Rankings

A "Best Buy" university by The Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2017

#2 Nationally for "Making an Impact" by The Princeton Review, 2018

#7 in National Public Liberal Arts College by U.S. News & World Report, 2018


U.S. News & World Report

UNC Asheville ranks seventh in the nation among public liberal arts colleges. U.S. News & World Report also listed UNC Asheville’s Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects Program, and the university’s Department of Management & Accountancy as among the nation’s best. UNC Asheville also is included in the U.S. News “A+ Schools for B Students” list which recognizes schools that seek and admit a broad and engaged student body, and where spirit and hard work, individuality and seriousness of purpose are valued by the admissions office. – U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Best Colleges” (September 2017).

The Princeton Review

UNC Asheville is ranked in the top two nationally on the “Best Schools for Making an Impact” list – No. 1 in 2016 and No. 2 in 2018 – The Princeton Review guidebook, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2016 & ’18 Editions. (February 2016 and January 2018)

The Princeton Review features UNC Asheville in its Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition. (September, 2017)

The Princeton Review features UNC Asheville among The Best 382 Colleges, earning a spot on two of the top 20 lists, coming in at No. 18 for “Town-Gown Relations are Great” and No. 20 for “College City Gets High Marks.” The Princeton Review selected the 382 colleges and universities based on academic strength and surveys of students. Students quoted said, “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.’” Students also cite “incredible downtown Asheville choices” and an “amazing local food scene,” as well as the Blue Ridge Mountains and time spent outdoors. – The Princeton Review’s The Best 382 Colleges – 2018 Edition (August 2017)

WNC Sierra Club

UNC Asheville was named “Green University of the Year” by the Sierra Club of Western North Carolina. In announcing the award, the Wenoca Chapter cited UNC Asheville’s significant sustainablity initiatives and the work of the university’s Student Environmental Center. (December 2016)

The Fiske Guide to Colleges

UNC Asheville is once again named a “Best Buy,” along with UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University – the only North Carolina public universities to earn a place on this international ranking list reflecting academic quality and affordability. – The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 (July 2017)

For 14 consecutive years, UNC Asheville’s Environmental Studies Program has been named to the list of pre-professional programs with unusual strength in preparing students for careers. – The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 Edition (July 2017)

Kiplinger’s Best College Values

UNC Asheville is among the top 100 best values in public colleges, ranking ninth nationally in lowest total cost of attending for in-state students. – Kiplinger’s Best College Values (online, December 2017)

Military Friendly® Schools

UNC Asheville was designated a 2017 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, a service-disabled, veteran-owned business. “UNC Asheville is an excellent choice for military members because it provides an exceptional Liberal Arts education at a public institution price. … It also is home to a veteran student organization, the Veterans Alliance, and proactively seeks to support Veterans in their transition into Higher Education.” – 2017 Military Friendly® Schools and Employers (November, 2016)