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About UNC Asheville

University of North Carolina Asheville is a public, state school in an urban setting in Asheville, North Carolina. UNC Asheville was founded in 1927 and now enrolls around 3,363 students a year, including 3,358 undergrads.

UNC Asheville offers housing for up to 1,584 students. Most students live off campus, either in nearby housing that is not owned by the college, or

As of 2021, the total market value of UNC Asheville's endowment was $53,521,363 For each full-time student, UNC Asheville spends about $9,897. UNC Asheville employs one full-time professor for every 13 undergrads enrolled.

2021 UNC Asheville Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 79%
Average GPA 3.5
Mean ACT score 25
Mean SAT score 1167
In-State Tuition $4,122
Out-of-State $21,470

UNC Asheville Regular Decision Deadline 2022

UNC Asheville's regular decision application deadline is August 15. All regular decision applicants will be notified by December 15.

Early Admission at UNC Asheville

University of North Carolina Asheville offers early decision but does not offer early action.

2021 Acceptance Rate for University of North Carolina Asheville

It is moderately difficult to get into UNC Asheville. In 2021, UNC Asheville accepted 79% of applicants. Last year, 3,115 students applied to UNC Asheville and 2,474 were admitted. ### UNC Asheville Waitlist 2021

UNC Asheville reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into University of North Carolina Asheville?

UNC Asheville is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UNC Asheville, applicants must submit the following items.

UNC Asheville Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements minimum course requirement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for UNC Asheville

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into UNC Asheville is 1167. The mean ACT score for UNC Asheville students is 25.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UNC Asheville.

UNC Asheville Waitlist

UNC Asheville reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Does UNC Asheville Require Test Scores?

UNC Asheville does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 57% submitted the SAT. 56% submitted the ACT.

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Does UNC Asheville Offer Student Housing?

Yes! UNC Asheville provides on-campus housing for up to 1,584 students.

UNC Asheville students are active in the school's Asheville Campus Entertainment (ACE), Plant Club and Baptist Students Fellowship. Undergraduate Research Symposium, GreenFest, and and Late-night Exam Breakfast are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UNC Asheville.

Financial Aid at UNC Asheville

UNC Asheville meets 73% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $13,378 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is UNC Asheville a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UNC Asheville

About 76% of students who start at UNC Asheville come back the next year. Out of the 628 students who started at UNC Asheville as first-time freshman, 298 graduate within four years.

Around 62% of students who started at UNC Asheville earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for UNC Asheville Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 43 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $35,000 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $22,908 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UNC Asheville sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is UNC Asheville a good school for you?

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Where is University of North Carolina Asheville Located?

UNC Asheville is located in the urban setting of Asheville, North Carolina.

If you want to see UNC Asheville for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstates 240, 26, and 40 to Asheville, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Asheville Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UNC Asheville and Asheville are like without leaving home.

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College Info

One University Heights Asheville, NC 28804-3299

Campus Setting: Urban

UNC Asheville Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UNC Asheville is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UNC Asheville is Apr 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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UNC Asheville ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UNC Asheville is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into UNC Asheville. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UNC Asheville SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1250


Math SAT Range

520 - 620


Reading SAT Range

540 - 650

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UNC Asheville students is 1167. Applicants with SAT scores of 1250 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UNC Asheville, while applicants with SAT scores between 1070 to 1250 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1070 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UNC Asheville.

UNC Asheville Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UNC Asheville is like? There are approximately 3,363 students enrolled at UNC Asheville, including 3,358 undergraduate students and 5 graduate students. 85% percent of students attend school full-time, 89% percent are from NC and 11% percent of students are from other states.


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