The University of North Carolina at Asheville, often referred to simply as UNC Asheville, is a public liberal arts college, and a member of the 17-school University of North Carolina System. Located three miles north of Downtown Asheville, between Merrimon Ave. and Broadway St., this 265-acre campus currently enrolls just over 3,600 undergraduate students. As of 2008, UNC Asheville offered 33 undergraduate programs and one masters program. The campus comprises approximately 30 buildings with several new construction projects in various stages completion. The current Chancellor is Anne Ponder, who joined the administration at UNC-A in October of 2005, after the departure of Chancellor James Mullen.
UNC Asheville is the only designated Liberal Arts College in the UNC System and is one of only 6 such public universities in the country. Academically, UNC Asheville is best known for its leadership in Undergraduate Research and its Humanities Program, which houses the only masters program offered by the school. UNC Asheville has been highly ranked by third party organizations such as Fiske Guide to Colleges and The Princeton Review. These and other publications have consistently ranked UNC-A among the top liberal arts schools in the country and among the best buys in public education.
UNC-A Bulldog Athletics
UNC Asheville competes athletically in the Big South Conference as the UNC-A Bulldogs. The Bulldogs athletic program currently consists of 12 intercollegiate sports teams, and also fields competitive dance and cheerleading teams. The Bulldogs have competed with mixed results as a Division I athletics program. To learn more about Bulldog Athletics visit www.uncabulldogs.com.
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History of UNC Asheville
The University of North Carolina at Asheville got its start in 1927 as Buncombe County Junior College. Throughout the next 30 years UNCA made several moves as it merged with other two-year and vocational schools in the Asheville area. In 1957, as Asheville-Biltmore College, it became the first state supported two-year institution in North Carolina. In 1961, the college moved to its current location and two years later became a four-year state university. In 1966, the college awarded its first baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts and within three years joined the Consolidated University of North Carolina, now knows as the UNC System, and took on its current name.