Facts and Figures

With about 3,900 students from 37 states and 28 countries, UNC Asheville is one of the nation's top public liberal arts universities and one of the 17 institutions in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville offers more than 30 majors leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and bachelor of fine arts degrees. UNC Asheville also awards a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


  • Average Lecture/Seminar Class Size: 20
  • Average Lab/Studio Class Size: 18
  • Most Popular Majors by Enrollment (Fall 2015): Environmental Studies, Psychology, Biology, Health and Wellness Promotion, Management, English and Engineering
  • Fulbright Awards: 45 students and alumni have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarships
  • Undergraduate Research: More than 60 percent of students complete original research in their field of study through the university's nationally recognized Undergraduate Research Program. UNC Asheville founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 30 years ago.
  • Study Abroad and Study Away: 17 percent of students who graduated between 2011 and 2015 took advantage of learning opportunities in other countries while enrolled at UNC Asheville.
  • Faculty: 216 full-time faculty members, 86 percent with terminal degrees
  • COPLAC: UNC Asheville is the headquarters for the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a 29-member organization of state-supported liberal arts colleges that recognize the importance of liberal arts and sciences education for success in a complex global society. 

Campus Life

  • Residence Halls: 37 percent of degree-seeking undergraduates live on campus, while another third live within a one-mile radius of campus.
  • Athletics: 16 NCAA Division 1 teams
  • Student Groups: More than 60 clubs and organizations, ranging from honor societies to intramural sports
  • Intercultural Center & Office of Multicultural Student Programs: The Intercultural Center houses comfortable spaces for meetings, social events and programs involving such diverse groups as Alliance, (ASIA) Asheville Students Interested in Asia, Black Students Association, Herman@s Orgullos@s en Las Americas (HOLA) and Hillel.
  • The Sherrill Center:  Wilma M. Sherrill Center is the university's largest facility, offering a range of academic and outreach programs focused on healthy living and wellness promotion. The center is home to the Kimmel Arena and to the academic Department of Health and Wellness, with classrooms, dedicated space for undergraduate research, a high-tech teaching/demonstration kitchen, and research and learning labs. The Sherrill Center includes an expansive fitness center, a biofeedback lab and meditation room, and the Wellness Café.
  • Kimmel Arena: The Kimmel Arena, which is part of the Sherrill Center, can seat up to 3,800 people for concerts, commencements, convocations, lectures, intercollegiate men’s and women’s basketball games, health fairs, and community events.


U.S. News & World Report

UNC Asheville ranks eighth in the nation among public liberal arts colleges. - U.S. News & World Report's "2016 Best Colleges" (September 2015).

The Princeton Review

UNC Asheville ranks first nationally on the "Best Schools for Making an Impact" list - The Princeton Review guidebook, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In - 2016 Edition. (February 2016)

The Princeton Review features UNC Asheville among “The Best 380 Colleges,” selected primarily based on academic strength and surveys of students. Students quoted said: UNC Asheville’s professors “are brilliant and are invested in their students.” “Lectures are a rarity and most [class] time is spent in discussion.” UNC Asheville’s environment is “incredibly welcoming and open-minded.” “A personalized, liberal arts education at a public school price.” “A smaller university in a beautiful city,” a “perfect student town” that offers “incredible restaurants, night life, music, dancing, and more.” – The Princeton Review’s The Best 380 Colleges – 2016 Edition (August 2015)

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, 2016 Edition (July 2015)

For 12 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, 2016 Edition (July 2015)

Kiplinger's "Best Values in Public Colleges"

UNC Asheville is one of the nation's best values in public colleges, ranking 48th nationally as a value for in-state students. Kiplinger ranks UNC Asheville as having the sixth lowest total cost of attending for in-state students, and the 21st lowest average debt among graduates of public universities nationally. - Kiplinger's "Best Values in Public Colleges" (online, December 2015)

Military Friendly® Schools

UNC Asheville has been designated a 2016 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.” – 2016 Military Friendly® Schools and Employers (November, 2015)

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.

Travel + Leisure Magazine

Asheville was named No. 10 among the “World's Best Cities” in the U.S. and Canada (July 2015).


  • Mean SAT Score for First-Year Students: 1165 (Critical Reading + Math, Fall 2015)
  • Average Yearly Cost (includes tuition, fees, housing and dining services, 2015-16):
    • In-State: $14,937
    • Out-of-State: $30,551

Financial Aid

More than 68 percent of students receive financial aid, with more than 70 percent of financial need met for an average recipient.