Apply as a First-Year Student
Hone your skills and amplify your passions in a collaborative community of creatives and innovators. Apply for first-year admission to UNC Asheville as a high school student or if you have not received college credit since graduating from high school.
Before starting your application, find out more about the requirements and deadlines for first-year applicants, and learn what makes UNC Asheville a transformative start.
First-Year Student Application Requirements
Review key information about the admissions process.
Test Optional Policy
Test scores are optional for first-year admission to UNC Asheville for 2024-25. If you choose to submit test scores, our minimum requirements are 19 for the ACT or 1010 for the SAT. Official test scores can only be received directly from the testing agency.
Our Admission Counselors will evaluate all applications, whether or not they include test scores, using our comprehensive review process.
When you apply by one of our Early Action or Regular Decision deadlines, you ensure that your academic, community, and extracurricular experience will be considered with your application. Our Early Action deadline allows first-year applicants to receive their application decisions sooner, so they can get a head-start preparing for life as a UNC Asheville Bulldog!
Early Action admission is not a binding commitment.
- Early Action: November 1
- Regular Decision: February 1
Students who apply by the February 1 Regular Decision deadline are automatically considered for University Merit Award.
Applications for fall enrollment that are submitted after the Regular Decision deadline are considered on a space-available basis.
- Regular Decision: November 1
Learn More About Tuition and Financial Aid
At UNC Asheville, you’ll obtain a world-expanding education at an affordable cost. Our commitment to academic excellence is born out of small class sizes, dedicated professor-mentors, and our position as a top-ranked public university.
First-time applicants are automatically considered for University Merit Award to help cover their Cost of Attendance!
Why Apply to UNC Asheville?
Our roots grow deep in strong communities, engaging student life, and the unbound potential of the liberal arts and sciences. Here at UNC Asheville, you never have to ask “What if?” Instead, you ask “What’s next?”
A Dynamic Student Life
Form long-lasting connections with your peers and professors. Invest in your passions in student organizations and activities, from joining a book club to supporting sustainability. Take part in campus-wide traditions like Rockypalooza and Greenfest. Immerse yourself in an uplifting culture of collaboration and creativity.
65+ Liberal Arts and Sciences Programs
Explore your interests and life purpose with our 65+ academic programs grounded in art and science. Learning from our experienced faculty, you will develop deep understandings and apply your knowledge in real-world settings, including our nationally recognized undergraduate research program.
Our Unique Location in Asheville
Our tight-knit city on the doorstep of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a hub for young professionals. Our graduates build on internship and networking experiences at UNC Asheville to launch exciting careers right here in a community formed of thriving artists, adventurous explorers, and innovative scholars!
Start Your Application to UNC Asheville
Pursue your bold ideas in the classroom, the lab, the field, and wherever else you want to take them. Your future starts at UNC Asheville—all you have to do is apply!
Have Questions? Contact the Admission Team!
Ask questions and get advice from the University of North Carolina Asheville if you need assistance with submitting your application as a first-year student.