Montreat College has record fall enrollment

Karrigan Monk
Black Mountain News
Montreat College President Paul J. Maurer said the school is continuing to grow in enrollment.

Montreat College continues to grow with a record fall enrollment for 2022. This marks the eighth year in a row the school has seen an increase.

For this fall semester, Montreat College’s full-time equivalent enrollment was the highest in school history with 918 FTE, according to a news release by the school.

This growth represents a 45% increase for the same measurement for the fall 2014 semester.

“FTE is a calculation that translates student credit hours into an equivalent number of full-time, full-year students,” the news release said. “This measure allows a college to understand how the total enrollment of part-time and full-time students convers to an overall full-time enrollment student headcount equivalency, which is useful for calculating revenue projects and organizational needs.”

Founded in 1916, the private Christian liberal arts college offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

President Paul J. Maurer said the growth is in line with Montreat College’s efforts to recruit the students they want while also improving the student experience overall.

In order to keep up with the growing number of students, Maurer said the school spent more than $5.8 million in facility upgrades and improvements throughout 2021 and 2022.

These updates include a renovation of the on-campus dining hall, a relocation of the outdoor recreation studies program to the Black Mountain campus and continuing investments into the college’s “state-of-the-art technical infrastructure.”

Montreat College also hired 11 new full-time faculty members.

Maurer said the college received $33.6 million from the state in order to invest in cybersecurity workforce development and infrastructure.

Maurer said the growth of the school “demonstrates the growing demand for our Christ-centered, academically rigorous college experience.”

“Not only are we growing, but the incoming traditional undergrads we welcomed in the fall of 2022 represent perhaps the best academic class we’ve ever had,” Maurer said. “Our students not only seek to expand their knowledge, but to also further develop a trustworthy moral compass.”

Maurer said he anticipates more growth for the school and aims to be the “premier Christ-centered” college in the region.

“The college’s mission provides a meaningful pathway for the development of our students intellectually and spiritually, and as citizens who contribute to society,” Maurer said. “We continue to witness transformational life change across campus and anticipate a bright future in the years ahead.”