Welcome to UNC Asheville

Joseph Urgo

Welcome to UNC Asheville, North Carolina’s designated public liberal arts university. As we celebrate our 90th anniversary this year, our commitment to inspire, innovate, and engage has never been stronger or more vibrant.

What does it mean to be the designated public liberal arts university in the state of North Carolina? First, it allows for small classes, close student-faculty collaboration, and programs scaled to the model of a liberal arts college, priced to be affordable and accessible to the public. It also means that UNC Asheville is committed to living the core values of diversity and inclusion, innovation, and sustainability, and ensuring that we are making a positive difference in the lives of our students and within the community.

These core values are outlined in our strategic plan and serve as the framework for the terrific work being done by our faculty, staff, and students as innovators, difference-makers, and leaders in their fields. We will continue to pursue our public mission with passion and perspective, providing a rigorous and student-centered liberal arts education, further deepening our community partnerships, and making an even greater impact in Asheville, in the nation, and around the world.

Consistently recognized as an innovator and leader in the liberal arts, UNC Asheville ranks #7 among public liberal arts universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. We are widely recognized for our outstanding faculty and inquiry-based academic programs. Our students excel in the classroom and community; conducting original research and actively engaged in service. As the proud home of the Bulldogs, our NCAA Division I student-athletes and coaches are leaders and champions in the game, in the community, and in life.

As we celebrate our 90th anniversary this year, we’re sharing the many ways we create a unique campus experience by honoring our heritage, focusing on the present, and looking forward to the future. We invite you to explore the numerous ways UNC Asheville is making a difference, as we continue to contribute to the community, and provide the kind of dynamic education that transforms lives and brings hope, optimism, and infinite possibility to our world and to our shared future.

Joseph R. Urgo
Interim Chancellor