University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina
Every day, UNC Greensboro creates a remarkable real-world impact.
It can be seen every day. In the hard work, inventive ideas, and powerful collaborations that define communities. In schools, hospitals, and businesses. In the everyday and extraordinary achievements that add up to the remarkable impact of UNC Greensboro.
It’s in the students—those who have excelled their entire lives and those bursting with potential that needs to be cultivated. Students from right next door and around the globe alike share a beautiful and growing campus seamlessly woven into the community and deeply connected to the city. UNC Greensboro is home to a rich array of students, all of whom find the same thing in common: a welcoming campus in which to belong, thrive, and achieve their best—each in their own way. At UNC Greensboro they immerse themselves in a transformative experience that combines rigorous learning with tenacious, intentional support. They develop their abilities, deepen their understanding, and hone their work ethic.
It’s in the faculty who—in the classroom, the lab, and the community—create and share the knowledge that makes the region and the world healthier, more vibrant, and more prosperous. Faculty with the vision to do great research and the commitment to be great teachers.
It’s in the engagement of UNC Greensboro as an engine of prosperity, innovation, creativity, and service in its hometown.
It is as true today as it has been for 125 years: UNC Greensboro is relentlessly focused on helping each student unleash their potential and make a meaningful impact with their life, in the community, and around the world—every day.
Get to know University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
- Peer Mentors
- Gender & Sexuality Center
- Addiction Recovery Support Group
At UNC Greensboro, students immerse themselves in transformative academic experiences that combine rigorous learning with tenacious, intentional support. Learning is active, experiential, and connected to communities beyond the campus.
Many students—roughly 450 each year—take their learning abroad through exchange and faculty-led programs made possible by the university’s International Programs Center. UNCG scholars have trekked across the world in such locations as Australia, Japan, Russia, Italy, and so much more.
“I feel like I’ve really been exposed to so many different walks of life in my time here.” – Ariel, Special Education ‘21
The coursework for UNCG students often comes alive through undergraduate research. Annually, more than 700 undergraduates—including freshmen and sophomores—conduct faculty-sponsored research.
The campus boasts 187 spaces dedicated to hands-on learning as well as an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Interdisciplinary research centers, such as the Center for Community-Engaged Design, allow for students to play an active role in community-engaged research.
Additionally, the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & Creativity Office oversees a variety of developmental opportunities and sponsors the annual Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo. This expo is a campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities. All UNCG students engaged in faculty-mentored scholarly inquiry are encouraged to participate. Students are eligible to compete for program recognition, which even includes monetary awards.
All UNCG students participate in the General Education Program, commonly known as GEC. This common curriculum equips students with a broad knowledge of a variety of different academic fields beyond their chosen major. The combination of a specialized major with GEC prepares graduates to be lifelong learners, ethical and independent decision makers, creative thinkers, strong communicators, and responsible citizens.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 76 | 10-19: 241 | 20-29: 440
30-39: 186 | 40-49: 102 | 50-99: 228 | 100+: 93
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 29%
White, non-Hispanic: 46%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
FIRST-CLASS FACULTY, FIRST-CLASS FACILITIES
UNC Greensboro faculty embody what it means to be a teacher-scholar. They’re mentors who are tenaciously devoted to the success of their students, and they’re nationally and internationally recognized researchers in their respective fields.
“I have benefited from the personal approach that most UNCG professors take. I feel like more than a number here. I matter.” – Lindsay, Peace and Conflict Studies ‘20
Excellent teaching is combined with the university’s state-of-the-art facilities—the SELF Design Studio in the School of Education, the newly renovated studios in the School of Dance, the nursing simulation labs with SimMom technology, and more—to prepare students for their future endeavors.
Common experiences in the classroom help new students transition to the university. Prior to their first semester at UNCG, students begin their academic journey by reading a book that has been intentionally selected by faculty. Throughout the academic year, this book is integrated into the students’ curricular and co-curricular learning experiences alike. The redesigned First-Year Experience 101, a two credit-hour seminar, connects new students to campus resources and helps them develop the skills essential for academic success.
Beyond the first year, students across disciplines engage in collaborative projects with their peers, often producing and presenting original work. For example, in RCO 214: Science Fiction (a residential college course), students work together to lay out, edit, and publish a magazine that features original, student-written pieces of science fiction.
EXCELLENCE IN WRITING
Communication is crucial regardless of major, and the university’s required writing-intensive courses help students hone their written skills through faculty feedback and revision. In these courses, writing is used to learn disciplinary content—that is, students write specifically about the field they’re pursuing, allowing them to learn how to communicate the ideas that are pertinent to their own career path. Consultants at the UNCG Writing Center are available to meet one-on-one with students and provide additional help and feedback.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
“I remember coming to visit during my junior year of high school and thinking, ‘This is where I want to be; this feels like home.’ I could not imagine myself anywhere else.” – Miranda Sherman, Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality ‘20
LIVING AND LEARNING
UNC Greensboro is home to a rich array of students within a welcoming campus—a place in which to belong, thrive, and achieve their best, each in their own way.
For some, that means an enriched academic experience through the university’s eight living-learning communities, all of which are themed around specific topics, including foreign languages, social justice, Greek life, and wellness. Students can also join one of three residential colleges in which they can live and take classes alongside their peers, or they can challenge themselves and support one another in the Lloyd International Honors College.
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
Student life exudes with energy on UNC Greensboro’s campus. Many get involved by leading one of the university’s more than 250 student organizations, cheering on the Spartans at the Greensboro Coliseum, and participating in the campus traditions that distinguish the UNCG experience (like leaving an apple at the Minerva statue for good luck on an exam).
Beyond campus, the impact of the university motto, “Service,” is seen throughout the community, with students contributing approximately 1 million community service hours annually. Through the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, students have the opportunity to give back to the causes that mean the most to them.
“UNCG has left a life-changing impression on me because of how understanding and kind people are. Staff as well as students make a point of making sure you know that you always have someone to talk to if you need it.” – Nicole, Elementary Education ‘22
As the state’s third-largest city, Greensboro is located in the heart of North Carolina, just three hours from the beach and two hours from the mountains. The city boasts more than 90 miles of greenways and trails, a revitalized downtown just minutes away from the UNC Greensboro campus, a thriving arts scene, and a growing international community.
UNC Greensboro’s 17 Division I athletic teams compete in the Southern Conference. The men’s basketball team has won back-to-back SoCon Regular Season Championships and, this year, earned its first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2001.
The university mascot is the Spartan, and the colors are blue and gold. To learn more about UNCG Athletics, visit uncgspartans.com.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 80%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Special housing for international students
“Although UNCG is a large university, it feels small because of the connections you make with others. This sense of inclusiveness makes UNCG an amazing place for students to grow as a leader and as a person.” – Grant, International Business ‘20
UNC Greensboro graduates range from public school teachers in the local community to actors gracing the stage on Broadway.
They’re business leaders, health care professionals, designers, and counselors. Some notable alumni include Olympian Paul Chelimo, Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, and city councilman Justin Outling.
ON-CAMPUS CAREER PREPARATION
Students prepare for their future careers with help from UNCG’s Career Services Center, which hosts career fairs and provides career coaching, networking opportunities, and assistance in crafting the perfect résumé.
Many academic departments also bulk up students’ curricula with an array of senior capstone courses, practica, and portfolio development. Such high-level work is extraordinarily valuable in synthesizing, communicating, and presenting professional work.
EXPERIENCE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
UNCG offers a rich array of opportunities outside of the classroom to prepare for success beyond the university.
The Bryan School of Business and Economics maintains relationships with local businesses and corporations to foster employer connections and facilitate internships. And students in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studiespresent their work in an annual fashion show in downtown Greensboro.
Furthermore, students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts regularly perform in professional capacities and display their work in the Greensboro community and beyond. School of Theatre seniors participate in the annual Industry Showcase in New York City, performing for top producers, agents, and casting directors while networking with successful alumni in the industry.
The character of students contributes to the character of campus. That’s why the UNC Greensboro admissions process is developed around finding students who can be successful at UNCG and build upon its legacy of service and excellence. In addition to required test scores and transcripts, students are welcome to submit recommendations, essays, and other supporting materials. While these items are not required, they can demonstrate why a student would be a good fit at UNCG.
Keep an eye out for deadlines, especially the priority consideration deadline on December 1. This is the submission deadline for students who want to be considered for the university’s Blue & Gold merit-based scholarships. December 1 also doubles as the priority FAFSA submission deadline for financial aid packaging and need-based scholarship consideration.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Class rank | Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Extracurricular activities | Volunteer work
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 500 | 75th Percentile: 590
25th Percentile: 490 | 75th Percentile: 570
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 24
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 24
Tuition & Costs
Tuition (in-state): $4,422
Tuition (out-of-state): $19,581
Room & Board: $9,264
UNCG offers a variety of financial aid sources, including federal grants, loans, work-study, and state and institutional aid. Students may also apply for scholarships based on individual majors through their respective academic departments.
Some scholarship options available to new students include:
- UNCG Guarantee, a selective scholarship program for high-achieving low-income students who are also residents of North Carolina. The program provides an outstanding renewable financial aid package for those who qualify as well as a support program with a variety of opportunities and services to enhance scholars’ academic achievement, leadership skills, and personal success.
- Blue & Gold Scholarships, a collection of over 30 merit-based scholarships awarded annually by the UNCG Office of Undergraduate Admissions to engaged, high-achieving incoming freshmen. These awards are renewable and range in value from $1,500 to the full cost of tuition, fees, room, and board (including out-of-state costs).
- The Katherine Smith Reynolds Scholarship, awarded by the Lloyd International Honors College to eight incoming freshmen who are North Carolina residents and distinguished as extraordinary student leaders. The typical annual award is $8,000, renewable for four years. Additional stipends for study abroad, community involvement, and internship participation are also available.
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