Montreat College is very diverse, especially for such a small college. International students from Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, and many other places have called Montreat home. Though the demographic is primarily Caucasian, students of any ethnicity are eagerly welcomed and ushered into the community. Sexual diversity is less obvious; there are not many gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender students on campus, though the number has increased in the past couple of years. Although sexual orientation causes some conflict—primarily due to religious differences and interpretations—students generally agree to disagree. Because many Montreat students focus on philosophical and religious studies, differences in sexual orientation are sometimes debated and often discussed by those who are interested in philosophizing, though the discourse is by no means forced.
Overall, Montreat is a very eclectic environment to study in, with people from all walks of life becoming your classmates, dorm mates, and roommates. Since students come from such diverse backgrounds, the history and culture they bring with them often prove to be interesting facets in classroom debates, cultural studies, communication studies, and other academic activities. Outside of class, most students love to learn more about other cultural practices, beliefs, and new ways of thinking, regardless of whether they agree with it. Although disagreements do arise between students' various beliefs, especially where sexuality or religion is concerned, most students use their diverse living environments to learn and love, benefiting themselves and the College.