The University of Guam (UOG) is a land-grant, four-year college in Mangilao, Guam. It was founded as a teacher’s college in 1952 as the Territorial College of Guam. UOG is the largest and best-known institution of higher education in the Western Pacific. Today there are over 3,000 students on the 161 acre campus. The motto of the university is “Ever Upward”. And the mission is “Ina, Diskubre, Setbe,” which means “To Enlighten, To Discover, To Serve”.
UOG offers 34 undergraduate degrees and 11 master’s degrees. The colleges and divisions of the university include:
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
- Division of Humanistic Studies
- Department of English and Applied Linguistics (D.E.A.L.)
- Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Division of Communication and Fine Arts
College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS)
- Department of Computer Science
- Division of Natural Sciences
- Division of Mathematical Sciences
School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA)
School of Education (SOE)
School of Nursing, Social Work and Health Sciences (SNSWHS)
UOG features a large online education program. It is possible to earn several degrees completely through the internet, including bachelor’s degrees in all departments and Masters of Arts in Teaching-Secondary and Masters of Education in Special Education.
National Student Exchange
The National Student Exchange (NSE) program provides study abroad opportunities at 175 member colleges and universities throughout the United States and related areas. Many students use the NSE as an opportunity to identify geographical areas with future job opportunities in their field of study.
Most Popular Fields of Study
UOG offers a study program in Costa Rica over the summer called the Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience (NAPIRE). The program is funded by the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation. It introduces undergraduates to tropical biodiversity in an 8-week field research project. Students admitted to the program receive round-trip airfare to Costa Rica and a $3,800 stipend.
Admission to UOG are highly competitive. Because students come from many nations with differing school systems, requirements vary. Contact the admissions office to discuss your academic background and situation.
A wide range of grants, loans, and scholarships are available to UOG students. A few of the need- and merit-based scholarships than many students take advantage of include:
The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) offers several scholarships for full-time and part-time students. These include a community service scholarship for those pursuing a degree in a financial management academic discipline. Candidates for all (AGA) scholarships must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
The Rotary International District 2750 Friendship Scholarship Program offers several scholarships for incoming and current students.
The Guam Women’s Club offers scholarships to undergraduate students based on academic merit, citizenship, leadership qualities, and need. Applicants must have a grade point average of no less than 3.0 and should submit a transcript; evidence of home, school, civic, and community involvement; and three letters of recommendation with their application.
The Micronesian Area Research Center offers scholarships for students enrolled in the Micronesian Studies Masters of Arts Program. Applicatns should have a graduate level grade point average of at least 3.5 and should submit a 500-word essage about their career plans, knowledge of, and experience in or about Micronesia.
The Society of American Military Engineers offers scholarships to undergraduates studying engineering and architecture.
Student Financial Aid Details
Approximately 91% of the students at UOG self-identify as Asian-Pacific Islander. Roughly 70% attend full-time. The student body is split fairly evenly between men and women.
Freshman Year Experience
First year students are given a holistic introduction to university life, starting with a new student orientation the week prior to the commencement of classes. During this time students meet with an advisor, learn about the many facets of campus life, and begin to form relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students. Throughout the first year, students have many opportunities to participate in a program called the Freshmen Year Experience, which offers mentoring opportunities, career planning, tutoring, and more.
Living on Campus
There are two residence halls on campus; Gum’ta Hall and Iya-hami Hall. Each of the residences contains a men’s wing and a women’s wing, separated by a courtyard and common areas. The residences offer recreation rooms, kitchens, study and conference rooms, and television lounges. Guam’ta Hall (“our home” in Chamoru) offers air-conditioned single and double rooms with cable television, phone and internet hook-ups, and furniture. Iya-hami Hall (“our place” in Chamoru) offers both air conditioned and non-air conditioned single and double rooms with small balconies.
Dining on Campus
UOG does not offer meal plans to its students. Students living in residence halls are expected to provide their own food and to use the kitchen facilities in the residences. There is a cafeteria on campus, which is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Convenience foods, simple meals, and snacks may be purchased at the bookstore and the IP Coffee Shop in the School of Business and Public Administration. There are several student-oriented restaurants in the area, including Subway, Tapioca Drink World, Everyday Chinese Restaurant, Heiden Fried Chicken, Mama Tita’s Pizza, Winchell’s Donuts, Oriental Kitchen, and KFC.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
The athletic department is known as the Tritons. School colors are green and white. The field house features several basketball courts, volleyball courts, badminton courts, fitness rooms, and a weight-training room.
Well-known alumni of UOG include:
- Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Benigno Fitial
- Former Governor of Guam Joseph Franklin Ada
- Eloy Inos, Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
- Palau Senator Peter Sugiyama
- Dr. Judith T. Won Pat, Speaker of the 30th Guam Legislature.
- Ray Tenorio, Lieutenant Governor of Guam.
- Guam Senator Tom Ada
- Pulitzer Prize Winner Manny Crisostomo
- Former President and Chairman of Bank of Guam Anthony A. Leon Guerrero
- Geneticist Dr Vincent P. Diego
- Co-founder of Sanibel Sea School Dr J. Bruce Neill
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