Brevard College is a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. Located in a small town in Brevard, North Carolina, the campus is situated close to the Pisgah National Forest, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and just 20 miles from Asheville.
There are just 7,600 residents of Brevard, Carolina but students can still find activities to do during their down time from class. Independence Day is a major holiday in Brevard with a festival, concerts, car judging competition and fireworks. Christmas is also an important holiday in the town as the town hosts the annual 5K Reindeer Run. A Christmas Parade occurs later in the day.
Asheville, North Carolina is a much larger town that is just 20 miles outside of the campus. There Brevard students can get part-time jobs as well as internship opportunities related to their majors.
Brevard College urges students to learn by doing, to take on new challenges, and to think outside the box. With nearly 20 majors and over 25 minors to choose from, students can study what truly interests them in a safe and encouraging environment.
Exercise Science, Theater Studies and Wilderness Leadership and Experimental Education are just three of the majors offered at Brevard. The classes are small and are taught by one of 86 professors, 53 of whom are full-time.
Brevard College was founded in 1934 when United Methodist colleges Rutherford, Weaver, and Brevard institute merged together. These colleges formed to create a college that gave men and women in the mountains a chance at a higher education. Although a junior college for many years, Brevard became a four-year college in 1996 and gave it’s last associates degree out in 2006.
Brevard College believes that campus life is an integral part of any student’s education and therefore requires students to live on campus through their senior year. The college prides itself on creating active learning environments, diverse experiences and skills that help students learn more about themselves.
There are three resident halls and one resident village offered to the 600 students attending Brevard College. Each resident hall comes with a microwave and refrigerator unit. Along with the microwave and refrigerator, Green Hall which mainly houses upperclassmen offers residents a sink and two closets. It is the only resident hall on campus that allows alcohol consumption as many of the students are over 21.
Students can take part in numerous clubs and organizations. They can go on outdoor recreation trips, sing in the choir or write for the newspaper. Students can also get off campus and enjoy their surroundings. They can hike in the Great Smokey Mountains or take a day-trip into Brevard.
When it comes to sports, Brevard College participates in Division II athletics. Sports include baseball, cycling, softball and tennis. The mountain bike team is the most successful sport on campus winning their first national championship in 2009 after only being a team for three years. They went on to win two more national championships in 2010 and 2012.
When it comes to financial aid, administrators at Brevard College gives away federal, state, and institutional awards such as loans, grants, and scholarships to make it easier for students to afford the $35,000 a year it costs to attend. Each year the school offers over $5.5 million each year to students wishing to attend. The school offers payment plans for students who are not able to afford to pay a lump sum.