University of North Carolina- Greensboro appears in these rankings:

50 Best Value Rankings: Best Small Colleges

30 Best Value Colleges and Universities in North Carolina

The University of North Carolina- Greensboro was initially established by Charles Duncan McIver in 1891 as the State Normal and Industrial School for women. After rapid expansion in the mid 20th century, UNCG grew into a large public co-educational state liberal arts and research institution. Each year, UNC Greensboro enrolls more than 13,600 undergraduates and 2,500 post-graduates in the University of North Carolina System. UNCG is located on a 231-acre urban campus in Greensboro, the largest city within the Piedmont Triad. Holding the "community engagement" classification from Carnegie, the University of North Carolina- Greensboro has nearly 800 full-time faculty across 21 academic departments.

According to the U.S. News, UNC Greensboro is ranked as America's 187th best university, 105th top public school, and 149th best college for veterans. In particular, UNCG has the 23rd best online IT degrees and 39th top online graduate nursing programs nationally. With 10 LEED-certified buildings, UNCG was crowned the 76th best "Cool School" by the Sierra Club. Forbes magazine named the University of North Carolina- Greensboro the country's 138th top research institute. Kiplinger's Personal Finance included UNCG among the 100 best values in public education. UNC Greensboro was also honored as the 127th best master's-level university in the United States for civic engagement by Washington Monthly.

University of North Carolina- Greensboro Accreditation Details

In 2010, the University of North Carolina- Greensboro was granted unconditional approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This regional accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. UNCG has received 18 discipline-specific accreditations. For instance, nursing degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Teaching programs meet the guidelines of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Health degrees are given accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Nutrition programs have approval from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

University of North Carolina- Greensboro Application Requirements

Only 60 percent of the over 10,000 applications to UNC Greensboro are accepted each year, so getting in is tough. First-year students must be graduating with a high school diploma or earning the GED certificate. The UNC system requires both in-state and out-of-state applicants to have at least four units English, four units math, three units science, two units social science, and two units foreign language. Admitted freshmen have an average high school GPA of 3.69. On average, students score 23 on the ACT or 480 on each SAT section. Undergraduate transfers must have 24 or more credits from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

For master's, specialist, or doctoral programs, graduate applicants must hold at least a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. or foreign university. Majoring in a similar field and fulfilling course prerequisites is strongly recommended. Most programs mandate a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of coursework. Presenting satisfactory GRE or GMAT exam scores from the past five years is also expected. There are extra requirements for certain programs. For instance, the Master of Education requires having valid teaching certification. International students must score at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS.

Prior to the November 15th or March 1st deadlines, students can apply to the University of North Carolina- Greensboro by sending in:

• Online general application form
• Official transcripts of all academic work
• College entrance exam scores
• $55 non-refundable application fee
• At least one letter of recommendation
• Brief personal statement of career goals

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduates from North Carolina will pay $6,733 per academic year. Non-resident undergrad students are billed $21,595 for each full-time year. Room and board is expected to cost $4,701 and $3,462 respectively. Total annual cost of attendance for undergraduates is $14,896 (in-state) and $29,758 (out-of-state). At the graduate level, North Carolina residents will pay $$7,163 per full-time year. Non-resident graduates enrolled full-time must afford $20,612 in tuition and fees. Online courses follow a different pay structure though. UNCG Online charges $266 (in-state) and $926 (out-of-state) per credit hour.

Around 78 percent of beginning full-time UNC Greensboro students earn financial aid. There's a Tuition Pay program for flexible monthly payments. Students who submit the FAFSA form could qualify for Federal Perkins, Federal Direct, Grad PLUS, or Parent PLUS loans. Certain learners are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, SMART Grant, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. In-state residents should apply for the North Carolina Student Incentive Grant (NCSIG), North Carolina Education Lottery, and UNC Grant. Federal Work-Study (FWS) is available for part-time campus employment. Military benefits are offered via the Yellow Ribbon Program. Scholarships, such as the Blue & Gold Scholarship, Margaret V. Gardner Scholarship, and Lloyd International Honors Scholarship, are numerous.

Degrees Available at UNC Greensboro

The University of North Carolina- Greensboro is split into eight undergraduate academic divisions and a Graduate School. Currently, students can select from over 110 bachelor's, 65 master's, 30 doctoral, and 50 certificate programs. With a student-faculty ratio of 18:1, over 40 percent of UNCG classes have fewer than 20 students. Building on a liberal arts core, the university's programs challenge students in a supportive, engaged community. For example, two available degrees are:

B.S. in Nutrition

Consisting of 122 credit hours, the B.S. in Nutrition program at UNCG prepare undergraduate students with the food fundamentals to help people make healthier diet decisions in clinical or community health settings. Concentration tracks are available in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition and Wellness, or Nutrition Science. All students take classes in nutrition therapy, physical fitness, physiology, biology, chemistry, food science, human metabolism, and nutrition assessment. Students can also join the Greensboro District Dietetic Association.

M.A. in Dance Education

Available either on-campus in Greensboro or online, the M.A. in Dance Education is a program for K-12 public school dance instructors with North Carolina M license to fine-tune their teaching skills. The 36-credit curriculum is completed in a three-year, cohort format with one graduate course per semester. Coursework will cover topics in choreography, education technology, reflective practice, dance technique/performance, literacy, and curriculum design. In the final term, M.A. students will complete an applied field project in dance.

Other unique degrees at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro include the BFA in Interior Architecture, B.S. in Interpreter Preparation, B.A. in Classical Studies, M.S. in Apparel and Retail Studies, M.S. in Historic Preservation, and M.S. in Genetic Counseling.