University of North Carolina Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina, United States
UNC Asheville offers an education that is adaptive, affordable, and endlessly relevant as the only liberal arts and sciences campus in the University of North Carolina System. Our small class size, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster connections between curiosity and critical thinking, courage and challenge, opportunity and responsibility.

Distance Learning Courses

Business & Management (4)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)

About

History

UNC 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. 

Education

UNC Asheville, the headquarters of the Council of Liberal Arts and Colleges (COPLAC), offers more than 30 majors leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and bachelor of fine arts degrees. UNC Asheville also awards a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Research

About 70 percent of students complete original research in their field of study through the university’s nationally recognized Undergraduate Research Program. UNC Asheville founded the National Conference on Undergraduate Research more than 30 years ago.

Career

The Career Center supports the liberal arts mission of UNC Asheville by leading the community in career education. We engage students from their first semester on campus to explore, think critically, make informed decisions, develop relationships, and define their own success in life and work. We accomplish our vision and mission through curriculum integration, comprehensive career coaching, and the facilitation of meaningful relationships between students, employers, and alumni.

Services

Student services

  • UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Student Union is more than just a building! It’s also the living room of campus, serving the university community by providing opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning that align with a liberal arts education and enhance the student experience. 
  • UNC Asheville’s Student Government Association is here to serve students through organization, representation, education, and leadership. We work in collaboration with student organizations, academic departments, university administration, the Association of Student Governments, local Asheville businesses and organizations, and many other partners to advocate for students and enhance the student experience. 

Housing services

  • Each residence hall provides a unique on campus living experience. Numerous programs and activities are presented throughout the semester by our residential education staff. In addition, our Hall Councils provide leadership and involvment opportunities - as well as programs and activities for all residential students.
  • Aside from the convenience of living on campus, our 11 residence halls offer many amenities to make your home at UNC Asheville complete—comfortable rooms, community space, inclusive laundry, kitchen and lounge facilities, and business centers. Students can choose from suites, double and single rooms, and upperclassmen are eligible to live in our apartment-style community The Woods.

Library services

D. Hiden Ramsey Library is the vital center of the pursuit of knowledge at UNC Asheville—inspiring intellectual curiosity, partnering in scholarly endeavors, anticipating information and service needs, exceeding expectations and embodying the university’s highest aims. 

ICT services

  • Expanded basic cable, IPTV, direct and wireless internet
  • Information Technology Services (ITS) provides computing, networking, and technical support services to the UNC Asheville community. We plan, implement, and manage all campus IT needs—from email and web services to virus removal and hardware repairs.

Medical services

UNC Asheville's Health and Counseling Center provides services that are designed to promote and maintain the health of all students to maximize academic success. The staff engages students in a variety of health promotion activities that focus on topics relevant to most college students including stress management skills, healthy eating behaviors, safer sex, and mature choices about alcohol use. 

Student Life

Campus life

Our university is situated in one of the most vibrant cities in the Southeast. With a population of 87,000 in the city and 391,000 in nearby metro areas, Asheville offers an inviting downtown, exciting outdoor adventures, a thriving arts community and an array of eclectic dining opportunities.

Sports facilities

  • Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
  • Greenwood Baseball Field
  • Greenwood Soccer Field
  • Justice Center
  • Justice Center Pool
  • Kimmel Arena
  • Olympic Weight Room
  • Wilma M. Sherrill Center
  • Straus Track
  • Women's Golf Courses

Student clubs

  • Basketball (Men’s)
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Co-ed)
  • Equestrian (Co-ed)
  • Running (Co-ed)
  • Ultimate (Men’s)
  • Ultimate (Women’s)

Accreditation

University of North Carolina Asheville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees and one masters degree. For questions about the accreditation of University of North Carolina Asheville, please contact:

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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