Hey everyone! We did two official college tours this weekend and spent some time in a third college town.
We went to Warren Wilson College and UNC-Asheville on Friday and spent the weekend in Boone, home of Appalachian State, at Grandma’s mountain house.
D22 really really liked Warren Wilson. She didn’t talk much on the tour (two student tour guides, us, and two other girls and their families), but afterwards said she was definitely going to apply and it has moved up to the top of her list. She did meet with the admissions counselor for our area briefly. She said that WWC was close enough to Asheville and she now feels like she doesn’t need to be right in a town with a main drag college street. She said after walking around campus she just felt like she could fit right in and find her people. At the beginning of the tour there weren’t that many kids out (maybe in class?) but by the time we circled back around to the admissions office they had emerged. There were lots of free-spirited funky kids. It’s a beautiful woodsy setting in the mountains. Very chill and relaxed atmosphere. D22 was open to the work and service requirement. Great school for quirky kids that like the mountains and outdoors. I got a definite hippie vibe, but H said he didn’t think it was as hippie as it was back in the day. D22 is not a hippie, but definitely a creative spirit.
Asheville is a fun and funky city in a beautiful location. After our tour at WWC and before our tour at UNC-A we stopped at White Duck Tacos and the French Broad Chocolate Factory. Both very delicious!
UNC-Asheville, 15 minutes away from WWC, was our second stop. I liked it more than I thought I might. We walked around the campus last summer in the middle of COVID when no one was around and it was much livelier this time . The facilities were very nice. They have a mix of old and new buildings. Where WWC has a very rustic personal feel and we were only allowed to be outside, the Admissions Officers at UNC-A had a new touch screen and a fair amount of your standard tech bells-n-whistles and we were allowed in the buildings, but had to have masks on which we were happy to comply with. The student union/hub was nice and updated looking when we walked through. I asked our tour guide (who was from Southern California!) if it was a new building and she said part of it was and part had been refurbished. UNC-A is not right in downtown Asheville but there are buses that come through campus and students get a free bus pass so can get downtown easily. UNC-A seemed very LGBTQ friendly. Great view of Mt Pisgah from the library steps. D22 liked it okay, said she’d give it a B+, but said Warren Wilson is the only school she’s felt really excited about so far.
Then we went on to Boone to Grandma’s mountain house. Boone is a real college town and downtown was hopping this weekend even w/o a home football game. D22 is very familiar with Boone and App State and has been adamantly opposed to App State due to knowing too many kids from school and our area that go there. I think it is a good school, though. She did enjoy her time in downtown Boone and I thought I might’ve detected a slight cracking in the icy cold shoulder towards App State, but I would be surprised if she ends up there.
I think she really liked that at Warren Wilson everyone seemed “cool and funky” whereas at App State there’s more of a mix of funky and not so funky. I could see WWC working out well for her. My husband/her dad really liked it too. I liked UNC-A and WWC both and I like App, too, but they are all pretty different except for being in the mountains and all pretty outdoorsy.
Happy to attempt to answer any questions about any of the three.