Junior Bulldog Program

All dates for Fall 2018 AND Spring 2019 have been filled! If you would like to discuss other options for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact juniorbulldogs@unca.edu

Hold Onto Your Seats!

The UNC Asheville Junior Bulldog Program 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 Junior Bulldog Program 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 Junior Bulldog Program 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.

The Junior Bulldog Program provides the opportunity for middle school students to see themselves as part of our campus community 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 and begin to think of higher education as a realistic goal.

Thank you card from student"We had a FANTASTIC time at UNCA for the [Junior Bulldog Program]. It was a powerful experience for our students to step foot on a college campus and be 'UNCA students' for a day. They loved every activity. The whole bus ride back they talked about what kind of college they see themselves going to. Thank you for providing this enriching experience!"

-  Leanne Perry, Counselor, Rugby Middle School

The University has a policy regarding the protection of minors involved in programs and activities on campus. We ask that adult chaperones maintain a 1:25 ratio with their student groups as much as possible. Please know that should an incident occur while participating on campus, University Police should be notified immediately by calling 828.251.6710 or by dialing 911.


Sample Schedule

  • 9:00 AM - Arrive on Campus
  • 9:15 AM - Athletic Adventure
  • 10:15 AM - Admissions Adventure
  • 11:00 AM - Lunch*
  • 12:00 PM - Academic Adventure #1
  • 12:35 PM - Academic Adventure #2
  • 1:15 PM - Scavenger Hunt

*Cost for lunch is $9.15 per person 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 Junior Bulldog Program 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 Pre-College Outreach office by email (juniorbulldogs@unca.edu) or by phone at 828.251.6563.


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