UNC Greensboro continues to be recognized in national ranking lists for excellence, access, and affordability. Ranked North Carolina’s most affordable (net cost rank) university by the New York Times and a top university in Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” list, UNCG is a recognized leader. UNCG is also acknowledged for closing the black-white achievement gap, and by the U.S. Department of Education for “excelling in access in success” with Pell-eligible students. National media specific accolades include the following:

In 2023, The New York Times unveiled the “Build Your Own College Rankings” search tool. UNCG ranked number one in North Carolina for net cost at $11,629. The customized rankings include overall success rank, 10-year income rank of alumni, economic mobility rank, and more. 

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For the 24th consecutive year, UNCG is recognized as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates in the Princeton Review’s “Best 388 Colleges” guide. This year, UNC Greensboro was also recognized as one of the best regional colleges in the southeast. 

Both of these prestigious titles are bestowed through feedback from student surveys. The Princeton Review spoke to 160,000 students attending the 388 schools about their amenities, school services, campus culture, and extracurricular opportunities.

This year, the survey found that our Spartans have a love for the personalized academic support and personalization offered by one of the state’s largest universities. Students also emphasized how “racially, economically, [and] ideologically diverse” the campus is.They praised the beautiful landscaping, the “geeky, fun, and athletic” clubs, and the entertainment from establishments not far from campus.

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UNCG is one of the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 best colleges in North Carolina.

For the fourth consecutive year, UNCG is ranked No. 1 in North Carolina for social mobility. The media outlet ranks UNCG’s undergraduate teaching No. 1,  and the nursing program as No. 2 in the state. UNCG remains on the outlet’s Best in the U.S. lists for Best National Universities, Best Colleges for Veterans, Best Value, Top Public Schools, and is ranked for the business and computer science programs.

Our success in the U.S. News & World Report is attributed to our academic reputation, graduate rate performance, faculty resources, among others. This year marks the 32nd consecutive year that UNCG has been recognized as a U.S. News “Best College.”

INSIGHT into Diversity magazine awarded UNCG as a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winner for the fifth consecutive year. The HEED award is the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

UNCG is honored to be one of the 103 institutions across the nation accepting this award which focuses on our amazing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

UNCG is honored to be rated #13 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck in the Southeast. This rating is due to UNCG commitment to social mobility, affordable prices, and supporting our students in achieving degrees.

Washington Monthly ranks four-year institutions based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and providing opportunities for public service.

UNCG is honored to be a top university in Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” list. Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” highlights colleges and universities that serve their students with outstanding education opportunities, affordability, mobility in the professional world, and promote leaders.

UNCG has also been recognized by Forbes and Statista as one of America’s Best-in-State Employers of 2022. This accomplishment is the result of a survey of 70 thousand U.S. employees across 25 industry sectors on the basis of working conditions, salary, the potential for growth, and diversity.

UNCG continues to be applauded for affordability in LendEDU’s latest rankings, which offer an in-depth analysis of the most recent student loan debt figures at hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States.

UNCG ranks No. 5 in North Carolina for student loan debt, meaning that UNCG students borrow less money than most of their peers at other North Carolina colleges and universities.

UNCG is a 2022 Military Times Best for Vets institution. The ranking comes from responses from over 300 schools based on their specific contribution to military students. Important factors in determining the rankings were military specific resources, student success metrics, and financial assistance.

UNCG ranks No. 1 in North Carolina for the number of students who receive the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship. The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables Pell Grant funded students the means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to the country’s national security and economic prosperity.

UNCG is honored to be ranked 6th in North Carolina by NAFSA: Association of International Educators for the number of international students it serves. UNCG’s support of international students contributes $12.2 million and supports 132 jobs in the Piedmont Triad.


UNC Greensboro is committed to serving traditionally underserved populations:

  • 49.8% of students are first generation 
  • 56% of students are people of color
  • Top 3 in the UNC System for Hispanic/Latino enrollment
  • 48% of undergraduates are Pell grant eligible

UNCG students have the opportunity to join:

  • 187 spaces for hands-on learning.
  • More than 450 students study abroad annually. 
  • More than 700 undergraduates conduct faculty-sponsored research annually.


  • $1 billion economic impact in the Piedmont Triad
  • $48 million in external funding annually 
  • 94,000 Spartan alumni live, work, and make a difference in North Carolina
  • 73% of recent graduates live and work in N.C.’s most economically challenged communities (2017-2021 graduates)
  • Carnegie Foundation classification for higher research activity and community engagement.
  • UNCG graduates 400 educators and 300 nurses each year.
  • UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum, one of the leading collections of 20th and 21st-century American art in the Southeast, serves nearly 40,000 visitors each year.
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