Mars Hill College: Narrative Description

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PO Box 370
Mars Hill, NC 28754
Tel: (828)689-1307; (866)MHC-4-YOU
Admissions: (828)689-1201
Fax: (828)689-1474
E-mail: admis[email protected]
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Independent Baptist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1856. Setting: 194-acre small town campus. Endowment: $34 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5472 per student. Total enrollment: 1,378. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,006 applied, 85% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 23% from top quarter, 58% from top half. Full-time: 1,227 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 151 students, 77% women, 23% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 16 other countries, 33% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 14% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 20% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $22,734 includes full-time tuition ($15,252), mandatory fees ($1346), and college room and board ($6136). College room only: $3112. Part-time tuition: $500 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 40% of eligible men and 40% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Christian Student Movement, Student Union Board. Major annual events: Homecoming, Fall Fest, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Renfro Library plus 1 other with 98,150 books, 700 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $407,443. 188 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Mars Hill is located 17 miles north of Asheville and 10 miles from Marshall. Plane and bus transportation are available. Community facilities include a medical center and convenient shopping.

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