Parents & Family Resources

Parents and family of current students are always considered part of the Lion family. Among many resources available on our website, the following will help you stay connected with your student’s new community.

As you navigate our site, you will find information organized under categories. For example, under “Academics” you will find academic calendar, exam schedule, and graduation information. Under “Current Students” you will find information about Student Life and Residence Halls.

In addition to the resources found here, you may be interested to follow day-to-day happenings on social media. We encourage you to follow the university main accounts, the Mars Hill University President accounts, as well as your favorite athletic teams, clubs, and organizations.

Social Media

If you are a new college parent, exploring Mars Hill, we encourage you to:

  • Get  directions and explore the campus map if you need it while you visit.
  • Shop at the online bookstore.
  • Meet your student for a meal at one of the on-campus dining spots.
  • Explore shops and restaurants in downtown Mars Hill.
  • Attend family weekend and connect with other families.
  • Encourage your student to use the many student resources available to them.
  • Invest in your student’s experience.

Many events on campus are open to the public.

Events Calendar

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Resource Guide for Parents

Incoming Student Info

Resource offices for students

The list below may be helpful when you need to refer your student somewhere for additional information or support.

Campus Engagement & Leadership

The purpose of the office of Campus Engagement & Leadership is to provide a unique holistic experience for students of Mars Hill University. Housed in Campus Life, the office of Campus Engagement & Leadership will provide a transformational experience related but not limited to student activities, clubs/organizations, and leadership initiatives.


The Center for Student Success (CSS) is a department that collaborates closely with both academic and student affairs to assist students in persisting at MHU. As students navigate their college experience at Mars Hill, the CSS staff works to ensure students are connected to campus resources while establishing life-long relationships at their home away from home.

  • Accessibility Services – The mission of Mars Hill University Accessibility Services is to remove barriers and ensure fair access for students with accessibillity needs.  Reasonable accommodations may be afforded to qualified students with accessibility needs that substantially limit one or more major life activities as relative to the general population.
  • First Year Mentors – First Year Mentors serve an integral role in student success by supporting students in and out of the classroom during their transition to MHU.
  • First Year Seminar I (FYS111) – FYS111 introduces students to the college experience at Mars Hill, to concepts fundamental to a liberal arts education, to the skills necessary for success in college, and to multiple disciplinary perspectives.
  • LionTrax – This is software that allows an instructor to submit a referral to CSS staff. When an instructor submits a LionTrax Early Alert/referral, the Student Care Team will work with instructors, coaches, advisors, and others with whom the student may have a relationship in order to offer support, connect the student to resources, and to create a Circle of Care.
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI) – Supplemental Instruction provides opportunities to acquire effective learning strategies, develop understanding of difficult course material, and improve grades in historically difficult courses.

Student Support Services (SSS) – The Mars Hill University Student Support Services Program, a TRiO program, is 100% funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Students must be eligible by meeting at least one of the following criteria: first-generation college student, come from a low-income background, or have a documented accessibility need. Services and resources include:

  • Academic and personal advising
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Exposure to cultural programs

Additional Academic Resources

  • Writing Center – The Writing Center offers free writing tutoring for all MHU students. Writing Center tutors are trained to provide assistance at all stages of the writing process, from prewriting to revising final drafts, and they work with writers in all disciplines.
  • Math Center – The MHU Math Center offers free assistance with assignments for math courses.


  • Student Health Center – The Mars Hill University Student Health Center, located in Nash, is the health facility for the campus community. The Student Health Center staff provides primary care for full-time students. The Student Health Center is part of the student development office and works closely with this office in order to assist in each student’s physical and emotional development during his/her college experience.
  • Counseling Center – The Mars Hill University Counseling Center is an inclusive, nonjudgmental, and safe space where students can receive emotional support regardless of what they may be experiencing. Counseling services are free and confidential for all students.
  • The Transition of Care guide has some helpful resources.

Cothran Center for Career Readiness – The Cothran Center is your resource for help in getting ready for the day after graduation. Visit the Center early and often during your college career and get started on making plans to make the most of your Mars Hill degree!

  • Career path research and help in choosing an appropriate major
  • Career preparation, including resume development, networking skills, and interview prep
  • Internship exploration and strategies


Residence Life – The Residence Life Office strives to make the residence halls a “home away from home” for students. They provide a safe environment conducive to the educational, social, and overall developmental growth of the resident.

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – The mission of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion office is to create a culturally enhanced campus environment through inclusive education, advocacy, social justice, diversity, and leadership opportunities.

  • Mars Hill University is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. Diversity is recognizing that the institution is made up of a mixture of people who’ve had varying experiences. Equity is the awareness of diversity and creating opportunities for people to have equal access and participation in opportunities. Inclusion is intentional sustained equitable actions by the institution, to create a culture that reflects its diverse community.
  • Programming throughout the year includes:
    • Diversity Lecture Series
    • Unity Candlelight Vigil
    • MLK Jr. Commemorative Programs
    • Diversity Seminar and Workshops
    • Events to recognize nationally observed months, such as Black History Month, Native American History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian Pacific History Month, and Hispanic History Month and more.



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