UNC Asheville is a small school. Since they are a small school, they have less students to cater to. That means the faculty is easily accessible and most of the staff has open office hours. Most of the time, they're very knowledgeable about their areas and will help you if and when you need it. But you have to make the effort to go to them. They will help you only if you talk to them. The faculty, no matter how helpful they may be, cannot read your mind.
The campus is small enough for someone to know their way around, yet big enough for people to host events. This is useful for clubs, sports programs, and anything else you can name. There are two main student organizations who host the activities in UNCA, SAIL and Underdog Productions. In that respect, the campus is mostly a place where you can kick back and relax for a while.
The sports program is not overly hyped. There are students who are athletes, but they aren't given any special treatment or granted any massive popularity. The students are very involved across campus and there are many clubs, both official and unofficial, that students can join. The clubs range from the more formal clubs such as the Undertones or even Underdog Productions to the informal such as the Anime club or the Film club.
At UNCA, it is more challenging to be an outcast than to find friends. All you have to do is approach people and make conversation. There is not a big fraternity scene at UNCA. Some people would even say it's nonexistent. As a small school, UNCA doesn't have a lot of parties in the dorms or anything crazy like that. The parties are off-campus and students can have a good night's sleep/study while they are on-campus.
The school and the surrounding area are both very liberal. Conservatives can find their niche, however. UNCA is a big enough school for this to happen and a small enough school so that you won't get lost in the crowd.
From what I've heard, the Dining Hall has improved greatly this year. For meal plans, I would suggest Carte Blanc. This meal plan requires little management and can feed a college student well. You can get 25 meals a week at the Dining Hall and 12 meals a week at the Highsmith Union. It's much better than the other two in terms of amount of food you get.
Dorms:From what I've heard, Governor's Hall is the best. West and South Ridge are also very good from what I've heard. Founders(my dorm) and Mills are the more social dorms, and they are pretty good. Governor's Village is probably the worst out of all of them. You do not want to go to Governor's Village.