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 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)