UNC Asheville Ranks in Top 25 Lists for Green Matters, College City and More in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 388 Colleges,” 2023 Edition

The Quad and Mount Pisgah from Ramsey Library steps.
August 19, 2022

UNC Asheville is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2023 edition of The Best 388 Colleges, ranking #6 in the Review’s new “Green Matters: Everyone Cares About Conservation” list, #9 in the “LGBTQ-Friendly” list, and #15 in the “College City Get High Marks” list, among others.

“Since 1992, when we debuted our multiple ranking lists as an alternative to a single academics-only mega list, our mission has been to give students a more useful resource to find the best college for them,” said Rob Franek, Editor-in-Chief of The Princeton Review. “Our selection of the colleges in this book is based on our opinion of their academic offerings. We recommend each one as an academically outstanding choice for an applicant. Our ranking lists, however, are not based on our opinions of the colleges. They’re entirely based on what the schools’ own students have told us about their experiences at them.”

The Princeton Review’s new “Green Matters” list is based on student ratings of administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts. UNC Asheville is also featured on the Green Colleges list, and Best Southeastern Colleges list, which are unranked. The full list of rankings includes:

#6 Green Matters: Everyone Cares About Conservation
#9 LGBTQ-Friendly
#15 College City Get High Marks
#17 Town-Gown Relations are Great
#22 Most Politically Active Students
#25 Best Quality of Life

Many of the student survey responses make an appearance in the publication, providing information and insight into all aspects of the college experience:

“The undergrad experience at University of North Carolina Asheville is rooted in students’ passion for the world around them,” said The Princeton Review, with students highlighting outdoor activities and the vibrant downtown Asheville scene.

“My professors are the best educators that I have ever had in my entire academic career,” said one student, while others touted the benefits of discussion-based courses and how many courses are taught outside or based on extracurricular involvement and action outside of the classroom.

“I’m very proud to be a Bulldog and serve and interact with this empathetic, driven, and creative community,” said another student, while several cited tolerance, improvement in diversity and inclusivity, and bringing awareness to social, political and environmental issues. “A lot of attention” is dedicated to figuring out how to “best uphold our values and respect for each other, the greater world, and the environment.

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UNC Asheville’s national reputation for empowering human potential is rooted in its unique student-centric, relationship-rich mission. UNC Asheville thrives on close-knit connections among students and their faculty and staff mentors. The University’s 3,300 students are innovative, ethical, creative and resilient leaders who seek to understand complex global challenges and find creative, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. More than 65% of UNC Asheville students conduct applied research alongside faculty experts.