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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 second-straight year
  • #22 Top public regional universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)
  • One of three public universities in Georgia on Kiplinger’s list of Best College Values, 2017
  • 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 2017, across its five campuses, UNG enrolled 18,782 students, 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:
    • Twelve Fulbright Scholarships (Nine awarded in 2017)
    • Three National Institute of Health Scholarships
    • Two Critical Language Scholarships
    • Six Boren Scholarships
    • Twenty-two Gilman Scholarships
    • Two Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships
    • Five Newman Civic Fellowships
    • One Truman Scholarship (Finalist)
    • One Udall Scholarship
    • Three Freeman-Asia Scholarships
    • Five Chinese Government Scholarships
    • One Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
    • Three Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
    • Four Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellowships
    • One Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholarship
    • One Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Finalist
    • One Fulbright Canada Youth in the World Seminar Participant
    • One US-UK Summer Fulbright Institute Recipient
  • UNG commissioned more than 100 cadets as military officers in 2016-2017, and 23 earned honors as Distinguished Military Students. In 2017, two cadets from UNG placed in the top five in the nation on the U.S. Cadet Command Order of Merit List.
  • 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's Mike Cottrell College of Business received approval to launch graduate-level certificate in Cybersecurity, with a start term of Summer 2018.


  • 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 baseball competed in NCAA DII national championship in 2017
  • Baseball head coach, Tom Cantrell named NCAA DII Southeast Coach of the Year
  • 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, teaching, internships, volunteer work, and faculty-led study tours. UNG is advancing toward the goal of forming partnerships with institutions in each major region of the world. The newest are with Hungary’s National University of Public Service (NUPS), Poland’s General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Military Academy of Land Forces (MALF) and Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In just the past year, UNG has received three prestigious federal grants.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
  • The BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership developed the Business Ethics Education program to help educate regional high school students on the importance of business ethics; more than 2,100 students participated in the program in 2016-2017.
  • 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.

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