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Academics

As the only dedicated liberal arts school in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville brings its "seriously creative" focus to academic achievement through interdisciplinary exploration. With an enrollment of just over 3,800, the school "promotes the use of imagination and thinking outside of the box, inside and outside of the classroom," and "there are many programs to assist students with school work and other issues." Students are given the opportunity to be as actively engaged as they wish, and UNC Asheville offers "many opportunities for students to give input into perspective changes to the school." "At UNC Asheville we become our true selves, learn to think critically and become aware of why we have the incredible rights to do just that," says a student.Classes themselves are "generally easy to get into," and facilities are "mostly top notch." Most people's favorite part of the university is the faculty, who are "engaged, helpful, thoughtful scholars and educators." These professors are "incredible at bringing new knowledge and facts and explaining both, while also leaving us enough room to formulate and even question our own opinions." Many "strive to be creative and flexible with their delivery," and the small class sizes allow students to build one-on-one relationships with professors and "feel more like a peer than a number in the classroom." Teachers here mirror the "down-to-earth vibe" of the school and town and "have a personal style that is more relaxed. This doesn't say anything about who they are as people, but I feel it does contribute to them being more approachable," says a student.

Student Body

The UNC Asheville student body "a diverse group of students, both intellectually and ethnically, but it's also the South, and everyone here is extremely friendly." "If you smile at anyone, they will talk to you for thirty minutes," says a student. People here are "unique, passionate, aware" and "quick to embrace new equality battles, with all the good and bad that entails." Activism and intellectual exploration are paramount, and all here are "committed to thinking critically, questioning each other and our viewpoints, asking questions, and receiving diverse answers with almost no fear or worry of rudeness or ignorance from each other." The UNC Asheville crew share a lot of common traits: "eclectic, artsy, [and] musical"; "socially engaged, probably voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary"; and "backpacking gear in their car (which is probably a Subaru), probably is really good at one or more of the following: biking, climbing, paddling."

Campus Life

Many of the students at UNC Asheville "embrace of the hippie culture of Asheville." Students "go off campus a lot" ("Even as a first-year it was easy," says a student), and there are plenty of "incredible downtown Asheville choices," from "endless café and coffee shops for hanging out and studying" to an "amazing local food scene" to music and comedy venues. Student describe UNC Asheville as "more of a get-together kind of school [with] less athletics and big parties" and more of a "low-key vibe." For fun people usually "spend lots of time in nature and outside" (the Blue Ridge Mountains are nearby), "swim in the dozens of waterfalls around here," or "sit on the quad and lay in the sun when it is nice out." There are "always students throwing a disc on the quad, slack-lining, or walking in the botanical gardens."

Overview

Applicants
3,433
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.48

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 590

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 630

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15

Regular — February 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
332
with Terminal Degree
242

169
Men
163
Women
49
Minority
10
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
62%

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


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

Ryan Dull
Pitcher for Oakland A's

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
62%

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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,040

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,778

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,445

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
53%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,026

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,943

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
3,806
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

1.99%
Asian
4.39%
African-American
6.06%
Hispanic
78.45%
Caucasian
3.52%
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
38%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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
Joshua Kaufman

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
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
69
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
2
Number of Religious Organizations
10

3% join a fraternity
3% 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

88/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% 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

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
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
Argo Tea 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 Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
plewis@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

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 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.


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