Nestled in a cove below the 6,000-foot peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, our main campus is the perfect combination of secluded wilderness, fellowship, and culture. It’s also home to our traditional undergraduate students, who you might find perched on a stone wall with a good book or taking a dive in the lake.
Our main campus academic programs are designed for traditional undergraduate students. We offer two- and four-year degrees at this location. For detailed information and a complete listing of programs, please visit undergraduate academics. Find detailed directions here.
The Chapel of the Prodigal embodies our college mission, housing both a chapel and educational facilities. The architect, Richard A. Henley of Charlotte, NC, nestled the building into the gently sloping terrain and used heavy timbers—over two hundred years old—for the roof trusses. The chapel is centered on the only known true fresco by a master artist on the theme of the parable of the Prodigal Son, Return of the Prodigal, by North Carolinian artist Ben Long. The Ruth Bell Graham Prayer Room features the beautiful calligraphy “Come Unto Me,” a verse chosen by Mrs. Graham. The McGowan Center for Christian Studies is also housed in this beautiful structure.
Other Facilities Used by the College
- Anderson Auditorium, the year-round assembly hall that seats more than 2,000 people, is available for college commencements, concerts, and convocations. It also houses four classrooms and a small auditorium for drama performances and concerts.
- Assembly Inn, an attractive conference hotel that overlooks Lake Susan, accommodates 180 overnight guests. The spacious lobby, dining room, seminar conference rooms, and a convocation hall are available for college use. Parents and friends of students will find comfortable accommodations here.
- The Barn serves as the Montreat center for square dances.
- Tennis courts are used for college teams, classes, and personal play.
- The Department of History, one of the two official archival agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), encourages Montreat College students to use its facilities for historical research into topics of current interest to the Presbyterian and Reformed community. The collection includes 40,000 printed volumes, 20,000 periodical volumes, over 6,000 cubic feet of archives and manuscript material that relates to the history of the Southern Presbyterian Church. It also houses a strong biographical and bibliographical collection. Resources for study are also available in North Carolina, United States, European, and Asian history. The presence of the Department of History in Montreat provides students the rare opportunity to work with materials that are usually found only in centers of graduate education.