Mountain Campus

As you drive onto the campus, you pass through a 10-acre approach that is highlighted by beautiful landscape. Glimpses of buildings peek through the trees as the 1/4 mile main road winds past two ponds and several thickets on its way to the Main Entrance. The entrance to the campus is large and bold—it speaks of majesty and time-honored values. Inside the entrance a breath-taking reflecting pool divides the road in two, the right hand road leads to the Visitor Center and the left leads to long term student parking. No cars are permitted further than the Visitor Center. Beyond the Visitor Center, on the far south end of the campus, one can just make out the outline of greenhouses and agricultural fields.

The Visitor Center is designed to accommodate parents, prospective students, dignitaries and the like. It is modern (with a Renaissance feel) and has all of the amenities required to support public relations. It houses a reception room for guests to rest and freshen-up after travel, a press room and other administrative offices associated with inquiry and prospective students. The purpose of the Visitor Center is to interface the college with the outside world.

There is one main road that circles the campus with fire access to all buildings. There is no motor vehicle interior access from the Visitor Center to the rest of the 150 acre campus. Here everyone walks, jogs or rides bicycles. A tour of the campus is accomplished by means of the low impact solar-powered service vehicles. The first thing you notice is the near absolute quiet. No loud music is permitted and there is no vehicle noise of any kind. The visitor finds herself surrounded mostly by nature and silence; a sense of well-being permeates the campus. If the classroom is vibrant, the outer campus is peaceful. The grounds are immaculate, with an abundance of lawns, shrubs, trees, flowers, ponds, small clusters of benches and tables, gazebos and statuary. There are a number of areas designed for solitary thought; a nook here and there created in a clump of trees, a resting place atop a boulder at the end of a walking trail.

The campus and surrounding area host a number of amenities including mountain bike and equestrian trails, tennis and racquetball courts, a sports field for baseball, football, soccer and volleyball, and swimming pools.

Beyond the Visitor Center into the heart of the campus is a gated service road that branches off eventually into several separate service roads. Well designated walking and biking paths leading to campus proper. The college has a student body of 132, a faculty of 16 and consists of:

  • President residence (3,000 sf home on a 1/2 acre lot)
  • Two dormitories (two mentors actually live with their families in a special family section) each with a capacity of 30 students
  • A dining facility (2,000 sf)
  • A “U”-shaped Academic building with:
    • One oxford style classroom called the President’s Library
      consisting of:
      • an elegant office (400 sf)
      • a conference room (500 sf)
      • a private bath with shower, treadmill and media access, small walk-in closet
      • an office for an administrative assistant (100 sf)
      • a dignitary lounge (400 sf)
    • Six oxford style classrooms called the Mentor’s Library consisting of:
      • a modest office (225 sf)
      • a conference room (500 sf)
      • a shared classroom (2 mentors to a classroom) (1200 sf)
      • the mentors also have two lavatories with showers (gender specific)
    • Eight colloquium rooms (seats 15 each) (300 sf ea)
    • Ten Associate Mentor offices (80 sf ea)
    • Two lounges (1,500 sf ea) with enough furniture clusters (for 5 to 8 people each)for a total relaxed capacity of 25 each
    • A link-up scaled down Situation Room (smaller less elaborate version of main campus Sit. Room)
    • Five lavatories (2 male/3 female, multiple stalls in each)
    • Fully equipped with computers, telephones, furniture and all other necessary equipment
    • Break room
  • There are three other buildings containing:
    • Three music practice rooms (sound proof walls and windows, 100 sf ea)
    • A choral room (600 sf)
    • A central library (attached to or in very close proximity of the dormitories) (2,000 sf)
    • Six administrative offices (100 sf ea)
    • An auditorium with stage (capacity 300)
    • Maintenance rooms

Inside the “U” is a small outdoor garden amphitheatre (capacity 100).In addition, there is a small health café where students can meet for a juice or healthy finger foods.

The feeling in the classroom is vibrant and uplifting. All of the furnishings are tasteful, rich, and stately. The feeling draws you in; it encourages you to stay and study. It is warm and inviting. The technology is up to date and highly functional, however it is not prominent. Human beings are being developed; the focus is the study of the liberal arts, character, service, and mission. New American founders are built here.

The architecture of the buildings (except for the Visitor Center) is modest eighteenth century brick and wood. There are no buildings taller than two stories. The campus itself encompasses 150 acres and is less than 2 miles from the city of Monticello, UT.

Few students on campus hold jobs off campus, while many do work part-time on campus. Almost all students are on full scholarship, allowing for tremendous amounts of continuous study without financial concerns. The campus farm is situated at the east end, opposite the Visitor Center. Here, much of the produce used on campus is grown. The greenhouses allow us to extend the growing season into December. Part of the educational experience at Monticello College is to work in the greenhouses, working the soil and growing things, working in the barns caring for animals.