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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

  • Forbes’ list of Best Colleges for third-straight year
  • #20 Top public regional universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
  • One of four public universities in Georgia on Kiplinger’s 2018 Best College Values list
  • UNG is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. It is designated as The Military College of Georgia® and as a State Leadership Institution.
  • In fall 2018, UNG enrolled 19,722 students across its five campuses and online, making us one of the largest and fastest-growing public universities in Georgia.
  • UNG's students are from 51 U.S. states and territories and 97 countries.

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), 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 12 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. In just the past five years, UNG students have earned:
    • Fifteen Fulbright Scholarships (Nine awarded in 2017)
    • Three National Institutes of Health Scholarships
    • Five Critical Language Scholarships
    • Twelve Boren Scholarships
    • Thirty-seven Gilman Scholarships
    • Two Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships
    • Six Newman Civic Fellowships
    • One Udall Scholarship
    • Ten Freeman-Asia Scholarships
    • Three Huayu Scholarships
    • Six Chinese Government Scholarships
    • One Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
    • Four Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
    • Six Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellowships
    • One Fulbright Canada Youth in the World Seminar Participant
    • One US-UK Summer Fulbright Institute Recipient
    • One Goldwater Honorable Mention
  • UNG commissioned more than 100 cadets as military officers in 2017-2018, and 17 earned honors as Distinguished Military Students. Two cadets from UNG placed in the top five in the nation on the U.S. Cadet Command Order of Merit List in 2017 and UNG’s Ranger Challenge team claimed the ROTC Cup and placed fourth overall in the 2018 Sandhurst International Competition.
  • Cottrell MBA named top 5 public part-time MBA programs in Georgia and maintained AACSB accreditation in 2017.
  • In 2017, IESA designated National Center of Academic Excellence & earned $600,000 federal grant to expand programs.
  • 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 competes in the elite Peach Belt Conference and has 13 NCAA teams.
  • Awarded 2017 NCAA DII Award of Excellence & Peach Belt Commissioner’s Cup.
  • UNG softball competed in NCAA DII national championship in 2018.
  • UNG women’s basketball advanced to the Southeast Regional championship game for the first time in program history.
  • NCAA DII National Softball Champions (2015).
  • UNG Athletics Director Lindsay Reeves was selected as a NCAA DII Athletic Director of the Year (2016).

Global Engagement

  • UNG enjoys more than 50 partnerships across the globe that provide UNG students opportunities for a variety of international experiences, including study abroad, internships, service learning, and faculty-led education programs. UNG is advancing toward the goal of forming partnerships with institutions in each major region of the world.  Our goal for these partnerships is to create meaningful connections with each partner institution on a variety of levels:  research opportunities, faculty exchange and student mobility.
  • In 2016-2017, UNG enrolled 285 international students and 425 students studied abroad.

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.
  • In 2018, UNG became the first institution in the state to submit a Civic Action Plan as a part of the Campus Compact initiative.
  • The Blue Ridge Scholars Program, now in its third year, is having an impact on the students involved, the community with which they engage, and is beginning to receive national attention.
  • Hosted through the library’s Digital Commons platform, UNG will soon become the digital home of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, one of the leading academic journals in the field of community engagement.
  • UNG is part of the LEAP State Georgia Consortium, an AAC&U designed to provide institutions of higher education with a practical framework for delivering an inclusive, broad education in a complex and diverse world.
  • 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.
  • UNG has received many prestigious federal grants recently, including:
    • UNG’s University College received a Title III Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $2.1 million to establish the new Success Oriented Academic Reform (SOAR) program that will build on the success of orientation, Weeks of Welcome and student advising programs.
    • UNG’s Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis (IESA) received $609,736 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand geospatial programs and develop a curriculum for a new associate degree and a certificate program on our Gainesville campus.
    • Two Upward Bound Program grants from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) presented to UNG totaling $2,575,000 over five years.  The Upward Bound Program awarded through the U.S. DOE, Federal TRIO Programs will support promising low-income high school students in Hall and Gilmer counties prepare for college.
    • UNG received the U.S. DOE Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program grant in the amount of $1,161,325 ($232,265 annually for five years) to help students prepare for academic and research-oriented careers.
  • Students from UNG have presented at local, state, regional, and national undergraduate research conferences, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. In 2018, UNG for the first time hosted the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference and will host the event again in 2019.
  • UNG is hosting the 2019 Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Developers Consortium.
  • UNG faculty demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence and the pursuit of interdisciplinary understanding of evidence-based teaching practices. UNG is a leader statewide in recognition of teaching excellence and innovation in higher education. Awards and recognition recently received by faculty members include:
    • USG Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award
    • Four University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor’s Learning Scholars
    • Two Governor’s Teaching Fellows
    • Two USG Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Fellows

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