Hold onto your seats!
The UNC Asheville “Explore the Tour” is not your typical college campus visit! If you are ready to experience college life and enjoy a fun-filled campus journey with a memorable experience, then UNC Asheville’s Explore the Tour is for you. This exciting campus odyssey has been designed with the middle school student in mind. Aimed to promote engaged college awareness, readiness and preparedness, the UNC Asheville Explore the Tour program provides students with one-on-one access to our award-winning faculty, staff, and students by participating in dynamic, hands-on activities and demonstrations centered on the richness of a liberal arts education. We open a world of exploration and opportunities for students to self-reflect and discover the vibrant dimensions of UNC Asheville through our customized workshops, including adventures in Admissions, Athletics and Academics.
Explore the Tour promotes opportunities for middle school students to see themselves as part of our community and college campus by participating in real-life college experiences. We believe that students should be introduced to college campuses at an early age, in order to experience the vibrancy of an authentic university setting. These fun-filled, guided tours are offered by UNC Asheville students who provide first-hand knowledge of college life through an entertaining walking tour; and you never know when Rocky, the school mascot, will show up!
"A great way to learn more about UNC-A with a 'hands on approach' and allows our students interact with the students and faculty." - Lori Lane, 8th Grade Guidance Counselor, Valley Springs Middle School
|9:00 AM||Arrive on Campus|
|9:15 AM||Admissions Adventure|
|10:00 AM||Athletics Adventure|
|12:15 PM||Campus Tour|
|1:00 PM||Academic Adventures|
|2:00 PM||Depart Campus|
*Cost for lunch per student is $7.20 and must be arranged directly with UNC Asheville’s Dining Services.
We encourage students to dress according to the local weather in Asheville and to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, as UNC Asheville’s Explore the Tour is an elongated version of our traditional campus tours and includes lots of walking. These tours are subject to availability and must be scheduled through the Office for Community and School Partnerships by e-mail or by phone at (828) 251-6498.
Sample Academic Adventures
Lightning Library Adventure
Students are greeted at the Ramsey Library Reference Desk and escorted to the Juvenile Literature Section of UNC Asheville’s extensive collection of books. After given brief information on how library books are arranged by call number and subject, students are asked to browse the shelves in different call number sections and select a book that they like. Students write the book's author, title and call number on a card and give a short review or reason why they like the book they selected. The goal of this academic adventure is to show students how library books are arranged and allow them to see the variety of resources that the Ramsey Library has for varying age groups.
Math Mania Explosion
Students explore the properties of network graphs through playful activities using items such as paper plates, yarn, index cards, nerfballs, etc. Students are assembled into teams and challenged to reach a collective group goal, while simultaneously learning terms such as vertex, edge, degree and path. These math activities are designed to encourage students to apply math concepts and skills to problem-solving skills, critical thinking and stresses cooperative learning, decision-making and computation. The culmination of these math explorations will result in an end-product designed by student teams demonstrating a fundamental and hands-on understanding of math concepts.
New Media: A Hands-on Introduction
Students are assigned to work stations where they engage in an activity requiring critical thinking, imagination, and group collaboration. Students are introduced to the creativity and innovation in the study of new media. Students will learn about the field of new media and collaborate on an image processing project. At the conclusion of this academic adventure, students will understand what new media is and be able to manipulate images in Adobe Photoshop.