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The University

The institution which is now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was chartered in 1891 to provide higher education for women. Formerly The Woman's College one of the three original institutions of The Consolidated University of North Carolina it has been highly regarded now for more than a century for both its strong liberal arts tradition and its excellent professional preparation for selected careers. In 1963, it became a comprehensive, coeducational university.

The student body of UNCG approximately 66% female and 34% male comprises approximately 12,700 men and women, about 79% of whom are undergraduate and 21% graduate students. While 89% are from North Carolina, students come from 41 other states and 53 foreign countries. Minority enrollment is 19.9%, including 15.5% African-American students. Approximately 60% of UNCG students receive some type of financial aid.

Among the 582 full-time faculty members are nationally known scholars whose research and creative work regularly contribute new knowledge to their fields; 89.9% hold terminal degrees in their disciplines. The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Faculty members are easily accessible to students through an advisory system and on an informal basis. The ratio of students to faculty is 16.7 to 1.

Academic Programs

The University is organized into a College of Arts and Sciences and six professional schools those of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics; Education; Health and Human Performance; Human Environmental Sciences; Music; and Nursing. Undergraduates have a choice of over 100 areas of study from which to select a major or concentration within a major leading to one of six undergraduate degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BM), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (BSMT), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The UNCG Board of Trustees, acting within the framework outlined for UNCG by The University of North Carolina Board of Governors, determines general directions for UNCG's academic programs. Direct responsibility for administering academic programs rests within the various academic units.

The Chancellor has the responsibility for the administration of all campus programs, academic and non-academic. The Provost coordinates and oversees the graduate and undergraduate academic programs on the UNCG campus.

The University faculty through the Faculty Senate and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee determines the general framework for UNCG undergraduate degree requirements and approves the programs proposed by academic units.

Approximately 1,500 courses offered in as many as 3,000 sections are available each semester. In addition, since UNCG is a member of the Greater Greensboro Consortium, students may cross-register without additional tuition at Bennett, Elon, Greensboro, and Guilford Colleges, Guilford Technical Community College, High Point University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

The University also offers three doctoral degrees in 13 areas of study, four Master of Fine Arts degrees, and several other master's degrees and post-master's certificates in a wide variety of concentrations. The Graduate School Bulletin describes these programs in complete detail.

Most undergraduate degree programs require 122 semester hours with 24-36 semester hours of work in the major. See Academic Programs for complete descriptions of academic programs and University-wide requirements.

Many special academic programs are available as well. Among these, Teacher Education has a long tradition. Four UNCG schools and several departments within the College of Arts and Sciences offer programs leading to teacher licensure in North Carolina and qualification for licensure in most other states. Students may select licensure programs in 21 subject areas.

The Honors Program provides an early opportunity for broad interdisciplinary study with team-taught sessions and independent projects.

Special interdepartmental academic programs offering majors in Medical Technology and Women's Studies are also available.

The College of Arts and Sciences's Special Programs in Liberal Studies offers programs in African American Studies, Archaeology, International Studies, and Linguistics..

UNCG's seven Preprofessional Programs offer all of the courses required for admission to medical or dental schools, to pharmacy, veterinary, or physical therapy schools, or as needed for entrance into law school. A two-year pre-engineering curriculum prepares students to transfer to schools with engineering programs.

Independent study, tutorials, and internships are available in most schools and departments.

Residential College, Cornelia Strong College, and Ione Grogan College each provide unique settings for innovative study and unity of academic and social experiences for students.

Students interested in study abroad for academic credit may select from several opportunities available, through summer study, semester abroad, or the junior year abroad program.

The Campus Community

The 76 buildings on the attractively landscaped campus reflect the 108-year history of the University from the oldest, Foust, (1892), to those currently under construction and renovation.

A new state-of-the-art music building will open for classes in Fall 1999; and, new baseball and student recreation fields were dedicated in February 1999. An extensive renovation of Spring Garden Street was completed in August 1998, turning that area into an attractive new gateway to the campus. Plans for a new science building and an addition to Elliott University Center are on the drawing board.

UNCG is especially rich in the diversity of its arts programs. Weatherspoon Art Gallery, located in the Anne and Benjamin Cone art center, houses what is considered to be the most outstanding permanent collection of contemporary art in the southeast and offers a showcase for student and faculty work.

University Dance programs provide performance and choreographic opportunities for qualified graduate and undergraduate students in dance. In music, student performing organizations are open to all university students by audition.

A wide-ranging program in theatre has five production programs including the Workshop Theatre, Studio Theatre, UNCG Theatre, the NC Theatre for Young People, and the Summer Theatre. A student-managed campus radio station is housed in Taylor Building. The University Concert/Lecture Series brings exciting and innovative programs in the performing arts to the campus.

Residence life and the many opportunities and services for students are described in The University Community.

Student Health Service provides full-time medical services, while the Counseling and Testing Center offers personal counseling, psychotherapy, and outreach programs to assist students with their adjustment to college.

The Career Services Center assists students with planning their careers and securing full-time employment after graduation.

The focal point for campus events is Elliott University Center, which provides space for student government, student publications, and many student organizations, as well as offering movies, concerts, lectures, dances, and parties.

The Student Plaza, situated in the middle of the campus, is a popular location for outdoor events and informal gatherings.

There are over 150 clubs and organizations at UNCG. Choices include honor societies, national societies, service organizations, departmental, professional, religious, and general groups, musical media, and sports clubs and organizations. UNCG is one of only six higher educational institutions in North Carolina approved to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Eight Greek fraternities and eight sororities have chapters on campus and offer a channel for social growth.

UNCG has a sixteen-team intercollegiate athletics program and competes in the NCAA Division I and the Southern Conference. A wide choice of intramural sports and club sports is also offered on campus.

The well-equipped recreation center offers a full range of recreational services to the campus, including an indoor climbing wall.

The UNCG campus consists of approximately 200 acres located near the center of Greensboro, the state's third largest city. Greensboro has an approximate population of 200,000, while the greater Triad area has a population approaching 1,000,000. Located midway between Washington and Atlanta, Greensboro is only two hours from the mountains, and about three hours from the coast. Greensboro is a dynamic city, offering a splendid setting for a university. In return, for over a century, UNCG has enriched Greensboro with its widely diversified academic community.


The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor's, Master's, Specialist's, and Doctor's degrees.

Teacher Education programs have been approved at the state level by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and at the national level by the National Council of Accreditation in Teacher Education.

Programs in the professional schools and in some departments of the College of Arts and Sciences are also accredited by relevant professional agencies. Where applicable, such accreditation is noted in the respective sections in Academic Programs.

The Mission of
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

(Approved by the Board of Trustees, April 8, 1993; Revised June 15, 1994)

Dedicated to teaching, research, and service for the benefit of the people of North Carolina, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro provides excellence in mutually supportive undergraduate and graduate education. This mission is based upon its legacy of distinguished undergraduate education for women and on the responsibilities inherent in its present role as a doctoral-granting university.

Committed for over a century to the primacy of teaching based in scholarship, the University fosters knowledge, intellectual skills, and the joy of reasoned inquiry in its students so that they may become thoughtful and responsible members of society. It affords an exceptional opportunity for all students, at any stage in their lives, to secure professional or other specialized preparation firmly grounded in the liberal arts. In carrying out its responsibilities for research and creative endeavor, the University offers undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction and aims for national recognition for certain graduate programs, including all doctoral programs.

The University has a proud tradition of professional and public service. Recognizing that the society it serves is global, the University applies its intellectual resources to enhance the quality of life in the Piedmont Triad region, the state of North Carolina, the nation, and the world.

The University is dedicated to sustaining a community in which women and men of every race are motivated to develop their potential fully and to achieve an informed appreciation of their own culture as well as the culture of others. As an institution in an urban setting, the University offers students a rich array of experiential opportunities. Through its co-curricular programs, the University contributes to the social, aesthetic, and ethical development of its students and supports them as they pursue their academic goals. Intellectual curiosity and tolerance, the natural resources of any learning environment, are cultivated and prized by the University community.

The Vision Statement of
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

(Approved by the Board of Trustees, August 29, 1996)

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a leading student-centered university, linking the Piedmont Triad to the world through learning, discovery, and service.

Affirmative Action Plan

(March 25, 1973, Chapter II, reaffirmed in Affirmative Action Plan)
(Revised 1983)

University Commitment to Nondiscriminatory Policies and Practices

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is fully committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, or disabling condition. This commitment is in keeping with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the ADA of 1990, and other applicable federal and state laws. The Affirmative Action Officer, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170, (336-334-5009), is responsible for coordinating compliance and investigating complaints.

This policy is stated officially in various documents adopted formally by responsible University agencies. The Code adopted by the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina affirms the following statement:

"Admission to, employment by, and promotion in The University of North Carolina and all of its constituent institutions shall be on the basis of merit, and there shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, or national origin." (Chapter 1, Section 103)

At The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the following statement has been formulated to express the commitment to Affirmative Action:

"It is the goal of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro to achieve within all areas of employment a diverse faculty and staff capable of providing for excellence in the education of its students and for the enrichment of the total university community. In seeking to fill openings, every effort will be made to recruit in such a way that women and individuals from minority groups will have an equal opportunity to be considered and appointed to all vacant positions."

The University appoints and promotes for all job classifications without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, or veteran status in such manner as is consistent with achieving a staff of diverse and competent persons.

The University administers all personnel actions such as compensations, benefits, promotions, grievance procedures, transfers, training and educational programs, tuition assistance, travel assistance, research grants, support for graduate assistants, social and recreational programs without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability or veteran status.

The University maintains a standing committee on equal employment opportunity and intergroup relations appointed by the Chancellor, to act in an advisory capacity to her and to other members of the University responsible for affirmative action and to act as an agency to monitor the implementation of affirmative action.

All employees of the University are expected to support the principle of and contribute to the realization of equal employment opportunity. Affirmative action is a priority concern in all facets of operation.

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation Policy

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro regards discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation to be inconsistent with its goal of providing an atmosphere in which students, faculty and staff may learn, work and live. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro values the benefits of cultural diversity and pledges to students, prospective students, faculty, staff and the public that it will defend pluralism in the academic community and welcomes all men and women of good will without regard to sexual orientation.

Students who believe they have been treated unfairly on the basis of sexual orientation should contact the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at 336/334-5513. Staff, faculty or member of the public may contact the UNCG AA/EEO Officer at 336/334-5009.


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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