COMPASS FAQs for Students and Parents

Who is eligible to register for COMPASS?

Rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen who are in good academic standing and have no school suspensions are invited to apply.

When are the programs offered and how much do they cost?

COMPASS 2021 programs will be available during the weeks of June 20-25 and June 27-July 2. The regular prices is $795 per week; however, discounted $695 pricing is now available. Pricing includes meals, lodging and all scheduled activities.

What’s new for COMPASS 2021?

COMPASS 2019 featured four exciting camps including: Cybersecurity (Standard & Advanced), Exercise Science, Herpetology and Audio Production. New for COMPASS 2020, the following camp has been added: Criminal Justice.

Can home-schooled students attend COMPASS?

Yes! Home-schooled students are encouraged to participate in COMPASS.

When is the registration deadline?

We will accept registrations on a rolling basis until space is filled in each program. It is best to apply early since programs can fill up quickly!

Can I register for more than one program?

Because the programs run concurrently, students can only select one academic program track per week.

Is there a dress code?

Dress is casual, but please dress appropriately for the activities scheduled for your program. Registered students will receive a packing list in the Spring of 2021.

Is transportation to field trips included in registration fee?

Transportation to and from all off-site field trips will be included in the program cost.

Will I receive college credit for this program?

COMPASS Summer Experience programming is designed to enrich students’ understanding of a particular career path or field of study. COMPASS programs do not offer college credit.

Will COMPASS 2021 participants receive scholarships to Montreat College?

Students who attend COMPASS will receive a $2,000 scholarship!  The scholarship will be spread over four years and will be awarded upon enrollment at Montreat College.  There are an unlimited number of scholarships available for rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school; however, the number of scholarships for rising freshmen in college is limited to the first 25 students who register.  The registration deadline for rising freshmen to be eligible for the $2,000 scholarship is March 1, 2021.

What is the COMPASS refund policy?

You may cancel your registration and request a full refund through May 21, 2021. After that date, refunds will only be issued if Montreat College makes the decision to cancel the COMPASS program.

I have additional questions, who do I contact?

For questions, please contact COMPASS Program Director Laura Buckwalter via email at or via phone at 828.669.8012 ext. 3873.