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University of North Carolina at Asheville

The University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) is a co-educational, four year, public liberal arts university. The university is also known as UNC Asheville. Located in Asheville, Buncombe County, in the U.S. state of North Carolina, UNC Asheville is the only designated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Asheville is member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Location

Address
One University Heights
City
Asheville
State
NC
Zip/Post Code
28804

Contact Information

Phone
Fax
Financial Aid Website

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
3,663
Total Graduate enrollment
41
In State Tuition Fees
$6,392
Out State Tuition Fees
$21,263
ACT Score
24
SAT Score
1771
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.4
Male Female Ratio
44:56
Acceptance Rate
73%
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Application Deadline
February 15
Mission Statement
NULL
Mascot
Rocky the Bulldog
Colors
Blue and White
Conference
Big South

College History

History
NC Asheville was founded in 1927 as Buncombe County Junior College, part of the Buncombe County public school system. In 1930 the school merged with the College of the City of Asheville (founded in 1928) to form Biltmore Junior College. In 1934 the college was renamed Biltmore College and placed in the control of a board of trustees. 1936 brought both a further change of name to Asheville-Biltmore College, and control was transferred to the Asheville City Schools.
 
In 1961 Asheville-Biltmore College moved to the present UNC Asheville campus in north Asheville. In 1963 it became a state-supported four-year college, and awarded its first bachelor's degrees in 1966. Its first residence halls were built in 1967. It adopted its current name in 1969 upon becoming part of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, since 1972 called the University of North Carolina System. It is designated as one of three liberal arts universities within that system, and has been classified as a Liberal Arts I institution since 1992.

College Specialty

Specialty

The school's quality and value has drawn praise from national college guidebooks. UNC Asheville ranks third nationally on the "Best Schools for Making an Impact" list from as part of the new Princeton Review guidebook, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In - 2015 Edition. UNC Asheville is one of the nation's best values in public colleges, with the sixth lowest total cost of attending for in-state students, and the 10th lowest average debt among graduates, according to Kiplinger's "Best Values in Public Colleges." UNC Asheville ranks eighth in the nation among public liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2015." The Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges 2014 Edition says UNC Asheville offers a "top-notch academic experience," and, based on student survey responses, Asheville is ranked 14th 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. UNC Asheville is named a "Best Buy," in The Fiske Guide to Colleges, 2015 Edition, along with UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University - the only North Carolina public universities to earn a place on this international ranking list reflecting academic quality and affordability. For 11 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

Alumni

Alumni
Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times Bestselling author
Anne-Marie Baiynd - author and technical analyst.
Wilma Dykeman – environmentalist
Kenny George – the tallest player (7'7") in NCAA men's basketball history
Topper Shutt - meteorologist
Roy A. Taylor - Member, US Congress - Honorary Doctorate 1986, graduate of Buncombe County Junior College 1929
Ty Wigginton - Major League Baseball player
Jason Faunt - actor

Campus

Campus

Suburban 360 acres

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