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Points of Pride

UNG is a growing regional university that has great momentum and energy. Here are just a few reasons UNG is one of Georgia's top public universities.

Stature and Value

  • #16 Best public universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • Third-most efficient regional university in the South based on spending and educational quality (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • Best public regional university in the South for the least amount of debt load (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
  • One of the top five public universities in Georgia on Money magazine's 2014 "Best Colleges" list, which measures educational quality, affordability and career outcomes.
  • One of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" (Kiplinger Personal Finance, 2014)
  • Best for Vets College (Military Times, 2016)
  • Military Friendly School (Victory Media, 2016)
  • Safest college in Georgia (, 2015)
  • In fall 2015, across its five campuses, UNG enrolled 17,289 students, making us one of the largest public universities in Georgia.
  • UNG's students are from 46 states and 56 countries.
  • UNG is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. As such, it is designated as The Military College of Georgia® and as a State Leadership Institution.

Academic Excellence

  • Seven colleges and institutes offer more than 100 programs of study at the certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.
  • UNG is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which demonstrates the university’s commitment to the highest educational standards.
  • In support of its mission to prepare students as leaders for a diverse and global society, UNG offers programs of study in 10 languages and holds a prestigious designation as an ROTC Chinese Flagship Program.
  • Each year, the University of North Georgia assists outstanding students with applications for nationally competitive scholarships – elite opportunities open to all students nationwide. These extremely competitive scholarships are considered some of the most prestigious, merit-based awards in the country. Since 2012, UNG students have earned:
    • One Critical Language Scholarship
    • Five Boren Scholarships
    • Three Fulbright Scholarships
    • 22 Gilman Scholarships
    • Two Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships
    • Two NIH Undergraduate Scholarships
    • Four Newman Civic Fellowships
    • One Truman Scholarship (Finalist)
    • One Udall Scholarship
    • Seven Freeman-Asia Scholarships
    • Five Chinese Government Scholarships
    • UNG commissioned 76 cadets as military officers in 2014-2015, and 15 earned honors as Distinguished Military Students.  For the past two years, cadets from UNG have placed in top 10 among more than 5,500 cadets nationally – at the number one spot in 2014 and number 8 in 2015.
    • In 2016, UNG was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, who jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence program. UNG's Center for Cyber Operations Education, a collaboration of the Mike Cottrell College of Business and the Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, is focused on planning and supporting cyber education to produce graduates with the necessary skills to  protect national security information systems, commercial networks, and critical information infrastructure in the private and public sectors.

Global Engagement

  • UNG enjoys more than 30 partnerships across the globe that provide UNG students opportunities for a variety of international experiences, including study abroad, teaching, internships, volunteer work, and faculty-led study tours.
  • 325 students studied abroad in 2014-2015.
  • In fall 2015, UNG created a partnership with the Goethe-Institut, the premiere global German language and cultural organization, which will provide advanced courses for UNG students and expand the university's German language program. It is the Geothe-Institut's first partnership with an American university to offer language credit.
  • In 2014-2015, UNG enrolled 267 international students from 56 countries.

Research and Engagement

  • UNG was one of the first public universities in Georgia to earn the prestigious Community Engagement Classification from The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which promotes service-learning and community partnerships and the many ways they can enhance the educational experience.
  • UNG supports robust undergraduate research opportunities through its Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA) that enable students to gain practical experience and strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • The faculty and staff of UNG have been awarded 35 grants for a total of $2,658,791 in support of our mission as a Carnegie-classified Engaged Institution.  These awards represent the work of more than 50 people at UNG and provide support in areas such as teaching world languages and providing cultural experiences and internships around the world, developing electronic textbooks to save money for students around the state, reaching out to students and teachers in local school districts to prepare them for college, providing opportunities for UNG students and faculty to participate in relevant research with their professors or on their own and providing free summer meals for economically disadvantaged children and youth.
  • Students from UNG have presented at local, state, regional, and national undergraduate research conferences, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
  • The BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership has developed the Business Ethics Education program to help educate regional high school students on the importance of business ethics; more than 800 students participated in the program in 2014-2015.
  • Dr. April Nelms and Dr. Sanghee Choi from the College of Education and Dr. Mark Spraker from the Department of Physics obtained a federal grant to increase elementary students' science achievement by strengthening their teachers' content knowledge and teaching skills. The grant, awarded through the federal Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program, involves UNG, Hall County Schools, Lumpkin County Schools, the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.


  • NCAA DII National Softball Champions (2015)
  • UNG competes in the elite Peachbelt Conference and has 13 NCAA teams.
  • UNG Athletics Director Lindsay Reeves was selected as a NCAA DII Athletic Director of the Year (2016).

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