Pre-College Programs

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Weeklong summer immersion programs at UNC Asheville offer students a deep dive into academic topics and hands-on experience.

UNC Asheville’s Pre-College Programs introduce high school students to college-level study, university life, and career options in a dynamic learning environment. Each one-week program offers deep immersion into an academic topic, challenging activities, and the opportunity to engage with industry professionals.  Here is a highlight video showcasing one of the Pre-College Programs last summer.


 

Summer 2022 Program Offerings:

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Film Scoring and Sound Design

June 26-July 1

Learn how to compose an original score for a film scene. Learn how to develop a score concept, where to create harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic themes and motifs. Study the dynamics of a scene using sound design.

A large model rocket launching in a field while several people watch from a distance

Climate, Robotics, Rocketry & Aerospace Engineering – Currently on a Waitlist

June 19-24

Interactively learn about robotics, rocketry, aerospace and satellite engineering, and climate science. Participate in numerous hands on robotics and engineering tasks such as building a robotic rover, building a model rocket and launching a weather station attached to a rocket.  Build a remote sensing weather station, launch them on weather balloons and conduct data analytics. Learn from astronauts and STEM professionals about all the opportunities STEM fields have to offer.

Two students talking and reading from a laptop in a library

Great Smokies Young Writers Workshop – Worldbuilding 101 & Nature Based Writing – Currently on a Waitlist

June 19-24

Hone your literary skills through workshops with experienced local authors and poets. Generate new pieces, revise works-in-progress and critique works of others in a collaborative workshop setting. Learn about our region’s vibrant history and culture through field trips to local landmarks.

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Great Smokies Young Writers Workshop – Limitless Poetry & Writing Ghosts

June 26-July 1

Hone your literary skills through workshops with experienced local authors and poets. Generate new pieces, revise works-in-progress and critique works of others in a collaborative workshop setting. Learn about our region’s vibrant history and culture through field trips to local landmarks.

A science lab with students wearing goggles and PPE, the student in focus is holding what looks like a heart, getting ready to do a dissection

Pre-Med – Currently on a Waitlist

June 19-24

Learn about heart anatomy and function through hands on dissection of a pig heart. Work with a group on a simulated patient case, participating in didactics and labs, analyzing pharmacological concerns, debating treatment options and navigating the patient-doctor relationship.

Two students in a canoe on a lake, holding paddles, wearing life jackets, trees in the background

River Ecology & Adventure – Currently on a Waitlist

June 26-July 1

Explore and discover our natural, aquatic world. Engaging field-based learning will pair with outdoor skills and trips. Learn about Southern Appalachian stream ecology while canoeing sections of pristine rivers, hiking to wilderness swimming holes and investigating local aquatic species, and be challenged to think critically about human impact on the environment while rafting exciting whitewater.


Registration: NOW OPEN! 

Dates: June 12-17, June 19-24 and June 26-July 1, 2022

Format:  Pre-College Programs run from Sunday to Friday, and each day is filled with both classroom and recreational activity. All programs include hands-on learning and projects, and many programs will feature off-campus excursions. All students live on campus to fully experience university life and the surrounding community. 

Eligibility: Pre-College Programs are open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Programs will follow COVID protocols and community expectations will continue through the program. 

Living on Campus: Double occupancy in a shared suite (if COVID protocols permit, otherwise single occupancy).  Residence halls are air-conditioned.  Meals will be in Brown Dining Hall.

Tuition:  Programs start at $1,200 and includes lodging, meals, all course materials, activities, and excursions. Due to the continued effects of COVID-19, we are maintaining a flexible refund policy.  There is a full refund available minus a $50 administrative processing fee.

Additional Option:  Students that register for two back-to-back Pre-College programs, have the option to also register for an optional stayover weekend in-between programs for an additional $350.  The stayover weekend is all-inclusive of housing, meals and activities in and around Asheville.