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IPEDS ID: 199111
OPE ID: 00290700
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University of North Carolina at Asheville
One University Heights, Asheville, North Carolina 28804-8510
General information:  (828) 251-6600
Website:  www.unca.edu/
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  3,363 (3,358 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  13 to 1
Admissionswww.unca.edu/admission/why-unc-asheville/
Apply Onlinewww.unca.edu/admission/apply/
Financial Aidwww.unca.edu/admission/financial-aid/
Net Price Calculatormeteor.unca.edu/irep/npcalc/npcalc.htm
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteransregistrar.unca.edu/veteran-services
Disability Servicesoaa.unca.edu/
Athletic Graduation Ratesuncabulldogs.com/sports/2007/8/29/1179867.aspx
Mission Statement
  The University of North Carolina Asheville is the state of North Carolina’s designated public liberal arts university and one of the 17 excellent, diverse, and accessible institutions of the UNC System. UNC Asheville’s liberal arts curriculum and approach to teaching and learning emphasize critical thinking, clear and thoughtful expression, undergraduate research, community engagement, and free and open inquiry. Through small class sizes, close collaboration, and high-impact experiences, we are preparing the next generation of leaders and productive citizens to serve North Carolina and the nation.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Of the 3600 students registered with the Office of Academic Accessibility, 397 requested accommodations.
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2020Full timePart time
Total faculty22481
Instructional22481
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
Tuition and fees
In-state$7,145$7,145$7,231$7,2440.2%
Out-of-state$23,868$23,868$24,579$24,5920.1%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,106$9,380$9,660$9,9503.0%
Other$2,464$2,464$2,464$2,4640.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,106$9,380$9,660$9,9503.0%
Other$3,564$3,564$3,564$3,5640.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,564$3,564$3,564$3,5640.0%
Total Expenses2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
In-state
On Campus$19,915$20,189$20,555$20,8581.5%
Off Campus$21,015$21,289$21,655$21,9581.4%
Off Campus with Family$11,909$11,909$11,995$12,0080.1%
Out-of-state
On Campus$36,638$36,912$37,903$38,2060.8%
Off Campus$37,738$38,012$39,003$39,3060.8%
Off Campus with Family$28,632$28,632$29,343$29,3560.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2020-2021
In-state tuition$4,914
In-state fees$3,122
Out-of-state tuition$21,236
Out-of-state fees$3,122
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee planX
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2019-2020
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid160392%————
Grant or scholarship aid58690%$4,145,086$7,074
Federal grants24738%$1,203,216$4,871
Pell grants24638%$1,174,049$4,773
Other federal grants406%$29,167$729
State/local government grant or scholarships28944%$699,601$2,421
Institutional grants or scholarships57788%$2,242,269$3,886
Student loan aid34152%$2,086,413$6,119
Federal student loans33752%$1,718,126$5,098
Other student loans345%$368,287$10,832
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,378$17,424,063$7,327
Pell grants1,258$5,737,778$4,561
Federal student loans1,606$10,088,465$6,282
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2017-20182018-20192019-2020
Average net price$11,804$13,388$13,854
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2017-20182018-20192019-2020
$0 – $30,000$7,867$8,063$8,677
$30,001 – $48,000$8,996$9,634$10,130
$48,001 – $75,000$13,214$11,635$12,644
$75,001 – $110,000$17,020$16,564$16,151
$110,001 and more$19,205$17,827$17,631
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2020
Total enrollment3,363
Undergraduate enrollment3,358
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment313
Graduate enrollment5
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 85%
Part-time: 15%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 43%
Female: 57%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 73%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 82%
25 and over: 18%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 85%
Out-of-state: 13%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 1%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2019.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 0%
Part-time: 100%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 13%
Enrolled in some distance education: 73%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 14%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 20%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 80%
Undergraduate application fee (2020-2021): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2020
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants3,1151,1661,949
Percent admitted79%76%82%
Percent admitted who enrolled24%27%22%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2020 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT33557%
ACT32956%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing540650
SAT Math520620
ACT Composite2128
ACT English2029
ACT Math1926
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 76%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2019 and Returned in Fall 2020
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 61 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2020.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 62%
Transfer-out rate: 24%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 46%
6-year: 63%
8-year: 64%
[Began in Fall 2014]
4-year: 47%
6-year: 62%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2012 or Fall 2014
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 59%
Female: 65%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 67%
Asian: 59%
Black or African American: 75%
Hispanic/Latino: 67%
White: 61%
Two or more races: 71%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 56%
Non-resident alien: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 63%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 29%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 58%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 31%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 65%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 28%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 50%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 63%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 22%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 58%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 20%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 69%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 23%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 51%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 22%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 73%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 19%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 33%
Enrolled at same institution: 3%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2019-2020
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
Women's Studies2--
Category total2--
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General49--
Category total49--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting21--
Business Administration and Management, General63--
Category total84--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies33--
Category total33--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science43--
Category total43--
Engineering
Engineering, General38--
Category total38--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General34--
Category total34--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General2--
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General2--
French Language and Literature1--
German Language and Literature2--
Spanish Language and Literature3--
Category total10--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Public Health Education and Promotion43--
Category total43--
History
History, General22--
Category total22--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies194-
Category total194-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General13--
Category total13--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies58-0
Category total58-0
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy5--
Religion/Religious Studies4--
Category total9--
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General8--
Chemistry, General28--
Physics, General4--
Category total40--
Psychology
Psychology, General92--
Category total92--
Social Sciences
Anthropology, General14--
Economics, General19--
Political Science and Government, General26--
Sociology, General19--
Category total78--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation9--
Art/Art Studies, General30--
Digital Arts44--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General9--
Fine/Studio Arts, General9--
Jazz/Jazz Studies5--
Music Technology7--
Music, General5--
Category total118--
Grand total78540
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2019-2020
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 75
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $6,958
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 100%
Part-time students: 33%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2019-2020 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I without footballMenWomen
All Track Combined8161
Baseball30
Basketball1419
Golf6
Soccer2925
Swimming and Diving28
Tennis98
Volleyball15
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on CollegesAccredited since ((!)07/01/1958)12/12/2023
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
 No Longer Recognized  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schoolsAccredited since (01/01/1990)05/07/2014
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/133863.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape144
d. Fondling333
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault002
i. Burglary072
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence011
b. Dating violence232
c. Stalking255
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.201
b. Drug abuse violations269
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.021
b. Drug abuse violations344070
c. Liquor law violations523229
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape144
d. Fondling331
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary021
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence010
b. Dating violence031
c. Stalking150
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.001
b. Drug abuse violations006
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.021
b. Drug abuse violations292745
c. Liquor law violations522923
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201820172016
Default rate5.8%5.7%7.6%
Number in default464762
Number in repayment782814806
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)