Welcome High School Juniors! /
Preparing to apply to college

MHU is a small private university with a big spirit where you will enjoy the best of a college experience.

At Mars Hill, you will be seen for your full potential by all who surround you. Whether it is the faculty, coaches, band directors, theatre directors, administrators, or roommates, you will be immersed in a diverse community where your education and experiences will activate and integrate your mind, heart, and soul.

If you are considering Mars Hill University, we encourage you to visit us. When you get into your senior year and you are ready to see if Mars Hill will be a good fit or you, the application for Fall ’25 will open on August 1, 2024. The application is free and our admission decisions are made quickly. Once you have applied for admission, we will review your application and have a decision back to you within two weeks!




Checklist for getting ready to apply to college:

  • Meet with your high school guidance counselor to discuss your college search.
  • Explore. Check out colleges of all different types. Seeing and comparing different schools will help you narrow down the type of environment you want.
  • Stay involved in your high school. Clubs, sports, community service – all good things to add to your college application.
  • Keep focusing on your school work. Colleges will evaluate the grades you make as a junior.
  • Create a new email account. Cut the clutter in your inbox with a new account that you use only for college search.
  • Start attending college fairs. This will help you narrow down the schools you are considering.
  • Take the SAT or ACT. At Mars Hill, we do not require these, but if you submit your scores you may be considered for additional financial aid.
  • Prepare your essay. Check out essay prompts for any colleges or scholarships you are considering. Start working on a draft early.
  • Research scholarships that may be available through your high school or community. You may also find grants and scholarships on websites like fastweb.com, cfnc.org or mappingyourfuture.org.
  • Start touring schools to where you feel at home. Visiting campuses over the summer going into senior year is recommended.