University of North Carolina at Asheville

One University Hts, Asheville, NC 28804-8510
Tel: (828)251-6600
Public | 3,751 students
The University of North Carolina at Asheville offers a superior liberal arts education for well-prepared students who arecommitted to learning and personal growth. Its education is liberating, promoting the free and rigorous pursuit of truth,respect for differing points of view and heritage, and an understanding that values play a role in thought and action.Through this education the university aims to develop students of broad perspective who think critically and creatively,communicate effectively, and participate actively in their communities. UNCA is North Carolina's only designated publicliberal arts university.

School Overview:

University of North Carolina at Asheville
CountyBuncombe County, NC
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
233 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment3,751 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
3,054 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
697 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
3,693 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
58 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted68%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)540-640450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)530-620460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)510-630440-570
ACT English (25-75%)23-3019-25
ACT Math (25-75%)23-2718-25
ACT Writing (25-75%)6-86-8
ACT Composite (25-75%)24-2820-25

School Notes:

  • UNCA provides undergraduate programs in the arts, the humanities, the natural and social sciences, andin selected pre-professional programs that are solidly grounded in the liberal arts. The university seeks to connect thetraditional liberal arts fields through interdisciplinary studies and to integrate these areas of inquiry with programs thatprepare students for rewarding careers. To enhance and extend the undergraduate programs, UNCA offers an interdisciplinaryMaster of Liberal Arts.
  • The ultimate aim of the university is to provide students the best possible opportunity to acquire theskills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to pursue their goals, to find meaning in their lives, and to take theirplaces as contributing citizens of a changing society. Small classes, a low student-faculty ratio, strong academics, valuable service-learning activities, and a diversity ofexciting and meaningful experiences and relationships, on and off campus, are hallmarks of the UNC Asheville experience.
  • The scenic 265-acre UNCA campus is one mile north of downtown Asheville in the heart of the Blue RidgeMountains. More than a million acres of national parks and forests are at our doorstep for recreational and outdooractivities from mountain biking and backpacking to white-water adventures.
  • UNC Asheville’s reputation as a high-quality public liberal arts university extends beyond the state.UNC Asheville has received national recognition for its integrative approach to the liberal arts, specifically itsUndergraduate Research and Humanities programs. The Princeton Review: the Best 311 Colleges, lists UNCA in this select group,saying, “For students who seek a public education in a smaller campus environment, this is a great choice.” And U.S. News &World Report's annual college rankings places UNCA fourth in the nation among public liberal arts colleges.
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