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1 College Sophomore

Administration: This school is the definition of strict.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: It is strict enough to where campus life is enjoyable and safe but no so strict that people feel like the college is their mom.

1 College Senior

Administration: You are there for education. And education only. Spend your time wisely. Don't do anything to jeopardize your education

4 College Senior

Administration: A Christian College, but Could Be a LOT Worse. Some complain about Montreat's strictness, but it's seriously NOTHING compared to almost any other Christian school. They crack down hard on students who drink on-campus, especially athletes. You are only allowed in the dorm of the opposite sex during certain hours, and underclassmen have to have a specific (but low) number of convocation credits (this doesn't have to be chapel).

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4 College Senior

Administration: The school policy is strict but you are able to have fun. You just must follow the rules.

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One thing students at Montreat quickly learn about is campus rules. Visitation is regarded by most as strict, with a maximum of only 33 hours of visitation per residence hall per week. Those 33 maximum visitation hours are restricted to certain time slots during the week, with Wednesdays prohibiting visitation, reserved only for dorm socials and other events. Policies on alcohol and drug and tobacco product use on campus are strict—you aren't even supposed to be on campus if you're under the influence of alcohol—and punishable with anything from community service and fines to dismissal from the school. Underage drinkers and other substance abusers are turned over to the police and prosecuted by state law.

Montreat's staff does a good job of upholding its policies. RAs do regular room checks during visitation hours to make sure the residents are behaving. Depending on the RA, this can feel like babysitting, or it can be a nice visit from your classmate. RAs tend to show varying amounts of strictness when warning or writing up students. On some floors, students can swear without concern, whereas if another RA hears them, they may be written up for violating the handbook policies. It all depends on the RA. When it comes to serious issues, though—substance abuse, medical emergencies, or other issues—the campus staff works quickly to fix the problem. The administration handles almost all discipline cases (unless they are felonies or misdemeanors, which are handled by the police). Admin is flexible in many cases but shows no tolerance for serious issues that pose a potential threat to either a particular student or the College as a whole.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating or being guilty of academic dishonesty
  • Drinking
  • Making too much noise
  • Parking illegally
  • Smoking
  • Violating dorm visitation rules
Visitation Policies
Visitation hours at Montreat are limited to 33 per week per residence hall, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., except on Wednesdays. On Wednesdays, visitation is prohibited, with the day being reserved for dorm socials and other events. To visit, guests must be accompanied by the host during the whole visit and sign in at the front desk (which, in Anderson, requires someone to man the front desk and take the men's ID cards). Non-Montreat students are required to leave some form of ID, generally driver's licenses, though those without a license can leave their photo ID or, humorously enough, shoes. During the visit, the door must be propped open to at least a 45-degree angle, and hosts' rooms are subject to regular checks from the dorm RAs. Lobby visitation policies are different; visitors must still be accompanied by a host but the hours differ, and visitors don't have to sign in. Lobby hours are from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.
Did You Know?
Montreat College used to be a women's school, becoming coeducational in 1959.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 22 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 23 responses

  • 35% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 61% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 4% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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