Accreditation & Authorization

Montreat College is an accredited institution. For over 100 years we have offered a quality Christian education to our students.

Our Accreditation

Montreat College is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Baccalaureate, and Masters degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Montreat College. If you want to speak with someone at Montreat College about our accreditation, please contact Academic Affairs at (828) 669-8012 ext. 3621 or

Montreat College is approved to prepare students for elementary education teacher licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC-DPI).

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program in the School of Adult and Graduate Studies at Montreat College.

Outdoor Education programs are accredited by the Wilderness Education Association and the Commission on Outdoor Education and Leadership.

State Authorization

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. The primary objectives of SARA are to make it easier for institutions in North Carolina to provide online and distance education options to students in other states and to provide basic protections for those students.

Student Complaints

Montreat College Complaint Process

Students seeking to resolve a complaint should follow the grievance process found in the Adult and Graduate Studies Academic Catalog, page 47. The institution representative who handles student complaints is the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 310 Gaither Circle, P.O. Box 1267, Montreat, N.C. 28757, (828) 669-8012 ext. 3621,

North Carolina Complaint Process

The Attorney General of the State of North Carolina is empowered by law to receive, investigate and work to resolve complaints that may arise against Montreat College or other North Carolina private, non-profit colleges and universities. It has been determined by the Attorney General’s office that persons wishing to file a complaint against Montreat College or other private, non-profit colleges and universities in the state can use the link on the N.C. Department of Justice website to learn how to file a complaint. In addition to using this link, you may file such a complaint at the following address:

North Carolina Department of Justice
Consumer Protection Division
9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-9001

Online Consumer Complaint Form

You may also contact the Attorney General of North Carolina to initiate this type of complaint by calling: 1-877-566-7226. Outside of North Carolina, please call 919-716-6000. En Español 919-716-0058.

SARA North Carolina Portal Information and Complaint Process

Mailing Address

NCSEAA c/o SARA North Carolina
P.O. Box 41349
Raleigh, NC 27619


SARA North Carolina
SARA NC complaint process
SARA NC complaint form


(855) SARA1NC toll free
(855) 727-2162 toll free
(919) 248-4667 local
(919) 248-6667, fax


Complaint Processes for Other States

View State complaint information by state and agency.

Institutional Accreditor Complaint Process and Form

View the complaint process and form for SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges).

Accreditor Contact Information:

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, President
1866 Southern Lane,
Decatur, GA 30033

Phone: (404) 679-4512

Accreditor’s Website: SACSCOC

Institutional Review Board

View Montreat College’s Institutional Review Board

Professional License & Certification Disclosure

In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations, all higher education institutions are required to advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

NC-SARA does not deal with professional licensing board approval for any courses or programs leading to professional licensure. If you are not a resident of North or South Carolina, and you are taking an online course or program leading to professional licensure, Montreat College cannot guarantee whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in your state.

Montreat College recommends that you consult with our program contact, the appropriate national licensing bodies below: 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Director: Dr. Penny Hamblin 

Montreat College AGS
950 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803


Professional Licensing Boards

National Board  for Certified Counselors State Directory

Clinical Mental Health Professional Licensure Disclosure

North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors
Post Office Box 77819
Greensboro, North Carolina 27417
844-622-3572 or 336-217-6000