ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville will welcome some 600 freshmen to campus on Friday, August 16, when the residence halls open to new students and the university holds its annual Convocation ceremony. UNC Asheville enrolled 553 first-year students last fall, and 540 in the fall of 2011.
“The 2013-14 freshman class will be strong in terms of academic profile as well as sheer numbers,” said Shannon Earle, UNC Asheville’s director of admissions. “When the final student census is complete, we expect the average combined SAT score for the freshman class to surpass last year’s figure of 1194. This reflects our growing reputation as one of nation’s best public liberal arts universities.”
Also joining UNC Asheville’s ranks will be more than 400 new transfer students, the university’s highest total in recent history.
For the 2013-14 academic year, UNC Asheville has roughly doubled the size of its merit-based Laurels Scholarship program. More than 70 first-year students have been awarded Laurels Scholarships, and four are receiving full four-year scholarships.
Convocation, a special ceremony for incoming freshmen, takes place at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16 in Kimmel Arena, and will feature remarks by UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder, and Linda Cornett, chair and associate professor of political science. Cornett is recipient of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UNC Board of Governors. After Convocation, the first-year students will embark on a weekend of special activities. Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 19.