UNC Asheville: An Original University

At the intersection of what’s known and what’s possible.

Your time at UNC Asheville will inspire you to think, question, create, and act with purpose. 

Relationships are the heart of UNC Asheville. World-class faculty ask tough questions to inspire students toward better solutions. Whether working alongside faculty in the lab, debating economic policy over coffee, or discussing plans for life after college, your world-class faculty will be dedicated to raising your game.

UNC Asheville offers experiences where every path leads to a new vista and where there’s room for every voice. 

Build an original future at UNC Asheville.


UNC Asheville offers an endlessly relevant and adaptable education as a top-ten public liberal arts and sciences university in the nation. Apply Now


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The Best of UNCA

Our crowdsourced guide to the best campus events, mind-blowing classes, life-changing experiences and much more. See Our Viewbook

Original Minds In Action

UNC Asheville’s Original Minds video series highlights our students, faculty and alumni as they connect curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, imagination and impact, and opportunity and responsibility in their work, research and creative projects.

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Quick Facts

Campus Life

3,300 students from 43 states and 17 countries

45% of students live on campus (all first-year students
live on campus)

8 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

70% 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)

#9 in National Public Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report ranking graphic

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