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University of North Carolina Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina, United States
As the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Small class size, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster innovation as well as recognition.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (6)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Business & Management (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



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. 


We believe true understanding comes from making connections between ideas, from studying problems and concepts in context. That conviction is the heart of the liberal arts education you’ll find at UNC Asheville. It’s a multifaceted approach that introduces students to the arts of the intellect through the full spectrum of knowledge — liberal only in the breadth of ideas and perspectives.


The University Research Scholar (URS) designation is awarded to graduating seniors for outstanding performance in undergraduate research. If you have a nomination or you should be a nominee for the URS designation, please fill out the URS form by the deadlines listed above. URPAC will review the nominations and forward a list of eligible students to Graduation.


Students are encouraged to understand themselves and their interests in relation to the world of work by taking the Strong interest inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality inventory and/or StrengthsFinder. A Career Coach will interpret the results and help you learn how to apply your gifts in making decisions about your major and career path. 

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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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.

Library services

Ramsey Library supports the learning, research and community missions of the University of North Carolina Asheville by providing information in formats from traditional to cutting-edge technology; offering group instruction and individual consultation in locating and using resources; and exhibiting leadership for the academic community in the means of accessing and best utilizing information. 

ICT services

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

Living on campus puts you right in the middle of your Bulldog community! You will be a stone's throw from Highsmith Union, the Dining Hall, Ramsey Library, the Student Recreation Center, the Sherrill Center, and of course your classes!  Aside from the convenience of living on campus, our residence halls offer lots of amenities to make your home at UNC Asheville complete - comfortable rooms, community space, expanded basic cable, direct and wireless internet, inclusive laundry, kitchen and lounge facilities, and computer labs.

Sports facilities

The Campus Recreation Department is housed in the Student Recreation Center between Justice Gym and the Sherrill Center on the UNC Asheville Campus. The facility accommodates varying types of recreational activities accessible to students, faculty, staff, and eligible members with a valid OneCard or Recreation Pass. In addition, the department is responsible for off-site facilities available to the community.

Student clubs

With more than 60 clubs and organizations, there’s something for everyone, including service clubs, sports clubs, honor societies and art groups. You can join a campus fraternity or sorority, take part in Student Government, sing in the Studio 18 Vocal Jazz Ensemble or exercise your mind in the Missing Links Biology Club.

Student Reviews

New Media (Interactive Track)
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The UNC Asheville New Media program is a bit unusual, a bit unorthodox, and something that pushed me to take creative risks, pushing me forward in my design, web development, and art practice. The Interactive track has incredibly supportive, creatively enriching, and well-practiced faculty. I feel that I was prepared for a career as a designer and new media artist, given...

Asheville, North Carolina, United States