Mars Hill College, a private, co-educational, non-profit liberal arts school, was founded as the French Broad Baptist Academy in 1856. In 1859, the institute was rechristened Mars Hill College. The campus is situated on 180 acres in Mars Hill, North Carolina. The US News and World Report listed Mars Hill College as a 'first-tier 'Southern liberal arts college.
Mars Hill College offers bachelor's degrees in arts, science, music, fine arts, and social work. Students can choose from over 30 majors in the fields of business, music, drama, and performing arts, among others. The college is widely recognized for its music and fine arts department.
Mars Hill College fields both men's and women's athletics teams in basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and tennis. The mascot of the sports teams is the Mountain Lion. They compete in the NCAA, and are members of the South Atlantic Conference.
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