What’s college got to do with body and spirit?
Here in one of the most beautiful places on earth, we're doing everything we can to create perfect harmony – of mind, body, and spirit ... among the arts, athletics, and academics ... between the individual and the environment.
It all started with the age-old Greek ideal of the balanced individual. We believe, as did the ancient Greeks, that a person’s intellectual, physical, and spiritual lives are all connected. At Brevard, our goal is to educate all of you – mind, body, and spirit. And we have some pretty interesting ways we go about it.
We won’t teach you what to think. We want you to figure that out for yourself. We will challenge you to consider the world through different lenses – to explore diverse ways of thinking about cultural and political issues. We’ll ask you to examine your role in this world and your impact on the planet and on the people around you. And we’ll help you to develop an interdisciplinary eye to see the connections between seemingly unrelated topics and events.
It would be hard for a Brevard student to avoid contact with the physical world. For starters, our location practically demands it. We’re surrounded by some of the nation’s most beautiful forests, mountains, and rivers. You don’t have to be an environmental or wilderness leadership major to enjoy getting outside yourself on Outing Club hiking, mountain climbing, and kayaking trips. Back on campus, an overwhelming majority of our students participate in intramural sports. And the fitness center is one of our major student social hubs.
Just as our location invites activity, it also inspires contemplation. Whether you’re a member of an organized religion or follow a more personalized path of worship, at Brevard you’ll find ample opportunities to explore what it means to be a spiritual being. Members of our community express their spiritual sides through traditional organizations (such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes or the Wesleyan Foundation) as well as through non-Christian religions and the fine and performing arts. Brevard College is founded on the heritage of the United Methodist Church; however we welcome all faiths and value tolerance and inclusion.
During your four years here, you will be as responsible for your educational experience as your professors. You will be expected to attend your classes, do your assignments and contribute to discussions. You will be expected to house your healthy mind in an equally healthy body. And you will be expected to dig deep inside of yourself to determine who you really are, what you believe, and what you stand for. In return you will be strong. You will stretch your abilities to think critically. And you will be able to express your thoughts intelligently and respectfully.