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Location
Montreat, NC
Undergrads
421
Tuition
$22,784
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Academics: The Outdoor Education department is awesome. I have many opportunities to shadow,experience, and intern in the many different fields in outdoor education.

5 College Junior

Academics: As far as I know there are a lot of options at the school. Being a very small student body helps to enhance the student professor relationships.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: School is famous for OE department, business is ok, Music is good, phsycology is ok, cross cultural is decent.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: My school is renowned for my major. Excellent program, good professors.

2 College Junior

Academics: Montreat College is one of my favorite places on earth, and I love that I attend there, but I really struggle with my major because there is only one Creative Writing professor and only one creative writing class offered per semester. I do not feel like it is the best it could be at this time.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 298th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 469th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 550th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 788th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 788th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Imari Scarbrough
Hometown
Amberson
Major
English and Communications
Grad Year
2013
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Most students at Montreat appreciate at least most of their classes, especially those taught by full-time faculty. Class sizes at Montreat are generally small, decreasing in size as you move from general education courses to your major courses (for example, "English 101" may have 20 students, whereas "U.S. Lit. II" may have five). This is a plus, as the professors are able to devote more time to each student, getting to know each one personally. One thing Montreat students value most is their professors, many of whom also serve as advisers. Some majors have a mandatory general advising meeting, but the student is also responsible for contacting his or her professor to set up an advising appointment. There, the professor looks at whatever courses the student is considering, the offered course schedule, and the major requirements in order to assure that the student is taking the right courses.

Students in almost any class at Montreat are assigned papers and lots of them. Many of the papers are relatively short, ranging from a few paragraphs to a couple of pages, though many classes require at least one or two longer research papers. The books in the library are geared mostly toward Bible and religion, history, and some English courses, but tons of online resources are available, too. The Montreat College Writing Center is designed to help students with papers, and some classes require students to go to it for points on their papers. Some classes have in-class writing tutors, and tutors of other subjects are also available. Relationships with professors are further developed during the first couple of weeks of the fall semester, when many faculty members invite new students to their houses for games and/or dinner.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
42
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
70
Total FT Faculty
42
Faculty with Terminal Degree
72%
Average Faculty Salary
$42,915
Full-Time Retention Rate
51%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
26%
Graduation Rate
39%
Programs/Majors Offered
23
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
School of Arts and Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 15%
  • Business/Corporate Communications: 2%
  • Elementary Education: 4%
  • Organizational Behavior Studies: 17%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Washington semester
Online Courses
Online courses for traditional students are somewhat scarce, though some are offered for SPAS (School of Professional and Adult Studies) students. The students who do take them are often frustrated trying to complete the assignments, as the Internet at Montreat is often weak and slow. Many in-class lecture classes, however, do incorporate Moodle, where students can log in to see class PowerPoints, assignments, grades, and whatever else their professor decides to upload. Some classes create Moodle forums, where the students and professor can interact on a board to work on a project, discuss an assignment, etc. Moodle is convenient for both submitting personal journals and essays, and for group interaction for projects. Although you still have a deadline to turn assignments in, the out-of-class experience lets you be on your own schedule.
Best Places to Study
  • Belk Campus Center
  • By Lake Susan
  • Denny's
  • The Dripolator
  • Dynamite Roasting Company
  • Nelson Bell Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be friendly to everyone. On such a small campus, you're bound to see the same people every day. Why not have as many of them as possible be your friends?
  • Be open-minded. Realize that many students won't share your views and ways of thinking, and embrace the opportunity to learn something new. You don't necessarily have to agree with them, but being more aware of other viewpoints helps you to share yours.
  • Eat in the cafeteria often. You'll be a part of some awesome conversations with other students, as well as staff and faculty, who often like to eat and meet with the students. Why miss out by eating ramen in your room? Certain demonstrations and meetings happen directly before, after, or during meal times, giving you all the more reason to go!
  • Get involved. With all of the dorm socials, convocations, chapels, clubs, student activities, and other chances to hang out with other students, it is easy to find a group with which you can connect. Your friends are your support group during rough times and cohorts during the good-especially when you may be far from home-so get to know others on campus. Attend meetings and other events or host a game or movie night in your room or the lobby and invite others to it-you'll be sure to make some lifelong friends.
  • Remember that some of the faucet handles turn the wrong way!
  • Study hard. The faculty at Montreat is reasonable and will do everything in its power to help you succeed, and the library staff will help with research needs. Don't just try to finish by the deadline, working on the project the night before. Make popcorn or buy chocolate or gummy bears from the grill and host a small study night to finish projects or study for a test, taking a short TV episode or game break. If you study better alone, head to the library or one of the computer labs on campus, or even hike up Lookout Trail to read a book for a literature class. Study hard and get the grades you'll be proud of when you graduate.
Did You Know?
  • Montreat College offers opportunities to study in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and other major cities.
  • Courses are offered at varying times, from early in the morning until later at night to accommodate school and work schedules. Tutoring in various subjects is also offered several hours during the week. In-class writing tutors are being implemented into many of the classrooms at the professor's discretion, and the Writing Center is open to all students most evenings of the week, equipped with tutors, style manuals, and computers.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 17 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 18 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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