For Fall 2019, Montreat College’s degree-seeking enrollment on its traditional campus is once again the highest on record in the school’s 104-year history. Overall degree-seeking enrollment on Montreat’s traditional campus this fall is 595, up from the previous record of 538 achieved a year ago. Enrollment has grown 54 percent since 2014.
“The number of new students drawn to our traditional campus has increased for five consecutive years,” remarks Montreat College President Paul J. Maurer. “These numbers demonstrate that our mission is resonating with a wider audience than ever before. At Montreat College, we educate students through intellectual inquiry, spiritual formation, and preparation for calling and career. We are committed to our historic pillars as a faith-based, liberal arts institution, but have pivoted to grow in STEM fields, particularly science and technology. Our most recent programs, in cybersecurity and health sciences, and a great-books/big questions honors program, are among our fastest growing. We teach with academic rigor and immerse our students in the ethics and character required to excel in their profession and life. We are pleased that we now have the opportunity to do so on an increasingly larger scale.”
The college’s incoming students for Fall 2019 included 168 first-time freshmen and 66 new transfer students, bringing overall new student enrollment to 234 traditional undergraduate students. These students represent more than 30 states and 16 countries. Of these new students, 99 percent received scholarships, and more than half are first-generation college students.
In addition, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies currently enrolls 265 degree-seeking students in Asheville, Charlotte, Morganton, and online, 146 undergraduate students, and 119 graduate students. Overall, 930 students are currently attending Montreat College.
“This sustained growth pattern, coupled with new and enhanced academic programs, moves the college closer to our vision of being a leader in Christ-centered higher education regionally, nationally, and globally,” says President Maurer.