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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. The campus is situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.


Quick Facts:

Location:  Asheville, North Carolina, USA

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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The 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.