UNCG at a glance

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public, coeducational, doctoral-granting, residential university chartered in 1891. It is one of the three original institutions of The University of North Carolina System.

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UNCG is a …

  • Learner-centered, accessible, and inclusive community fostering intellectual inquiry to prepare students for meaningful lives and engaged citizenship;
  • Research university where collaborative scholarship and creative activity enhance quality of life across the lifespan;
  • Source of innovation and leadership meeting social, economic, and environmental challenges in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond; and
  • Global university integrating intercultural and international experiences and perspectives into learning, discovery, and service.


More than 17,500 on-campus students and over 950 others in distance-learning programs from 49 states and more than 70 countries. The fall 2009 freshman class is the largest ever at 2,510 and ethnic minority enrollment is about 33 percent.

Classes & Faculty

Average class size is 27 students, and more than a third of classes have 20 or fewer students. Approximately 1,700 classes are offered each semester. Student/faculty ratio is approximately 17:1. Ninety percent of classes are taught by professors.

Academic Calendar

Two semesters, August to May, and two summer sessions.

Campus Life

UNCG's picturesque campus includes more than 30 academic buildings and 24 residence halls on 210 acres. Opportunities for students include approximately 200 student organizations, 18 intercollegiate athletic teams, intramurals, club sports, recreation center, campus golf course, student newspaper, student literary magazine, student radio station, music and choral groups, drama and dance performance groups, concert and lecture series, film series, internships, outing club, fraternities and sororities, community service and field campus for fishing, swimming, and canoeing.


For full-time students living on campus, 2009-2010 basic costs (including tuition and fees, room and board, other student expenses), total approximately $14,504 for in-state students and $26,842 for out-of-state students.


Eighty percent of freshmen live on campus in twenty-four residence halls. Four residence halls house special living/learning communities which connect students with faculty mentors: Grogan Residence Hall, home of Grogan College; Mary Foust Residence Hall, home of Ashby Residential College; South Spencer Residence Hall, home of Cornelia Strong College; and Phillips Hawkins Residence Hall, home of International House. Freshmen are encouraged to live on campus.