COMPASS Summer Experience

COMPASS is a week-long summer immersion program for high school students and rising college freshmen who would like to explore an academic field of interest with college-level instructors and get a taste of the college experience.

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. With that in mind and in light of COVID-19, we are, unfortunately, canceling our COMPASS programming for 2020. We remain optimistic and look forward to operating normally on campus for Summer 2021!

Registration fees will be fully refunded to all who registered for COMPASS 2020.

Attend COMPASS and receive a $2,000 scholarship! Scholarship is spread over four years and is awarded upon enrollment at Montreat College.


The Cybersecurity immersion programs allow students to participate in 20 hours of cybersecurity instruction and hands-on learning, fun evening activities, and an event-closing competition in which students will put their new knowledge to the test.

Exercise Science

The Exercise Science immersion program focuses on the principles of exercise science—what it encompasses, how it applies to healthy living, and what to do with a degree in the field. We will introduce various aspects of exercise science through a combination of lecture and laboratory activities.


The Herpetology immersion program will focus on an ecological study of reptiles and amphibians. The goals include finding and examining reptiles and amphibians, an introduction to scientific research data collection, and a lab component where we will discuss anatomy of snakes.

Audio Production

In the Audio Production immersion program, students will learn computer-based audio production, audio synthesis, basic audio acoustics, microphone technique, mixing, and how to navigate popular music production software—specifically, Ableton Live and Logic Pro X.

Business Entrepreneurship

The Business Entrepreneurship immersion program will focus on the principles of business. During the week, students will learn about the world of business from successful Western North Carolina business leaders, tour startup ventures, and develop their own business concepts.

Creative Writing

The new Creative Writing immersion program will help you transform your most imaginative stories into written works through a series of inspiring activities, workshops, lectures from local published authors.

Criminal Justice

The new Criminal Justice immersion program will highlight key components of Basic Law Enforcement Training.  Inspired by real police academy topics and activities, this highly-interactive camp will include: handcuffing, traffic stops, fingerprinting, crime scene investigations and more!


The new Theatre immersion program will help students hone their artistic performance abilities regardless of skill level!  This camp will touch on the artistic, business, spiritual and humanitarian aspects of theatre while providing concrete opportunities to hone foundational theatrical talent.

Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education immersion program combines elements of adventure education and environmental education providing hands-on opportunities for students to enhance their outdoor skills, leadership training, team building, and environmental awareness.


Please contact COMPASS Program Director Erin Chapman via email at or via phone at 828.669.8012 ext. 3821. Or click the link below.