Travel + Leisure magazine ranked Asheville No. 8 on their list of America’s Best College Towns in the November issue, calling it “down-to-earth…and quirky in the best of ways.” The web exclusive ranking also cited outdoor activities, concerts and restaurants as “the kind of everyman pleasures that appeal to students of UNC Asheville and visitors alike.”
In this first America’s Favorite Towns survey, Travel +Leisure (T+L) asked fans and followers to post nominations on social media with the hashtag #TLTowns—and then to vote for the 744 towns in 55 categories. Burlington, Vt., rose to the head of the class as the No. 1 college town in the reader survey. North Carolina garnered two spots in the 20-town list, with Asheville in the top 10 and Chapel Hill ranked No. 19.
UNC Asheville’s hometown also earned recognition in The Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges - 2014 Edition, coming in at No. 13 on the “Town-Gown Relations are Great” list. According to surveys, students “love the fact that they are nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains” and praised the university's outdoors program, including rock-climbing, caving, hiking and kayaking.