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UNC Asheville and BRCC renew Direct Admission Program

Mar 29, 2024 09:16AM ● By WNC Business

FLAT ROCK – A program that offers graduates of Blue Ridge Community College to opt for direct admission to UNC Asheville, North Carolina's premiere public university for liberal arts and sciences, has been renewed through the Direct Admission Program.

On March 27, Blue Ridge Community College President Laura B. Leatherwood and UNC Asheville Chancellor Kimberly van Noort formally signed a memorandum of understanding, reaffirming their commitment to a collaborative partnership. This partnership aims to enhance student pathways to success in Henderson County, Western North Carolina, the broader State of North Carolina, and beyond.

The Direct Admission Program is built on the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. The Program allows currently enrolled Blue Ridge Community College students a direct-entry pathway to UNC Asheville upon graduation. The Program requires completion of the Blue Ridge Community College associate's degree for guaranteed admission. There is no additional fee to participate.

The Program affords Blue Ridge Community College students access to information about academic programs, faculty, and staff at the UNC Asheville campus, which will facilitate their transition. The Transfer Promise Program prioritizes the ability to receive admission, financial aid, registration, and orientation communications early in the transition process, which sets Blue Ridge students up for maximum success at both institutions.

UNC Asheville also has previously established Direct Admission Programs in collaboration with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, South Piedmont Community College, and Haywood Community College. Students transferring to UNC Asheville can pursue degrees in more than 65 programs through these programs. 

For more information on the program, visit Information about admissions to Blue Ridge Community College is available at

About Blue Ridge Community College:
Blue Ridge Community College is a two-year, post-secondary institution that elevates the educational experience to prepare students for 21st-century success in the workplace or at four-year colleges and universities. Providing real-life, affordable, and accessible education, the College offers more than 200 degrees, diplomas, and certificates; more than 200 online courses; and fast-tracked job training.

About UNC Asheville:
The University of North Carolina Asheville is North Carolina’s designated public liberal arts and sciences university and one of the 17 excellent, diverse, and accessible institutions of the UNC System. UNC Asheville’s relationship-driven education prepares students for lives of leadership and service with an emphasis on critical thinking, clear and thoughtful expression, applied research, community engagement, free and open inquiry, and undergraduate and graduate programs that address the most pressing issues of our time. 

Source: Blue Ridge Community College