Welcome to the UNC Asheville Honors Program

2018 Honors Program Application

The 2018 application for the UNC Asheville Honors Program is NOW LIVE! This application should be completed by all current high school students and students engaged in early college/dual enrollment programs who will be entering UNC Asheville as first-year students in Fall 2018. (Other students interested in the program can visit this website to learn more about applying.) Please contact the Honors Program Director, Patrick Bahls, for more information. The application below must be completed by midnight on Friday, March 2:


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 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, 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

  • Friday, March 2. From 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Dr. Wesley T. Grant, Sr. Center at 285 Livingston Street, local actors will give a performance of ON THE ROW, a dramatic reading of Arkansas death-row inmates' writing. This event, a production of the Northwest Arkansas Prison Story Project, is cosponored by the Honors Program, the UNC Asheville English Department, and the Blue Ridge District of the United Methodist Church.
  • 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, February 28: "HIV 101," Tracey Childers.
    • Tuesday, March 6: "Parenting during Ferguson: Making sense of white parents' silence," Dr. Megan Underhill and "Homosexuality in rural areas of the Bible Belt," Alayna Graves.
    • 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