’ll go out into the world, ready to live a life with purpose.
A Christian Foundation that prepares you for
We’ve had our Christian foundation from the start in 1916. We’ve grown and changed a lot in that time, but we’ve always stayed true to our roots. It is our primary goal as a provider of Christcentered higher education to equip agents of transformation, renewal, and reconciliation. We exist to provide higher education that is quality, relevant, and diverse—united by a single, clear focus: our mission. We strive to be Christcentered, student-focused, and service-driven. We’re committed to focusing our attention on Christ and raising up transformed people who are ready to impact the world.
1897: Congregationalist 1916: The Montreat minister John C. Collins formed the Montreat Retreat Association.
Normal School opened.
The Montreat cove was developed under the powerful vision of Congregationalist minister John C. Collins who formed the Mountain Retreat Association “for the encouragement of Christian work and living through Christian convention, public worship, missionary work, schools, and libraries.” The school has evolved throughout time as a four-year preparatory school and two year college combination, a four year college for women, a junior college, and then an accredited baccalaureate institution in 1986. Today, Montreat College strives forward with the foundation set by Dr. Anderson, Montreat’s first president. We’ve been around for a long time, and time has only solidified our commitment to Christ.
1934: Montreat Normal School was renamed Montreat College.
1959: After 14 years as a
women’s college, Montreat became a co-educational junior college, MontreatAnderson College.
1995: the original name
Montreat College was restored and reflects what Montreat is today â€“ a four year college with several growing campuses and a graduate program.
2001: Montreat College
purchased 72 acres of land with 21 buildings in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
2012: Montreat College established an online program, and expanded locations to seven total campuses across the state of North Carolina.
“I came to discover that God had brought me somewhere that would allow me to grow as a believer, student, athlete, community member, leader, friend and young adult.” –Bethany Hirz ’13
fact and faith
We’re all about spiritual formation. We believe spiritual growth is stimulated through a faith-integrated curriculum, discipleship, and gathering together to hear outside perspectives. And so we actively sharpen one another through dorm socials, have discussions on how our faith intersects with our coursework, and seek out opportunities to put our faith to action. Amidst transformation, you can expect that your professors will not only empower you in your field of study, but also come alongside you as mentors as you take life’s big steps and become who you are meant to be. This is a place where you can talk about where you are at with your faith in Christ. In fact, we encourage those conversations. We work hard to bring engaging speakers to campus to participate in our chapel and convocation program—to challenge our campus community and to help fuel the important conversations of life.
go hand in hand. We’re a community that takes initiative. It is our calling to see the needs of our community and respond. Here are a few things we’ve done and speakers we’ve hosted to do that.
Welcome Week service projects are designed to expose the needs of the community during orientation week.
Michael Gerson, op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, former speechwriter for President George Bush
The Fall Service Retreat includes a homelessness simulation which is open to all students. Call to Action Week covers topics such as modern slavery and sex trafficking; includes guest speakers, discussion groups, film screenings, and fundraisers, and concludes with a service day at a local organization. Spring Break Mission Trips have included trips to Jamaica, Guatemala, and the Cherokee reservation in North Carolina. Volunteer with local organizations throughout the year. A Director of Service is on site to point you in the right direction.
Stephanie Summers, CEO of the Center for Public Justice in Washington, D.C. Garrett and Michelle McNeill, field associate for With Open Eyes, a global missions organization A.J. Rinaldi, ministry director at Evantell Ministries Will Graham, executive director of Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove and grandson of Billy Graham Burl Cain, warden of Louisiana State Penitentiary Denny Rydberg, president of Young Life and author
Major decisions require a little reflection. Our majors are built to challenge you to think hard, gain knowledge, and take steps toward a successful career.
But that’s not all. Each class is taught in the context of Christ – which means you’re gaining a deep perspective and developing your outlook on the world as well. That means you’ll graduate with not only a degree, but also a commitment to lead a life of consequence. It sounds like a big deal, but our community is here to help you every step of the way.
We offer these undergraduate majors and concentrations within our traditional program. Adventure-Based Counseling (minor)
Information Security (minor)
Art (minor) Bible and Religion
Biblical Scholarship, Christian Education, CrossCultural Studies, Ministerial Studies, Special Emphasis, Youth Ministry
Applied Biochemical Technology, Environmental, Integrated Preparation for B.S. in Nursing, Pre-Professional, Special Emphasis
Information Security, International Business, Management, Marketing, Special Emphasis, Sports Management
Leadership (minor) Music (minor) Music Business Outdoor Education Outdoor Ministry Philosophy and Worldviews (minor) Physical Education (minor) Psychology and Human Services Psychology, Human Services
Christian Education (minor) Communication
Digital Media Production, General, Journalism, Public Relations, Theatre
Computer Information Systems
Wilderness Leadership (certificate)
Creative Writing, Literature, Professional Writing, Special Emphasis
Field Studies, Pre-Professional, Special Emphasis
Associate in Arts Associate in Science Worship Arts
Helping you realize your
God-given potential The Montreat education prepares and empowers educators, community leaders and world changers. Students are challenged by an engaging faculty bodyâ€”87% of which hold terminal degrees in their fields. Academic excellence is one of our core values, along with truth and a biblical worldview. Weâ€™re devoted to providing Christ-centered education that transforms lives.
Hear from our faculty.
Dr. Jim Shores Associate Professor of Communication and Environmental Studies
Dr. Dottie Shuman Professor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies
Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University, M.S. in Environmental Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Carol, have spent 20 years running Acts of Renewal, a nationally touring Christian theatre company.
Ph.D. concentration in Environmental Education from University of Idaho, M.S. in Recreation and Parks from Penn State University, co-developer of the Master’s of Science in Environmental Education and CLIMBE program at Montreat College, previously held a position as a Park Ranger at Denali National Park and the C&O Canal in Maryland; a Forest Interpretative Ranger in Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho, and Director of Environmental Education at a YMCA camp in New York.
In his words: “Helping students explore the integration of faith and learning is important to me. If we don’t like the culture we live in, then we must exercise technical excellence and good critical thinking so that we can cocreate culture with the rest of the world, contributing that which is hopeful and good to our chosen career field.”
In her words: “I teach Environmental Education because I don’t want anyone to miss the glory of our Lord in creation. It is important for me to open the eyes of my students so that they can open the eyes of the people that they work with in the future!”
Dr. Jeff Teo Professor of Computer Information Systems
Dr. Brad Daniel Professor of Biology Environmental Studies, and Outdoor Education
Liason member of Trusted Computing Group; Certifications in A+, Network+, Security+, CEH, and a candidate for CISSP, the industry’s premier certification in information security. Dr. Teo is engaged in research with a government agency, conducting research in information security. He is involved in the Cyber Security Forum Initiative and chairs the ethics committee for the Cyber Leader Development Framework.
Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University, M.A. in Biology, M.S. in Outdoor Education, Chair of the Wilderness Leadership Coalition Board, Co-founder of Blue Ridge Backcountry
In his words: “God equips us with gifts and talents for His purposes. My role as a professor is to help students discover their gifts and help them develop those talents so that they are equipped to do His work.”
In his words: “Teaching is the art and craft of engaging the heart and mind in order to encourage the full realization of God-given potential. It extends beyond facts and figures. It is more than just mastery of content. It is the act of investing one’s life in students in order to encourage their mental, emotional and spiritual growth.”
When you head “out there,”
Our purpose is to prepare graduates for a life of work and service in the Kingdom of God. Our Office of Career and Calling provides career training to help you develop the skills you need to be effective in the workplace.
connect with professionals, and discover who God has made you to be. Our work program is specifically designed to help you uncover your passions and gifts by providing opportunities for work which align with your life goals. In addition to this, our professors equip you for your future career through professional mentorship, walking alongside you as you make critical decisions about your life’s direction.
empowered through growth.
Students are innovative opportunities for
At Montreat, there are so many avenues to find your calling. Work study offerings and internship opportunities will help you build your resume,
Here are a few places our graduates are at work in the world. ARCADIS U.S., Inc.
Newark Innovation Academy
Next Generation TV
Graham Evangelistic Association
Pakistan Strategy Forum
Bimini Biological Field Station Shark Lab – Bahamas
Botany and TerreWEB education program– University of British Columbia
Rebecca N. King Fine Art Studio
Camp Langano – Ethiopia
Department of Veteran Affairs
U.S. Department of State – Bolivia
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
East of Eden Farm
United World Mission
Fuller School of Psychology
University of New England – Medical School
Georgia General Assembly
Wake Forest University – Medical School
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Here, where you are says a lot about what you
Montreat is a place where you can go to deepen your faith and intellect, and broaden your social life. Our goal is to help you discern the positive and negative messages found in all art forms. And we have fun in the process. Weâ€™re also into talent shows, stargazing on mountain balds, open mic nights, and film festivals. Our student activities coordinators stay busy so that you can too.
is all about relationships, fun, and building spiritual maturity. Two resident assistants live on each residence hall floor and are seasoned leaders on campus. RAs are your “go-to” people if you’re looking for advice on how to acclimate to dorm life, have a housing issue, or just need someone to give a listening ear. All student RAs work under the direction of a full-time resident director. Resident assistants coordinate dorm convocations with guest speakers who lead discussions on topics such as dating relationships, living biblically, or how to grill a steak properly. Our residence halls offer more than just a place to stay while you’re away from home. Students make lifelong friends, learn a lot about living in close community, and develop essential life skills for the future.
Our location matches our learning style
Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our campus is the perfect place for you to be able to get away and learn a lot, all at once. Becoming a more reflective person is almost inevitable here. But it’s not our location alone that causes this. We’ve built a close community of students who are all searching for answers to life’s toughest questions (and Tuesday’s midterm) in the context of Christ.
If you like outdoor adventures, then you’re in the right place. Our area is known internationally for its beautiful, rugged setting. (We’re a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts.) But that’s not everything we have going on here; we enjoy good food, good fellowship, good music, and a wide variety of cultural events.
Hot Spots The Orange Peel The Dripolator The Biltmore Estate Blue Ridge Parkway The Drum Circle Mount Mitchell State Park
DISTANCE FROM Atlanta, GA 218 miles Charlotte, NC 110 miles Columbia, SC 167 miles Knoxville, TN 131 miles Orlando, FL 613 miles Richmond, VA 356 miles
Black Mountain 240
Macon Savannah 74
Asheville Regional Airport 64
Taking the field,
leaving an impression.
We aim for excellence. We want to win. But we see our greater role in the lives of our student athletes as one which raises men and women of strong character. The Montreat coach is best defined as a trained professional who is eager to grow each student athlete in his or her sport, build a unified team, pass on a vision of living Christianly and equip individuals who are eager to impact their world.
We offer these athletic programs: Men and Women’s Basketball Baseball Men and Women’s Cross Country
12-13 Athletic Achievements
Men and Women’s Golf Men and Women’s Soccer
AAC Champions of Character Teams: Men’s Soccer, Men’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Track and Field AAC Coach of the Year Award: Justin Herbert, track and field and cross country coach; Courtney Nash women’s soccer coach AAC Regular Season & Tournament Champions: Women’s Soccer AAC Conference Champions: Men’s Track and Field 19 NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athletes
Softball Men and Women’s Track and Field Volleyball
“As a team, we seek to glorify God through our actions on the soccer field. This means not playing for our own glory and pride, but giving up the results to God, stepping on the field and playing our hardest in a manner that is pleasing to him.” – Courtney Nash, head women’s soccer coach
Outside of the Classroom
We believe in
stretching your limits
through life-changing moments.
At Montreat, education isn’t a matter of memorized textbooks. We believe that learning should be a personal encounter that leaves a lasting impression. We’re firm believers in the idea that the learning experience shouldn’t stop in the classroom. Students throughout our academic disciplines have opportunities to interact with their area of study through hands-on learning outside of the classroom. Here is a list of where some of our students have ventured through their coursework recently: • Road tripping to over twenty national parks in less than a month to study ecology and biodiversity as part of an environmental studies class called “Ecosystems.” • Learning about C.S. Lewis through touring his home, The Kilns, studying at the Bodleian Library (the oldest library in the world), and dining at Turf Pub, the place where Lewis met with J.R. Tolkien and other influential thinkers and writers – all in the Oxford area of England as part of an English course. • Exploring ancient ruins in Sparta, Corinth, Thessaloniki, and Ephesus, as well as a tour of the Island of Patmos (where John wrote the Book of Revelation) through a trip to Greece with a philosophy class.
As you prepare for your future after college, broaden your horizons through studying abroad! Seeing the world can be a good way to enrich your life and receive clarity on your calling. Many students take advantage of the opportunity to study off-campus or in another country for a semester.
Here are a few programs that our students have taken part of in the past. Contemporary Music Center Hannam University Programs Studies Program in Nicaragua Northern Ireland Program OE Immersion Semester Summit Adventure: Immersion Service and Adventure Semester China Studies Program L.A. Film Studies Center Oxford Summer Programs Uganda Studies Program Washington Journalism Center Australian Studies Centre
Value and Affordability
Students who attend Montreat College will step onto a campus that has 97 years of experience in preparing students with an expertise, offering an affordable education that is honoring to Christ, and providing students with an opportunity to discover a direction for their lives. We make education affordable. • 99% of Montreat students receive some type of financial aid. • Montreat College awards approximately $11 million in scholarships and financial aid each year. • Scholarships are awarded to students based upon academic achievement, demonstration of leadership, financial need, and other areas of merit. • Montreat offers additional scholarship to enrolled students. The Student Success Scholarship is awarded to rising juniors and seniors who exhibit the Montreat spirit of excellence in the classroom and service to others. • 80% of Montreat College students from North Carolina qualify for need-based grants.
Value Academics and Affordability
Hear from our alumni.
As an undergraduate student at Montreat, Hunt’s love of the mountains drew him to the Environmental Studies department at Montreat College. Growing up in Appalachia, Hunt, a 1998 graduate, always admired the beauty of the natural world, but at Montreat he learned to view it through a new lens. “The wilderness became the classroom,” Hunt recalls. As Hunt’s interest in ecology and the natural world grew, his classes exposed him to the ways that human systems harm the environment. After graduating from Montreat, Hunt went on to get three master’s degrees and he and a group of his graduate school colleagues began ReGenerate Solutions, a company that is dedicated to revolutionizing how society perceives and processes waste by developing technology that eliminates waste while also providing sustainable and affordable energy. Core to Hunt’s involvement in ReGenerate Solutions is his conviction that “Jesus’ message of love and care for others aligns with the core principles of eco-justice. Many environmental problems could be avoided if everyone shared the Christian ethic of stewardship for all of creation.” and her husband, Jay, serve across the country as
inspirational speakers on topics related to marriage and family. Combining education and entertainment, Laura and Jay explore the realities of marriage through speaking engagements and workshops, offering a refreshing, honest look at marriage. Laura, an ’82 graduate, says of Montreat, “the relationships that I began at Montreat many years ago have enriched my life and made me who I am today. Montreat gave me the confidence that I needed to realize I could do what the Lord called me to do.”
graduated from Montreat College in 1997. For Angie, Montreat was a refuge for healing and an opportunity to start a new life. The time spent at Montreat equipped Angie and her husband Chris, who is also a graduate of Montreat College, with a clear understanding of the character of God. Today, the two are established in Chattanooga, Tennessee where they began The Mission Chattanooga, a ministry which reaches a diverse community in one of the ten most dangerous neighborhoods in the nation. Angie serves as chaplain, shepherding and encouraging the community alongside her husband, friends, artists and musicians that have joined them in ministry. The Mission Chattanooga serves the community as a church, a coffee bar and thrift store for the neighborhood. Angie and her husband have taken the lessons that they learned through life experience and their time in Montreat to love their neighbors. is a 2007 graduate, and the Program Director for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation which provides educational support to a population of low-income children from the Pisgah View Housing Project. He says, “The Lord put into my heart to come to
Asheville and be a part of the church downtown and serve the demographics here.” Jazz believes that part of providing the long term support for children’s education is to “destroy the negative stereotypes that shape how the children view themselves. The stereotypes become poor kids’ identities, and it’s hard for kids to distinguish between what society identifies them as and the identity that the Lord has given them.” Jazz later shares, “Each person has a unique potential, a unique capacity to develop into an organic, handcrafted expression of God.” Jazz Cathcart is also one of the lead ministers of the children’s program at Highland Church in Asheville and is currently working on a hip-hop album.
Uncover your calling.
Then make it happen. At Montreat, we go beyond educating traditional college students. Our School of Professional and Adult Studies offers adult learners the opportunity to advance their careers through nine associate, bachelor, and master degrees in five locations across North Carolina. We also offer a few programs online. We know that time is valuable, especially for working professionals balancing career and family life. Thatâ€™s why we offer a Christ-centered education that fits into a busy schedule. Our adult students take one class, one night a week, meet with a closeknit group of peers, and earn a degree in two years. Go to adultstudies.montreat.edu to learn more.
We were founded in 1916. Campuses in: • Montreat, NC • Asheville, NC • Charlotte, NC • Black Mountain, NC • Raleigh, NC • Rocky Mount, NC • Morganton, NC
Acres: 132 States represented: 25+ Countries represented: 15+ 15 major programs 25 minor programs 32 major concentrations 13 varsity teams $32,126 total cost 99% of students receive financial aid. Accreditation: • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education • Wilderness Education Association
Athletic Affiliation: • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics • Appalachian Athletic Conference
I“ am o ble ed to be able to come to a chool in uch a beautiful part of the country, receive a great education and grow in my walk with God.”
–Sarah Warren ’13
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–Alyssa Klaus ’14
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