Brevard College is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the church and located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. The college was founded in 1853 and is associated with the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church; it is one of the oldest colleges in the state. The college is actually in the city of Brevard, which rests nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains that serve as an attraction for many students. One other interesting fact about the city of Brevard is the famous “white” eastern gray squirrel that roams the Brevard College campus in large numbers; these are the most famous campus residents.
This residential college in Brevard stretches for 120 acres and provides different options for student living. The college is relatively small with a total enrollment of 658 students. Nearly all, around 98% of the students are fulltime, while 74% actually live on campus. Brevard College has three conventional residence halls for students and an apartment style residential complex for sophomores and upper classmen. There are 55 fulltime faculty members; the student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. The library is respectable with over 55,000 volumes of literature, an estimated 120,000 eBooks and 22,000 electronic journals available to the student body.
Brevard College offers degrees for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science; they also provide teacher licensure and pre-professional studies. Brevard offers over 40 majors and minors; some of them are Business and Organizational Leadership, Criminal Justice, English, Psychology, Religious Studies, Theatre Studies, Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education. The pre-professional studies they offer are Pre-Law, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Veterinary and Teacher Licensure.
Athletics and Mother Nature give the student body plenty of opportunity to blow off steam outside of the classroom. Typically between classes, many students participate in spending time outdoors camping, hiking, rock-climbing and kayaking in the nearby 157,000 acre Pisgah National Forest. In 2008 Brevard College became a member of the NCAA Division II so there are plenty of varsity athletics for students to get involved with as well. The official mascot is the tornado and the school colors are Blue and White. Brevard College has over 30 student clubs, 18 varsity sports, and many opportunities in art, music and theatre as well.
Currently there is no distance learning program or online courses for remote students. This small college fosters a community atmosphere which is unique in our ever-growing fast pace society. Students would miss out on much of the Brevard experience if they did not attend campus to live it firsthand. Student involvement in campus activities is almost second nature here; college is just a part of everyday life at Brevard College. Students can expect to get the attention they need for classes in this homely environment and will easily find similarities and common traits in their fellow students. The courses will ready students for tomorrow no matter what their major is, and the close knit community maybe provide for invaluable network contacts later in life.