Montreat College is a private liberal Christian arts college in Montreat, North Carolina. Montreat College has three campuses for families, learners and graduate students at various locations in North Carolina and online. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies has campuses in Raleigh, Charlotte and Morganton.
In 1897, the Congregationalist priest, John C. Collins, from New Haven, Connecticut, joined a number of like-minded associates from other religions, including the evangelist, Weston R. Gales, to create the Mountain Retreat Association. "The association was not controlled by one religion but was interdenominational in its composition without church affiliation or influence. The original Mountain Retreat Association was transformed as a Presbyterian conference center less than ten years after its establishment. J. R. Howerton of Charlotte, North Carolina, purchased Montreat for use by the Presbyterian Church in the United States.
In 1913, Dr. Robert C. Anderson, then president of the Mountain Retreat Association, suggested that the Association's grounds and services should be used for school during the academic year. In 1975, the College and the Mountain Retreat Association Conference Center founded two separate organizations: Dr. Vaughn served as president of the College and Monroe Ashley, Baptist minister who had worked extensively in camp and conference ministry, served as president of the Mountain Retreat Association.
In the 1980s, Montreat was changed again to provide a four-year program. Later, graduate programs were also offered. In the 1990s, it increased the number of places where courses were offered, throughout addition to online offerings. After the Great Recession of 2008, the Montreat College had financial difficulties. In 2013, it proposed a merger with the University of Point. This idea was dropped later. In March 2014, after a $6 million anonymous donation, the trustees decided to raise money and hire a new president. Dr. Paul J. Maurer took office the following summer.
The Montreat College's conventional curriculum draws more than 450 students pursuing Christ-centered liberal arts education in the fields of study, ranging from business administration and Bible and faith to environmental studies, outdoor education and music business. It has 19 majors, 48 minors and concentrations. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies began offering classes on 19 September 1994.
Through online programs and physical campuses in Asheville, Raleigh, and Morganton, the college aims to serve working-class or elderly adults who want to receive a college degree, as well as those who want to expand their horizons. In June 1998 the Montreat College was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as a category three college offering a master's degree in business administration. The accreditation was reaffirmed in December 2012.
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