Back to Top
Skip to Site Search Skip to Utility Nav Skip to Top Nav Skip to Content
Close Main Menu

Points of Pride

The University of North Georgia is one of Georgia's leading public universities. Here are some of the reasons why UNG has quickly earned its reputation for academic excellence and educational value.

Stature and Value

  • Named to the Forbes Best Colleges list for fourth consecutive year (2016 - 2019)
  • Ranked #16 top public regional universities in the south (U.S. News & World Report, 2020)
  • One of five public universities in Georgia on Kiplinger’s 2019 Best College Values list
  • UNG is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. The university is designated as The Military College of Georgia® and as a State Leadership Institution.
  • UNG enrolled 19,748 for fall 2019 across its five campuses and online, making it one of the largest and fastest-growing universities in Georgia.
  • UNG students hail from 83 countries, 48 states, two U.S. territories and all but seven of Georgia's 159 counties.

Scholarly Pursuits

The University of North Georgia assists outstanding students in pursuing some of the nation's most prestigious, merit-based scholarships. Among the impressive list of these elite awards, UNG students have earned:
  • 20 Fulbright Scholarships (nine awarded in 2017)
  • Three National Institutes of Health Scholarships
  • Nine Critical Language Scholarships
  • 14 Boren Scholarships
  • 65 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships
  • Two Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships
  • Five Newman Civic Fellows Awards
  • One Udall Scholarship
  • 13 Freeman-ASIA Awards
  • Three Huayu Scholarships
  • Six Chinese Government Scholarships
  • Two Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program Scholarships
  • Four Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
  • Four Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellowships
  • One Truman Scholarship
  • One Fulbright Canada Youth in the World Seminar Participant
  • One US-UK Summer Fulbright Institute Recipient
  • One Goldwater Scholars Honorable Mention

Academic Excellence

  • Seven colleges and institutes offer more than 120 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), demonstrating the university’s commitment to the highest standard of educational quality.
  • In keeping with its mission to prepare leaders for a diverse and global society, UNG offers programs of study in 12 languages and holds a prestigious designation as an ROTC Chinese Flagship Program.
  • The Mike Cottrell College of Business is accredited by AACSB, the hallmark of excellence among business schools worldwide. The Cottrell MBA program was named as one of Georgia's top five part-time MBA programs among public institutions in the U.S. News and World Report 2018 Best Graduate Schools report.
  • UNG's Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis was designated in 2017 as a National Center of Academic Excellence and received a $600,000 federal grant to expand programs.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency in 2016 named UNG a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense - a program jointly sponsored by the two agencies.

Outstanding Faculty

UNG faculty are committed to teaching excellence and the pursuit of interdisciplinary understanding of evidence-based teaching practices. UNG is an acknowledged leader in teaching excellence and innovation in higher education. Recent awards and recognition include:
  • USC Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award
  • Four University System of Georgia Chancellor's Learning Scholars
  • Two Governor's Teaching Fellows
  • Two University System of Georgia Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellows

Corps of Cadets

  • UNG's acclaimed Boar's Head Brigade was honored twice in the past three years (2017 & 2019) with the General Douglas MacArthur Award as the top Army ROTC program among the nation's six senior military colleges. Recognition is based on cadet performance, retention rate achievements and cadet standing on the national Order of Merit list.
  • A record 31 cadets were selected as Distinguished Military Students in 2019. Eighteen of these cadets were named Distinguished Military Graduates for being among the top 20% cadets on the national Order of Merit (OML) list and seven were ranged in the top 10% of the OML list.
  • The Boar's Head Brigade commissioned more than 300 cadets into the Total Army during the past three years (2017-2019), far exceeding any other three-year period in university history.

Athletic Achievements

  • UNG offers 13 NCAA Division II sports. Twelve (five men's and seven women's) sports compete in the Peach Belt conference; the nationally acclaimed rifle team (a mixture sport) competes in the Southern Conference.
  • UNG Athletics received the 2017 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence in recognition of outstanding community engagement.
  • The UNG Athletics department received the 2017 Peach Belt Commissioner's Cup for overall department success.
  • The UNG Nighthawks were crowned the 2015 NCAA Division II National Champions in Softball.
  • UNG Athletics Director, Lindsay Reeves was selected NCAA Division II Athletic Director of the Year in 2016.
  • UNG teams have made 37 NCAA Division II national postseason appearances since 2006.
  • UNG has earned five Southern Conference team and individual championships in rifle.

Global Engagement

  • UNG enjoys more than 50 partnerships across the globe that provide its students opportunities for a variety of international experiences, including study abroad, internships, service learning and faculty-led education programs.
  • UNG is advancing toward its goal of forming partnerships with institutions in each major region of the world. Our goal for these partnerships is to create meaningful connections to provide research opportunities, faculty exchange and student mobility.
  • UNG enrolled 239 international students and 385 students studied abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year (the most current data reported).

Research and Engagement

  • UNG supports robust undergraduate research opportunities through its Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA), enabling students to gain practical experience and strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • UNG students have presented at local, state, regional and national undergraduate research conferences, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. UNG hosted the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference for the first time in 2018. As the GURC host again in 2019, more than 40 UNG students presented at the event.
  • UNG is 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.
  • In 2018, UNG became the first institution in the state to submit a Civic Action Plan as a part of the Campus Compact initiative.
  • Now in its fourth year, the Blue Ridge Scholars Program is receiving national attention for its efforts to build student scholarship through academics, leadership and community engagement.
  • UNG is the digital home of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, one of the leading scholarly journals in the field of community engagement.
  • UNG is part of the LEAP State Georgia Consortium, an AAC&U-designed program to provide higher education institutions with a practical framework for delivering an inclusive, broad education in a complex and diverse world.

Federal Grants

UNG has received many prestigious federal grants, including:
  • University College received a $2.1 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the Success Oriented Academic Reform (SOAR) program, which seeks to build on the success of orientation, Weeks of Welcome and student advising programs.
  • The Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis (IESA) received a $609,736 grant the National Science Foundation to expand geospatial programs and develop the curriculum for a new associate and certificate program. 
  • The U.S. Department of Education through its Federal TRIO Programs, awarded UNG grants totaling $2,575,000 over five years to fund two Upward Bound Programs to provide college preparation support to promising low-income high school student in Hall and Gilmer counties.
  • The U.S. Department of Education awarded a five-year grant totaling $1,161,325 ($233,265 annually for five years) to help students prepare for academic and research oriented careers).

UNG follows Section 508 Standards and WCAG 2.0 for web accessibility. If you require the content on this web page in another format, please contact the ADA Coordinator.

Back to Top