Men’s Dress Code

Maranatha’s dress code is guided by the principles of modesty, appropriateness, gender distinction and preparation for leadership in the ministry/workforce.

Casual Dress

Appropriate for on or off campus activities and games. [SL 5/16]


  • Jeans, cargo pants, wind pants, etc.
  • Athletic shoes, sandals, etc.
  • T-shirts.
  • Sleeveless shirts and jersey tank top shirts are appropriate for sports participation or working out. Sleeves may be cut off, but the shirt may not be split below the sleeve [SL 6/14].


  • Some activities (like sit ups and leg lifts) are not appropriate to do in shorts when the opposite sex is present.
  • Spandex may not be worn as an outer garment.
  • Tank top undershirts are not permitted.
  • Pajama pants are not appropriate for Casual Dress.
  • Ripped, patched, torn, inappropriately faded, worn-out jeans are not permitted.
  • Regular undershirts and tank tops as outerwear or with V-neck sweater vests are not acceptable.
  • Untucked shirts, sweaters, or sweatshirts must be long enough to cover the skin at all times no matter the activity.
  • Knee-length, loose-fitting shorts (knee-length is defined as coming to the top of the kneecap when standing) are appropriate for viewing or participating in outdoor sports on campus, P.E. classes, and off campus.

Class Dress – Considered  “business casual”

Classes, final exams, matinee performances, Mid-week Church services,  recitals [EX 8/19], and chapel. [EX 8/18]


  • Nice-looking, clean, casual slacks and khakis.
  • Nice-looking collard shirts (polo/golf shirts) or dress shirts.
  • Sweaters, when worn, should be worn over collared shirt.
  • Leather, non-athletic shoes.
  • Crew length dress socks (not athletic or white socks).

Not Acceptable

  • Jeans and cargo pants.
  • Shoes with bright colors.
  • “Hoodies”


  • All shirts should remain tucked in.
  • Canvas shoes are permitted only with Dorm Supervisor approval.
  • Ties should be worn to class for significant presentations including speeches, capstone presentations, music/drama performances, etc. Faculty will note this requirement when applicable.

Church Dress – business work attire

Required for Sunday services; university plays, concerts, recitals, dress rehearsals, special meetings, baccalaureate, graduation, and when announced.


  • Suits or sports coats with coordinating dress pants.
  • Dress shirts and ties.
  • Leather, non-athletic shoes.
  • Crew length dress socks (not athletic or white socks) [SL 5/13].


  • Church dress is dressier than class dress.
  • String ties are not permitted.
  • Denim is not appropriate.
  • Canvas shoes are permitted with Dorm Supervisor approval but are generally not considered professional.
  • Professional dress shoes are appropriate for suits.
  • Sweatshirts and sweatshirt “hoodies” are not permitted [SL 8/09].

Semi-formal and Formal Dress

Required for banquets, artist series, and when announced.


  • Suits or tuxedos.
  • Dress shirts.
  • Ties or bow ties.
  • Dress shoes and socks.


  • Costumes/Historical Period dress are not appropriate. [SL 5/16]

Hair updated [1/18]

  • Hair must be tapered and above the collar, off the ears and above the eyebrows.
  • Braids, cornrows, dreadlocks and any faddish style, as determined by Student Life, are not permitted.
  • Grooves, shelf cuts, extreme faddish styles, etc. are not permitted. Hair must be blended without obvious lines.
  • Hair style may not exceed more than 2” from the scalp.
  • Men may not bleach, color, or highlight their hair.
  • Sideburns below the bottom of the ear, mustaches, and beards are not permitted.
  • Men are to be clean-shaven.
    • Exception: Married students, graduate students, and older students (23 or older) may have mustaches to the corners of the mouth.

Clothing- Coats, Pants, Shirts, Jackets, Hoodies, Hats etc.

  • Socks must be worn at all times except with sandals or with Casual Dress.
  • Pants should cover your undergarment no matter the activity.
  • All clothing and T-shirt logos must be in good taste.
  • Clothing with wording, logos, or pictures that are inappropriately placed to draw attention to specific areas of the body is not permitted.
  • Clothing (jeans, pants, shirts, etc.) should be in good condition, should not have holes or frays, and should not have noticeable fading that draws attention to specific areas of the body.
  • All clothing should be loose fitting.
  • Skinny jeans/pants are not acceptable for any category [SL 10/13].
  • Hoodies are defined as pullover sweatshirt with a hood [SL 8/09].
  • Shirt collars are to be down and not “flipped” up.
  • When a tie is required, the top shirt button should be buttoned [SL 11/08]. Neck ties should be pulled up covering the top button of the shirt.
  • Hats may not be worn in buildings (with the exception of the gymnasium during sporting events).
  • Only the Student Health Center Nurse or a dean can approve changes to a level of dress due to physical injury.
  • Adhere to the level of dress called by meeting organizers. [SL 5/16]

Jewelry and Tattoos

  • Tattoos, body piercing, and body branding are not permitted.
  • If a student gets a tattoo or body piercing prior to coming to Maranatha, he will be required to cover the tattoo if it is visible and to remove the body piercing, visible or not.
  • Necklaces and earrings are not permitted.
  • Bracelets are permitted [SL 10/12].

NOTE: Due to the blatant endorsement of nudity, promiscuity, and immoral life style of Abercrombie and Fitch and Hollister Co.—as evidenced by their catalog and general advertising—the University deems it necessary and appropriate to ban any clothing that bears their name, trademarks, or other visible evidence of association with Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister Co.