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Expanded corps continues history of excellence

New cadets work on team-building exercises during Freshman Orientation Group training, also known as FROG Week. This summer and fall, some 266 new cadets are confirmed at the University of North Georgia.

This fall, growth in the number of military students enrolled at the University of North Georgia (UNG) could push the Corps of Cadets toward 800, while maintaining the high quality of cadets for which UNG is recognized around the nation.

"As we look forward to beginning a new academic year, I extend my personal best wishes to all the cadets of the University of North Georgia, especially our new freshmen," said Commandant of Cadets COL James T. Palmer. "I encourage them to consider the values of discipline, integrity and determination as they adjust to the rigorous lifestyle of a cadet at this senior military college."

New cadet enrollment for summer and fall semesters is confirmed at 266 cadets, and most are expected to attend Freshman Orientation Group training, also known as FROG Week, in August. The average SAT for the incoming freshmen cadets is 1110 and the average GPA is 3.27.

The total of incoming cadets includes more than 100 receiving the prestigious Army ROTC and Georgia Military scholarships. An additional 18 cadets will receive a total of more than $22,000 in leadership scholarships.

"We're at the end of our recruiting cycle for the summer and fall of 2013 and spring 2014 and our numbers and quality are looking really good," said Keith Antonia, director of cadet admissions. "Armed with about 130 significant scholarships for new cadets, an excellent value message for prospective cadets and parents, and a skilled recruiting staff that delivers outstanding customer service, I'm hoping that after FROG Week in August we'll have the largest Corps of Cadets in the history of the university."   

Previously, the record strength for the Corps of Cadets was 775 in fall 2011.

New cadets
New cadets at the University of North Georgia stretch before an early-morning
road march.

Chase Kemp, a freshman from Jasper, Ga., is one of more than 60 new cadets who will be coming to UNG this fall on the Army ROTC scholarship.

"I was really excited when I found out that I got the scholarship. It was definitely hard to do, physically and mentally," Kemp said. "It's a little more pressure to keep the scholarship, but I'm definitely glad that school's paid for."

The ROTC scholarship pays tuition and fees or room and meals; a monthly stipend of $300 for freshmen and up to $500 for seniors; and $1,200 per year for books. The merit-based scholarship is awarded for academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal interviews, and physical fitness. There are four-year scholarships, worth approximately $50,000, or three-year scholarships, worth approximately $38,000. Scholarship recipients agree to serve four years in the regular Army as an officer after graduating from the University of North Georgia.

Funded by the state of Georgia, 42 Georgia Military Scholarships are offered each year only to full-time UNG students serving as enlisted members of the Georgia Army National Guard. Each scholarship, which pays for tuition, books, fees, room, board, and provides monthly pay and stipends, is worth approximately $70,000 over four years. Recipients agree to repay the scholarship after receiving their bachelor's degrees by serving part-time in the Georgia Army National Guard as commissioned second lieutenants for at least four years after graduation.

UNG is one of only six senior military colleges in the country. The others are the Citadel, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Military Institute, and Virginia Tech. The university’s ROTC program, housed on the university’s Dahlonega Campus, consistently ranks among the best in the country. UNG, with more than 130 years of experience educating future leaders, is designated as a University System of Georgia leadership institution and as The Military College of Georgia.

With about 15,000 students, UNG is the state’s seventh-largest public university. The regional, multi-campus university offers more than 100 programs of study ranging from certificate and associate degrees to professional and doctoral programs.

Click here to see a list of scholarship winners.

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