UNC Asheville Online Info Session

My name is Savannah Purdy I’m an
admission counselor at UNC Asheville. Sorry you can’t make it to campus today
but hopefully I’ll be able to give you some helpful information and I hope you
can come to campus as soon as you get the chance. Again my name is Savannah I’m an admission counselor here at UNC Asheville
I’m also an alumna so I’m gonna do a little bit of bragging about my alma
mater. Here we go. First I’m gonna tell you a little bit about who we are UNC
Asheville is the designated liberal arts university for the UNC system. That’s a
big part of our identity. A lot of people hear liberal arts and think that we just
do arts that’s true, it’s part of the truth, liberal arts is all about where
art and science intersect so we use the word interdisciplinary a lot when we’re
talking about our curriculum and the liberal arts education that we offer
here. We want students to have breadth as well as depth, right? We think you’re
going to be a better biologist if you can have an informed conversation with a
sociologist. We think you’re going to be a better artist if you’ve had some
environmental science classes. So we want you taking classes inside and outside of
your major all four years. We want all of our graduates to be strong critical
thinkers, communicators, collaborators, being able to look at things from
different perspectives and be really creative problem-solvers. And ultimately
I think this liberal arts education is really endlessly relevant in our
ever-changing economy. Part of liberal arts education is going to be a
discussion based classroom environment. Here at UNC Asheville our average class
size is about 20 students. We’re very focused on the undergraduate experience
here at UNC Asheville we have one small graduate program currently, and that
means that you don’t have any graduate students or teaching assistants teaching
any of your courses. Every course here is gonna be faculty taught and you’re gonna
know and be known by your faculty members. You’re gonna have discussions,
you’re going to challenge your professors potentially, you’re gonna have
conversations with your peers, and so that’s really important part of how we
learn here. Overall the campus enrollment is just under four thousand students so
it’s kind of that small medium sized where you can again know and be known on our campus. Experiential learning is really important and how we like to
learn here. So whether that’s doing internships, learning in labs, doing
undergraduate research, community service, we want you doing as you’re learning.
This picture here is from our STEAM Studio. STEAM Studio is a making space on campus that is shared by our engineering department and our
art department. And I think that’s a really great example of the liberal arts,
collaborative, type of education that we offer here. S.T.E.A.M., right? – science,
technology, engineering, art, and math. I mentioned undergraduate research, and
we’re really proud to have founded the National Conference on undergraduate
research here at UNC Asheville about 35 years ago or so. Again we’re an
undergraduate focused institution which means you as an undergraduate student,
whatever you’re passionate about, whatever you are curious about, you have
the opportunity to explore that here. With guidance from faculty with funding
for research, and about 65% of our students will conduct their own original
research before they graduate with their bachelor’s degree from UNC Asheville. So
you have the opportunity to publish your work. You have the opportunity to travel
and present at regional and national conferences. So especially if you’re
looking at going ahead to graduate school it’s a really strong program here.
Our example here is Natasha, she was a biology student she was focusing on
botany and got a grant to research plant biodiversity on college campuses and
ended up publishing her work. A lot of us think about undergraduate research and
we think about laboratories. Here I was a sociology student and so I did my own
undergraduate research, but I wasn’t crawling around in the weeds like
Natasha was, right? I was going around for four months interviewing folks, spending
a lot of time transcribing those interviews, and ended up writing a paper
to get it published. So you can do undergraduate research in any discipline
and it’s going to look how you want it to look. So I’ll give you a moment to
look at our majors an important thing to know is that we don’t admit based on
major here at UNC Asheville because again you’re going to be taking classes
inside and outside of your major all four years that you’re with us. So we
want you to be able to study everything but of course you’re gonna have that
breadth, as well as the depth, of your major, right? So I’ll just point out a few
of our most popular majors as far as enrollment are gonna be environmental
studies, psychology, biology, some hallmark programs that we have here at UNC
Asheville that you won’t find at many other institutions, are gonna be
mechatronics engineering, mechatronics is essentially robotics. It’s a blend of
mechanical, electrical engineering and computer science. So if you like building
robots mechatronics is a really cool program. Atmospheric sciences, are just
going to be meteorology, climate science. Music technologies, so we have the music
degree, but we also have a Bachelor of Science in music technology. So recording,
production, sound design. And classics also you’re not going to find at to many
other schools all around. So classics being Greek and Latin history and
language. Our minors are here. You can minor in any of the majors that we just
saw, but these are additional minors that can only be minored in, you can’t major
in them. Pre-professional programs you’re gonna pair with your major. So if you’re
looking to go to medical school, dentistry school, pharmacy, law school etc.,
you’ll pair those tracks with your major. So most of our pre-med students for
example will major in biology or chemistry, however we’ve also had
students major in psychology or history or political science, while doing the
pre-med track and going to medical school when they leave us. 2+2 is also an
interesting program. It’s in joint with NC State University. So if you want to do
a specific type of engineering that’s not the mechatronics that we offer all
four years here, you can do your first two years foundational engineering here
with us and then transfer to NC State they have 18 different engineering
concentrations that you can complete there, and then you’ll have NC State and
UNC Asheville on your diploma. Finally I want to touch on the teacher licensure
program. So this is the partner presentation where I say if you want to
teach raise your hand. If you are interested in becoming a teacher we
approach that a little bit differently here. We want you to major in your
concentration area. So if you are passionate about math and you love math
so much that you want to teach high school math, then we want you to get a
bachelor’s degree in mathematics and then alongside that you’ll complete our
licensure program. So you’ll graduate with a bachelor’s in mathematics and a
9 through 12 teaching license. Does that make sense?
Cool. I hope you’ve been to Asheville if you’ve not I can’t wait for you to come
visit it’s a really cool city like I said I went to school here and didn’t
want to leave. So here I am. Asheville downtown is about a mile from
our campus, which is really fun and also super practical. It’s a great city for
live music, it’s such a foodie town, lots of cool speakers and events come through
campus, as well as super practical in terms of internship opportunities and
community service projects. And we also kind of have best of both worlds because
we’re ten minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, so, all of the outdoor activities
and sports are available to you from just a casual easy drive along the
parkway, to backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, skiing, rock climbing
kayaking, all those sorts of outdoor activities and sports. We do have a super
active outdoor programs organization here on campus. So they provide
transportation training it meant everything that you need to
take advantage of the Blue Ridge Mountains that are here in our backyard.
Let’s talk about money. So UNC Asheville like I said is a small liberal arts
school, right? And so you’re getting almost a private experience at public
state-supported cost. So direct cost and financial aid budget, I want to make sure
that we’re clear here, so direct cost is what you’re going to be billed by the
university, right? So those are these two sets of numbers that you’ll see here, and
financial aid budget, is what we budget your financial aid for. So that is
your direct cost. Your tuition, fees, room, board, plus, estimates for expenses like
books, travel, personal supplies, all those sorts of things. So I want you to feel
empowered and know what numbers you’re looking at, and if you’re on another
campus tour and they say here’s the cost then you can ask is that direct cost or
cost of attendance, and then they’ll think that you’re really smart because
you are. So financial aid. We want you to fill out the FAFSA at fafsa.gov it opens
October 1st. You’ll want to fill that out in the fall of your senior year.
It is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, but it’s also what we’re
gonna base your state aid, and your institutional aid on, right? So you’re
going to fill out that one FAFSA. That is THE application for financial aid, and
that’s what we’re gonna base your loans, grants, and scholarships on. Our
merit-based scholarships are based on your application for admission. So you
don’t have to fill out a separate scholarship application, just get your
application in on the early side okay? These are gonna be minimum course
requirements for admission. If you’re at a North Carolina public school, most
public schools around the country these are high school graduation requirements.
The two things that I want you to really keep an eye on, is make sure you have fourth math that’s above algebra 2, so algebra 2 needs to be a prerequisite for your 4th
math, and then make sure that you have two consecutive units of a second
language. So French 1 French 2, not Spanish 1 French 2. There are different
ways to apply to UNC Asheville. Common application is the most common way that
folks apply to UNC Asheville. You can also use the College Foundation of North
Carolina application, or there is a specific UNC Asheville application on
our website. But again it does not matter to us how you apply. We’ve got Early
Decision in Regular Decision. So early decision is a binding application. It
means that UNC Asheville is your first choice. This is where you want to be.
You’ve already made your decision. We’ll prioritize your application and get your
notifications out to you first, so that you can move forward with choosing housing etc.
Regular Decision is if you’re not quite sure where you want to be yet, that’s
totally fine. You can still apply in the fall Regular Decision it’s just the
non-binding option. If you have questions about early decision, if that’s for you,
that’s where I come in reach out to your admission counselor, reach out to us
online, and we’re happy to have those conversations with you one on one. As far
as what we’re looking for in the application I’ll give you the list. So we
do have a 75 dollar application fee if that is a barrier for you, talk to your
admission counselor, talk to your school counselor, we do have several fee waiver
options. I’m gonna read your essay before I open up your transcript, because I want
to hear your voice and know who you are. So we do require an essay here at
UNC Asheville the common application essay is fine, you don’t have to submit a
supplemental essay. But make sure that you’re taking that essay as an
opportunity to help boost your application, right? Tell me who you are,
tell me what you want me to know about you that’s not going to show up in your
transcripts and test scores and that really matters. Extra curriculars of
course are all going to go on the application as well. Then we’re gonna
require at least one recommendation from a high school counselor or a teacher. So
at least one academic recommendation you can submit two or three if you’d like.
And then your transcripts and test scores. So we’ll need official high
school transcripts and then official test scores from either SAT or ACT it
doesn’t matter to us which. Some students do better on SAT or ACT. We’ll just need
one at least official test score from either of those tests. Our ranges – we do a
comprehensive review. So we’re not looking for a set GPA and a set test
score to admit or deny you, right? We want to look at the whole picture and see who
you are as a whole student. That being said I’ll give you kind of our averages
to see if that’s helpful for you. So average middle-of-the-road numbers right
now is about a 4.0 weighted GPA of 3.6 unweighted GPA around the 1200 on the
SAT and about a 26 on the ACT. Remember those are averages middle-of-the-road
numbers we want to see who you are as a whole student. That’s about all I have
for you today. I hope this was helpful. Please do not hesitate to reach out at
admissions at UNCA edu. And I hope to see you on campus soon!

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