University of North Carolina Asheville
Why UNC Asheville?
When you picture yourself at college, what do you see? Whatever your vision—whether it’s spending late nights in the lab, becoming friends for life with your hallmates, or taking classes that turn your passions into your purpose—your future is distinctively yours.
You’re an original, and that’s why we see you at UNC Asheville. As North Carolina’s designated public liberal arts and sciences university, we dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity, and responsibility.
We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, giving each of our 3,300 students the chance to conduct master’s-level research alongside faculty mentors. Our students and faculty engineered the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer an education that’s affordable and endlessly relevant, and we get to do it in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, one of America’s great small cities, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.
Learning here expands well beyond the classroom walls. Focusing on undergraduate studies, we help students dig into learning, whether they participate in faculty-mentored research projects, undertake career-related internships, study abroad, or join service projects that make a profound impact at home and around the world.
Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in one of America’s great small cities, Asheville, North Carolina, UNC Asheville offers an experience where every path leads to a new vista, where there’s room for every voice, and where the future is a frontier.
The next time you picture yourself at college, think about the unique experience you want to have. And remember that we want your voice, your vision, and your original mind to flourish with us at UNC Asheville.
#8 in National Public Liberal Arts Colleges | U.S. News & World Report, 2023
One of "The Best 388 Colleges" | Princeton Review, 2023
|Named a College of Distinction 2022-2023
Our university is situated in one of the most vibrant cities in the Southeast. With a population of 87,000 in the city and 391,000 in nearby metro areas, Asheville offers an inviting downtown, exciting outdoor adventures, a thriving arts community and an array of eclectic dining opportunities.
There’s always plenty to do in Asheville.
• Average Lecture/Seminar Class Size: 20
• Average Lab/Studio Class Size: 18
• Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
• Most Popular Majors by Enrollment (Fall 2020): Psychology, Environmental Studies, Mass Communication, Biology, Management, Computer Science, and Health and Wellness Promotion
• Fulbright Awards: 49 students and alumni have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarships
• Undergraduate Research: About 70% of students complete original research in their field of study through the university’s nationally recognized Undergraduate Research Program. UNC Asheville founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research more than 30 years ago.
• Study Abroad and Study Away: About 20% of students take advantage of learning opportunities in other countries while enrolled at UNC Asheville.
• Faculty: 220 full-time faculty members, 87% with terminal degrees
• COPLAC: UNC Asheville is the headquarters for the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, an organization of state-supported liberal arts colleges that recognize the importance of liberal arts and sciences education for success in a complex global society.
• Residence Halls: 46% of degree-seeking undergraduates live on campus
• Athletics: 16 NCAA Division 1 teams
• Student Groups: More than 60 clubs and organizations, ranging from honor societies to intramural sports
• Intercultural Center & Office of Multicultural Affairs: The Intercultural Center houses comfortable spaces for meetings, social events and programs involving such diverse groups as Alliance, (ASIA) Asheville Students Interested in Asia, Black Students Association, Hermanos Orgullos en Las Americas (HOLA) and Hillel.