UNC Asheville Again Ranked Fifth in Nation Among
Public Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report
UNC Asheville is ranked fifth in the nation among public liberal arts
colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college
released September 13. This is the second consecutive year UNCA was
awarded the fifth spot. The annual rankings look at a range of measures,
including academic reputation, commitment to instruction, student
abilities, and graduation and retention rates.
U.S. News also introduced a new ranking of schools with outstanding
examples of academic programs that lead to student success. UNCA was
ranked ninth in the nation among all colleges and universities and second
among all public colleges and universities for Undergraduate Research.
Begun two decades ago, UNCA’s Undergraduate Research Program provides
students in all disciplines the opportunity to work with faculty mentors
to design and conduct their own research.
The U.S. News ranking highlights UNCA’s growing national reputation.
Earlier this fall UNCA was ranked eighth among the nation’s best
academic values in the 2003 edition of The Princeton Review’s "The
Best 345 Colleges." UNCA was also named a Best Buy Among American
Colleges for the ninth year in the 2003 edition of the Fiske Guide to
UNCA Chancellor James Mullen emphasized that each of these rankings
affirm the wonderful opportunity UNCA offers to students in Western North
Carolina and across the state and nation. "The University of North
Carolina Asheville is earning a national reputation for excellence. The
faculty, staff and students of our university have created a liberal arts
community of learning that stands with the best in the country," said
The newsstand book, America’s Best Colleges, which contains the U.S.
News college rankings, is slated to go on sale September 16. Many of the
rankings will be listed in the September 23 issue of U.S. News & World
Report, which also goes on sale September 16.
- Merianne Epstein, UNCA Public Information Director, 828/251-6676
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director, 828/251-6526