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: 2014 Edition (January 2014).
UNC Asheville is one of the nation's best values in public colleges, ranked fifth among small public colleges nationally, with the sixth lowest total cost of attending for in-state students, and the eighth lowest average debt among graduates. - Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine (online, December 2013, with update in March, 2014)
Asheville is named one of “America’s Best College Towns,” earning an eighth place national ranking with its outdoor recreation opportunities, concerts and restaurants cited as “the kind of everyman pleasures that appeal to students of UNC Asheville and visitors alike.” – Travel + Leisure magazine (November 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)