UNC Asheville is consistently recognized for academic quality, student access to faculty, quality of life both on campus and in town, and great value. Here are the most recent rankings:
UNC Asheville is among just 75 institutions nationwide noted as a "Best Value" public college. - The Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition" (February 2013) . See the news release about the Princeton Review ranking.
UNC Asheville now ranks seventh in the nation among Public Liberal Arts Colleges, and is the only North Carolina institution listed among National Liberal Arts Colleges whose students graduate with the least amount of debt. - U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2013" (September 2012). See the news release about the U.S. News & World Report ranking.
UNC Asheville offers a "top-notch academic experience," and, based on student survey responses, UNC Asheville is ranked 11th in the nation on the "college city gets high marks" list. - The Princeton Review's "The Best 377 Colleges - 2013 Edition" (August 2012). See the news release about The Princeton Review's Best 377 Colleges rankings.
UNC Asheville is ranked 21st among the nation's "Top 100 Best Buy Colleges" by Forbes magazine rankings prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C. (August 2012). Of the eight universities in North Carolina that made the list, only UNC-Chapel Hill, at 13th, ranked higher than UNC Asheville. See the news release about the Forbes magazine rankings.
"UNC Asheville and the city of Asheville are steeped in whitewater culture more than anywhere else in the world... Aside from their long list of first descents and race wins, UNC Asheville alums and professors also give back to the paddling community." - "Honor Roll: The Best Outdoor Schools in the Blue Ridge" (August 2012) See the full article in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine.
UNC Asheville is "one of the best educational bargains in the country." For nine 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, 2013 Edition (July 2012). See the news release about the Fiske Guide rankings.
UNC Asheville is one of the nation's best values in public colleges, with the fifth lowest total cost of attending for in-state students, and the sixth lowest average debt among graduates. - Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine (online, December 2012). See the news release about the Kiplinger's ranking.