UNCG Rises to the Top of the Rankings

Posted on September 18, 2023

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UNC Greensboro is continually 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 one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes, Money, and U.S. News and World Report, UNCG is a recognized leader.

UNCG is also acknowledged for closing the black-white achievement gap and recognized 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. Visit NY Times Build Your Own College Ranking.

For the 25th consecutive year, UNCG is recognized as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates in the Princeton Review’s “Best 389 Colleges” guide. Princeton Review also named UNC Greensboro as one of the best regional colleges in the south. Read more about how students praised UNCG. University of North Carolina at Greensboro – The Princeton Review College Rankings & Reviews.

UNCG is one of the U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 best colleges in North Carolina.

UNCG is a top-ranked North Carolina institution for social mobility. The media outlet also ranks UNCG No. 2 in the state for its undergraduate teaching and nursing programs. UNCG remains on the 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, economics, psychology, and computer science programs.

UNCG has been recognized by Money to be one of the best colleges in America in 2023. This title is awarded based on UNC Greensboro’s stellar graduation rates, cost of attendance, financial aid, and alumni salaries.

UNCG is honored to be rated #17 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck in the Southeast. This rating is due to UNCG’s commitment to social mobility.

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

UNCG has also been recognized by Forbes and Statista as one of America’s Best-in-State Employers of 2023.

UNCG is honored to be recognized by The Wall Street Journal on their Best U.S. Colleges 2024 list. This rank of the top 400 universities in the nation is based on student outcomes, leadership environment, and diversity.

The Wall Street Journal also named UNCG No. 1 in N.C. for student experience in 2023. The ranking comes from “one of the largest ever independent surveys of verified college students and recent graduates in the U.S.” The paper went on to rank UNCG as No. 1 in North Carolina for social mobility. The ranking reflects UNCG’s of how the institution enhances students’ social mobility. The ranking rewards institutions for “taking the highest proportion of students coming from lower-income families while maintaining high graduation rates and having a positive impact on graduate salaries and minimizing the costs of attending college.”

UNCG continues to be applauded for its affordability in LendEDU’s latest rankings. It’s 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.

Dedication to every student’s success

As highlighted by our national rankings, UNC Greensboro is committed to serving all of our students, including our traditionally underserved populations. 50% of our students are first generation, 53% of our students are people of color, 46% of our undergraduates receive Pell grants. UNCG is an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and No. 1 in the UNC System for total percentage of Hispanic/Latino student enrollment. This year, UNCG welcomed its largest first-year class since 2019 – with 2,613 students contributing to an 11.5% increase from Fall 2022.

Once on campus, they have the opportunity to join over 250 student groups, 7 living-learning communities, 4 residential colleges, and more than 175 undergraduate areas of study and 250 master’s and doctoral programs. With 187 spaces for hands-on learning, UNCG students receive a world-class education. UNCG also supports more than 360 students in their study abroad journey and over 700 undergraduate students as they conduct faculty-sponsored research annually.

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Rise to the top with UNCG.


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