UNC Asheville offers an adaptive, affordable, and relevant education as the designated liberal arts and sciences campus in the UNC System. Small, dynamic classes, award-winning faculty, and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster connections between curiosity and critical thinking, imagination and impact, opportunity and responsibility.

Focusing on undergraduate studies, the university emboldens students to dig into learning, whether they participate in faculty-mentored research projects, undertake internships, study abroad, or design their own innovative majors. These experiences prepare students for meaningful lives and careers that make an impact—all in the thriving mountain town of Asheville, where every path leads to a new vista.


in National Public Liberal Arts Colleges – U.S. News & World Report’s “2020 Best Colleges”


of students complete undergraduate research


NCAA Division I Teams

The five-year Strategic Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals. Progress toward these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff.

UNC Asheville has prioritized making the following contributions to the UNC System Strategic Plan over the next five years: rural enrollments; rural completions; undergraduate degree efficiency; achievement gaps in undergraduate degree efficiency; and critical workforce credentials.

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Take a 360-degree tour of each of our 16 universities, either on your desktop, laptop, phone, VR headset, or through the GEAR UP NC VR app. The GEAR UP NC VR app is the first of its kind, and the largest VR project for social good to date. This marks the first time a university system has used the technology across all of its institutions.

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UNC Asheville seeks students who want a hands-on, inspiring, and personalized education. Prospective students and families can experience campus during visits and open house opportunities throughout the year, including daily tours, Discovery Days in the fall, and Junior Preview Days in the spring. Admission Counselors, who are dedicated to serving specific regions of NC, out-of-state students, and transfer students, provide individualized support to students as they explore what UNC Asheville can offer and navigate the application and financial aid process.
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Students can choose from more than 30 majors in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The most popular majors include environmental studies, psychology, management/accountancy, biology, and engineering/mechatronics, and students are encouraged to design their own course of study to address new, complex problems. The Liberal Arts Core curriculum introduces students to a range of subjects and ideas and challenges them to look at life from many perspectives, ask important questions, and think creatively.
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UNC Asheville student-athletes compete in 16 NCAA Division I Teams in the Big South Conference. Student-athletes perform on the court, the field, the pool, and in the classroom, as they consistently earn above a grade-point average of 3.0 each year. They also contribute meaningfully to their communities while they make career connections through Leaders for Leaders, a mentoring program that pairs students with community members. Go, Bulldogs!
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