University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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About University of North Carolina

Established by legislative enactment in 1891, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) was originally known as the State Normal and Industrial School. The university today enrolls roughly 18,500 students both on-campus and in distance-learning programs. UNCG appeared in The Princeton Review's 2013 edition of 'The Best 377 Colleges,' and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies the university as a 'research university with high research activity.'

Beyond academia, extracurricular opportunities are available through the almost 200 student organizations, including a student newspaper, fraternities and sororities, outing clubs, a literary magazine and club sports. Additionally, student athletes can join one of the university's 18 intercollegiate athletic teams, which compete at the NCAA Division I-AAA level.


What began as three academic departments for pedagogy, commercial and domestic science has evolved into eight academic divisions and over 100 undergraduate areas of study. There are over 2.47 million library resources to support a student's academic studies. In addition to the main library - called the Walter Clinton Jackson Library - there is the Harold Schiffman Music Library, where students and faculty can take advantage of recorded music, videos, books and more.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic division, housing 21 academic departments and seven interdepartmental degree programs. The most popular area of study for a bachelor's degree is general business administration and management; the Bryan School of Business and Economics is also known for its ranking by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2011 as one of the country's best part-time evening MBA programs. For three consecutive terms, the School of Nursing has been named a Center of Excellence by the National League of Nursing, and the school provides clinical experiences at more than 500 different agencies. During the 2010-2011 academic school year, 92 graduate nursing students chose to study nursing science, making it the most popular area of study for a master's degree.

Research and a commitment to the community are other important parts of academic study at UNCG. The Office of Research and Academic Development seeks to include research in all academic disciplines, and the campus has 18 different research centers and institutes. Several organizations fall under the umbrella of this office, including the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement and eight Interdisciplinary Centers located across the campus.


Prospective freshmen wishing to apply for admission must submit an application and fee, official high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. Freshman applicants who submit an application by November 1 receive decision notification by December 15. Applications received after November 1st but before March 1st will take 4-6 weeks from the date completed to be reviewed by admissions.

General graduate admission requirements include an online application and fee, an official transcript for all college or university coursework, GRE scores or other test scores required by the graduate program and three recommendations. Graduate applicants may be responsible for other materials or admission requirements, such as an interview, audition, essay or portfolio.

Generally, the university enrolls 2,500 freshmen each year, with enrollment across the entire university including students from 40 states and 69 countries. For undergraduate students, 87 percent attend the university on a full-time basis, and 66 percent of undergraduate students are female.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The estimated amount for undergraduate tuition and fees during the 2012-2013 academic year is $6,136 for residents of North Carolina (NC) and $19,934 for non-residents. Room and board for both residents and non-residents is estimated at $6,564. In order to offset the cost of tuition, prospective freshmen with high academic achievement in high school may be eligible for scholarships, covering anywhere from $2,500 of their tuition to full tuition and some extra expenses, such as room, board and any foreign study programs. The UNCG Guarantee provides NC students with financial aid that significantly reduces the cost of an education at the university, while also providing academic support, opportunities for foreign study and opportunities to enroll at the Lloyd International Honors College.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctor's, postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 14,898 undergraduates, 3,729 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 24 residence halls*
Schools and Programs Eight schools and colleges; over 100 undergraduate areas of study*
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: General Business Administration and Management (313)
Master's: Nursing Science (92)
PhDs: Curriculum and Instruction (28)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 28% in four years
52% in six years
55% in eight years
(Students who began in Fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 65% in 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size About 2,500 in 2011-2012**
First-Year Retention Rates 76% for full-time and 50% for part-time students**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Fall: March 1
Spring: November 15*
Decision Notification Date 4-6 weeks after application*
Tuition In 2012-2013 (includes all estimated student expenses):
Residents: $6,136
Non-residents: $19,934*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011 for full-time first-year undergraduates: Federal grants (45%), state and local grants (56%), institutional scholarship (48%), federal loans (59%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 77% of full-time first-year undergraduates in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of North Carolina; **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Armfield-Preyer Admissions & Visitor Center, 1400 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27412
  • Phone: (336) 334-5243
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