See what students say:

Academics

Offering “small class sizes,” “local art culture,” and “environmental sustainability,” UNC Asheville is “the only public liberal arts school” in North Carolina. Professors are “some of the best in their respective fields” and “have time to invest interest in your individual advancement—not only in the course, but in your life…may come to you with job, internship or volunteer opportunities.” Students praise the fruitful relationships with faculty and opportunities for hands-on research. Says one firstyear student, “I…am able to be a research assistant to a teacher who is working on a cloud computing model for ALS research, an amazing opportunity that I only would get at UNC Asheville.” Students also have opportunities to learn through experiences like the campus “bee garden,” field trips (e.g., “climbing up Roan Mountain for Earth History”; “visiting a Cherokee Indian reservation and the Katua mound, a sacred Native American site, with an indigenous studies class”; and “hiking through Asheville for an honors history honors course.”) There is actually a space designated the “Outdoor Classroom,” “where any class can go—not just environmental classes.” UNC Asheville offers an emphasis on service-learning courses, as well, which does “a lot of work in schools and through afterschool programs,” or helping “prepare actual tax returns for low-income families in the area.” One student says “because western North Carolina has such rich history, biodiversity, and social issues, it attracts wonderful and passionate intellectuals, and as a result, UNC Asheville has an exceptional team of professors.” Others describe faculty as “incredibly passionate about their subjects,” and invested in student learning in “holistic, intersectional ways.”

Student Body

“My peers are inquisitive, mindful, compassionate, and hungry for justice,” says one student. “They go to extremes to live sustainably and waste-free, on and off campus.” Parties usually mean “student bands performing in a basement” with many “intellectual conversations” going on upstairs and “vegetarian potluck dishes spread around the house.” Students at UNC Asheville also truly “care about the environment,” and are generally “compassionate,” “open-minded,” and “accepting.” There is a large LGBTQ population within a culture that has all students regularly asking for others’ preferred pronouns. Communicating one’s political beliefs is “basically chill” in that “everyone can voice their opinions…and people don’t try to…force an argument.” The campus gardens “grow healthy organic food and also offer a place for students to experiment with metal art and design.”

Campus Life

UNC Asheville students feel that they are truly cared for from the day they step on campus: “The university’s intense focus on physical and mental health,” says one student, “make[s] it harder to burnout during one’s [otherwise] stressful first year.” The school’s proximity to the city of Asheville “makes it easy for students to get offcampus jobs and explore the downtown scene safely,” especially as “the bus system goes through campus.” The “town and the mountains make living here an exceptional experience,” says another student. Another praises the “vibrancy of Asheville” as a music student, where it “was crucial” to be “in a rich music and art scene.” Downtown Asheville offers plenty of dining options as well as “farmers markets and food co-ops,” “thrift stores,” and other shops. With only 3,800 students, the campus is “small” but there is a big “range of activities and clubs.” Most are “required to do service projects, which help students engage with and help out the community.” The botanical gardens are also on campus, which provide both job and research opportunities for budding botanists and environmental science majors, and rest and relaxation for casual strollers. Nice days bring students out to the Quad to study or catch some sun, and the “Free Store,” run by the Student Environmental Center “offers an alternative to our throw-away culture.” UNC Asheville’s “student-led, student-run, and student-funded programming board,” Asheville Campus Entertainment (ACE), plans events ranging from open mic nights to DIY activities.

Overview

Applicants
3,750
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
3.42

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 620
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — August 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
323
with Terminal Degree
227

176
Men
147
Women
44
Minority
10
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
46%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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 History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Digital Arts.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • 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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Mike Guggino
Musician, Steep Canyon Rangers

Wiley Cash
Author

Jennifer Forsyth
National Editor, Wall Street Journal

Steve Woody
Founder and CEO of Avadim Technologies

Ko Barrett
Deputy Director of the Climate Program Office, NOAA

Mike Shildt
Baseball manager for the St. Louis Cardinals

Thomas A. Morris Jr.
Construction Coordinator for The Hunger Games & other films

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
46%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

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


Students Say

It's not surprising to learn that UNC Asheville graduates do well on the job market—they have access to a premiere career center that operates as a one-stop shop for individuals on the job or internship hunt. First-year students can swing by and spend some time exploring careers and college majors, and juniors and seniors often visit for career coaching and advising. The Career Center also hosts many worthwhile events: students can attend weekly employer and graduate school spotlights as well as information sessions with programs like the Peace Corps. Additionally, the university hosts numerous career fairs each academic year. And it runs a robust internship program in which students can earn course credit (upon successful completion).

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,006

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,762

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,706

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,476

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,324

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,246
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$21,594
Required Fees
$3,220
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,340
Transportation for Commuters
$1,100

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,950
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)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,587
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

1.98%
Asian
5.33%
African-American
8.83%
Hispanic
74.28%
Caucasian
3.96%
Unknown

58% female
42% male
11% are out of state
85% are full time
15% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
46%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Academic Accessibility

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Carolyn Ogburn

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Diagnostic statement identifying the disability including ICD or DSM classification. Description of the current functional impact to student's experiences. Assessment method(s) used and assessment score reports used in the determination of the diagnosis, when applicable.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Diagnostic statement identifying the disability including ICD or DSM classification. Description of the current functional impact to student's experiences. Assessment method(s) used and assessment score reports used in the determination of the diagnosis, when applicable.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
79
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
9

1% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

10% participate in intramural sports
7% 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: UNCA Out 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: multiculturalaffairs.unca.edu (Sankofa LLC and Legacy Women)

Sustainability

90/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
2%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell - Dell University Apple - Apple Educational Discounts Cisco - Strategic Relationship Agreement discount

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Nate Corbitt
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
1 University Heights
CPO #1320
Asheville, NC 28804

Phone
828-350-4553

Email
ncorbitt@unca.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sherrill Center for Health and Wellness
Main Campus Quadrangle
Highsmith Union
Asheville Botanical Gardens
Roasted Coffee Shop

Most Popular Places Off Campus
National Parks and Forests, State Parks
Downtown Asheville
Music venues
Semi-pro sports teams
River Arts District
Surrounding areas provide numerous opportunities for hiking, kayaking, cycling, camping, and other outdoor adventures. Downtown Asheville, located less than two miles from campus, is nationally known for its award-winning restaurants, local shops and boutiques, live music, art galleries and museums, and annual festivals.

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 Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
ncorbitt@unca.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Campus Visit Coordinator

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
Must be High School Senior with a valid UNC Asheville application

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. For directions, see: http://www.unca.edu/admissions/directions.asp

Local Accommodations
Please mention UNC Asheville Friends and Family Rate when making your reservations. Rates and availability are subject to change. For a list of local accommodations and rates, please see: https://www.unca.edu/accommodations


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