Mars Hill College

Mars Hill College

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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Mars Hill College
100 Athletic St
Mars Hill , NC 28754
General Phone: (828) 689-1307

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Mars Hill Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching66special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, ESL instruction
Business and Management45business management, fashion merchandising
Liberal Arts29Spanish language, English, international relations, political science, sociology, history
Therapy and Counseling12psychology
Family and Social Work11social work
Science10biology, zoology, chemistry
Art Studies8art studies
Religion and Philosophy8religion
Music7music, music performance
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy5parks and recreation studies, athletic trainer
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science

Number of programs and degrees for Mars Hill in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree21428

Mars Hill Student Body

In 2007-2008, Mars Hill had a total enrollment of 1,253 students (1,246 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 59%
Women 41%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 78%
Black 16%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 34%
20-21 28%
22-24 15%
25-29 6%
30-34 4%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%

Mars Hill Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %

Mars Hill Room and Board (2007)

Mars Hill offers campus housing for 943 of its 1,246 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Mars Hill, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Mars Hill Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal410530
SAT Math420550

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT77%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Mars Hill Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 19,894
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 19,894
Room and board $ 7,250
Room charge $ 3,738
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,512
Books and supplies $ 1,250
Other expenses $ 1,900

Financial Aid:
Mars Hill participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 294400)

Mars Hill Faculty

Mars Hill has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$65,6371*
Associate professorcalendar year2*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year5$64,3102*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$57,7646$54,481
Associate professoracademic year15$45,4496$46,731
Assistant professoracademic year9$41,15314$42,074
Instructoracademic year4$40,7003$36,417
All faculty totalacademic year35$46,26529$45,019

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Mars Hill Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football South Atlantic Conference
Basketball South Atlantic Conference
Baseball South Atlantic Conference
Track South Atlantic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports6169130

Mars Hill Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Fashion Merchandising

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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