Learn Outside the Classroom

Put your learning in action with opportunities to serve the greater Greensboro community, conduct hands-on research, explore global challenges, and be better prepared to launch a fulfilling, successful career upon graduation. Here you will apply classroom knowledge with real life experiences.

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Lloyd International Honors College

The mission of Lloyd International Honors College is to recruit outstanding undergraduate students to UNC Greensboro and to provide them with an enhanced and supportive intellectual and social experience that acculturates them to the life of the mind and helps them to become critical, independent thinkers who are active in the design and pursuit of their own education, globally aware and engaged, and prepared to lead successful and fulfilling professional, civic, and personal lives.

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First Year Experience

New students, we are dedicated to helping you connect today in order to excel tomorrow through various success-driven initiatives. From the moment you arrive on campus, our main goal is to help you transition to life at the G and have an impactful first year experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Are you UNCG faculty or staff? We’re here to help you, too! Think of us as the central hub for all things related to the first year experience at UNCG; we are your go-to resource for supporting and learning more about our new students.

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Learning Communities & Residential Colleges

At UNCG, some academic majors incorporate the learning community model as a high-impact educational practice by linking two or more courses together around a “big question,” topic, and/or theme. Additionally, you may elect to join one (or more, where possible) of the University’s robust cross-disciplinary learning communities, which vary by focus and level of immersion. UNCG’s oldest learning communities–Residential Colleges–have been a part of the learning experience at UNCG since 1970.

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Academic Service Learning

Complement your traditional classroom learning with hands-on, service learning opportunities through the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement. Through academic service learning, you will put to use what you learn in class, benefitting your personal and professional experiences as well as those you serve. Taking place weekly to annually, academic service learning empowers your knowledge by putting you into action. 

Students walking on College Avenue on UNCG’s campus in the fall.

Freshman Seminar Program

Each Freshman Seminar gives you the opportunity to study a topic in-depth while earning credit in UNC Greensboro’s General Education Program: Minerva’s Academic Curriculum (MAC). The seminars are small discussion classes taught by faculty selected for their commitment and interest in undergraduate teaching. The seminars have no prerequisites and do not presume any special knowledge about the topics to be covered. The seminars emphasize class discussion, critical reading of original literature (rather than textbooks), and practice in writing and argument. Although some are Honors classes, other sections are open to all freshmen; however, they are challenging courses, intended for students who plan to take their education seriously.

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Leadership & Civic Engagement

The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement prepares students to serve as change-makers. We develop, promote, and advance civic engagement, leadership development, and meaningful service to create positive social change. OLCE’s Foundations of Community Engagement aim to prepare students to engage with the community ethically and effectively.

Bryan School student Dani Iqbal in front of Volvo Trucks sign.

Career & Professional Development

The mission of Career & Professional Development is to provide professional guidance and resources to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates. Programs and services are designed to educate, counsel, and engage students and alumni in career planning and decision-making, experiential learning, continuing education, and/or employment search activities. To provide these programs and services, Career & Professional Development establishes mutually beneficial relationships with students, alumni, employers, faculty, staff, and the community.

Chemistry student and Goldwater Scholar Kala Youngblood writes on a whiteboard in a lab

Research & Engagement

At UNCG, students enjoy close working relationships with faculty and a wide range of opportunities to experience research and scholarship at the professional level. The Office of Research and Engagement, or ORE, offers infrastructure and expertise to amplify the efforts of our scholars at every stage. With a cross-campus, cross-community perspective, we serve as a hub where community leaders, nonprofits, large and small businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, and scholars connect.

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