UNC Asheville Named a "Best Value" by Princeton Review;
One of Only Three North Carolina Institutions to Make the List
UNC Asheville is one of the best college values in the nation,
according to The Princeton Review’s new college guide "America’s
Best Value Colleges." In a national review of all public and private
colleges, the book’s editors listed just 77 institutions with
outstanding academics, low to moderate tuition and generous financial aid
packages. UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University were the
only other North Carolina institutions to be included.
"The nation is beginning to learn what some of us already know
about UNCA: you can get a world class education provided by outstanding
faculty at less than half of the cost of comparable private colleges and
universities," said UNCA alumnus Zollie Stevenson, senior
education program specialist for the U.S. Department of Education. "UNCA
has always been a jewel in the UNC system crown."
The guidebook praises UNCA’s growing academic reputation, noting that
the university "offers the quality education of a private school at a
public school price."
Faculty received high marks for their involvement with students.
"The professors are extremely approachable and -- much to the chagrin
of some students -- will notice if you ditch class," said the guide
UNCA Chancellor Jim Mullen drew special praise. The guide book noted
that "UNCA is probably the only public school in the United States
where everybody loves the chancellor (and where the chancellor returns
students’ phone calls)."
Last fall, 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." It was the second year UNCA has earned this designation.
UNCA was also named one of the "Best in the Southeast" in the
very first edition of The Princeton Review’s "The Best Southeastern
The University of North Carolina at Asheville, a four-year public
liberal arts university located in the mountains of western North
Carolina, has earned national reputation for its programs in the
humanities, undergraduate research and environmental studies. UNCA ranks
fourth in the nation among public liberal arts colleges in the newest U.S.
News World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges." For more
information about UNCA, call the Admissions Office at 800/531-9842.
- Merianne Epstein, UNCA Public Information Director, 828/251-6676
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director,