Admissions Requirements - First Year Students

First Time, First-Year Students (New Freshmen)

Admission to UNC Asheville is competitive. The Admissions Committee reviews each candidate’s application individually, considering all aspects of the applicant’s record before rendering a decision. The committee places strong emphasis on the quality of the candidate’s high school curriculum, performance, trends and class rank (if provided), and performance on standardized tests in the final decision-making review. The comprehensive review of all applicants is designed to look deeper than numbers and data to determine a student’s overall fit with UNC Asheville, including qualitative factors like: the application essay, extracurricular activity, honors achieved, leadership roles, special talents and abilities, and other contributions that an individual might bring to the UNC Asheville community. Our goal is to determine every candidate’s fit for the diverse, public, liberal arts educational experience at UNC Asheville. Visit the University Catalog for more detailed information about admission and North Carolina state requirements.

To be considered as an applicant for admission at UNC Asheville, candidates must submit:

  • Completed application for admission.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75. This payment does not apply to other university fees.
  • Official high school transcripts, provided by the school, to UNC Asheville’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
  • High School Counselor/Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Home schooled applicants who are NC residents must submit a copy of the “Home School Eligibility Certification,” issued by the NC Division of Non-Public Instruction. Non-North Carolina residents must submit official documentation indicating the home school is approved to provide instruction. Official transcripts should include the notarized signature of the home school official.
  • Official ACT or SAT test scores sent directly by the testing organization.
    • The UNC Asheville school code for ACT is 3064.
    • The UNC Asheville school code for SAT is 5013.

Alternative Admissions Programs for First-Time, First Year Students: SOAR and Jump Start

Some first-time applicants will be admitted under the condition that they participate in one of two academic enhancement programs. The SOAR (Summer Opportunity for Academic Readiness) Program and the Jump Start Program are each designed to provide more academic advising, academic coaching, and intensive study-skill support for students prior to, and during, their enrollment.

Admission Decision Appeals

Applicants who are not offered formal admission to UNC Asheville may appeal the university’s decision. In these cases, candidates are encouraged to contact their assigned Admissions Counselor and work together on the appeal. The Admissions Counselor can serve as a campus advocate for the student’s appeal and establish a partnership that will help the student submit the appropriate materials to provide the best chance for the appeal to be granted. The Admissions Counselor will gather the appeal materials and submit them for consideration on the student’s behalf. Visit the University Catalog for more information about appealing an admission decision.