Charles Duncan McIver founded the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the year 1891. The school began as a women’s college. In 1892, the school opened as the state Normal and Industrial School. The student body began with 223 students taught by 15 teachers. The school changes names several over the years. The list of names included North Carolina College for Women (1919), Women’s College of the University of North Carolina (1932), and finally, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1963). During the year 1963, men were admitted into the university.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public university that is part of the University of North Carolina system. This university is classified for “community engagement” in curriculum and as a “research university with high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university is distinguished by its leadership areas: education, leadership, public policy and social change, science, and business.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has an abundance of research facilities, including the Center of Applied Research, Center of Biotechnology, Genomics & Health Research, Gateway University Research Park, and the Center for Drug Recovery. The university ranks high among other universities because of its student performance and academics. The School of Nursing has received recognition by the National League of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Education. The School of Education ranked 56th in the country in 2010 and the school ranked third among public institutions of higher learning in North Carolina.
The Commission on College of the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools accredits the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The university currently offers over 180 different degrees: students can earn bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has 9 colleges and schools that include College of Arts and Sciences, International Honors College, Bryans School of Business & Economics, School of Education, School of Health & Human Performance, School of Humans Environmental Sciences, School of Nursing, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, and School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
A few of the departments within the colleges and schools include Department of Kinesiology, Department of Music Performance, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Department of Economics, Department of Teacher Education & Higher Education, and Department of Mathematics & Statistics.
The division of Continuing Education offers online degrees and certificates. A few of the offerings are Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, Graduate Certificate in Health Information Technology Management, Post-Master’s Certificate in Advanced School Counseling, and Master of Education in B-K Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development.
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All domestic applicants must complete an application and include the necessary fee by the deadline. Students must also submit official high school transcripts and high school diplomas or GED; official copy of ACT or SAT scores, including writing component; and official college transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended. Internationals students must apply for admission through the International Programs Center. The application deadline for the spring semester is early December, fall semester (priority) is early November, or fall semester is early March and early July.
Students are strongly encouraged to read the Graduate Admissions Guide before completing the admission application and submitting the non-refundable application fee. Students need to submit an official transcript for all universities and colleges attended, three letters of recommendation from former employers, former professors, or close acquaintances; additional required material which may include portfolios, resumes, personal statements, auditions, and writing samples; official copies of GRE scores and IELTS or TOEFL to validate English proficiency. The application and all documentation must be submitted by early July for the fall semester, early October for the spring semester, and early April for the summer session.
Students interested in receiving financial aid for the upcoming school year must complete the FAFSA form to determine eligibility. Financial aid options range for grants and work-study programs to scholarships and assistantships. The type of financial aid comes in the form of state and federal funding. An abundance of scholarships are available from the university and outside sources.
A few of the scholarships that are available from the university include Alpha Phi Omega Scholarship, Louise and Sam Adams Scholarship, Adwa University Scholarship, Elizabeth Gant Bennett Scholarship, and Nita Parker Brogdon Scholarship. Students can find a long list of available grants and scholarships on the financial aid section of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s website.
Students may also choose to use provide lenders for financial aid. Loans may be available with lower interest rates and terms depending on the creditworthiness of the lender. Students may want to compare lenders to get the best possible rate. Loans must be repaid so students should borrow wisely.
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The campus of University of North Carolina at Greensboro has many historical structures and unique landmarks. Historical structures include Spencer hall (1904, 1907), Aycock Auditorium (1927), Chancellor’s Residence (1923), Alumni House (1937), Foust Building (1891), and the Quad (1919-1923). There is also a statue of the founder Charles Duncan McIver right outside of Jackson Library. Other landmarks include, the clock tower, “The Rawk,” the bell tower near College Avenue, the fountain, and statue of Minerva the goddess of wisdom.
20 fraternities and sororities are on the campus of University of North Carolina at Greensboro. One of the largest celebrations that Greek organizations sponsor is Greek Week. This celebration takes place each April and is full of fun. A few of the sororities and fraternities on campus include Kappa Delta Rho, Theta Delta Chi, Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Gamma Rho, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Chi Upsilon Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Mu Phi Epsilon, and Zeta Phi Beta.
The university has club sports for students who wish to compete against students from other schools. Possible sports that students may participate in include fencing, ice hockey, Ultimate Frisbee (men’s and women’s), Lacrosse (men’s), quidditch, volleyball, tennis (men’s and women’s) , soccer, rugby men’s and women’s), and equestrian.
The campus has many other activities in which students may participate. The university has a Campus Activity Board (CAD) that plans campus-wide activities, religious and service programs, and student median groups (WUAG 103.1 Campus Radio and CORADDI Fine Arts Magazine). The campus also has political organizations, including College Republicans, College Libertarians, and College Democrats.
Students who require residential housing have several options in which to choose. There are apartment style, traditional style, and suite style residential halls. A few of the housing options include Cone Hall, Jefferson Suites, Reynolds Hall, South Spence Hall, Grogan Hall, Tower Village, and Spring Garden Apartments. These residential areas have wireless Internet access in the common areas and in every room.
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has 18 athletic teams, which include wrestling, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and softball. The teams participate in the NCAA Division I and the Southern Conference. The school’s mascot is Spartan and Minerva, and the 49ers school colors are white, gold, and navy blue.
The men’s soccer team has won 5 national championships(1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, and 1987). Other notable accomplishments include Big South Tournament Champions, men’s basketball; SoCon Regular Season Champions and SoCon Tournament Champions (1997 and 1998), women’s soccer; SoCon Tournament title game appearance (2002 and 2006).
The university has excellent athletic facilities that include, Bryan Park Golf Course, women’s golf; Fleming Gym; volleyball, wrestling, and women’s basketball; Forest Oaks CC, men’s golf; Greensboro Coliseum, men’s basketball; Starmount CC, women’s golf, UNCG Baseball Stadium, baseball; UNCG tennis courts; men’s and women’s tennis; UNCG Soccer Stadium, men’s and women’s soccer; and UNCG Softball Stadium, softball. A few of the notable athletes who attended the university include Danny Valencia, third baseman for the Minnesota Twins; Carol Mann and LPGA Hall of Fame golfer, and Kyle Hines.
Many of the campus traditions take place around the Eliot University Center and University Dinner Hall near the clock tower and “The Rawk.”
The Rawk is an enormous boulder in which students use as a message board. Unofficial rules govern the large boulder. Students can write whatever they want on the board (no foul language). The rule is that students must wait 24 hours before painting over the previous message. There are two smaller rocks in from of The Rawk that display the date and time of the previous message. The Rawk is part of the “Rawkin Welcome Week,” which is a celebration to welcome freshman to the campus.
The clock tower is the center of another tradition. Students are not supposed to walk under the four-faced clock that is located near The Rawk. The belief is that those who walk beneath the clock will not graduate on time. The faces of the clock all show different times so students are encouraged not to depend on those times.
One other tradition is to place a wreath of daisies near the foot of the statue of the university’s founder, Charles McIver. This tradition takes place on Founders Day and is done by the alumni of the university.
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