UNC Asheville is a mission-driven institution. In planning, everything emanates from the mission; the mission leads the university’s plans, programs, strategies, and organizational culture.

Having a clear mission sets UNC Asheville apart among the seventeen fine institutions that make up the University of North Carolina system. While other universities may offer liberal arts curriculum, UNC Asheville is the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the system. No other institution puts its entire focus on ensuring that qualified students from across North Carolina—and more broadly—have access to a high quality, affordable public liberal arts education.

UNC Asheville’s mission has been expressed in many ways (See Appendix for the current Trustee-approved statement of vision and mission) but the essence remains the same:

To provide our students with the highest quality public liberal arts education that enables them to lead productive and fully engaged lives.