Distinctive Role

UNC Asheville will be a nationally recognized leader of the public liberal arts and a model of how graduates of a liberal arts institution have an impact on society.

As North Carolina’s designated public liberal arts institution, UNC Asheville takes pride in offering a top quality, multidimensional education at an affordable price. The word “public” is not just a descriptor, but it is central to our mission of providing access to higher education. As an active member and leader of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), UNC Asheville is well positioned to steer the evolution of the public liberal arts.

Research has shown that majoring in the liberal arts and sciences provides a strong foundation for successful careers in the professions and in a wealth of fields. Further, a rigorous liberal arts education prepares one to adapt and change as the environment evolves, setting the stage for long-term professional success.

Education at UNC Asheville is characterized by close and rich relationships among faculty, students, and staff, as well as an emphasis on high impact learning experiences and extra-curricular activities that enhance the overall experience and prepare students for life after college. Students develop critical thinking and problem solving abilities, and they are continuously making connections between their classroom education and real-world challenges and opportunities. A key aspect of our mission is to help our students translate their liberal arts education into marketable skills that position graduates to be engaged citizens who contribute to the betterment of society.