Mars Hill University

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100 Athletic Street

Mars Hill, NC 28754

Phone: (866) 642-4968
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#30 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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Mars Hill University is a private institution that was founded in 1856. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,351, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 194 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Mars Hill University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 30. Its tuition and fees are $25,636 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Mars Hill College, 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, to service, and to responsible citizenship in the community, the region, and the world. Mars Hill College opened on its current site in 1856, and was chartered in 6, 1859. In 1960, Baptist State Convention approved plans to convert the college into a senior college. The college is located in one of the most beautiful regions of the country. The small town setting is complemented by proximity to Asheville, only twenty minutes away, which allows access to city amenities as well. A dedicated faculty, and personal attention to student learning, are central to the traditions of the college.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1856
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $37,228,878


When applying to Mars Hill University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Mars Hill University is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.7 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 68.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Mars Hill University is 12:1, and the school has 77.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Mars Hill University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Sociology; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Social Work. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 57.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 32%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 28%
Elementary Education and Teaching 11%
Sociology 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6%
Social Work 6%

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Student Life

Mars Hill University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,351, with a gender distribution of 51.3 percent male students and 48.7 percent female students. At this school, 64 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 36 percent of students live off campus. Mars Hill University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,370
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Mars Hill University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Mars Hill University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Mars Hill University, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Mars Hill University.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Mars Hill University, 54.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,949.

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Tuition and fees $25,636 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,548 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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