Conferences

Contact Information
Email:         conferences@mhu.edu
Phone:        (828) 689-1167
Fax:              (828) 689-1647
Address:  Mars Hill University, Conferences and Events Office, P.O. Box 6785, Mars Hill, NC 28754

The MHU Conferences and Events Office is available to help coordinate use of the campus facilities, including dorms, meeting areas, auditorium, athletic amenities, and more by external groups.  Whether you are a non-profit organization, corporation, church, athletic organization, or other, our experienced staff can help you plan and host your workshops, camps, conferences, concerts, meetings, and other programs on the Mars Hill University campus during the summer months. 

During the academic year we offer a variety of meeting spaces with hotel, bed and breakfasts, cabins, or other rental housing available in the area.  

We also have a thriving Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) program, with participants attending from around the world. 

Upcoming Programs

Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week - June 7-13, 2015

Summer Music Camp

Looking for a Church Mission and/or Community Service Week? Click here!

Summer Camps and Programs

Ten (10) weeks of summer programs: Whether you are holding a business retreat for 100 people, a church camp for 500, or a training session for 15, we welcome you and your guests to campus with open arms!  We work with you to ensure that your program is a success.  Let our expert staff help your program reach the goals for which YOU aim!

The environment for a spiritual retreat is different than for an athletic camp!  We recognize this difference and help provide the support you need to make your program all you want it to be!  Some organizations have held annual workshops and/or camps at Mars Hill University for over 40 years!

We have worked with all types of groups - churches, faith-based, advocacy, and other non-profit organizations; schools, home-school organizations, and other educational groups; small businesses, corporations, and government entities.  We can offer classrooms, meeting spaces, and other facilities to accommodate your guests at affordable prices in the beautiful mountains of Western NC. 

Groups wishing to make field trips off campus have an abundance of outdoor options, including white water rafting, hiking the Appalachian Trail, cycling, horseback riding, Zipline tours, and more.  Many historic sites are nearby including the Biltmore Estate, Carl Sandburg Home, Vance Birthplace Memorial Museum, and more.  Nearby downtown Asheville has an array of art museums, theaters,  shopping venues, and more to keep adults and kids well entertained! 

Space Rental Information

Accommodations: We can provide affordable accommodations for your group. Campus dormitories include Bailey, Brown, Edna Moore, Fox, Gibson, Huffman, Stroup, and Turner—plus a limited number of kitchen-equipped apartments.

Food Service: Good food and good service are essential to an enjoyable conference or workshop experience. To that end, Mars Hill University has partnered with Chartwells, a premier college foodservice provider, to ensure that healthy and tasty dining options are available. Pittman Dining Hall, the campus cafeteria, offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with an entrée bar, deli sandwiches, a hamburger/hotdog grill, dessert, drink, and a fresh salad bar. The building also has two smaller dining rooms which can be reserved for special functions.

Location: Mars Hill University is located approximately 20 minutes north of Asheville, NC and is served by Interstate 26. For directions to campus and a campus map, please click here.

Supporting Services

Copy Center: Paw Prints is the Mars Hill University community's printing, copying, and publishing center, located on Main Street next to the Bookstore.

Wellness Center: The Mars Hill University Wellness Center, located in Robinson Hall, is the health facility for the campus community. The facility offers limited medical care to camps, conferences, and workshops for a minimal per service fee. The staff also will help your group arrange for treatment if more serious medical needs arise while you are on campus.

Other Amenities: A variety of campus amenities are available to groups scheduling their meetings on campus. All rooms are equipped with cable TV and computer hook-ups (you must supply TVs and Ethernet cables). These include an in-door swimming facility, disc golf, tennis courts, and more.  Building amenities also include Moore Auditorium (1500 people), Belk Auditorium (300), Media Center with 90 seat movie projection room and more.  Audio/Video equipment is available. Twenty-four (24) hour per day campus security is provided.

Please contact Conferences and Events for availability and prices.