Overview

Applicants
3,324
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average HS GPA
3.42

GPA Breakdown

19%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

Deadlines


Early Action
November 15

Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
316
with Terminal Degree
230

159
Men
157
Women
48
Minority
9
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
36%
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 Administration and Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

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


Students Say

Located in Asheville in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, the University of North Carolina at Asheville is "a liberal arts university, and the only public one in North Carolina, with a focus on undergraduate students," with a goal of giving "students a very diverse education and experience while still emphasizing a focus on [their] areas of interest." Students say their school is "all about creating a positive, creative, and open learning community to prepare students to be socially aware, productive members of society" and describe their peers as "fun, quirky, open-minded, adventurous, nature and peace-loving, and cognizant." Popular majors include psychology, English literature, and environmental studies, and one student admits, "We are kind of a nerd school, and that's pretty great." Students praise the "small class sizes," the "undergraduate research opportunities" and say that the "small liberal arts atmosphere ensures that every student who wants to has the opportunity to create relationships with professors and get research and internship opportunities that would be more exclusive at other schools, and it also allows students to take classes in a wide variety of disciplines." Professors on the whole are "incredibly smart, kind, and compassionate" and their "passion for their subject is rivaled [only] by their love for teaching." Overall, "The work load is substantial, but not unmanageable" and "Although studying is very important here, everyone makes an effort to make time for their hobbies."

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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Mike Guggino
Musician, Steep Canyon Rangers

Wiley Cash
Author

Jennifer Forsyth
National Editor, Wall Street Journal

Gary Lancaster
IBM Manager Director HSBC Holdings

Ko Barrett
Deputy Director of the Climate Program Office, NOAA

John Williams
Harlem Globetrotter

Andrew Heath
North Carolina Budget Director

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
36%
Graduate in 5 years
56%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$35,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$59,600

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$35,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$63,100

Percent High Job Meaning
64%

Percent STEM
18%


Students Say

The Career Center offers counseling, resume review, and provides students with a detailed Career Action Plan to guide them along the right path, and holds an annual Career and Graduate School Fair for employer-student networking purposes. The Center’s online job search tool RockyLink can also be utilized to look for internships, part-, and full-time employment. Academic departments sponsor career exploration workshops throughout the year, and many departments offer courses that are accompanied by an internship to help understand real world applications. Of the UNC Asheville graduates who visited PayScale.com, 62 percent reported a high level of societal impact through their jobs.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

The already low in-state tuition of $3,849 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, 71 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 résumé, and the stress on real-world application gets students job-ready before they even set foot outside the mountains. Students have access to the small class sizes and strong community relationships of a small private school at a state school price.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,995

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,650

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,635

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,483

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,109

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,041
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$20,436
Required Fees
$2,936
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters
$2,200

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,746
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,858
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

1.57%
Asian
4.19%
African-American
5.02%
Hispanic
80.43%
Caucasian
3.85%
Unknown

56% female
44% male
11% are out of state
85% are full time
15% are part time

Students Say

While social diversity is acknowledged and appreciated on campus— "Conformity is not a word that will come to mind at UNCA" and "very LGBTfriendly"—the school is admittedly "not racially diverse," though students say, "The school is actively trying to create a more racially diverse environment." "Everyone is overall very accepting and very friendly." The typical UNCA student is "hard-working and dedicated but also [knows] how to have fun." For the most part, "The students are quite liberal, open minded, socially and environmentally aware here, so community service is a huge deal." As one student puts it, "Music and art and the outdoors are probably the three main loves of every UNCA student." For the most part, students are "fairly laid back during the day to day, but can become very passionate about subjects they care for."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
39%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Though most first years live on campus, after that, many students live off campus, leading one student to lament the "lack of school spirit." But others counter that "Because of [the] ease of access to national parks and nature, along with great bars, the city and surrounding area are great to also go to during week if free time is available," if students aren't participating in "club activities" or studying. Being in Asheville, which one student describes as "the blue dot in a sea of red," the "majority of the students are liberal or at least centrist Democrats. There are still Republicans and conservatives but [they] make up the minority of the campus." Outdoor activities abound in "western North Carolina such as hiking on the Appalachian Trail, mountain biking in the Pisgah National Forest, kayaking and rafting on first class whitewater rivers and creeks and skiing in the winter." Students rave that the small but bustling city of Asheville "has so much to offer downtown and the food, especially, is amazing." When it comes to finding your niche on campus, as one student puts it, "There are so many diverse clubs I couldn't list them all. There isn't really one big thing that everyone is interested in." In keeping with UNCA's dedication to social justice, "Protests and political activism is popular." Says one student, "We aren't known to be a huge party school and we tend to take part in more constructive social activities."

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
62
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
8

2% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

9% participate in intramural sports
6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
7 Sports

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

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
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


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
38

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
Campus 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: https://www.unca.edu/accommodations for a list of local accomodations and rates.