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University of North Carolina at Asheville Overview

University of North Carolina at Asheville is a public institution situated in Asheville, North Carolina. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is University of North Carolina at Asheville Known For?

874 Undergraduate Awards
$28,809 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at UNCA.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 71% of the faculty were full-time.

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University of North Carolina at Asheville Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UNCA.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#12 Most Popular General Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Most Popular General Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Most Popular Natural Resources Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Most Popular Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#166 Most Popular Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#176 Most Popular Chemistry Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#208 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is University of North Carolina at Asheville?

Location of University of North Carolina at Asheville

Contact details for UNCA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804-8510
Phone: 828-251-6600
Website: https://www.unca.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNCAsheville
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UncAvl

How Do I Get Into UNCA?

You can apply to UNCA online at: https://www.unca.edu/admission/apply/

Admission Requirements for UNCA

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UNCA?

80% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
52% Submit SAT Scores
UNCA has an acceptance rate of 80%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Average Test Scores

About 52% of students accepted to UNCA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 650. Math scores were between 530 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of North Carolina at Asheville  ( 550 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of North Carolina at Asheville  ( 530 to 610 )
200
800
UNCA received ACT scores from 46% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 21 and 26. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for University of North Carolina at Asheville  ( 22 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of North Carolina at Asheville  ( 21 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of North Carolina at Asheville  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of North Carolina at Asheville?

$28,809 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
7.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UNCA is $28,809. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UNCA, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $6,070 a year. That adds up to $24,280 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UNCA is 7.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

University of North Carolina at Asheville Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,036 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,587 undergraduate students at UNCA, with 3,036 being full-time and 551 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UNCA

There are also 13 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,036 full-time undergraduates at UNCA, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UNCA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of North Carolina at Asheville students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UNCA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 60
Black or African American 166
Hispanic or Latino 263
White 2,241
International Students 43
Other Races/Ethnicities 263

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at University of North Carolina at Asheville. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 17 countries are represented at UNCA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are United Kingdom, Ecuador, and Albania.

Online Learning at University of North Carolina at Asheville

61 Took All Classes Online
299 Took At Least One Class Online
1,453.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 299 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UNCA has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of UNCA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of North Carolina at Asheville was 1,453.0%. This is the #65 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UNCA regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of North Carolina at Asheville Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
General Psychology 102 0 102
Natural Resources Conservation 72 0 72
General Biology 60 0 60
Business Administration & Management 56 0 56
Public Health 51 0 51
General Visual & Performing Arts 51 0 51
Fine & Studio Arts 43 0 43
Communication & Media Studies 42 0 42
General English Literature 34 0 34
Political Science & Government 33 0 33
General Engineering 31 0 31
Computer Science 30 0 30
History 28 0 28
Economics 28 0 28
Liberal Arts General Studies 19 8 27
Sociology 26 0 26
Mathematics 25 0 25
Chemistry 23 0 23
Music 17 0 17
Accounting 16 0 16
Romance Languages 16 0 16
Anthropology 12 0 12
Physics 11 0 11
Drama & Theater Arts 11 0 11
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 8 0 8
Religious Studies 7 0 7
Ethnic Studies 6 0 6
Classical Languages & Literature 6 0 6
Philosophy 6 0 6
Germanic Languages 4 0 4
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0
TOTAL 874 8 882

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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