From the School

The University of North Carolina at Asheville is the designated undergraduate liberal arts university in the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina system. The university enrolls 3,500 students in programs in the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, and selected pre-professional areas. Emphasizing the liberal arts since its beginning in 1927 as a small junior college, UNCA joined the University of North Carolina system in 1969 with the distinct mission to provide an undergraduate liberal arts education of superior quality for serious and able students. Consistently rated a "best buy," UNC Asheville earns praise for its strong academics, close faculty-student interactions, small classes, and beautiful mountain setting. The university also has received national recognition for its Undergraduate Research, Integrative Liberal Studies core curriculum, and Humanities programs. Additional special academic opportunities include the honors, study abroad, UNC in Washington semester, and N.C. Teaching Fellows Scholarship programs. With an average class size of nineteen, UNC Asheville focuses on providing a personalized undergraduate education. Twenty-eight graduates in as many years have received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to study abroad. UNC Asheville offers unique opportunities for community service, co-curricular learning, and outdoor recreation in the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. In athletics, UNC Asheville competes at the Division I level of the NCAA in fourteen men's and women's sports, including basketball, cross country, track, soccer, tennis, baseball, and volleyball. Student athletes' graduation rates are among the highest in the NCAA.

Overall

From The School

UNC Asheville is looking for students with diverse backgrounds who thrive on active learning. We believe this happens best on a campus where classes are small, faculty want the best from and for their students, and where there is opportunity for personal growth. Please refer to the www.unca.edu/admissions for the current schedule of application deadlines and notification dates. Admissions professionals review your application individually and evaluate how well your goals and strengths match our educational mission. Additionally, we look for students with a strong, academic high school curriculum with demonstrated achievement and ability to succeed; extra-curricular activities in school and the community, including athletics participation; honors, awards and special talents and skills; and travel and other experiences that support academic achievement. In order to be considered for admission, all applicants must fulfill North Carolina's Minimum Course Requirements: high school diploma from a regionally accredited secondary school; four units of college preparatory English; four units of mathematics including Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry, and an additional mathematics course beyond Algebra II; three units of science including one unit of biological science, one unit of physical science and one laboratory course; two units of social studies, including one unit of United States history; two units of a foreign language (recommended one unit taken in the 12th grade). Transfer students should follow the regular application procedures and must have a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average from all colleges or universities previously attended. Additional information may be requested including an official high school transcript and standardized test scores. Estimated cost for a full-time international student attending UNC Asheville for nine months is approximately $30,000. This includes tuition, fees, room, food, books, health insurance, at least one trip home and miscellaneous expenses. There are no UNC Asheville scholarships available to international students. In order to study in the United States, UNC Asheville assists international students in obtaining a U.S. visa. The I-20 form required to obtain a student visa will be mailed to you with your acceptance letter. UNC Asheville cannot release this form to you until you have been accepted and the university has received a notarized Affidavit of Support and bank statement.

Overview

Applicants
3,173
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.98

GPA Breakdown

69%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 660
SAT Math
540 - 630
SAT Writing
530 - 630
ACT Composite
24 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

From The School


Majors and Degrees Offered

Students select from thirty majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees, with teacher licensure available. The most popular majors according to enrollment figures are management, biology, environmental studies, and psychology. The university offers these majors and minors: art, classics, drama, French, German, history, literature and language, music, philosophy, Spanish, atmospheric sciences, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, health & wellness promotion, mathematics, physics, economics, management, mass communication, multimedia arts, political science, psychology, sociology, accounting, industrial engineering, mechatronics engineering, and a 2+2 joint engineering degree with NC State University. In addition to the above areas, minors are available in all majors plus: Africana studies, anthropology, art history, creative writing, dance, humanities, legal studies, religious studies and sports medicine. Special advising programs are available for pre-health and pre-law. A master of liberal arts program also is offered.

Students Say

Undergrads at UNC—Asheville rave about their top-notch academic experience. Professors are “devoted and passionate [about] their fields of study, and it shows in the classroom.” Importantly, “even though you may not be totally fascinated by the subject initially, the professors’ enthusiasm for each course is contagious.” Students also appreciate Asheville’s “liberal arts approach.” As one senior English lit major says, “It’s wonderful when every semester, at least two seemingly unrelated classes end up teaching the same lessons through different means and subjects.” Though “course material is challenging,” students take solace in knowing that “an A is totally achievable.” This is due in part to the fact that “professors are available and more than willing to assist students outside of class.” One environmental studies major adds, “The classes are small enough that the professors know you by name and seem to care if you do well.” Furthermore, “tutoring sessions…are free and plentiful” for those undergrads who feel that they require more assistance. There are some undergrads who feel that the administration is “relatively detached from school life” and “out of touch with the students,” others tout the deans as being “unusually accessible.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
277
with Terminal Degree
213

149
Men
128
Women
41
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
37%
Graduate in 5 years
56%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Public Health Education and Promotion

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Technology
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Tim Barnwell
Photographer

Wiley Cash
Author

Jennifer Forsyth
National Editor, Wall Street Journal

Mike Guggino
Musician, Steep Canyon Rangers

Gary Lancaster
IBM Managing Director HSBC Holdings

David McConville
Engineer/Artist/ Business Owner, The Elumenati

Ty Wigginton
Baseball All-Star

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition and fees for the 2007-08 academic year are about $4,165 for in-state students and $15,160 for out-of-state students. Estimated annual room and board costs total about $6,230 for both in-state and out-of-state residents. Singleor double-occupancy rooms in one of UNC Asheville's seven residence halls have an estimated annual average cost of about $3,450. The meal plans are $2,780, with Dining Hall service provided by Chartwell's.

Financial Aid

Many UNC Asheville students receive need or merit-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study positions. Full and partial merit awards are available, ranging from $500 to full scholarships at in-state tuition and fees costs. Awards are unified under the University Laurels Scholarships, given to high school seniors with high academic or artistic promise. Some merit scholarships are based on demonstrated financial need. UNCA participated in federal and state Financial Aid programs. Eligibility is determined from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Other scholarships include the North Carolina Teaching Fellowships and UNC Asheville's Leadership Scholarships. To learn more about scholarships, please call the Office of Admissions at 828-251-6481 or 1-800-531-9842.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
87
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

The already low in-state tuition of $3,817 can be subsidized by financial aid in the form of federal, state, local, and institutional grants and scholarships; more than half of students receive some form of aid. In the past year, 77 percent of students’ financial need was met. Additionally, the university’s prestigious merit-based scholarship, the Laurels Scholarship, also provides a variety of awards, including full tuition and fees. The scholarship, which is funded by the generosity of donors, is awarded to entering freshmen who demonstrate high academic achievements.

Bang For Your Buck

UNC Asheville is an inexpensive way to achieve an excellent education, at a school that may be less intimidating than a larger institution. The myriad research opportunities help flesh out a re´sume´, and the stress on real-world application gets students jobready before they even set foot outside the mountains. Students (especially those in-state) have access to the small class sizes and familial relationships of a small private school at a state school price.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,502

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,747

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,473

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$17,696

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,655

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$3,817
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$18,688
Required Fees
$2,575
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Students may join about eighty clubs and interest groups, including a campus newspaper, theatre and musical performance groups, student activities board, departmental clubs and honor societies, Greek-letter sororities and fraternities, and an active Student Government Association. Of special note are the Outdoor and Recreation programs that take advantage of UNC Asheville's ideal Blue Ridge Mountain location. Outdoor trips for mountain biking, hiking, camping, rock climbing, and other activities are geared for both novices and experts. The new Health and Fitness Center is a hub of camps activity, offering state-of-the-art weight training equipment and indoor track and multipurpose courts. Intramurals, club sports and Division I NCAA athletic events are popular with students. Concerts, movies, comedy shows, lectures, art exhibitions, and entertainment of all types are part of the lineup throughout the year. The Cultural and special Events Committee brings nationally known performers to UNCA and the community. Service learning is an important part of the UNC Asheville experience. Students are introduced to community service early in their careers. During orientation they participate in a community-wide service day, Bulldog Day: A Time of Service, when students work with area organizations such as Manna Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and others. Often the activities students begin on Bulldog Day continue throughout their years at UNCA. The Key Center for Service-Learning helps faculty and students integrate community service into the curriculum.

Students Say

UNC—Asheville seems to hold appeal for self-described “hippies.” One sophomore says, “This school attracts the sort of people who get excited about local, organic, dairy-free muffins and sandals made from recycled flax.” Indeed many undergrads “care about the environment, [are] liberal-leaning, enjoy the outdoors, [and are] pretty sociable.” Happily, the university “fosters the idea that individuality is essential,” and students assure us that everyone “is easily accepted here” regardless of political affiliation. Perhaps this acceptance stems from the fact that the campus welcomes students from a variety of “economic backgrounds, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations.” Asheville does manage to attract both a large number of “commuter students” as well as “a lot of nontraditional students.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,736
Out of State
12%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

1.38%
Asian
3.09%
African-American
3.93%
Hispanic
84.29%
Caucasian
3.63%
Unknown

57% female
43% male
12% are out of state
84% are full time
16% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Situated one mile north of downtown Asheville, the 265-acre UNC Asheville campus overlooks the city, Mount Pisgah, and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. It's close to Asheville's shops and nightlife, yet minutes from outdoor adventure amid a million acres of public lands. The campus comprises thirty buildings, situated on two landscaped quadrangles, housing classroom, administration, recreation, and residence facilities. An All American City, Asheville has been described as one of the country's most livable cities. The nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Pisgah and Nantahala national forest offer plenty of space for hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, and more. Asheville's revitalized downtown blends modern life and mountain culture. A varied nightlife, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment appeal to many tastes. Theatre UNCA, the Cultural and Special Events, and the Music and Art departments' activities contribute to the year-round line-up of regional concerts, theatre productions, music and dance festivals, crafts fairs, and other cultural events that are held each year in Asheville. With a growing population of 75,000, Asheville is the business, cultural, and population center of the Western North Carolina region. There is easy highway access via Interstates 40 and 26, and major commercial carriers serve the Asheville Regional Airport. Asheville is 240 miles west of Raleigh, 175 miles north of Atlanta, and 120 miles east of Knoxville.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The university's comprehensive high-speed fiber-optic network connects all campus computers to each other and the rest of the world via Internet. Allowing such innovations as student class registration on the Internet, the network ensures a capability-rich information technology environment that enhances teaching, learning, and the quality of campus life. Our completely wired campus provides extensive computing and networking resources to students, who are encouraged but not required to buy computers. Notable campus facilities include two teleconference centers for distance learning, a renovated and expanded library, versatile 200-seat theatre, music recital halls, new state-of-the-art health and fitness center, new computer labs for the mass communication and multimedia programs, and the University botanical gardens. The Asheville Graduate Center, North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement and Key Center for Service-Learning benefit UNCA undergraduates and the people of the region. Several of UNC Asheville's Academic Programs, including environmental studies and atmospheric sciences, enjoy cooperative relationships with agencies such as the National Climatic Data Center and U.S. Forest Service, whose offices are in Asheville. Students use the natural "laboratories" of nearby national parks and forests.

Off-Campus Opportunities

The university conducts summer programs in Cambridge, France, Honduras, Ecuador, and Greece, and Spain. UNC Asheville has exchange programs with University College, Chester, England and nine German universities. Many other study abroad locations are available through the N.C. Consortium for Study Abroad. The UNCA Classics Department offers a special archaeological summer program that takes place on site at Lithares, Boeotia, Greece. For students who truly want an interdisciplinary experience, UNCA offers special summer study programs, such as the Desert Ecology Study Tour of the American Southwest.

Student Organizations & Activities

Students may join about eighty clubs and interest groups, including a campus newspaper, theatre and musical performance groups, student activities board, departmental clubs and honor societies, Greek-letter sororities and fraternities, and an active Student Government Association. Of special note are the Outdoor and Recreation programs that take advantage of UNC Asheville's ideal Blue Ridge Mountain location. Outdoor trips for mountain biking, hiking, camping, rock climbing, and other activities are geared for both novices and experts. The new Health and Fitness Center is a hub of camps activity, offering state-of-the-art weight training equipment and indoor track and multipurpose courts. Intramurals, club sports and Division I NCAA athletic events are popular with students. Concerts, movies, comedy shows, lectures, art exhibitions, and entertainment of all types are part of the lineup throughout the year. The Cultural and special Events Committee brings nationally known performers to UNCA and the community. Service learning is an important part of the UNC Asheville experience. Students are introduced to community service early in their careers. During orientation they participate in a community-wide service day, Bulldog Day: A Time of Service, when students work with area organizations such as Manna Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and others. Often the activities students begin on Bulldog Day continue throughout their years at UNCA. The Key Center for Service-Learning helps faculty and students integrate community service into the curriculum.

Students Say

With roughly “two-thirds of [the] student [body] living off-campus,” some undergrads warn that life “can be slow on the weekends.” Fortunately, one senior confidently declares that campus life “has started to pick up in the last few years.” Freshman are required to live on campus their first year. Indeed, “students enjoy a wide range of activities” from playing “Frisbee golf on the quad” to attending one of many “lectures” or “basketball games” held on campus. While there is a Greek system, “partying does not define the school.” Many students are “environmentally conscious” and spend a lot of energy helping shape “campus policies, including [instituting] new, reusable take-out boxes from the school cafeteria.” Undergrads love the fact that they are nestled “in the Blue Ridge Mountains.” The university offers a fantastic “outdoors program that [hosts] popular rock-climbing, caving, hiking, and kayaking [trips].” Students also give hometown Asheville high marks. One student says, “You can’t take three steps downtown without tripping over some kind of festival or street performance.” A favorite Asheville activity for many students is “the drum circle” where “people gather every Friday evening (in warm weather), circulating, dancing, thrumming, and drumming. Drummers, amateur to experienced, bring their own instruments to bang upon. People without personal beat abilities twist through the crowds to dance or simply watch from the sidelines.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
40%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
96
First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
95

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
66
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
6

3% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bulldogs)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Alliance is the UNC Asheville student organization dedicated to individuals at the university that identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirit, Intersexed, and Straight Allies. (See: studentactivities.unca.edu/student-organizations-list)

Minority Support Groups: msp.unca.edu - see peer mentoring programs

Sustainability

Green Rating
74

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
31

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell - Dell University Apple - Apple Educational Discounts

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Nate Corbitt
Visit Coordinator

Address
CPO #1320
Asheville, NC 28804

Phone
8283504553

Email
www.unca.edu/admissions

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sherrill Center for Health and Wellness
Main Campus Quadrangle
Highsmith University Union
Asheville Botanical Gardens
Cafe Ramsey in Ramsey Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
National Parks and Forests, State Parks
Downtown Asheville
Music venues
Semi-pro sports teams
Variety of shopping opportunities
Surrounding areas provide numerous opportunities for hiking, kayaking, cycling, etc. Downtown Asheville has museums, restaurants, shopping, live music, festivals, etc.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday-Friday

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.unca.edu/admissions

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Must be High School Senior

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Asheville Regional Airport is located 17 miles south of Asheville. A Greyhound passenger bus terminal is located 3 miles south of campus. Amtrak passenger train service is available in Greenville, SC, 60 miles south of Asheville. UNC Asheville is serviced by public buses (Asheville Transit) and private taxi services.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The Office of Admissions is located in the lower level of the Brown Hall. see: http://www.unca.edu/admissions/directions.asp for directions.

Local Accommodations
Please mention UNC Asheville when making your reservations. Rates and availablility are subject change. Please see: www.unca.edu/admissions/visit/accommodations.html for a list of local accomodations and rates.
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Key Stats

3,173
Applicants
3,736
Size
69%
Acceptance Rate
1200
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists