Welcome to the UNC Asheville Honors Program

  • 2016 Southern Regional Honors Council Conference

    Senior Izzy Golden presents his research on sea turtle populations at the 2016 SRHC Conference in Orlando, FL

  • Honors Alum Making Waves in Local Art Scene

    Former Honors student Sally Garner (May 2013), with her exhibit, A Memory Rewound, at the Satellite Gallery in downtown Asheville

  • Plate House

    Honors Director Patrick Bahls poses in front of an origami-inspired refugee shelter built by Honors students and faculty in Spring 2016

  • Honors Grad Earns Fulbright

    May 2016 Honors grad Gray Barrett (Political Science) earned a prestigious Fulbright Award to study abroad in Norway

  • Honors student Emily Powell with her art

    These pieces, commissioned by the Honors Program, combine Emily's glassblowing skills with poetry

The Honors Program provides a rich curriculum for motivated students who seek to understand themselves and make a difference in the world. Together, students and faculty form a community of caring, dedicated, and enthusiastic scholars. Opportunities available to Honors students include travel in the United States and abroad, meeting distinguished campus visitors, receiving tickets to concerts and cultural events, taking part in enriching social and academic co-curricular and extracurricular events, and forging strong relationships with talented professors.

Engaged in scholarship, campus life, and the greater Asheville community, Honors students value education and strive to create a better society, one where every life may flourish. If you are a self-motivated learner who understands the value of challenging classes and are willing to give your time and talents to a greater cause, we invite 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.

Current and upcoming Honors events and opportunities

  • Great Ideas Grants (GIGs). The Honors Program is delighted to offer a number of small grants to help support Honors students' creative and scholarly endeavors. Great Ideas Grant proposals are due to Honors Program Director Patrick Bahls no later than midnight on Friday, October 7. Please write to Patrick at pbahls@unca.edu for further information.
  • 2017 Southern Regional Honors Council Conference. UNC Asheville will host the 2017 meeting of the SRHC, taking place from March 30 through April 1 at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel downtown. Visit this page for more information on the conference.
  • The Student Honors Advisory Council's Trivia Night. SHAC invites Honors students to take part in an evening of trivia, hosted by the Honors Program's own Director, Patrick Bahls! Trivia Night will take place in the Laurel Forum from 8:30 to 10:30 on Thursday, September 29.
  • Sparks Lecture Series. SHAC's fall lecture series gets underway with a presentation by local novelist and UNC Asheville Honors Program alumna Alexa Duncan. Ms. Duncan's presentation will take place in the Laurel Forum from 7:30 to 8:30 on Wednesday, October 5.

Contact information

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

Honors Program Office: honors@unca.edu; 828.251.6227