Military Service Members and Veteran Students

Welcome to UNC Asheville!

Open House Flyer for Transition and Parent Programs

 

Veteran Student Group receiving graduation cords

We are glad you have chosen to continue your education at North Carolina's designated liberal arts institution! We appreciate the hard work and sacrifice all Student Veterans have made, and we deem it an honor to provide support, guidance, and information to assist you in being successful at UNC Asheville.

We make every possible effort to assist all Student Veterans in having a smooth transition from military to academic life. These efforts are offered by various departments and offices at UNC Asheville along with other resources to support your unique transition.

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Getting Started

  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: The US Department of Veterans Affairs offers a variety of information including information on the GI Bill and how to apply.
  • Benefits & Enrollment: Visit the Office of the Registrar to learn more about available benefits, frequently asked questions and to complete the application for benefits.
  • Admissions: Visit the Admissions Office in order to apply to UNC Asheville or for any questions or concerns you may have in regards to the university.
  • Financial Aid Office: The Financial Aid Office at UNC Asheville can help you in completing all necessary steps in order to be eligible for financial aid including information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Joint Services Transcript: A Joint Services Transcript must be completed in order to receive credit for your military training; this applies to all current and former members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
  • UNC Serves: This is a UNC System wide effort that seeks to improve access, retention, and graduation rates for active-duty service members, Veterans, and their families at UNC institutions.
  • Health & Counseling Center: The Health and Counseling Center has professional staff dedicated to the health and wellness of all UNC Asheville students and take great precautions to ensure your privacy.
  • Office of Academic Accessibility: This office functions as a source of information, educational outreach, and advice, as well as a communication link among individuals, faculty, and staff.
  • Transition & Parent Programs Calendar: We offer a host of programs and events throughout the year that are designed specifically for transition students which includes our Veteran Students.

Student Life at UNC Asheville

Student Veterans have a very special place here at UNC Asheville, and we encourage you to look into the various opportunities available for you to connect with our campus community, as well as our community of Student Veterans. Some of these opportunities include (but are not limited to):

  • rendezblue is a series of social and educational activities that take place in August prior to the start of classes. These activities include social entertainment events and convocation. rendezblue is an opportunity for new students to meet new friends and get an initial taste of the social life on campus.
     
  • All new veteran students transitioning into UNC Asheville are invited to the Veteran Student Meet and Greet which typically takes place during the first week of classes for both the fall and spring semesters. Here you will have the opportunity to meet the staff and students from the Office of Transition and Parent Programs, as well as other campus and area community members to learn more about the opportunities available to you at UNC Asheville and in the larger Asheville community.
     
  • The first two weeks of the fall semester are always packed with events and opportunities for you to get connected to the campus community through activities such as student organization fairs, socials, and activities you won't find anywhere else! Check out the calendar for Weeks of Welcome on the Highsmith Student Union and Student Activities website.
     
  • The mission of the University Veterans Alliance is to bring Student Veterans at UNC Asheville together with each other and with other students to build camaraderie and to develop relationships with the university and the city of Asheville.  This organization works to raise awareness of veterans on campus and the challenges they face along with the unique strengths that they bring to the university environment.  Through service, this organization seeks to develop a culture of citizenship in the local community. The University Veteran Alliance is a student organization open to all veteran and non-veteran students interested in veteran affairs at UNC Asheville. Email transition@unca.edu for more information.
     
  • The UNC SERVES Committee is a UNC system-wide collaborative effort that seeks to improve access, retention, and graduation rates for active-duty service members, Veterans, and their families at UNC institutions. As the UNC system designated public liberal arts university, UNC Asheville strives to promote these efforts through work done by the institutional committee.

    The UNC Asheville UNC SERVES committee is made up of faculty, staff, and students from throughout UNC Asheville. The members are dedicated to making UNC Asheville a great place for veteran students. Every meeting is open to new faculty, staff, and students and every meeting spends a large portion hearing updates from across campus and hearing student voices. Join us for our next meeting!

UNC Asheville is a Designated 2017 Military Friendly School for Two Years Running!

UNC Asheville Named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly® Schools List for Second Year

Asheville, NC (December, 2016)—UNC Asheville announced today that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM , and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,700 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,273 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”


For more information about UNC Asheville’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit the website at https://transition.unca.edu/veterans-programs-and-services.


UNC Asheville will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on militaryfriendly.com.


About Military Friendly® Schools:
The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly ® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at: https://militaryfriendly.com.


About Victory Media: Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® , Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur ® , STEM Jobs SM and Military Friendly ® brands. Learn more about Victory Media at www.victorymedia.com.

NCWorks Job List Postings

Our office sometimes receives information about job positions/openings from employers who are looking for veterans to fill these positions. In turn, we share this information on our website as a resource for any veterans who are searching for employment. 

Please note this is exclusively a matter of passing information along. Our office does not have an affiliation with any of the offices/businesses highlighted in these listings, nor do we have any impact whatsoever on a candidate's chances of receiving an offer for employment. 

NCWorks ONLINE JOB POSTINGS – Mountain Area Workforce Development Board (MAWDB) -Areas of Coverage (Buncombe, Henderson, Madison & Transylvania Counties) - February 19, 2018

Scholarship Opportunities

U.S. Veterans Magazine provides a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities for military veterans, spouses and dependents. 

Check out the list by clicking on the following link:

https://www.usveteransmagazine.com/list-of-military-scholarships-for-service-members-spouses-and-dependents/