UNC Asheville Readies for Largest Freshman Class in a Decade

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UNC Asheville will welcome 645 new first-year students to campus – the largest freshman class in a decade – on Friday, Aug. 15, when the residence halls open to new students and the university holds its annual Convocation ceremony. Some 380 new transfer students have also enrolled for the 2014 fall semester.

This year’s freshman class will be the largest since 2004, when 707 first-year students enrolled. Last fall, 596 first-year students enrolled at UNC Asheville. As of August 2014, applications to UNC Asheville also increased more than eight percent from the same period last year, with a 30 percent increase over five years.

“Word is spreading about the great academic experience students find here, combined with our affordability and Asheville’s quality of life,” said Shannon Earle, UNC Asheville’s senior director of admissions and financial aid. “The number of applications has risen significantly, so we are able to admit more students while maintaining selectivity. More than 80 first-year students were awarded Laurels Scholarships and admitted into the UNC Asheville Honors Program.”

Convocation, a special ceremony for incoming freshmen and their families, takes place at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15 in Kimmel Arena. Convocation will feature remarks by Peter Caulfield, professor of literature and language, and recipient of UNC Asheville’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award. After Convocation, Rockypalooza, an evening of food and fun, kicks off a weekend of special activities for new students. Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 18.