University Of North Carolina At Asheville

University Of North Carolina At Asheville

The University of North Carolina Asheville, also known as UNCA, is a coeducational, four year, public university of liberal arts situated in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. It was established in 1927 as Buncombe County Junior College, part of the Buncombe County Public School System. After a few name and status changes, it adopted its present name in 1969. UNCA is part of the University of North Carolina system. THe university offers bachelor and master degrees and several other professional programs in diverse areas of study.

UNCA's sports teams are nicknamed the Bulldogs. They compete in the NCAA Division I and in the Big South Conference. The Bulldogs are popular for their basketball team.

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Contacting UNC Asheville

University of North Carolina at Asheville
One University Hts
Asheville , NC 28804-8510
General Phone: (828) 251-6600

UNC Asheville Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts216women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, liberal arts and sciences, economics, political science, ...
Therapy and Counseling97psychology
Science81biology, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, physics
Business and Management67business management, operations management, accounting
Conservation and Resource Management54environmental studies
Media45mass communication
Computer Science and Engineering36computer science, web design
Medical Administration29public health education
Art Studies28art studies
Drama and Performing Arts13drama
Fine Arts13fine arts
Music12music, various music studies
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy, religion

Number of programs and degrees for UNC Asheville in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree70433
Master's degree111

UNC Asheville Student Body

In 2007-2008, UNC Asheville had a total enrollment of 3,701 students (3,195 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 99%
Graduate 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 28%
20-21 30%
22-24 20%
25-29 9%
30-34 5%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 3%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina84%
South Carolina1%
New Jersey1%

UNC Asheville Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %
Part-Time 33 %

UNC Asheville Room and Board (2007)

UNC Asheville offers campus housing for 1,147 of its 3,195 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Asheville, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

UNC Asheville Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal540640
SAT Math520620
SAT Writing510620
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math2025
ACT Composite2226

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT18%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

UNC Asheville Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,174
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,504
Room and board $ 6,620
Room charge $ 3,760
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,860
Books and supplies $ 850
Other expenses $ 2,900

Financial Aid:
UNC Asheville participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 290700)

UNC Asheville Faculty

UNC Asheville has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2324
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2618

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year43$90,01415$81,194
Associate professoracademic year28$68,23727$67,363
Assistant professoracademic year25$62,07125$59,960
Lectureracademic year25$48,71816$47,278
No academic rankacademic year1*2*
All faculty totalacademic year122$70,51085$63,518

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UNC Asheville Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Big South Conference
Baseball Big South Conference
Track Big South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports334073

UNC Asheville Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Engineering, General

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Public Health Education and Promotion

Music, General
Music, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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UNC Asheville Highlights

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What Sets UNC Asheville Apart:

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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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