September 12: First 86 students (men and women) attended Buncombe County Junior College
College was part of the Buncombe County School System and was located in the new Biltmore High School (just south of I-40 in Biltmore)
Tuition was free
Great Depression caused tuition to be charged. College would accept vegetables, eggs, milk, and general produce to pay tuition.
First graduating class (Roy Taylor, valedictorian)
Merges with closed Asheville City College and changes name to Biltmore College
Because of the growing Depression, the Buncombe County School System withdraws financial support for the college and the campus moves to city-operated David Millard Junior High School (present site of Beverly Hanks Realtors on College Street, downtown). City School System provides financial support for the college
Faculty turns over authority for college’s management to a Board of Trustees
College chartered as Asheville-Biltmore College to recognize new financial/administrative connection with the Asheville City School Board (still known as Biltmore College is popular parlance)
College is first accredited by the US Department of Education
Because of population pressures in the City School System, the college is forced to move to the Asheville Normal and Teacher’s School (present site of Memorial Hospital Campus on Biltmore Avenue, south of downtown)
In pursuit of its “own” campus, the college moves to the former County Home for Children (present site of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church on Merrimon Ave, north of downtown)
First parking lot built (80 cars)
Alumni Association founded under direction of first valedictorian, Roy Taylor ’29
Representative Roy Taylor ’29, introduces first state legislation to charter a state-supported college in Buncombe County
Increased enrollment forces college to move to Seely’s Castle on Sunset Mountain (just north of the expressway cut). The castle had been a private residence for John and Evelyn Seely, E.W. Grove’s son-in-law and daughter.
New names were contemplated for the college including Castle College and Overlook College.
As a result of the move to the mountain the Asheville-Biltmore comes to be called the “College in the Sky.”
Becomes first two-year college in North Carolina to receive state funds. Is the originator of North Carolina’s community college system.
Enrollment increase leads to exploration of new campus location. Sites considered included the eighth floor of City Hall, the municipal golf course, and the Beaver Lake area. Decision was made to stay at Seely’s Castle. Asheville citizens voted solidly in favor of a bond referendum to expand the campus on the mountain.
Under the presidency of Glen Bushy, the Board of Trustees reconsiders relocation and purchases 161 acres from attorney Landon Roberts and others in Woolsey Dip on the site of the Civil War Battle of Asheville.
Groundbreaking for what would later be called Phillips Hall on the new campus.
First classes held at new campus in the Fall.
First African-American student enrolled
Humanities Program founded
Asheville-Biltmore College becomes a senior institution authorized to offer baccalaureate degrees.
Because of the move to a baccalaureate institution, there are no graduates
D. Hiden Ramsey Library dedicated. First building to be named. During dedication speech Governor Dan Moore states that it was his desire for Asheville-Biltmore to become a North Carolina’s public liberal arts college.
Only one graduate (Trudy Wong). She is believed to be the only graduate of the short-lived 3-year baccalaureate degree program
The 66 in ’66 were the first four year graduates from Asheville-Biltmore College
First African-American graduate (Francine Delaney)
First residence halls open (later known as the Governor’s Village)
College joins the University of North Carolina System (along with UNCW and UNCC) and is chartered as The University of North Carolina at Asheville. (The other 10 joined in 1972)
First Commencement held at steps of D. H. Ramsey library. Is the first class to receive UNC Asheville degrees.
Enrollment crosses 1000 for first time
Enrollment crosses 2000 for first time
Enrollment crosses 2500 for first time
Women’s basketball wins National NAIA title
Honors Program Founded
UNC Asheville joins the NCAA and the Big South Conference
First fraternity (Pi Lambda Phi) and sorority (Alpha Xi Delta) chartered
UNC Asheville becomes a NCAA Division I school
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute founded
First National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at UNC Asheville
Receives first national press attention when named among “the very best” of America’s “high-quality, low-priced” colleges in Changing Times Magazine
First Masters of Liberal Arts graduate (Leah Karpen)
Last Rockmont held
Officially recognized as one of the nation’s first public liberal arts colleges
First Lawn Party held (at time known as UNCAMont)
Tenth National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at UNC Asheville
First Founders Day held
UNC Asheville’s Alma Mater is dedicated
University welcomes largest freshmen class ever 700+
University reaches largest enrollment ever 3450+
Twentieth National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at UNC Asheville
University celebrates 80th anniversary