Education That Moves Mountains
Education That Moves Mountains
Four Seasons of Fun
Four Seasons of Fun
Learn more about classes at MHU
Learn more about classes at MHU


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If you’re lucky enough to live nearby, you already know the legendary beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you haven’t experienced “our neck of the woods,” get ready to be inspired on a daily basis. Just minutes from the vibrant city of Asheville, our hometown is surrounded by outdoor opportunities.  Within a short drive you can:

  • Snow ski or tube
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Stand on top of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi
  • Tour the impressive Biltmore Estate
  • Indulge at numerous foodie favorites in downtown Asheville


At Mars Hill, we help each individual student develop the skills and knowledge to pursue their plans for the future. We believe that when you start from a higher perspective, you can go farther than you ever dreamed. You will learn from faculty who are as dedicated as they are accomplished. Your classroom experience will offer a broad liberal arts exposure, complete with experiential learning.

Graduate Programs

Mars Hill University Graduate Studies creates leaders in professional fields and communities.  Our programs accommodate both working professionals and recent college graduates.  We offer:

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) The M.Ed. program is designed for licensed teachers seeking to expand professional knowledge and skills in curriculum and instruction at the elementary (K-6) level.
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (M.A.C.J.)  Focuses on the enhancement of knowledge, communication, critical thinking skills, and ethical decision making.
  • Master of Management (M.M.)   4+1 degree. You can complete any major at MHU and add on a management degree in just one year.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Designed for students who currently hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in one or more of the following areas: Biology, History, English, Mathematics, Business, Theatre, or related fields and would like to seek teaching licensure.


Mars Hill is part of the competitive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and a member of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). You don’t have to be a varsity athlete to get in the game. To complement our 21 NCAA DII teams, you will find sports like weightlifting, Ultimate Frisbee. disc golf, and esports.



The Cothran Center for Career Readiness serves to to help our students get ahead—even before graduation. Starting with your first classes on The Hill you will be identifying strengths, learning how to capitalize on those for valuable placements in internships and experiences, and practicing skills that eventually lead to job placement.


The connected nature of our community gives Mars Hill students the support and confidence to reach for the most ambitious goals. Our alumni attend top-notch graduate schools, from Duke to Yale. They are sought-after by leading corporations and government agencies. Check out some of our Mountain Movers now!

Move Mountains with Majors Like These

Whether you know exactly what you want to study or are just beginning to explore the options, Mars Hill is a great place to start. With 32 majors and a wide range of minors and certificate programs, you can pursue unlimited success.

Life on Campus

The environment in which Mars Hill students learn and live is warm, supportive, accepting, and caring. There are many ways you can choose to become immersed in the MHU community. Concerts, festivals, dances, theatre performances, ball games, service days, Appalachian music, fashion shows—whatever your interest, you’ll find a place to thrive.

Student Dining

As a partner of MHU, Chartwells Dining Services is committed to offering quality food service programs to our students. The meal plan and BonusBucks can be used at all of our dining spaces on campus. We feature a variety of dining styles to meet your needs:

  • Pittman Dining Hall: our main dining room with a buffet style set-up. Food options include southern favorites, brick oven pizzas, fresh salad bar, soups and desserts. Vegetarian and vegan options available, and a dietary chef can work with you to meet individualized needs. 
  • The Lion’s Den: a sports bar themed diner, with your fast-food favorites of burgers, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks. Snacks and ice cream bar also available.
  • The Hilltop Café: Proudly serving Starbucks and on-the-go food items. Stop by and grab a bagel or coffee on the way to class!

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Student Housing

The Housing and Residence Life Office strives to make the residence halls a “home away from home” for students. With weekly programming and community building events, you will experience learning and growth outside of the classroom as well.

Housing styles we offer:

  • community-style living
  • suite-style living
  • honors housing
  • apartment-style living (2, 4, and 8-person apartments)
  • freshman community living

Learn More About Your New Home


No doubt, the Blue Ridge Mountains provide some awe-inspiring views. But if you really want to be inspired, take a look at all of the ways students are working to make a difference at Mars Hill.

Mission & Service Opportunities

  • Help with various organizations in Madison County
  • Travel abroad to work with children in Haiti
  • Partner with local government and non-profit agencies
  • Make an impact where you desire

Our Championship Tradition

MHU has 21 competitive teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, and is part of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). Intramural sports offered include pool, ping pong, corn hole and basketball tournaments.  Weightlifting, Ultimate Frisbee, and tennis are offered as club sports.

Club Sports

A club sport is defined as a student organization designed to serve student interests in different sports at the non-NCAA level. These sports can be competitive or recreational and clubs compete with other clubs, organizations, colleges, and universities.