UNC Asheville's Camp College Give Students a Jump
on the College Admissions Process
Planning to go to college, especially for students who are the first in
their families to make the move, can be an intimidating venture. Choosing
a school, finding scholarships and other financial assistance, and even
picking the right high school classes takes skill and planning.
To help students with this process, UNC Asheville has developed Camp
College, which offers a week of focused sessions on topics ranging from
personal essays to SAT prep. UNCA's third annual Camp College opens June
24, with most of the 45 students coming from Charlotte and Asheville,
along with a student from Sumter, S.C., and another from Chicago. Those
attending the free camp have been selected by their high school guidance
counselors and most have racial or ethic backgrounds that are
under-represented at colleges and universities.
Camp College is one of only three in the Southeast and is funded by a
grant from the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC).
The camp is co-sponsored by Asheville's Communities in the Schools program
and THINKCOLLEGE, part of Charlotte's Communities in the Schools program.
"One of the first steps at camp is to turn the tables and have
participants play the role of an admissions committee," said Jonathan
Byers, Camp College coordinator and UNCA Admissions assistant director.
"They evaluate the applications and essays and then decide who should
be admitted. We have found this to be extremely helpful in clarifying the
admissions process for them."
Along with sessions that explore Internet use and two-year versus
four-year schools, students will see a bit of Asheville, including a tour
of the historic Black community of Asheville, the YMI Cultural Center and
lunch at Mr. Gene's Family Restaurant.
Faculty for the camp include professional admissions staff from UNCA,
UNC-Chapel Hill, A&T State University, Winston-Salem State University
and the University of New Orleans.
For more information, call UNCA's Admissions Office at 828/251-6481.
- Jonathan Byers, UNCA Admissions Assistant Director, 828/251-6481
- Merianne Epstein, UNCA Public Information Director, 828/251-6676