Why UNC Asheville?

When you picture yourself at college, what do you see? Whatever your vision—whether it’s spending late nights in the lab, becoming friends for life with your hallmates, or taking classes that turn your passions into your purpose—your future is distinctively yours.

You’re an original, and that’s why we see you at UNC Asheville. As North Carolina’s designated public liberal arts and sciences university, we dare to connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility.

We founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, giving each of our 3,300 students the chance to conduct master’s-level research alongside faculty mentors. Our students and faculty engineered the largest public art installation ever shown in Times Square. We offer an education that’s affordable and endlessly relevant, and we get to do it in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, one of America’s great small cities, with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

The next time you picture yourself at college, think about the unique experience you want to have. And remember that we want your voice, your vision, and your original mind to flourish with us at UNC Asheville.

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