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University of North Carolina Asheville ranks number 1 nationally on the "Best Schools for Making an Impact" list (Princeton Review). Asheville also ranks eighth in the US amongst public liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2015”. Students reportedly love the fact that they are nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and praised the university's outdoors program, including rock-climbing, caving, hiking and kayaking.

Live music is a significant element in Asheville and the surrounding area. Seasonal festivals and numerous nightclubs and performance venues offer opportunities to attend a wide variety of live entertainment events. Asheville is also home to the United States National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the world's largest active archive of weather data.

Quick Facts:

Location:  Asheville, North Carolina
City Population:  83,393
University Population:  3,663 students
Climate:  Humid subtropical climate but with noticeably cooler temperatures due to the higher altitude
Nearest Airport: Charlotte Douglas International Airport
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Why choose UNCA?

  1. Asheville has a strong tradition of street performance and outdoor music, including festivals
  2. The area has had a long history with the entertainment industry, films made in the area include The Fugitive, Hannibal, Forrest Gump and The Hunger Games
  3. Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains