Mars Hill University is a private, coed, liberal arts university. The university is located in the town of Mars Hill, North Carolina, 15 miles north of Asheville. The university is part of the Asheville metropolitan area. Mars Hill University offers 35 majors, including a school of nursing and a graduate school in education. U.S. News & World Report, in its annual review of the nation's best colleges and universities, ranked Mars Hill among the Top 25 Southern Regional Colleges for 2018, and it was listed among the Top 20 "Best Value Schools" in the Southeast for 2018. In 2016, Washington Monthly placed Mars Hill among its Top 25 National Universities out of 230 surveyed. From 1859 to 2013 the school was called Mars Hill College; in August 2013 it officially changed its name to Mars Hill University.