2020 AP Institute FAQ

The following are some of the common questions teachers have regarding the AP Summer Institute. If you have any other questions, please contact Nancy Williams at 828.250.2353 or nwilliam@unca.edu.

What is the cost for the institute?

The registration fee for the 2020 AP Summer Institute is $665. This includes College Board endorsed instruction materials, parking on campus, lunch for each day of the institute, snacks during break times, and evening entertainment. Some courses require lab work and have an additional lab fee ($30 for Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Physics; $45 for Computer Science Principles.)

How can I pay for the institute?

Acceptable forms of payment include:

  • Credit card (VISA or MasterCard) - fill out the information on the registration form
  • Check or money order (made out to UNC Asheville) - mail it in with your registration form
  • School credit card (VISA or MasterCard)
  • School purchase order

If your school will be paying for your certification, we are happy to work with you to make the process as easy as possible. We are accustomed to working with schools that have a wide variety of standards and procedures and we are willing to supply whatever paperwork you need. We will also work with teachers and hold your space in the class while the payment details are worked out.

How many CEUs will I receive?

Teachers will receive 3 CEUs upon successful completion of the institute. A certificate for these credits will be provided to teachers who successfully complete the institute.

Will you offer any housing for participants?

On-campus housing will be available at a cost of $325 for the duration of the institute. We offer single-occupancy rooms, with baths connecting two rooms to create a suite. The residence halls at UNC Asheville are newer facilities and are far better than most on other campuses. They are consistently rated among the best in the state. While they are cleaner and nicer than many hotels, they are still residence hall rooms and do not have TVs, art, or other things that you might find in a hotel. All of the residence halls are non-smoking.

What options are available for meals?

Lunch and snacks during breaks are provided Monday through Thursday and are included in the registration fee.

Dinner and breakfast are available on campus in the dining hall for those who wish to pay at the door. It is an all-you-can-eat, dining service with a hot food line, pizza buffet, salad bar, fresh fruit, etc. at every meal.

Additionally, there are a variety of eating locations on Merrimon Avenue, which is less than a mile from campus. Downtown Asheville is about two miles from campus and has many unique cafes and dining destinations.

What day does the institute conclude?

The institute will conclude Thursday by 5pm. Those who are staying on campus may leave on Thursday or stay over Friday night. Intent to stay over Friday night must be indicated at check-in on Sunday night.

What special activities are planned?

A number of great outings are offered at no additional cost to institute participants, though a limited number of spaces are available for each activity. You may sign up for them when you check in for the institute and during breaks.

The Asheville Tourists, Asheville's minor league baseball team, play their games at historic McCormick Field, which is a short drive from UNC Asheville's campus. 

Asheville's Urban Trail, a 1.7 mile walking tour through the streets of downtown Asheville. Asheville's history and past are told through 30 stops, each with public sculptures that function as landmarks along the Urban Trail.

There are optional evening activities planned for participants, but many choose to explore on their own. Downtown Asheville, just over a mile from campus, has a vibrant nightlife and is a mecca of independent restaurants. There is a wonderful walkway/sidewalk between campus and town. 

What is the basic schedule for each day?

8:30 a.m. Workshops begin
10 a.m. Break (snacks provided)
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch in the Dining Hall
2 p.m. Break (snacks provided)
5 p.m. Workshop Wrap-Up
After 5 p.m. Optional Evening Activities

Will I need to bring a computer to the institute?

Many participants will bring a laptop, but it is not required for the workshop. A course packet is provided by College Board for each participant. Institute participants who stay on campus will have access to a computer lab in the evenings.

Where may I park?

When you check-in on campus, we will provide you with a temporary parking pass, which is good for the length of the institute. Due to our small campus size, all classes, meals and lodging are a short walk from each other, and you will be able to park near the building where classes will be held. Once you arrive, you will not need to drive your car, unless you choose to go off campus in the evenings.