UNC Asheville Admissions Information

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

University of North Carolina Asheville
University of North Carolina Asheville. Blue Bullfrog / Flickr

With a 76 percent acceptance rate, the University of North Carolina Asheville has largely open admissions. Successful applicants typically have unweighted GPAs in the "B+" range or higher, and SAT/ACT scores that are at least a little above average. The majority of admitted students had averages in the "A" range. The admissions process is holistic, so non-empirical measures such as essays, extracurricular involvement, and a letter of recommendation can all play a role in the decision of the admissions committee.

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Admissions Data (2016)

UNC Asheville Description

The University of North Carolina at Asheville is the designated liberal arts college of the UNC system. The school's focus is almost entirely on undergraduate education, so students can expect more interaction with the faculty than at many large state universities.

Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, UNCA provides an unusual mix of a small liberal arts college atmosphere with the low price tag of a state university. In athletics, the UNC Asheville Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 3,821 (3,798 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42 percent male / 58 percent female
  • 85 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,977 (in-state); $23,372 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200
  • Room and Board: $8,746
  • Other Expenses: $2,400
  • Total Cost: $19,323 (in-state); $35,718 (out-of-state)

UNC Asheville Financial Aid (2015-16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 76 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 65 percent
    • Loans: 53 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,362
    • Loans: $5,681

Academic Programs

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 78 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 19 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 39 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 62 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Swimming, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Track and Field

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UNC Asheville Mission Statement:

complete mission statement can be found at the UNC Asheville website

"UNC Asheville is distinctive in the UNC system as its designated liberal arts university. Our practice of the liberal arts emphasizes the centrality of learning and discovery through exemplary teaching, innovative scholarship, creative expression, co-curricular activities, undergraduate research, engaged service, and practical experience. UNC Asheville is primarily undergraduate, with all programs of study leading to the bachelor’s degree, with the exceptions of teacher licensure programs and the master’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (MLAS).

UNC Asheville offers a liberal arts education characterized by high quality faculty-student interaction. We offer this challenging educational experience to all promising students who are committed to liberal learning and personal growth..."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics