Welcome to the UNC Asheville Honors Program

  • 2017 Honors Program Application LIVE

    Honors Program applications are due by midnight on Tuesday, February 28; see the link below for more info

  • Honors Students Represent at 2016 NCHA Conference

    Eight UNCA Honors students traveled to UNC Greensboro for this year's meeting of the NC Honors Association

  • Honors Grad Earns Fulbright

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

  • 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

NOTE: the 2017 Honors Program application is now LIVE (see the link below) and must be completed by midnight on Tuesday, February 28.

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

  • 2017 Honors Program Application. We are currently seeking applications from students who are intellectually curious and open-minded, creative and innovative, risk-positive, engaged with their communities, and able to clearly communicate their ideas. The 2017 application is now live and can be found by clicking on the link below. Applications are due by midnight on Tuesday, February 28. Please note that this application is to be completed only by applicants currently enrolled in high school (including home-school equivalents) or early college and dual enrollment programs. All other applicants (e.g., those already enrolled in a two- or four-year institution of higher learning) should contact the Honors Program Director at pbahls@unca.edu for more information on applying for the program.

2017 UNC Asheville Honors Program Application

  • 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. Please visit this page for more information on the conference. Honors students wanting to help plan the conference should contact the Honors Program Director at pbahls@unca.edu.
  • Sparks Lecture Series. The Student Honors Advisory Committee's lecture series will continue in Spring 2017 with a new slate of speakers, including UNC Asheville Honors Program Alumna Adrian Ethridge. All presentations are free and open to all members of the UNC Asheville community.

Contact information

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

Honors Program Office: honors@unca.edu; 828.251.6227