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As an education destination, UNC Asheville dares to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility. We offer an education that is affordable, adaptable and endlessly relevant, all the while rooted in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, one of America’s great small cities.

The academic vigor that UNC Asheville students embrace in the classroom and beyond through our community partnerships prepare them to have a profound impact on the world’s challenges and opportunities.

Your curious, open-minded, leadership-oriented students will thrive here—where every path leads to a new vista and the future is a frontier.

Top 5 Majors

  • Environmental Studies
  • Psychology
  • Management/Accountancy
  • Biology
  • Engineering/Mechatronics

Top Unique Programs

  • BFAs in Music & Art
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Teacher Licensure

Campus Life

3,800 students from 37 states and 28 countries

40% of students live on campus (all first-year students
live on campus)

9 Living Learning Communities focused on academics,
social justice, wellness, and more

16 NCAA Division I Teams

60+ student clubs and organizations, ranging from
honor societies to intramural sports


20 students per class on average

221 full-time faculty members, 87% with terminal degrees

30+ majors in the Humanities, Natural Sciences,
Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

65% of students complete undergraduate research
(UNC Asheville founded the National Conference
on Undergraduate Research 30 years ago)

Outside the Classroom

53% of students complete at least one internship,
and 15% complete two or more

55+ countries for Study Abroad Programs

48 Fulbright awards awarded to students and alumni

2,963 community service hours in the region by student organizations for the year (2018)

Points of Pride

UNC Asheville ranks #8 in National Public Liberal Arts Colleges, by U.S. News & World Report, 2020

One of "America's Best College Values" by Forbes, 2019

Asheville named a Top U.S. Destination by Lonely Planet, 2017

  • One of the Princeton Review’s 2020 best colleges and ranked in the top 20 nationally on several lists, including “Best Quality of Life” and “The City Gets High Marks”
  • UNC Asheville is one of only 5% of programs worldwide to receive accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Students walking by Ponder Hall in the spring

2019-2020 Tuition & Aid

Annual Direct Cost: (includes tuition, fees, housing and dining services)

  • In-State: $16,890
  • Out-of-State: $34,238

68%+ of students receive financial aid, with 73% of need met for an average recipient

25% less debt owed than national averages

Fall 2020 Application Process

Early Decision I (Binding)

  • Apply by November 15, 2019
  • Decision Notification by December 15

Early Decision 2 (Binding)

  • Apply by January 15, 2020
  • Decision Notification by February 1

Regular Decision (Non-binding)

  • Apply by April 1, 2020
  • Decision Notification begins February 15