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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 earned its reputation for academic excellence, student achievement and educational value. 

Fast Facts

  • Enrolled 19,793 for fall 2020 across its five campuses and online, making UNG one of the largest public universities in Georgia.
  • Students hail from 83 countries, 45 states and the District of Columbia, and all but nine of Georgia’s 159 counties.
  • UNG is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. The university is designated as a State Leadership Institution and The Military College of Georgia®.
  • Five colleges and the Institute for Environment and Spatial Analysis offer more than 120 programs of study at the certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Stature and Value

Academic Excellence

  • 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 one of only 13 Chinese Language Flagship Programs in the nation.
  • The University has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense since 2016 – a program jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.
  • Demonstrating its commitment to the highest standard of educational quality, the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • The Mike Cottrell College of Business is accredited by AACSB, the hallmark of excellence among business schools worldwide.
  • UNG’s computer science program is accredited by ABET, the most respected accrediting body for such programs.
  • The Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in 2017 and has received several state and national grants to expand educational opportunities for students.
  • UNG decisively won the 2019 National Security Agency Codebreaker Challenge.

Scholarly Pursuits

  • The University of North Georgia assists outstanding students in pursing some of the nation’s most prestigious, merit-based scholarships. Among the impressive list of these elite awards as of December 2020, UNG students have earned:
    26 Fulbright Scholarships
  • Three National Institutes of Health Scholarships
  • 10 Critical Language Scholarships
  • 17 Boren Scholarships
  • 81 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships
  • Three National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships
  • Two Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships
  • Six Newman Civic Fellows Awards
  • One Udall Scholarship
  • 15 Freeman-ASIA Awards
  • One American Council on Education Veteran of the Year
  • Six Chinese Government Scholarships
  • Two Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program Scholarships
  • 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
  • Three Goldwater Scholars

Outstanding Faculty

The University of North Georgia is an acknowledged leader in teaching excellence and innovation in higher education. The University’s faculty is committed to teaching excellence and the pursuit of interdisciplinary understanding of evidence-based teaching practices. Recent awards and recognition include:

  • Five University System of Georgia Chancellor’s Learning Scholars, including four faculty in the current academic year (2020-21).
  • One Governor’s Teaching Fellows recipient.
  • One Faculty Development in Georgia recipient for 2020-21.

Corps of Cadets

  • UNG's acclaimed Boar's Head Brigade was honored twice in the past four 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.
  • The Boar’s Head Brigade commissioned more than 425 cadets as second lieutenants into the Total Army during the past four years (2017-2020), far exceeding any other four-year period in university history.

Athletic Achievements

  • UNG offers 12 NCAA Division II sports (five men’s and seven women’s sports) that compete in the Peach Belt Conference. The nationally acclaimed rifle team (a mixed sport) competes in the Southern Conference.
  • UNG Athletics has been selected to host the 2023 NCAA Division II Softball Championship, 2023 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Cross Country Regional, 2025 NCAA Division II Softball Championship, 2026 NCAA Divisions I, II and III Women's Rowing Championships, 2026 NCAA Division II Softball Championship.
  • UNG teams have made 47 NCAA Division II national postseason appearances since 2006.
  • UNG Athletics received the 2017 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence in recognition of outstanding community engagement.
  • The Athletics department received the 2017 Peach Belt Commissioner’s Cup for overall departmental success.
  • The UNG Nighthawks were crowned the 2015 NCAA Division II National Champions in Softball.
  • The Nighthawks have earned seven Southern Conference team and individual championships in rifle.
  • UNG has granted nine wishes through the Make-A-Wish foundation, topping the Division II donor list for five consecutive years.
  • UNG’s Haines and Carolyn Hill Stadium was named the Division II NFCA Field of the Year in 2020.
  • Men’s basketball player Zach Brown was named the Peach Belt Conference’s appointee to the NCAA Division II Student Athlete Advisory Council, making him the third UNG student-athlete to represent the league on the national level.

Global Connections

  • The university has launched UNG Study Away programs that provide short-term, domestic study options outside of north Georgia to provide students opportunities to engage in experiential learning, build relationships with faculty and gain confidence to participate in other types of high impact practices later in their UNG career, such as serving in urban centers, conducting remote fieldwork or deepening understanding of diverse communities.
  • 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 235 international students and 288 students studied abroad during the 2018-2019 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 in 2018 and 2019; more than 40 UNG students presented at the 2019 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.
  • UNG is one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement. Including this year’s designee, only 359 schools nationwide carry the voluntary classification; UNG is one of only six public universities in Georgia that have earned the designation.
  • In 2018, UNG became the first institution in Georgia to submit a Civic Action Plan as part of the Campus Compact initiative.
  • Launched the Annual Research Pitch, which gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present a three-minute “pitch” of their academic research.
  • Now in its fifth 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 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:
  • A five-year, $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). UNG CAMP provides academic support and financial assistance for students who are migratory or seasonal farmworkers (or children of such workers) enrolled in their first year at UNG.
  • $1.2 million over four years was awarded from the Institute of International Education to continue the Chinese Language Flagship program, which allows both ROTC and civilian students to learn Chinese at UNG. Students then spend a capstone year abroad, which gives them language and cultural training through classes and an internship.
  • $1.4 million was awarded from the National Security Agency to create a Cyber Institute program to increase the talent pipeline for the military and civilian Department of Defense cyber workforce.
  • A $239,866 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration will be used for the development of a Nurse Faculty Loan Program for Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice students who plan to work as nurse educators.
  • A $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide workforce development in six counties in northeast Georgia: Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Hall and Lumpkin. The project will allow UNG to develop training and support for entrepreneurs seeking to increase economic growth in the region.

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