UNC Asheville Gaining in National Recognition;
Moves to Fourth in U.S. News & World Report's Ranking of Public
Liberal Arts Colleges
UNC Asheville is ranked fourth in the nation among public liberal arts
colleges in U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings,
released August 22. This is the third year that UNCA has been among the
top five; it was ranked fifth for the past two years. The annual rankings
look at a range of measures, including academic reputation, commitment to
instruction, student abilities, financial resources, and graduation and
U.S. News & World Report also examined a series of
"outstanding examples of academic programs that lead to student
success." These "Programs to Look For" included the
category of Undergraduate Research. UNCA's Undergraduate Research Program
was one of 39 in the country to be included in the roster, along with many
of the nation's leading research universities. An innovator in
undergraduate research, UNCA founded the National Conference on
Undergraduate Research in 1986 to promote faculty-student collaborations
in all disciplines.
UNCA Chancellor Jim Mullen said that this new ranking, along with other
rankings received in the past few weeks, affirms the fine educational
opportunity UNCA offers to students from Western North Carolina and across
the state and nation. "The University of North Carolina Asheville
continues to gain a national reputation for excellence. I'm delighted that
people all over this nation are realizing that our faculty, staff and
students have created a liberal arts community of learning that stands
with the best in the country. It's wonderful to have their hard work
affirmed in this manner."
Earlier this week, UNCA was listed among the nation's 20 colleges and
universities that offer the "Best Academic Bang for Your Buck"
in the 2004 edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best 351
Colleges." This is the second year UNCA has earned this designation.
In August, UNCA was among 44 American and Canadian colleges named a
"Best Buy" in the 2004 edition of "The
Fiske Guide to Colleges." This is the 10th consecutive year
that UNCA has made the "Best Buy" list.
- Merianne Epstein, UNCA Public Information Director, 828/251-6676