The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

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UNCA Quad, University of North Carolina at Asheville, pen and ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
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Colleges & Universities

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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
AB Tech, Asheville NC, pen & ink drawing by Lee James PantasEstablished in 1959, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College has grown from a trade school to a fully accredited comprehensive community college that offers 39 career programs plus college transfer. Four academic divisions—Allied Health and Public Service, Business and Hospitality Education, Engineering and Applied Technology, and Arts and Sciences—prepare students for employment and further education. A fifth division, Continuing Education, provides noncredit academic, avocational, practical skills, and occupational classes. A-B Tech has 21 buildings on over 144 acres of land, and in 1990, the college established a campus in Madison County.

Address: 340 Victoria Rd., Asheville, NC 28801
Telephone: 828-254-1921
Directions: From Pack Square take Biltmore Avenue south to the hospital district. Take right onto Victoria Road

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South College
Founded in 1905 by Robert Talmadge Cecil, South College is a secular, coeducation institution of higher education and offers Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates in Junior College programs. Its mission centers on career placement in high demand and high growth fields, and it is ACICS accredited.

Address: 140 Sweeten Creek Road Asheville, NC 28803
Telephone: 828-398-2500
Directions: Take exit 51 off I-40 in Asheville, and head west on Sweeten Creek Road to 140 on your left.

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Mars Hill College
Located to the north of Asheville in Mars Hill, Mars Hill College is the oldest college on an original site in Western North Carolina. The 180-acre campus is set against the majestic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a rural traditional area. Opened in the fall of 1856, Mars Hill is accredited to award bachelor’s degrees. This lovely campus boasts many unique buildings dating back to the 1800s.

Address: P.O. Box 370, Mars Hill, NC 28754
Telephone: 866-642-4968
Directions:  From I-240, take 19/23 (Weaverville/UNCA) exit north to Mars Hill exit.

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Montreat College/Asheville Campus
Located in south Asheville, the Asheville campus of Montreat College is home to their School of Professional and Adult Studies. Montreat College is a four-year coeducational, Christian liberal arts college with an established heritage of over 75 years with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Address: 29 Turtle Creek Center, Asheville Nc 28803
Telephone: 828-667-5044 or 800-806-2777
Directions: South Asheville off of Hendersonville Road.

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Montreat College
Located 15 miles east of Asheville in Montreat, N.C. Montreat College is a four-year coeducational, Christian liberal arts college with an established heritage of over 75 years with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Address: 310 Gaither Cir. (P.O. Box 1267), Montreat, NC 28757
Telephone: 828-669-8012
Directions: Take I-40 east to Black Mountain exit 64. Go north on Route 9 through Black Mountain two miles through Montreat Gate. Continue on to college.

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Shaw University
Shaw University was founded in 1865 by Rev. Henry Martin Tupper. It is a four-year college, which offers a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The university’s Center for Alternative Programs of Education allows working students to arrange their classes around their job hours. Programs are offered in the following subjects: Business Management, Public Administration, Religion and Philosophy, Criminal Justice, Liberal Studies and Behavioral Science. Shaw also offers evening classes.

Address: 31 College Street, Asheville NC 28801
Telephone: 828-252-7635
Directions: Take College Street from Pack Square in downtown Asheville.

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UNCA Library, pen & ink drawing by Lee James PantasUniversity of North Carolina at Asheville
UNCA was founded in 1927 as Buncombe County Junior College. In 1961 it was relocated to its present site in north Asheville, and in 1966 it joined the University of North Carolina system. The 265-acre campus comprises 30 buildings for classrooms, administration, residence and recreation. In its years as UNCA, the university has maintained a distinctive position within the 16-member UNC system in its primary mission: to offer an undergraduate liberal arts education of superior quality for serious and able students.

Address: One University Heights., Asheville, NC 28804
Telephone: 828-251-6600
Directions: From I-240, take exit 5A Merrimon Avenue (US 25) north. Left onto W.T. Weaver Blvd. opposite Boston Pizza. Then right on University Heights.

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Warren Wilson College
Founded in 1894, Warren Wilson College has educated students with a unique triad of a strong liberal arts program, work for the college, and service to those in need, which makes Warren Wilson unlike any other college. The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered, with the goal of the degree program the completion of three well-designated areas of study. The 1,000-acre campus includes a 300-acre working farm, 600 acres of forest, 25 miles of hiking trails, and a white-water kayaking course. The campus and the area are havens for outdoor activities, such as white-water sports, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and rock climbing.

Address: 701 Warren Wilson Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778
Telephone: 828-298-3325
Directions: From Asheville take I-40 west. Use exit 55 and turn left to access Hwy. 70. Follow Hwy 70 east and take left onto Warren Wilson Road.

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Western Carolina University At Asheville
Western Carolina University is one of the 16 senior institutions of the University of North Carolina. The University has four undergraduate schools: Applied Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Psychology, as well as a Graduate School. The main campus of Western Carolina University is in Cullowhee, North Carolina. At the Asheville campus, located in Biltmore Park, WCU offers primary study areas in education, business administration, human resource development, nursing and health sciences, public affairs, engineering and industrial technology, and criminal justice.

Address: 28 Schenck Pkwy, Ste 300,Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC 28803
Telephone: 828-298-3325
Directions: From I-26, take exit 37 (Long Shoals Road). Biltmore Park Town Square is immediately off the exit, on east side of highway.

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Public Secondary Schools

A.C. Reynolds High School, pen & ink drawing  by Lee James PantasBuncombe County Public Schools
Buncombe County has the largest concentration of students in Western North Carolina—over 25,000. There are six high schools, seven middle schools and over 20 elementary schools. 828-255-5921

Lee Edwards High School (now Asheville High School),Asheville NC, by Lee James PantasAsheville City Schools
With a student population of over 5,000, Asheville has eight schools, including Asheville High School, one middle school and six elementary schools.828-350-7000

Private Schools

Asheville Catholic School: 828-252-7896

Asheville Christian Academy: 828-581-2200

Asheville Montessori School: 828-254-6014

Mitchell Hall, Asheville School, Asheville NC, by Lee James PantasAsheville School: 828-254-6345


Carolina Day School: 828-274-0757

Christ School: 828-684-6232

Evergreen Community Charter School: 828-298-2173

Hanger Hall: 828-258-3600

Mount Pisgah Academy: 828-667-2535

Nazarene Christian School: 828-253-2095


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