News & Events
September 10, 2013
UNC Asheville maintained its high standing in U.S. News & World Report’s new “Best Colleges 2014” rankings, released online today. For the second consecutive year, the U.S. News & World Report rankings rate UNC Asheville as the seventh best public liberal arts college in the nation.
U.S. News & World Report ranked 247 liberal arts colleges, 220 private and 27 public, in its survey. For the 2014 rankings, the magazine adjusted the relative weight of certain factors, but continued to base its evaluation on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, commitment to instruction and class size, student abilities and admissions selectivity, college financial resources and alumni financial support.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are among several accolades UNC Asheville has recently received. In August, Forbes magazine ranked UNC Asheville 20th in the nation on its "Top Colleges 2013: Best Value Colleges" roster.
Also in August, The Princeton Review noted the “top-notch academic experience” that UNC Asheville students receive and ranked the university 13th nationally on its “Town-Gown Relations are Great” list.
In July, the Fiske Guide to Colleges named UNC Asheville a “Best Buy” among the nation's top colleges, and for the 10th consecutive year, UNC Asheville's Environmental Studies Program was highlighted as showing unusual strength in preparing students for careers. UNC Asheville also was cited as a “best value” by both The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.