Welcome to the UNC Asheville Honors Program

Honors Program Application

The deadline for students new to UNC Asheville in Fall 2018 to apply for membership in the Honors Program has now passed. Please note that all UNC Asheville students are welcome to apply to join us after one or more semesters of study at the university. For more information on applying as a continuing student or transfer student, please see this website.

Honors Program benefits

The program provides a rich curriculum for motivated students who seek to understand themselves and make a difference in the world. Together, students, staff, and faculty craft a community of dedicated and enthusiastic scholars who care for the well-being of all. Honors students have opportunities to travel in the United States and abroad, to interact with distinguished campus visitors, to participate in enriching co-curricular and extracurricular activities, and to forge strong relationships with outstanding professors.

Engaged in scholarship, campus life, and the greater Asheville community, Honors students value education and strive to create a better society, one in which every life may flourish. If you are a self-motivated, risk-positive learner who understands the value of challenging classes and are willing to give your time and talents to a greater cause, we encourage you to apply to the UNC Asheville Honors Program. Should you have any questions or want to know more about the opportunities we afford and the obligations Honors Program membership implies, please feel free to contact us.

Note: Applications to the Honors Program are welcome from all UNC Asheville students, including new students, continuing students, and students who transfer from other institutions. Also, though we appreciate parents' and other family members' support for prospective Honors students, we strongly prefer to communicate directly with interested students themselves regarding Honors Program matters.

Upcoming Honors and Honors-sponsored events and opportunities

  • Ongoing Sparks Seminar presentations. The rest of the semester features several presentations given by students, faculty, and members of the community who are engaged in important research on a variety of timely topics. See the Student Honors Advisory Committee website for more info on the following presenters:

    • Wednesday, March 21: "Transformed: Transformation for homeless women and children," Renee Brooks.
    • Wednesday, March 28: "HIV in Appalachia," Abigail Stephens and "According to them: Hearing the needs of a local public housing community," Page Nevel.
    • Wednesday, April 4: "The arts and crafts of knot theory: Math without numbers," Emanuel Hartman and "Manipulating gene expression of major urinary proteins in a model system," Carrie Fisher.
    • Friday, April 20: Tyrone Fleurizard, Wingate University, title TBA.

Contact information

Honors Program Director: Patrick Bahls, pbahls@unca.edu

Honors Program Office: honors@unca.edu; 828.251.6227