With about 3,600 students from 38 states and 24 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 master of liberal arts degrees.
Here are a few more facts and figures.
Average Class Size: 19
Most Popular Majors by Enrollment (Spring 2013): Psychology, Environmental Studies, Literature, Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies
Fulbright Awards: 38 students and alumni have received the prestigious award
Undergraduate Research: More than half 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 more than 25 years ago.
Study Abroad and Study Away: 16 percent of students take advantage of learning opportunities in other states and countries while enrolled at UNC Asheville.
Student Athlete Graduation Rate: UNC Asheville student-athletes have one of the highest graduation rates in the NCAA. Our student-athletes on athletic scholarships who play all four years at UNC Asheville have a 99 percent graduation rate.
Faculty: 213 full-time faculty members, 84 percent with terminal degrees
COPLAC: UNC Asheville is the headquarters for the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a 27-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.
Residence Halls: 39 percent of degree-seeking undergraduates live on campus, while another third live within a one-mile radius of campus.
Athletics: 15 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, Black Students Association, International Student Association, Asian Students in Asheville, Herman@s Orgullos@s en Las Americas (HOLA) and Hillel.
The Sherrill Center: Wilma M. Sherrill Center is the university's newest and largest facility, offering a range of academic and outreach programs focused on healthy living and wellness promotion. The center is home 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 new 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.
UNC Asheville 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 2014" (September 2013).
UNC Asheville offers a "top-notch academic experience," and, based on student survey responses, Asheville is ranked 13th in the nation on the "Town-Gown Relations are Great" list. Students "love the fact that they are nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains" and praised the university's outdoors program, including rock-climbing, caving, hiking and kayaking. - The Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges - 2014 Edition (August 2013)
UNC Asheville ranked 20th nationally in Forbes magazine's "Top Colleges 2013: Best Value Colleges," based on student evaluations of professors, career prospects, student debt levels and graduation rates.Rankings prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. - Forbes Magazine (released online, July 24, 2013)
UNC Asheville is named a "Best Buy," along with UNC-Chapel Hill - the only North Carolina public universities to earn a place on this national ranking list reflecting academic quality and affordability. For ten 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, 2014 Edition (July 2013)
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).
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)
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.
Mean SAT score for incoming freshmen: 1201 (Fall 2013)
Annual In-State Tuition and Fees: $6,241 (2013-14)
Annual Out-of-State Tuition and Fees: $20,063 (2013-14)
Average Annual Housing and Meal Plan Fees: $7,972 (2013-14)
Financial Aid: More than 60 percent of students receive financial aid, with more than 79 percent of students' financial need met.