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| This University is amazing! I used this site extensively last year during my college search and ended up here; I can easily say that I don't think I could be happier with my choice. Asheville fosters a fantastic environment. The school is up-and-coming as a high-quality, great-value public liberal arts school. I've only taken one semester of work, but I've had a great experience so far. The professors are extremely friendly and approachable. I'm going to be doing an arts and community research project next semester through the honors program, and the head of the program has been EXTREMELY helpful so far with that. When I expressed interest in doing the project, he immediately picked up the phone, called another faculty who was an expert in the field, and asked if he'd be willing to mentor me. Then he said I'd probably be able to get an internship in town, and I'm a first semester freshman. I think this little anecdote attests to the quality and concern of the faculty for the students. All around it's been great. My psych class is sort of boring, stats at 8am is a pain in the ass, but my English teacher is inspired, and my liberal studies teacher is experienced and engaging. The work's tough but not overbearing.|
Now downtown Asheville is absolutely the greatest fucking place. The atmosphere of the school and the town are similar and they're definitely conducive to a certain kind of person. It's a very artsy, offbeat, bohemian feeling. Lots of cafes, book stores, some boutiques, some hippy music/clothes stores, lotta little music venues and a few bigger ones, tons of art galleries, restaurants cheap and expensive, an art museum and a big center where the Asheville symphony plays, music almost every night of the week somewhere. During the warmer weather there's frequent street festivals, almost every weekend some sort of arts or sustainability or cultural festivity. The weather is summery until the end of October, and still within the 50's -60's at the end of November right now. Mountains are beautiful, but you can't see them that much from campus. Lots of musicians and music appreciators at Asheville, strong programs that I know of are English, Environmental Studies, Music Technology, and Art. Lotta majors in all of these. A friend of mine is dissatisfied with the jazz music program, and their musicians are pretty good, but I'm originally from the Boston area, and the school can't compare with places up there like Berklee, etc. Ahh dunno too much about other programs.
Anyway, that's about all I got. Almost all the students are extremely interesting people with their own hobbies and pursuits, who are very chill and interested in other people as well. I got paired with some phenomenal roommates, so sort of lucked out. We also having a living room space in our dorm, which is only the case with one of the dorm buildings, but overall the dorms are fairly well-sized. The food is decent, there's a cafe and a food court in the student union. Deserts at the cafe, however, are decadent. Shit. Don't get me going about the deserts. Ah, the fraternity scene is very weak as is the sports scene. There is one frat and two soror's, and a Division I basketball team, but sports are just not big. Big things are music, environmental stuff, going downtown is common, parties are common on the weekend but most occur off campus and thus are accessible or avoidable depending on where you stand on that. Drug use is pretty common, low-key drinking and a lot of marijuana. And most students smoke cigarettes, but I'm a non-smoker and find this not to be a big issue. Overall, the place is fantastic for artsy-types and folky-hippy-intellectual ish music lovers, offbeat people and anyone that's dissatisfied with a lot of the bs of normal "university life" and wants a stimulating, friendly atmosphere with great people.
|Nov 27 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| I highly recommend Asheville. While it might not be the best place for an incredibly conservative student, it all depends on how well you can listen and respect other peoples ideas. |
-The city of Asheville has great places to eat, live music all the time, and a bus runs from campus to downtown.
-The dorm rooms are amazing. I always brag to my other friends that I don't have to put up with hall bathrooms, and just have to share a bathroom with 4 other people instead of a hall of 20 boys and girls. Also, the rooms are larger than at most schools.
-The professors always make time for you
-There are your typical preppy students here, but there are more artsy kids by a long shot. There are a good amount of kids who smoke also, if that's an issue.
-There aren't a lot of parties in dorms, but a lot of people live in apartments close to campus so the parties are usually there. Also, even though most kids live off campus, pretty much everyone that lives off campus lives within like 2 miles of campus.
-Awesome outdoors program!I love this school, wouldn't imagine going anywhere else. I chose Asheville over Chapel Hill and Cornell. With only 3500 students, safety, and an overall amazing attitude, it was the best choice I've ever made.
|Apr 07 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| UNC-Asheville provided me and my fellow Bulldogs a great education during the four years I spent there. UNCA is unlike the other schools within the UNC system and if focuses on the student's development rather than the professor's CV. I spent most of my time in the lit and history departs and found the professors to be wonderful and engaging. There were a few bad apples in the lit department but I was able to just take classes with the two professors I loved to complete my minor. UNCA does suffer from being a small school and lacking in many resources of a major research school like NCSU or UNC, but at UNCA you will receive a great undergraduate education that will prepare you for graduate studies. UNCA is harder than many would think and is a challenge, but the professors are willing to help you in anyway possible. I hope UNCA continues its positive movement and sustains the helpful and collaborative environment that existed while I was there. And most importantly that it stays an undergraduate school focused on its undergrads!Asheville itself is a very diverse and beautiful place to spend four years (or all of) your life. Indeed there a different political and lifestyle perspectives, but this is an element that can be either embraced or ignored. You are free to be whoever you want at UNCA. |
|Dec 10 2008|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2007 |