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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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