Welcome to the UNC Asheville Honors Program

Honors Program Application

The deadline for high school and early college 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

  • Reception for First-Year Honors students. At this invitation-only event, we will recognize our brand-new members of the program! (Thursday, August 30, 3:30 -- 5:00 in the Laurel Forum)
  • 2018 Great Ideas Grants. We are currently accepting proposals from all Honors students for this year's Great Ideas Grants to support scholarly, creative, and community-engaged work! For more information, please contact Honors Director Patrick Bahls. Proposals will be due by midnight on Friday, October 5. See this website for more information on previous years' awardees' work.

Contact information

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

Honors Program Office: honors@unca.edu; 828.251.6227