UNCG receives national honors for excellence, access, affordability

Posted on October 08, 2021

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UNC Greensboro continues to be recognized in national ranking lists for excellence, access, and affordability. 

In recent weeks, UNCG has been featured in a variety of ranking lists – from Princeton Review to Forbes to Washington Monthly.

Learn more about these accolades below.  

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

UNCG was ranked No. 1 in social mobility in North Carolina for the third consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. UNCG moved up ten spots in the national social mobility rankings, from No. 23 last year to No. 13 this year.

The Top Performers in Social Mobility category, introduced in 2019 as part of the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, highlights institutions that are most successful in enrolling and graduating students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

UNCG was also recognized for Best Undergraduate Business and Best Undergraduate Computer Science. School of Nursing was ranked #58 nationally for Best Undergraduate Nursing. This year marks the 31st consecutive year that UNCG has been recognized as a U.S. News “Best College.” 

Princeton Review Best Colleges

For the 23rd consecutive year, UNCG has been recognized as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates in the Princeton Review’s “Best 387 Colleges” guide.

Only about 14% of the country’s 2,800 four-year colleges are profiled in the guide. Feedback from the student survey highlights the personalized support and attention students receive, despite UNCG being one of the state’s largest universities. Students also emphasized the beauty of campus and the diversity of the student body.

Read more here. 

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

For the fourth consecutive year, UNCG received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. 

The national honor recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. UNCG is among 101 institutions across the nation, and is one of just two UNC System institutions to receive the award. 

Read more here

Washington Monthly’s 2020 College Guide and Rankings

UNCG has once again been recognized by Washington Monthly for its contribution to the public good. UNC Greensboro is ranked No. 27 in Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges” and No. 96 overall out of 391 institutions. The publication also features UNCG among the “Best Colleges for Student Voting.”

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.

Read more here.

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Rankings

UNCG has been named a top university in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education “2022 Best Colleges in America” list. 

The ranking’s survey results show that most UNCG students believe that UNCG is the “right choice for them,” provides an “inspiring environment,” and is “worth the cost.” 

View the rankings here.


UNCG has been named a top university in Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” list.

Forbes ranks colleges and universities based on the return on investment and outcomes they delivered for students – graduating students on time, graduates securing high salaries and low debt, and alumni securing successful careers.

Take a deeper look into UNCG’s national and statewide rankings:

Story by Alexandra McQueen, University Communications
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