With about 3,700 students from 42 states and 20 countries plus the Virgin Islands, UNC Asheville is one of the nationâ€™s top public liberal arts universities and is one of 16 universities in the UNC system. The university offers more than 30 majors leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and master of liberal arts degrees.
get ready to take on the world
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Whether you’ve already decided on a major or you want to explore your options before choosing, at UNC Asheville you’ll find the rigorous intellectual workout you need to succeed. Small classes. Accomplished professors. Hands-on learning. Personal attention. It’s the right combination to prepare you for anything tomorrow holds—all at a public school price. That’s why so many college guides recognize UNC Asheville as a best value in higher education. So come for a visit. Chances are you’ll feel right at home. You won’t get lost in a crowd on our small yet bustling campus. And we’re a short bike ride from the thriving arts, cultural and recreational scene in the city of Asheville, surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Your UNC Asheville education, both inside the classroom and out, will prepare you for a wide range of possibilities. We can’t wait to find out what you’ll contribute to our campus.
Take a hands-on approach to your education: Whether composing music on classic synthesizers in the Bob Moog Electronic Music Studio or examining proteins for cancer research in a Zeis Hall lab, youâ€™ll music.unca.edu learn by doing at UNC Asheville. 4
majors and minors
• Interdisciplinary Studies
• Literature & Language
• Atmospheric Sciences
• Mass Communication
• Business (Management)
• Music Technology
• Computer Science
• New Media
• Education (Teacher Licensure)
• Political Science
• Engineering Mechatronics (Joint Degree with NCSU)
• Asian Studies • Astronomy • Creative Writing • Dance • Humanities • International Studies • Legal Studies • Neuroscience
• Religious Studies
• 2+2 Engineering (with NCSU)
• Teacher Licensure
• Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
• Psychology • Literature & Language • Environmental Studies
• Art History
Most popular majors:
• Africana Studies
• Environmental Studies
• Health & Wellness Promotion
Minors include most majors, plus:
• Pre-Dentistry • Pre-Law • Pre-Medicine • Pre-Pharmacy • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
• Health & Wellness Promotion • Art
Donâ€™t just read about it in a book: Get out of the classroom for some real-life learning experiences with fellow students and professors. Environmental Studies majors put theory into practice by envr.unca.edu collecting and analyzing samples from a nearby stream.Â 6
variety explore your options
start up your future
What is a Liberal Arts Education? It’s pretty simple, actually. A UNC Asheville education challenges you to look at life through many lenses, to question, to discuss, to see connections between a multitude of subjects. Our professors go the extra mile to help you find your dreams— even if you’re not sure what those might be right now.
Graduate with a résumé: Our graduates say their UNC Asheville experience made them ready when new doors opened. From your very first year here, you’ll team up with professors to take part in research work that most students only experience in graduate school. Want to see the world? You can sign up for study abroad opportunities from Moscow to Mexico.
Learning from experience: Your UNC Asheville education doesn’t end in the classroom. You’re just as likely to find yourself searching the skies for gamma ray bursts at a NASA radiotelescope lab on a nearby mountaintop, or doing an internship with a local solar energy company. Or maybe you’ll volunteer your time to mentor middle school students. The more than 30 majors we offer are only the beginning of your college experience.
At UNC Asheville, it’s been so easy to get into all kinds of student organizations. I don’t think I would have had that at a larger school. Here, we can take advantage of so many opportunities, whether it’s club sports like rugby or student government. Because classes are small, you really get to know your professors, and they look out for your best interests.” —Student Government Association President, Renee Bindewald ’13
Want to build robots? Or get a cool job in engineering? Check out UNC Ashevilleâ€™s Mechatronics program, which combines technical knowledge and the liberal arts curriculum into a unca.edu/mechatronics skill set that employers value. 8
quality academically challenging
inspiring environment Stimulating dialogue: Nodding off in a huge lecture hall doesn’t happen often at UNC Asheville. Here, you’ll be inspired to join in the conversation because our professors are enthusiastic discussion leaders who combine perspectives from many disciplines. A math professor is likely to launch into music theory or Renaissance philosophy—in the same class. A history professor might teach a course titled “The Importance of Sports in the U.S.” and include ideas about economics, physics and sociology.
Dedicated faculty: Walk around campus and ask students what’s great about UNC Asheville and most will mention the caring faculty. There are no “teaching assistants” here—our faculty are among the finest anywhere. You’ll be taught by authors, world-renowned environmental scientists, actors, award-winning multimedia artists. You can bet that your professor won’t settle for anything less than your personal best. And that’s a great way to help you start up your future.
Think differently: No pigeonholes here. UNC Asheville’s innovative and award-winning curriculum called Integrative Liberal Studies encourages a diverse educational experience. For example, all freshmen choose from an array of colloquia that combine issues of the day with general subjects. Choose from “Anthropology for a Small Planet,” “Sociology and the Weather,” “The Environment and Human Values,” “The Ecology, Culture and Politics of Food,” and many others.
From lectures on the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the moonshining roots of NASCAR, professor Dan Pierce has a knack for keeping his history classes both enlightening and entertaining. His books have won him national acclaim, but this award-winning teacher is never too busy to talk about Appalachian history, trout fishing and stock car racing.
It has been said that seeing Dr. Sophie Mills lead her class at a Greek archeological site was “like watching Socrates under a tree.” That’s high praise for a professor who speaks fluent Latin and has spent her career making Mediterranean literature meaningful for students. An awardwinning educator and the chair of the Classics department, Mills fell in love with her discipline at 14 years old and finds ancient works to still be relevant and fresh. She can show you the connections between Euripides, Billie Holiday and Harry Potter.
Creative problem solving: Art Professor Mark Koven works on a metal sculpture with Mary Claire Becker â€™12. 10
acclaim high standards
Measuring up: UNC Asheville students can stand toe-to-toe with students from the best colleges in the country when it comes to academics. In fact, UNC Asheville students are consistently awarded nationally prestigious fellowships and scholarships.
Promising placements: UNC Asheville’s creative but rigorous approach prepares students for top-level positions after graduation. Renee Royal, class of 2010, gained a very selective post-baccalaureate fellowship with the National Institutes of Health researching protein DNA binding. Fewer than 10 percent of applicants were selected. Now, she is one of 11 firstyear students in the bioengineering doctoral program at the University of Maryland. “The UNC Asheville experience was unique,” says Royal. “Physics and math courses prepared me for quantitative biophysical research, and the Humanities courses taught me to question what I’m doing and how it contributes to the world as a whole."
Real research: At UNC Asheville you’ll have the opportunity to conduct original undergraduate research—and it might help solve a mysterious disease that is killing bats by the millions. Studying the white nose syndrome, which has now spread to Western North Carolina, is an ongoing project of Dr. Chris Nicolay, left, and his undergraduate researcher, biology major Rebecca Hoffman. Nicolay and Hoffman are racing to gain a basic understanding of how the disease damages bats’ wings and whether it can be reversed.
The professors here—they really set you up for success. They are honestly there for you and want you to succeed, not just weed you out. They give you tools you need to learn, and they are always willing to sit down and discuss things if you’re confused. I guess I never expected that kind of personal attention and personal interaction with both faculty and staff.” —David Kaufman-Moore ’12 11
Youâ€™re not just a social security number here: Youâ€™re a person with goals, dreams and ideas. The small class size at UNC Asheville, averaging 19 students, means your professors have more time to get to know you advising.unca.edu and to help you reach those goals and realize your dreams. 12
compatibility do you have
an independent streak? The personal touch: We think there’s no better place to spend your college years. We’re a welcoming community that inspires you to be your best. Your classes will be small, averaging 19 students, and many special topics classes contain only a handful of students. So, your professors will know your name, and they’ll notice if you skip class. They might even Facebook you to see how you’re doing. Will I fit in? You’ll meet all types
My family convinced me to come to UNC Asheville because they’d heard about it. I wasn't so sure at first, but I’ve had a great experience, and academically it's been a great education. My internship with the Civil Rights Commission in D.C. last summer made me push myself to different heights. It was awesome.”
of students here—future doctors, young philosophers, computer geeks, aspiring artists, maybe even mad scientists. But all of them share some common traits: an independent streak, a curiosity about the world, and a passion for getting involved in issues that really matter.
You won’t just be learning in the classroom: With service learning opportunities, you’ll have the chance to take what you’re learning in textbooks and apply it to life and leadership. Our students volunteer at more than 100 agencies and schools.
—Kanydah Bellamy ’12
Get everything done on your list at Ramsey Library: Read the latest New York Times, check out a good DVD, participate in a unca.edu/library study session, or just get lost in the stacks. 13
A day in the life...
of UNC Asheville students
Can you see yourself at UNC Asheville? Check out the calendars of two of our students... Emily Hunnicutt ’12 Major: Psychology and Sociology, Pre-Law From: Siler City, N.C.
7am Get ready for class ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ 8am ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ 9am ______________________________________________________
“Psychology of Women” class and lab.
______________________________________________________ Remember the test on Thursday 10am ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ 11am Reading assignment (Highsmith lounge) ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ 12pm ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Heat up lunch in Highsmith Food Court 1pm ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Alpha Xi Delta sorority recruitment event on
2pm ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________
One of my friends calls me “The Blur” because I’m always rushing around to get everything done, but that’s the fun of being at UNC Asheville.”
3pm ______________________________________________________ “Social and Cultural Inquiry” class—read
section on popular media and its effect on society
______________________________________________________ 4pm ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ 5pm Watch Audrey’s tennis match at Crown ______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________ 6pm ______________________________________________________ Meeting of Student Government—report on
Greek Life activities and volunteer work with
______________________________________________________ Asheville City Schools 7pm ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________
8pm ______________________________________________________ Head home ______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________ 8am ______________________________________________________ Wake up and get ready ______________________________________________________ Breakfast at the Dining Hall 9am
Ryan Ridenour ’13
Major: History and Political Science
______________________________________________________ 10am Study for Humanities 324 quiz ______________________________________________________
From: Mooresville, N.C.
______________________________________________________ Humanities 324 lecture, quiz today 11am ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ 12pm
College Democrats lunch meeting
______________________________________________________ in Highsmith ______________________________________________________ 1pm ______________________________________________________ History 301 lecture in New Hall
(Dr. Judson is amazing)
______________________________________________________ 2pm ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ 3pm ______________________________________________________ Resident Assistant office hour ______________________________________________________ 4pm ______________________________________________________ Homework ______________________________________________________ 5pm ______________________________________________________ Dinner with Robert in the
When I got here, I didn’t expect the campus to be as welcoming as it is. I was surprised. It sounds like a cliché, but we really are like a tight-knit community, and we look out for each other. I can just drop in to see the Dean of Students or a professor or staff member, and they take time to chat. And on any walk across campus, you can count on running into somebody you know.”
______________________________________________________ 6pm ______________________________________________________ Some rest and relaxation outdoors
(walk in the Botanical Gardens)
______________________________________________________ 7pm ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ 8pm Resident Student Association
______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Weekly Resident Assistant staff meeting 9pm ______________________________________________________
Late night trip to Cookout for ice cream ______________________________________________________ 10pm ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ 11pm More homework ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Finally time for bed! 12pm
“I like the atmosphere. Everyone here is always smiling.” Jackson Stahl ’12 (Mass Communication), Charlotte, N.C.
“Go Bulldogs!”—There’s school spirit to spare with 14 NCAA Division 1 athletic teams, intramural sports and sports clubs. The men’s basketball team won the Big South Conference title in 2011 and played in the NCAA Championships during March Madness. The Bulldogs will play in the new 3,600 seat Kimmel Arena this season.
UNC Asheville’s 14 NCAA Division 1 teams: Men Women • Basketball
• Cross Country
• Indoor Track & Field
• Cross Country
• Outdoor Track & Field
• Indoor Track & Field
• Soccer • Tennis • Volleyball uncabulldogs.com
• Outdoor Track & Field • Soccer • Tennis
student life living large
on a small campus
Your new digs: Six residence halls on campus provide a comfortable home away from home. You’ll enjoy lightning-fast Internet access and cable TV in your room. All the halls have study areas, laundry facilities, computer labs and TV lounges. In fact, UNC Asheville was recently ranked #1 in Residence Life Service among all the UNC campuses.
How’s the food? It’s not your typical fare for sure. University Dining Services spells variety whether you are a vegan or a meat lover. Offerings include Asian, Italian, Mexican, American and other cuisines, as well as sushi, fresh-grilled items, coffee drinks, soups, subs and salads. There’s even a juice bar.
Get involved: With more than 60 clubs and organizations, there’s something for everyone, including service clubs, sports clubs, honor societies and art groups. You can join a campus fraternity or sorority, take part in Student Government, sing in the Studio 18 Vocal Jazz Ensemble or exercise your mind in the Missing Links Biology Club.
All about Asheville: • Population: 83,393 Average temperature:
January average—High 46°, Low 27° July average—High 84°, Low 64°
• #1 Small City for the Arts and #1 of Top 25 Small Cities —AmericanStyle magazine • One of 10 Most Surprisingly Vibrant Food Cities —Livability.com • Happiest City in America —“The Geography of Bliss” (best-selling travelogue) • #6 Among U.S. cities as a Place to Do Business —Forbes.com • “21 Places We’re Going in 2011”—Fodors.com (highlighting Asheville’s food and drink scene and its artsy vibe) • #1 Place to View Fall Foliage —TripAdvisor.com
New York 690 miles Washington, D.C. 471 miles
Nashville 288 miles
Atlanta 188 miles
Raleigh 231 miles
Charlotte 122 miles
Charleston 259 miles
Wilmington 318 miles
study & live welcome to the
coolest town around Awesome Asheville: There’s a city waiting at your doorstep. You’ll discover eclectic restaurants, cozy coffee houses, Art Deco architecture, outdoor climbing walls and dozens of street festivals. On weekends, downtown Asheville is busy with live music, funky bus tours and minor league baseball games.
Ultimate playground: UNC Asheville’s 360-acre campus is minutes from a million acres of federal and state forests where you can hike, camp, kayak, rock climb or picnic.
Asheville after dark: Gallery strolls, the latest indie films and several top nightclubs featuring touring bands as well as local talent. No doubt about it—Asheville ROCKS!
success is what happens after graduation
UNC Asheville degrees have launched many thousands of careers—from TV anchors and weather forecasters to best-selling authors, entrepreneurs, doctors and lawyers. Our alumni are quick to tell you that their UNC Asheville years prepared them for amazing opportunities when they walked into the real world.
For me, doing diversity work in health care added this whole additional dimension of diversity work that I was just incredibly interested in.” —Kinneil Coltman ’00
Kinneil Coltman ’00 As the director of Diversity and Language Services for Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System University Medical Center, Kinneil Coltman helps immigrants receive proper care within the local health care system. Her job is to bridge the gap between doctors and patients to ensure a patient’s medical needs are met—and that the care they receive respects their culture. The class of 2000 grad majored in Management at UNC Asheville, but she quickly realized diversity and social justice issues were her passion. Coltman created her own concentration within her department, focusing on diversity. Today, she works with patients from a variety of countries, who bring their own languages, cultures and customs. “I work behind the scenes, advising and guiding our clinical staff on providing really compassionate, patient-centered care to patients and families that come from radically different walks of life,” Coltman said. 20
A public liberal arts education prepared me for the great career I have now." —Darren Poupore ’92
Darren Poupore ’92 UNC Asheville alumnus Darren Poupore, class of 1992, put his History degree to use in a really big way. He serves as the chief curator at Biltmore Estate, overseeing the archives and all curatorial work for the national historic landmark—America’s largest private home. Since he started working at Biltmore 12 years ago, Poupore moved through the ranks in the Curatorial Department and now leads a team of four top restorers. Every day he spends on the job is geared toward preserving the home’s legacy. Poupore also works on several special projects, including the restoration of Biltmore Estate’s second-floor living hall, and he prepared a Tiffany lamp exhibit that opened this year. He admits that he loves the variety but is especially fond of studying the home. “The best part of my job is getting time to research the Vanderbilts, and their friends, and employees,” Poupore said. “It’s also pretty cool that I can go into any room in the 250-room house.” 21
careers the liberal arts opens doors
“I want to use my technical knowledge and skills to make a difference, to make this a better place.” —Aaron Dahlstrom, ’09
Aaron Dahlstrom ’09 The ink on his diploma was barely dry when Aaron Dahlstrom started his first full-time job in the college’s Alumni Office. The 2009 Mass Communication graduate immediately began writing web articles and helping coordinate university events. But his dream was to live and work in the Big Apple. As a student, Dahlstrom had taken a New York City “World of Work” trip arranged by the Career Center and the Alumni Association. “I felt a surge of inspiration meeting UNC Asheville alumni who were successful in New York,” said Dahlstrom. “One was an audio engineer who had worked on an Oscarwinning documentary. I thought, ‘they did it, why can’t I?’” Now Dahlstrom is a graduate student at the prestigious New School in Manhattan, working on the next round of innovations in media. “I want to use my technical knowledge and skills to make a difference, to make this a better place.”
What is really important to me is helping people out, especially juveniles. —Tanya Harris ’00
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course with Psychology Professor Laughon, where she helped successfully students,” he says. “I hadPam started a couple of companies reverse abefore death penalty conviction. “That gave me my first introduction to I came to the university, and for entrepreneurs and criminal law, and it was interesting,” she said. innovators, thepretty level of independence offered to students is really important.” Now a magna cum laude graduate of N.C. Central Law School, Harris serves as an assistant public defender Asheville, thoseAsheville who cannot afford McDonald ultimatelyinteamed up representing with another UNC attorneys.graduate, Her daysMatt are packed with cases, but she always sets aside time to Raker (left), class of 2003, to create work withJute young clients. Networks (www.jutenetworks.com), a relationship management software company.Piet, incta autem fugitatio “What is really important to me is helping people out, especially juveniles. quiam quos as qui aut deliqua sintis dolut ventionse nim vollor I talk to them about the steps they can take to improve their lives and the arit lanias dollabo. organizations that can help them. I encourage them to get into sports or other interests that will teach them goal setting. Many of them keep in touch and tell me how they're doing. It is really rewarding.” Harris said one of the keys to her law school success was learning time management and goal setting while a track-and-field athlete on campus at UNC Asheville. She became one of the top sprinters in the university’s history, and won a number of Big South Conference championships.
The price tag at UNC Asheville is remarkably affordable, especially when you compare the numbers with private schools and other universities.
Average Yearly Cost * In-State Students Tuition and fees________________$5,393 Housing and food service________ $7,302 Total________________________ $12,695 Out-of-State Tuition and fees_______________ $19,025 Housing and food service________ $7,302 Total________________________ $26,327 * For the 2011â€“12 year
quality value with an
affordable price tag Financial Aid There’s a reason UNC Asheville is consistently recognized as a “best buy” year after year. The university has maintained relatively low tuition costs while ensuring stellar academics. Financial assistance is provided to more than half of our students. In the past year, more than 88 percent of students’ financial need was met through scholarships, grants, loans and other benefits.
The Laurels Scholarship, the university’s prestigious merit-based scholarship, provides a variety of awards, including full tuition and fees. Want to be considered? You must submit your application and all supporting materials by November 15, 2011.
Departmental Scholarships UNC Asheville offers departmental scholarships for just about every major. Selection is made by the departments according to the criteria of each scholarship donor. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with at least 12 semester hours. unca.edu/financialaid
Here's what others are saying... "This public liberal arts university offers all of the perks that are generally associated with pricier private institutions: rigorous academics, small classes, and a beautiful setting. And it does so at a fraction of the cost.” — Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2011
UNC Asheville is the only North Carolina college to be ranked among those institutions whose class of 2008 graduated with the least amount of debt. — US News & Report, “America's Best Colleges,” 2010
UNC Asheville ranked as the only public liberal arts college in the nation where “the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” — US News & Report, “America's Best Colleges,” 2010
"UNC Asheville is one of America's 10 Best Colleges for the Money" —Bankrate.com, a leading source of online financial information, June 2011 25
admissions so how do you match up?
• Middle 50% SAT Score (Critical Reading + Math): 1110–1290 • Grade Point Average: Strong B+
Minimum high school course requirements: • Four units of college preparatory English • Four units of mathematics, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and a class beyond Algebra II • Three units of science, including one unit of biological science, one unit of physical science and one laboratory course • Two units of social studies, including one unit of United States history • Two units of a foreign language (recommended one unit taken in the 12th grade)
Admissions Process Freshmen
• Application fee ($50)
• Application fee ($50)
• Short essay
• Short essay
• Teacher or counselor recommendation form
• Minimum 2.5 GPA
• Transcripts and SAT/ACT scores (SAT Code: 5013; ACT Code: 3064)
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• Transfer supplemental form • Transcripts from each university attended • High school transcripts, if necessary
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