UNC Asheville Named One of America's "10 Best Colleges for the Money" by Bankrate.com
Tue, 06/28/2011 - 3:17pm
UNC Asheville has been named one of America's "10 best colleges for the money," by Bankrate.com, a leading online source of financial information. UNC Asheville was the only college in North Carolina to earn a place on this list, which was released this month.
Bankrate.com examined the admissions selectivity at the nation's colleges, and net cost for middle-income families, and listed UNC Asheville among the 10 best. "For students with good grades, these institutions are educational steals, thanks to their low tuition costs, generous financial aid packages or innovative aid opportunities," wrote study author Christina Couch.
According to Bankrate.com, UNC Asheville's in-state tuition "is a breeze," and once financial aid is factored in, the University is a significant value for out-of-state students as well: "This public liberal arts school provides enough need-based aid to bring the net price of the school down to less than $8,800 for families with combined incomes of $75,000 or below."
Bankrate.com noted that "small schools provide students with greater one-on-one professor attention," and stressed that UNC Asheville's size, with fewer than 4,000 students, contributes to the high quality of the educational experience.
Others who assess the nation's colleges have come to similar conclusions. In its 2011 "Best Colleges" guidebook, U.S. News and World Report listed UNC Asheville among the nation's liberal arts colleges with the strongest commitment to undergraduate teaching. UNC Asheville was also one of only 25 universities in the nation to make the U.S. News & World Report list of “stellar” schools for undergraduate research/creative projects. UNC Asheville has also been praised as a best value in the most recent rankings from Princeton Review, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance.