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UNC Asheville Featured in Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges”

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville is featured in the Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges – 2012 Edition,” and also included on several “best of” lists within the annual guidebook released today. The Princeton Review ranked the top 15 percent of colleges and universities, based on a survey of 122,000 students who provide candid assessments of their institutions.

The Princeton Review praised UNC Asheville as offering a “top-notch academic experience,” citing the liberal arts curriculum, challenging course material, and professors who are devoted and passionate about their fields of study. “The professors’ enthusiasm for each course is contagious,” said a student quoted in the guide. An environmental studies major added, “The classes are small enough that the professors know you by name and seem to care if you do well … tutoring sessions are free and plentiful.”

UNC Asheville also received a high “quality of life” ranking of 92 (scale maximum is 99). Students told the Princeton Review that they love living and eating in Asheville and the guide lists UNC Asheville as #16 on its national “best of” lists for the categories “Town-Gown Relations are Great,” and “Great College Towns.” Residence life, outdoor recreation, athletics and opportunities for relaxing in downtown Asheville were among the features commended for rounding out the college experience at UNC Asheville.

Earlier this year, the Princeton Review ranked UNC Asheville as one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” public colleges, and “A Best in the Southeast.” This assessment is echoed by other prominent college rankings. In July, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” called UNC Asheville “one of the best education bargains in the country.” UNC Asheville was also named one of America’s “10 Best Colleges for the Money” by bankrate.com, and praised for quality and value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and in the most recent edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

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