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start up your future!


With about 3,700 students from 42 states and 19 countries, UNC Asheville is one of the nation’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. 2


to take on the world? equip yourself here

Whether you’ve already decided on a major or you want to explore your options before deciding, 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, you’ll learn by doing at UNC Asheville.


and minors and more

Accounting Art Atmospheric Sciences Biology

Mass Communication Mathematics Multimedia Arts & Sciences

Minors include

most majors, plus: Africana Studies Anthropology


Art History

Music Technology

Asian Studies






Creative Writing

Computer Science

Political Science






Religious Studies

International Studies

Education (Teacher Licensure)


Legal Studies



Business (Management)

Engineering— Mechatronics (Joint Degree with NCSU) Environmental Studies French German Health & Wellness Promotion History Interdisciplinary Studies Literature Management

Teacher Licensure Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies



pular m (by enr ajors ollmen t) : Psycho logy Literatu re & La nguage Environ mental Studies Art Health & Promo Wellness tion


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

Don’t just read about it in a book: Get out of the classroom for some hands-on learning experiences with fellow students and professors. Environmental Studies majors put theory into practice by collecting and analyzing samples from a nearby stream.



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.

Study abroad!

Graduate with a resume: 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.

Exploring your options: Your UNC Asheville experience 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, you’re never lost in a crowd because our campus is a small community that offers you personal attention. By the end of a semester you will know every other student in your classes. My professors are always available, and they really are interested in seeing us succeed in our studies, not just giving us a grade.” —Student Government Association President Courtney Galatioto, class of 2011

Build real-world experience through a stimulating internship or community project.


Life through many different lenses: At UNC Asheville, you’ll be challenged and inspired by your professors to take an outside-the-box approach to life and learning. 8


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 on “The Importance of Sports in the U.S.” and include ideas about economics, physics and sociology.

Dedicated faculty: Walk around campus and ask students

Our faculty serve as great role models for aspiring scholars. Take Amy Lanou, assistant professor of Health & Wellness, for example. This long-time vegan and acclaimed nutritionist recently co-authored a book on bone health, Building Bone Vitality. Her research found that dairy products may not be as important for strong bones as doctors once thought. The book received international media attention.

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, awardwinning 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 pigeon holes 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.

The Princeton Review remarked of UNC Asheville, “The professors are extremely approachable and— to the chagrin of some students—will notice if you ditch class.”

UNC Asheville Assistant Professor Curt Cloninger wrote the texts you’ll learn from if you take his classes in Interactive Art and Web Design. His books, Fresher Styles for Web Design and Hot-Wiring Your Creative Process, have fired the imaginations of hundreds of future Web designers.



Want to build robots? Or get a cool job in engineering? Check out UNC Asheville’s Mechatronics program, which combines technical knowledge and the liberal arts curriculum into a skill set that employers value.


high standards big results

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.

Fabulous Fulbrights: UNC Asheville has had 35 Fulbright Scholars since 1973, studying and working everywhere from Macedonia to Ethiopia. Political Science and Sociology double major Emily Zucchino, class of 2009, is currently teaching English to elementary students in South Korea. She plans to pursue a foreign services career. Classics major Megan Miller, class of 2009, a first-generation college student, is continuing her studies at Oxford University. “The faculty have prepared me to excel at Oxford. I felt like the underdog, going up against students from Princeton, Brown and the University of Chicago for the awards, but I have no doubt about my abilities in Latin and Greek.”

Real research: At UNC Asheville you’ll have the opportunity to conduct original undergraduate research—and it might just take you to Capitol Hill. In spring 2010, seniors Lauren Turnburke and McKenna Stockhausen wrote a paper on “Examining Probabilities of Completion to Time/Cost Tradeoff” and presented it at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Their work was so impressive that they were invited to present it to lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Outstanding scholars Emily Zucchino (left) and Megan Miller. Since 1973, UNC Asheville has had 35 Fulbright Scholars.

In December 2009, senior Ellie Johnston joined President Barack Obama and other world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Johnston was among an elite group of youth leaders who attended the global summit. She was selected for this opportunity of a lifetime because of her active role in campus, state and regional environmental groups, as well as her original research on environmental literacy and the effect of climate change on insect populations.


You’re not just a Social Security number here. You’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 and to help you reach your goals and realize your dreams.

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.

Settle into one of our many outdoor study nooks.

Will I fit in? You’ll meet all types

The mountains and the influence of the arts drew me to UNC Asheville. I also really love the sense of community here. The smaller size makes it feel like you know everybody.” —Katherine Lancaster, class of 2011, Drama major with a concentration on acting and directing

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.

Get everything done on your list at Ramsey Library: Read the latest New York Times, check out a good DVD, participate in a study session, or just get lost in the stacks.

“Go Bulldogs!”—There’s school spirit to spare with 14 NCAA Division 1 athletic teams, as well as intramural sports and sports clubs. UNC Asheville’s 14 NCAA Division 1 teams: WOMEN


Basketball Cross Country Indoor Track & Field Outdoor Track & Field Soccer Tennis Volleyball

Baseball Basketball Cross Country Indoor Track & Field Outdoor Track & Field Soccer Tennis and


campus life living large on a small campus

Your new digs: Six residence halls on campus provide a home away from home. You’ll enjoy lightning-fast Internet 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.

Your residence hall ranked #1 in the UNC system.

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.

Our live mascot, Rocky I.

Volunteer and have some fun.

Healthy food served up eco-friendly style.

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... PRECIOUS BARKSDALE ’11 Major: Mass Communication and Sociology From Tarboro, N.C. “I fell in love with the campus without visiting, just reading about it online. When I got here, I found a friendly, close-knit campus.”

6:30am DON’T hit the snooze! 7am Study for Sociology 402 test Meet Shameka for breakfast at Dining Hall 8am Mass Communication 341 class 9am Interview Rocky the Bulldog mascot for Blue Banner newspaper article due 10am Friday—Drew will shoot photos? 11am

12pm Grab lunch with Jackson in Dining Hall or 12 Bones BBQ 1pm Arts 310 class

2pm 3pm Work at campus “One Stop” office— run errands, answer phones, help students with transcripts & drop/add classes 4pm

5pm Head straight to Dining Hall for dinner and hook up with Lydia & Jackson 6pm N.U.E. Noiz Step Team practice

lunch e t i r o s v My fa f-ca m pus i f se o u spot okeho m S s ne 12 Bo River Arts e in th t. c Distri 16

7pm Study in Library Review chapter on Inequality in Society 8pm

Meet Audrey in dorm lounge to talk about multimedia arts show

9pm Make check list for tomorrow’s schedule— Black Student Association meeting and Blue Banner interviews 10pm 11pm

Watch MTV

Lights out



Wake up and head to Health & Fitness Center 9am for short workout

Major: Atmospheric Sciences From Greenville, S.C. “At UNC Asheville, the professors actually know you. You are able to have so much face time with them and they really care about you. That’s a huge difference from the big schools I was considering.”


Grab a quick breakfast in Highsmith University Union food court Turn in homework in Kinematics and Dynamics class



Attend Humanities 324 lecture in New Hall Lunch in Dining Hall with friends

1pm Work at internship at 2pm National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) 3pm Test in Physical Meteorology 4pm Work on Undergraduate Research Project with Dr. Chris Hennon, studying tropical cyclone wind speed 5pm



Find some friends for dinner together in Dining Hall Intramural dodgeball championship game (we won!)


The m ou are s nt ains o gre at a n t he B d lue R id ge Parkw ay is c T h er e ’s jus ool. t so m uc h to d o here.

9pm Homework 10pm


12pm Watch a few old episodes of “The Office” with my roommate Hit the sack!

“I like the atmosphere. Everyone here is always smiling.” JACKSON STAHL ’12 (Mass Communication) Charlotte, N.C.

All about Asheville: Population: 72,789

Frommer’s Must-See Travel Destinations Best Southern City, #8 of 10, Southern Living One of the top 10 places to live, Yahoo! Real Estate Best Places, #50 globally, #10 nationally, National Geographic Traveler Best Green Places, Country Home magazine Best Southern Town, Outside magazine “America’s Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City,” Weather and Climate January average—High 45° Low 25° July average—High 83° Low 62°

New York 690 miles Washington, D.C. 471 miles

Nashville 288 miles

Atlanta 188 miles

Asheville, NC

Raleigh 231 miles

Charlotte 122 miles

Charleston 259 miles


Wilmington 318 miles

live and study in 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.

Get plenty of fresh air and enjoy the surrounding mountains, lakes and rivers.

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: Asheville boasts a thriving arts scene, numerous historic and architectural attractions and unique shopping options. Colorful street performers and pedi-cabs are also common fixtures in downtown.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Orange Peel as one of the top five entertainment venues in the country, with bands like the Beastie Boys and Smashing Pumpkins.

Gallery strolls, the latest Indie films and several top nightclubs featuring touring bands as well as local talent. No doubt about it— Asheville ROCKS!

Entrepreneurs and innovators find their niche here. Sean McDonald (right), class of 2004, attended three other colleges before he landed at UNC Asheville. He’d heard about the Ethics and Social Institutions Program, experienced the campus community and knew he’d found his niche. “UNC Asheville is a great environment for independent-minded students,” he says. “I had started a couple of companies before I came to the university, and for entrepreneurs and innovators, the level of independence offered to students is really important.” McDonald ultimately teamed up with another UNC Asheville graduate, Matt Raker (left), class of 2003, to create Jute Networks (, a relationship management software company.


I had started a couple of companies before I came to the university, and for entrepreneurs and innovators, the level of independence offered to students is really important.” —Sean McDonald, class of 2004


It’s what happens after graduation A UNC Asheville degree has 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. The (Career) Path Less Taken As a professional mountain bike racer, Willow Koerber, class of 2000, calls herself a “citizen of the world” as she travels around the globe for competitions. She has a lengthy list of accolades, including three Collegiate National Championships in cycling for UNC Asheville and high-profile features in Outside and Bike magazines. Her biggest professional accomplishment came at the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Australia where she took third place. Koerber was the first American to medal at the prestigious event in eight years. But Koerber didn’t major in mountain bikes at UNC Asheville, she majored in Psychology and learned to understand how the multi-faceted adventures in life are interconnected. “I think anytime you have a wide variety of things to tap into it prepares you better for life in general,” says Koerber. Her Psychology studies helped her explore the connection between mind, body and soul, an interest she plans to pursue when her competitive mountain biking days are behind her. Koerber sees herself eventually coaching or teaching.

Being in the western North Carolina mountains, combined with all the great teachers and opportunities at UNC Asheville, was a great launching pad for my career and my path. It’s a place to learn about a lot of things.” —Willow Koerber, class of 2000

I found out that in the finance world you need a good understanding of the business side of things even before you learn how to apply the technology to business. It’s the combination of that kind of knowledge that leads to success.” —Jerome Hughes, class of 2010



the liberal arts opens doors

A degree from UNC Asheville provides a platform for a whole range of possibilities. But don’t take our word for it—UNC Asheville graduates can speak for themselves! Jerome Hughes, class of 2010, traded his cap and gown for a power suit right after graduation. The Computer Science major headed to the Big Apple for work. But he wasn't looking for a job—a job had already found him. Hughes landed a position with financial giant Goldman Sachs in New York City following a 2009 summer internship. His liberal arts background in both business and technology was so impressive that the company immediately offered Hughes a job. In a few short weeks he went from Rhoades-Robinson Hall to Wall Street—and the future looks bright! As a student and aspiring artist, Josh Copus, class of 2007, wasn’t afraid to think big. Really big. When he decided to make sculptures from native clay, he rented a bulldozer and dug up 40 tons. When he needed a space to work when campus studios were closed, he founded Clay Space Co-op in the hip River Arts District. And when he needed a kiln to fire his pieces, he applied for—and won—a $15,000 prestigious Windgate Fellowship to build one. Copus is now a well-respected artist crafting pottery pieces from native clay, which sell for up to $1,000. Now, that is thinking big!

Sarah Addison Allen, class of 1994, has taken the publishing world by storm. Her big break came in 2007 with the publication of Garden Spells. Booklist called it “spellbindingly charming” and the novel became a New York Times bestseller, a BookSense pick, and a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection. She recently released her third critically acclaimed novel, The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

Through my degree in literature, I discovered who I was as a reader. And from that, I learned who I was as a writer. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without my college experience.” —Sarah Addison Allen, class of 1994

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 offers a “top-notch academic experience” through its liberal arts curriculum, challenging course material, plentiful tutoring and small classes.

— The Princeton Review Best 371 Colleges, 2010

UNC Asheville ranked among the top 50 best values for in- and out-of-state students. — Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 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.” 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.

— U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges, 2010


value affordable 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 Tuition and fees.................................... $4,772 Housing and food service......................$7,040 Total..................................................... $11,812 Out-of-State Tuition and fees................................... $17,544 Housing and food service......................$7,040 Total.................................................... $24,584 * For the 2010–11 year

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 85 percent of students’ financial aid 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 Admissions application and all supporting materials by November 15, 2010. To learn more about UNC Asheville’s financial aid options, visit

Admissions Process

Minimum Course Requirements

Application Materials

• High school diploma from a regionally accredited secondary school


• Application fee ($50) • Short essay • Teacher or counselor recommendation form • Transcripts and SAT/ACT scores (SAT Code: 5013; ACT Code: 3064) Transfers

• Application fee ($50) • Short essay • Minimum 2.5 GPA • Transfer supplemental form • Transcripts from each university attended

• 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)

• High school transcripts

Application Deadlines Profile s n o i s Admis ore

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November 15, 2010 Early Action (non-binding) Notification Date: Week of December 15 February 15, 2011 Regular Decision Notification Date: Week of March 15 April 15, 2011 Transfer students

next steps Visit the Admissions Web site ( for tons of information about campus life, academic majors, financial aid, housing, parking and Asheville, the coolest city around. Attend Open House (October 2 or November 6, 2010, or April 2, 2011) to meet with professors, staff and fellow students. Become a Facebook fan (UNCA Admissions) and let us hear from you! Take a campus tour and see everything from the gym to the dining hall to residence halls and classrooms. (Go to the Admissions Web site to sign up.) Join our mailing list to stay connected. (Go to the Admissions Web site to sign up.) Email an admissions counselor ( to get your questions answered. Find out when UNC Asheville staff will be visiting your high school by checking the Admissions Web site. Apply online! Go to and click on the Apply button. Check out hundreds of photos of campus life on our Flickr group, uncasheville.

Photography by Don Blankenship, Frank Bott, Tim Burleson, Chris Clevenger, Jeffrey Douglas DeCristofaro, Nick Finck, Sandlin Gaither, Perry Hebard, Ashlea Allen Green, Debbie Griffith, Blake Madden, Ryan Mason, Chris Milliman, Michael Oppenheim, Benjamin Porter, Matt Rose, Ian Shannon, John Warner. The University of North Carolina at Asheville is committed to equality of educational experiences for students and is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. UNC Asheville Publications, August 2010. 10,000 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $7,157 or 72 cents each on recycled paper. us out at 800.531.9842

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