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 Engineering Program, a joint degree with N.C. State, 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 “2019 Best Colleges” (September 2018).

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 399 Green Colleges – 2018 Edition. (October 2018)

The Princeton Review features UNC Asheville among The Best 384 Colleges and is included in the comprehensive list for “Best Quality of Life.” UNC Asheville also received accolades along with the City of Asheville for the “Town-Gown Relations are Great” category, with opportunities for research, service, and hands-on experience mentioned by students. The Princeton Review selected the 384 colleges and universities based on academic strength and surveys of students. One student quoted said professors are “some of the best in their respective  fields” and “have time to invest interest in your individual advancement—not only in the course, but in your life,” while another praised “the vibrancy of Asheville,” saying “the town and the mountains make living here an exceptional  experience.” – The Princeton Review’s The Best 384 Colleges – 2019 Edition (October 2018)

The Fiske Guide to Colleges

For 15 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 2019 Edition (July 2018)

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 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)

Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business

UNC Asheville proudly maintains accreditation with AACSB International (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business). We join more than 450 U.S. colleges and universities that have met this high standard of excellence. AACSB is the most recognized, rigorous, and prestigious international distinction afforded to programs in management and accountancy. AACSB praised UNC Asheville’s liberal arts mission, characterized by a unique interdisciplinary approach to undergraduate education, and commitment to lifelong learning. Less than one-third of management and accountancy programs in the U.S. earn this recognition and only 5 percent of the 16,000 business programs worldwide are accredited by AACSB.

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)

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 sustainability initiatives and the work of the university’s Student Environmental Center. (December 2016)

Bee Campus USA

UNC Asheville has been a certified Bee Campus USA since 2016 and was the eighth educational institution in the nation to be recognized. The Bee Campus USA designation recognizes educational campuses that commit to a set of practices that support pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, among thousands of other species. (April 2016)

Arbor Day Foundation

UNC Asheville has been designated as a Tree Campus USA since 2018 by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation. (March 2018)