Montreat students love a good sports game. Since Montreat is such a small, tight-knit community, students turn out for athletic events to watch their friends and classmates. Baseball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball games are arguably the most popular sporting events. Students cheer loudly for the Cavaliers, sometimes bringing signs or wearing blue and gold (the school's colors) face paint to show their school spirit. Home games are a welcome study break for many students (or a change of environment to do light homework in), and occasionally, a "special event" happens (e.g., free pizza for groups who wear face paint in the school's colors).
The College regards the sports teams highly, and they are big incentives for potential students to enroll at Montreat. Some students complain about the outdated facilities and equipment, though the school does its best to support the school athletics. In 2008, McAlister Gymnasium underwent an "extreme makeover," updating the facility quite a bit. The equipment is outdated but clean and functional; with funding issues, the school can't always buy all-new equipment. Equipment in the gym is primarily used by athletes but is open to other students, as well. Many students take advantage of the weights and other equipment in the basement of the gym. Potential students can tour the facilities and meet the coaches and team members; they also have the option to stay overnight at the College with someone on a team they want to try out for, getting first-hand knowledge of what will be expected of them when they join.