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Name the one thing that the world’s leading scientists, economists, teachers and entrepreneurs have in common: They are all creative thinkers. At the University of North Carolina at Asheville, creative expression will become an inherent part of your academic experience—from the discussions you will have in class with professors to the discoveries you make with other students. Whether you are studying psychology, engineering, environmental science or jazz composition, your curriculum will emphasize real-world learning and research experience rather than long-winded lecture classes. We want our students to become lifelong problem solvers and critical thinkers who are experts in their majors and ready for challenging careers.

That’s what learning is all about at a Seriously Creative university.


In our New Media lab, a group of students are creating a photorealistic, 3D-animated version of Abraham Lincoln. Their project, led by Assistant Professor Chris Oakley, is a convergence of art, technology and extensive historical research. It’s just one example of the Liberal Arts at work.

today’s liberal arts

The liberal arts tradition is alive and well at UNC Asheville, where students are encouraged to question, to discuss... —THE PRINCETON REVIEW


Find the art in science and the science in art. The Liberal Arts offer a time-tested blueprint to get the most out of your college education. It’s called interdisciplinary learning. We encourage you to explore many different subjects outside your chosen major to understand how they interact. For example: How science influences art, how economics drives sustainability or how history is rediscovered through modern technology. A UNC Asheville education challenges you to look at life from many perspectives—to question, to discuss, to see connections between a multitude of subjects. Our professors are ready to help you find your calling—even if you’re not sure what that might be right now.

A better way to learn. Your education won’t get lost in a 300-person lecture hall. UNC Asheville professors pride themselves on being available for their students. Jason Wingert: Every student in the health and wellness promotion major knows Assistant Professor Jason Wingert very well. He’s one of the department’s many professors who regularly recruit students to work on realworld research projects. Lei Han: Associate Professor Lei Han helps her new media students cross the technical divide with one-on-one and Q&A sessions in every class. Like so many professors at UNC Asheville, she prefers leading discussions rather than giving lectures. Dwight Mullen: Discussions that start in Political Science Professor Dwight Mullen’s classes extend into the local Asheville community through lab courses and field placements, and he brings music, film and fiction to his diversified approach to political science.

All the ingredients for a superior college experience. . .strong academics, dedicated professors and an administration that continues to push for excellence.


closely collaborative

Small classes. Accomplished professors. Hands-on learning. You won’t find another university with a campus culture quite like UNC Asheville. The university creates a purposefully personal learning environment where professors invite students to learn and discover alongside them. And walking around our close-knit campus, students, staff and professors frequently stop to chat or even grab a cup of coffee together.

4 Your professors will know you by name. 4 Our classrooms feature more discussions than lectures. 4 All classes are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants. 4 Students are often chosen to serve as research assistants.


powerfully engaged Katherine Culatta ’14: For her undergraduate research project, Katherine, a biology major, conducted a study of native plants that live on the Blue Ridge Mountains’ remote rock outcroppings. The research focused on the effects of cloud immersion on plant health in relation to the earth’s changing climate.

Personalize your education through Undergraduate Research. It’s the kind of academic freedom normally reserved for master’s-level students at other universities. Some recent undergraduate research projects:

4 Predicting the effects of greenhouse gases 4 Uncovering spy organizations that fought racism in the 1900s 4 Finding what causes cancer to spread 4 Designing affordable, nutritious dietary plans for poor communities 4 Creating a series of paintings on human psychology and social interaction 4 Determining the economic value of indigenous mountain trout

Coming to Asheville is only part of the experience, and students choose to study abroad through exchange programs with destinations in more than 50 countries and faculty-led trips to China, India, Greece, Turkey, England, Spain, Italy and Ghana, where service-learning connects students to the local culture.


42 UNC Asheville students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to study or teach in countries from the United Kingdom to South Korea. UNC Asheville, a university that earns high marks:

4 7th in the nation among public liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report

4 A “Best Buy” in the Fiske Guide to Colleges

4 “Top 20 Best Value Colleges” by Forbes magazine

4 Consistently listed on The Princeton Review’s list of 378 top colleges Leading at the national level: Our students and faculty are currently engaged in research programs that shape our state and nation’s future.

4 The U.S. Forest Service 4 National Climatic Data Center 4 National Science Foundation Uncommon learning: UNC Asheville students can opt to earn class credits by spending semesters abroad at international universities. You’ll also have a chance to earn academic honors as a Community Engaged Scholar, working on social issues in the Asheville area.


refreshingly smart Kyle Cavagnini ’14: Biochemistry and philosophy double-major Kyle gained hands-on experience in the lab with GlaxoSmithKline Professor of Molecular and Chemical Biology Ted Meigs. Kyle will continue to employ the techniques and knowledge he acquired during undergraduate research at UNC Asheville through a Fulbright Fellowship in Norway. His mission is to test hypotheses related to neuropathic disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

real-world success

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The myriad research opportunities help flesh out a résumé, and the stress on realworld application gets students job-ready...



UNC Asheville alumni turn real-world learning into real-life achievement. Joe Phillips ’09: This atmospheric sciences graduate has taken his degree to new extremes—to the deepest reaches of Antarctica, where winter temperatures average around minus 70 degrees. As station chief for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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Administration research post, he maintains a suite of instruments that sample the atmosphere, and he witnesses some of the atmospheric phenomena once discussed in his classes more than 8,600 miles away. Tanya Harris ’06: When she arrived at UNC Asheville, Tanya knew that she wanted to be a lawyer, but she had no idea what kind of law to pursue. Then she took a course with Psychology Professor Pam Laughon, where she helped successfully reverse a death penalty conviction. Today, as an assistant public defender in Mecklenburg County, Tanya represents clients who can’t afford their own attorneys. Katie Johnson Katie Johnson ’13: A close collaboration between Katie and Associate Professor of Art History Leisa Rundquist culminated in a major exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum, featuring works by “outsider” and self-taught artists. Katie developed insider knowledge of the curatorial process, an experience she plans to tout on graduate school applications, along with an inaugural scholarship award from the American Folk Art Society. Wiley Cash ’00: He majored in literature, but it was his history classes and the magic of the mountains of nearby Madison County that inspired Wiley Cash’s first novel, A Land More Kind Than Home. The award-winning book debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list and promptly won praise by reviewers in USA Today, Vanity Fair and O Magazine. Wiley Cash

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From campus life to having access to a real city, attending UNC Asheville means enjoying the very best of many worlds. 15

The On-Campus Advantage

4 Instant connections:

You’ll be making lifelong friends in your first week.

4 Location, location, location:

The entire campus is less than a 10-minute walk from your doorstep.

home, sweet home 4 Smart rooming:

Incoming freshmen live in double rooms with one other roommate or in apartment-like group suites where multiple bedrooms share a common living room and bathroom.

4 It’s easy being green:

Our residence halls are outfitted with systems to reduce electrical consumption. And some even use sustainable geothermal heating and cooling.

4 Modern living:

Most UNC Asheville residence halls have either been built or completely renovated within the past 10 years.


“How is the food on campus?” Life on campus moves at a fast pace, but that doesn’t mean your food has to taste like it came from a drive-thru window. Dining Hall:

4 Renovated in 2014 to offer more seating options, including community tables and a new patio

4 Three freshly-cooked meals each day with made-to-order stations and soup, salad, dessert and juice bars; offering a seasonal rotating menu with local produce and meats

4 A variety of vegan, vegetarian and glutenfree options for a complete meal Highsmith Union:

4 A-la-carte meals from Austin Grill Express and 2Mato, ranging from freshly made pizza, pasta and salad to prepackaged sandwiches, sushi and snacks

4 Starbucks brewed coffee, snacks, drinks and local ice cream from The Hop The DownUnder:

4 Made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, and Starbucks specialty coffee drinks

4 Extended hours to satisfy late-night cravings Rosetta’s Kitchenette

4 All-vegan and vegetarian dishes from the menu of Rosetta’s Kitchen in downtown Asheville

4 Locally sourced down to the Counter Culture coffee Argo Tea:

4 All-natural, healthy signature drinks; teas and coffee from fair trade, direct-from-grower sources; plus flatbread sandwiches, pastries and quiches

join right in!

Presidential Performance: The UNC Asheville Singers traveled to Washington, D.C., to sing at the White House and at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. (OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY LAWRENCE JACKSON)

Find where you belong. Newcomers often discover that UNC Asheville is an exceptionally easy place to fit in. With more than 60 clubs and organizations, there’s something for everyone:

4 Fraternities and sororities 4 Student government 4 Activism groups and service organizations 4 Arts clubs and academic organizations 4 Honor societies and much more!

Healthy body, healthy mind. UNC Asheville’s Campus Recreation Department offers everything from intramural sports teams to wilderness outings. You can sign up for kayak roll lessons, mountain bike trips or camping trips. Or you can rent equipment to create your own adventures. Want a quick workout? Students get full access to brand new fitness equipment and yoga/dance studios at the Sherrill Center—as well as the indoor pool and basketball courts at the Justice Center.


Take a bite out of the competition! Play. Sweat. Scream your head off. Whether you prefer to be on the court, on the field or cheering from the stands, you’ll be part of best athletic program in the Big South Conference.

4 Big Wins: In 2011 and 2012, the Bulldogs men’s basketball team won the Big South Tournament and made it to the NCAA March Madness Championships.

4 New Arena: Your voice will bounce nicely off the walls of the 3,800seat Kimmel Arena, which opened in 2011.

4 Student Athletes: Last year, 62 percent of UNC Asheville Athletes were on the Big South Conference’s academic honor roll.

Team players We have school spirit to spare with 15 teams competing at the NCAA Division I level: Women: Basketball Cross Country Indoor Track & Field Outdoor Track & Field Soccer Swimming Tennis Volleyball Men: Baseball Basketball Cross Country Indoor Track & Field Outdoor Track & Field Soccer Tennis

go bulldogs!


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of campus: downtown  Go and do some window shopping. more  Enjoy than 100 restaurants and coffee shops. out  Check the annual Moogfest, or see your favorite national bands at one of the many concert venues around town. in an art  Take show opening at more than 20 galleries and museums.

city living You're going to love it here. Discover the perfect balance of urban and outdoor living in Asheville. Less than two miles from campus, you’ll find one of the coolest downtown districts in the South, full of restaurants and concert venues, where some of our student stars get their start and worldrenowned musicians come out to play.


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of campus: hike  Bike, and camp in 500,000 acres of national forest.

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snowboarding. a tour  Take of the forest canopy via zip-line.


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Get ready, because this is the point in your life where your education is about to take off. Our admissions counselors can answer your questions on just about everything. Don’t be afraid to ask.


amazingly affordable

Private college experience at a public university price. Value is what you get out of an education, not how much it costs. With small classes, individual attention and rigorous academic experiences, UNC Asheville offers a nationally ranked curriculum for a fraction of the cost of comparable private universities. When our students graduate, they average lower debt levels than the majority of North Carolina public university attendees. See how UNC Asheville compares nationally:

4 Forbes: Ranked 20th among the nation’s “Best Value Colleges.”

4 The Princeton Review: Named to the list of 75 Best Value public colleges in the U.S.

4 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance: One of the nation’s best values in public colleges, with the 6th lowest total cost of attending for in-state students, and the 8th lowest average debt among graduates.

4 U.S. News and World Report: 7th in the nation among public liberal arts colleges, and is the only North Carolina institution listed among national liberal arts colleges whose students graduate with the least amount of debt. Financial Aid: More than 68 percent of UNC Asheville students receive financial assistance. More than 73 percent of students’ financial needs are met through scholarships, grants, loans and other benefits. The Laurels Scholarships: UNC Asheville’s merit-based scholarships range from partial assistance up to full tuition and fees. Applications are required by November 15, 2014. Departmental Scholarships: Almost every major at UNC Asheville offers its own set of scholarships. Requirements vary, but students with at least 12 semester hours may be able to apply.

Average Yearly Cost:

In-State: $14,724 • Out-of-State: $29,595 (Includes tuition, fees, housing and dining services for the 2014-15 Year)


next steps Application Deadlines Early Action (non-binding) November 15, 2014

Merit Scholarship November 15, 2014

Regular Decision February 15, 2015

Transfer Students April 15, 2015


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Admissions Profile SAT Average: 1201 (Critical Reading + Math)

ACT Average: 26

GPA A Writing section required for both the SAT & ACT

Minimum Course Requirements

4 units of college prep English 4 units of math, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and a class beyond Algebra II

3 units of science, including biological science, physical science and one laboratory course

2 units of social studies, including United States history

2 units of the same foreign language (recommended one unit taken in the 12th grade)


majors & minors Majors Accounting Anthropology Art Art History Atmospheric Sciences Biology Business (Management) Chemistry Classics Computer Science Drama Economics Education (Teacher Licensure) Engineering—Mechatronics (Joint Degree with NCSU) English (Literature) Environmental Studies French German


Health & Wellness Promotion History Interdisciplinary Studies Literature Management Mass Communication Mathematics Music—Jazz & Contemporary Music Technology New Media Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology Religious Studies Sociology

Spanish Teacher Licensure Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies


Preprofessional 2+2 Engineering (with NCSU) Pre-Dentistry Pre-Law

include most majors, plus:


Africana Studies


Asian Studies

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Astronomy Creative Writing Dance

Most Popular Majors



International Studies

Environmental Studies

Legal Studies



Biology Health & Wellness Promotion


See what we have to offer! Join one of our daily campus tours for prospective students. Or sign up for an Open House session to spend more time getting to know UNC Asheville. Visit us at 800.531.9842 • UNC Asheville Communication & Marketing, August 2014. 13,000 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $7,872 or 60¢ each on paper with recycled content.

UNC Asheville Viewbook 2014  

An introduction to UNC Asheville for prospective students

UNC Asheville Viewbook 2014  

An introduction to UNC Asheville for prospective students