About MHU

Mission Statement

Mars Hill University, an academic community rooted in the Christian faith, challenges and equips students to pursue intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth through an education that is:


in a rigorous study of
the Liberal Arts


with the world of work


to character development, to service, and to responsible citizenship in the community, the region, and the world

Who We Are

Mars Hill University is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in the mountains of western North Carolina. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in western North Carolina on its original site.

Leadership   History of the University  Accreditations Student Achievement Goals   Title IX   Vision Statement  Strategic Plan  Religious Identity Statement

Where We Are

Mars Hill University is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the United States, sitting in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains of Western North Carolina. The town, which derives its name from the university, has a population of about 2,200. It is approximately 25 minutes north of Asheville, NC, and approximately 45 minutes southwest of Johnson City, TN.

Directions   Printable Campus Map (PDF)

What To Do & See


The MHU Conferences and Events Office is available to help coordinate use of the campus facilities, including residence halls, meeting areas, auditoriums, 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.

Campus Facilities   Fitness Facilities   Chapel

Work Here

Mars Hill University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. View our current openings.

Current Openings