Chancellor Anne Ponder
This spring, as we gather to celebrate the many successes of our graduating seniors, we are inspired to reflect on a year marked by outstanding milestones and achievements. In the classroom, on the basketball court, around the campus and in our community, UNC Asheville demonstrates strength, spirit and serious creativity every day.
It's something that our students, faculty, staff and alumni have known all along. But word is getting out:
UNC Asheville is a leader in higher education, and each of you has been part of making this happen.
For many years now, UNC Asheville has been widely recognized as a top value in liberal arts universities in our region and the nation. Once again this year, U.S. News and World Report recently ranked our university eighth in the nation among public liberal arts colleges.
During their recent visit to campus, delegates from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools were impressed by the level of commitment UNC Asheville has made toward fostering critical thinking skills throughout the curriculum. And our students' scores were among the strongest of all participating institutions in growth between their freshman and senior years in the national Collegiate Learning Assessment, which measures improvement in critical thinking, reasoning and analysis.
This year, we also have been recognized as an outstanding "green university" by the Princeton Review, thanks to our campus community's ongoing commitment to sustainability.
With these and many more accolades pouring in, prospective students have taken notice of UNC
Asheville's growing prominence. This year, the Admissions Department reports an applicant pool with a higher grade-point average and SAT score than ever before. Prospective students and their families understand the value of highly-credentialed faculty, teaching a multidisciplinary education,
in smaller classes, on a vibrant mountain campus.
They, and you, will continue to hear more about UNC Asheville in the coming months as we roll out the university's new "Seriously Creative" marketing campaign. We will continue to tell the stories of our extraordinary campus community and exceptional alumni who embody what is unique about UNC Asheville: A culture of lifelong learners who are refreshingly smart, closely collaborative and powerfully engaged.
—Chancellor Anne Ponder
This year, the Admissions Department reports an applicant pool with a higher grade-point average and SAT score than ever before."
—Chancellor Anne Ponder