University of North Carolina--Asheville

2014 Quick Stats
1 University Heights

Asheville, NC 28804

Phone: (828) 251-6600
2013-2014 Tuition
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Feb. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#146 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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University of North Carolina--Asheville is a public institution that was founded in 1927. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,693, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 365 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of North Carolina--Asheville's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 146. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,241 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,063 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Ranked as one of the nation's top public liberal arts universities, UNC Asheville is a place for serious scholars who value collaboration and creativity. With small classes, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program, UNC Asheville challenges students to explore many different subjects in a purposefully personal learning environment. Whether you are studying psychology, engineering, environmental science, art or jazz composition, your curriculum will emphasize real-world learning. Located in the vibrant and scenic city of Asheville, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, UNC Asheville offers a nationally ranked curriculum with more than 30 majors at a fraction of the cost of comparable private universities.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1927
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $28,619,515


When applying to University of North Carolina--Asheville, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at University of North Carolina--Asheville is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.8 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.8%
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of North Carolina--Asheville is 14:1, and the school has 54.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of North Carolina--Asheville include: Psychology, General; English Language and Literature, General; Mass Communication/Media Studies; Public Health Education and Promotion; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 32%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 15%
English Language and Literature, General 7%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 7%
Public Health Education and Promotion 7%
Business Administration and Management, General 6%

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Student Life

University of North Carolina--Asheville has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,693, with a gender distribution of 42 percent male students and 58 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. University of North Carolina--Asheville is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,751
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of North Carolina--Asheville offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of North Carolina--Asheville also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of North Carolina--Asheville, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of North Carolina--Asheville.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of North Carolina--Asheville, 56.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,568.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,241 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,063 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,984 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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