Greensboro, N.C. (September 18, 2019) – UNC Greensboro (UNCG), the Triad’s largest state university, today announced record enrollment of 20,196 students for the University’s Fall 2019 Census. It’s the sixth year in a row UNCG has seen enrollment growth. Increases in graduate students, community college transfers, and online students contributed to UNCG’s growth.
UNCG Graduate students fuel growth, online learners continue to increase credit hours
Graduate student enrollment increased by 1.3% (up 150 students to 3,615). This growth has been fueled in part by UNCG’s launch of three new high-demand, degree programs in 2018-20: an MS in Analytics and Informatics; an online PhD in Business Administration; and a joint PhD in Social Work with NC A&T. This increase is also driven by both the elevated regional and national profile of UNCG and its growing research enterprise as well as the addition of over 90 net new faculty over the past 3 years.
Transfers from North Carolina Community Colleges also rose slightly as UNCG continues to strengthen its ties to the state’s community college system through co-admissions agreements announced last year. These programs are aimed at promoting seamless transfer between community colleges and UNCG, reducing time to degree and helping to save students money.
UNCG saw growth among “non-traditional” students, with part time enrollment rising by 7%. Investments in the “UNCG Part Way Home” program that assist students with some college credit to work toward completion of a degree have helped drive this increase.
Meanwhile, online “distance” learners increased total online credit hours by 5.7% to a record 25,266, as more undergraduate and graduate online programs become available through UNCG Online. UNCG saw particular success with its new online BS in Integrated Professional Studies.
“We are pleased to see total enrollment growing at UNCG, and excited by the programs, world-class faculty, and innovations that have helped drive these results, particularly among graduate students and online learners,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “New academic programs, our co-admissions agreements with community colleges, and our ability to serve non-traditional students effectively are all supporting these results.”
Like others around the state and across the U.S., UNCG does face some challenges related to broader demographic trends. Total undergraduate enrollment was slightly down as traditional freshman enrollment dipped, driving total credit hours down slightly, less than 1%. (While the University added more graduate students, they typically take less credit hours than undergraduate students).
“We recognize that by diversifying our enrollment profile and attracting even more non-traditional and online students and continuing to prioritize retention, we can positively impact credit hours and sustain growth. Over time, this strategy will help North Carolina increase its overall college educated population — a strategically vital effort for the future of our home state.”
UNCG has also made numerous additional investments supporting Student Success. Last year, UNCG opened a new Student Success Commons right in the heart of campus. The center brings together a variety of resources and programs under one roof to better support students of all backgrounds.
Additionally, UNCG has received over $5 million in grant support for student success initiatives over the past two years. A new initiative launched this fall, the Academic Success Coaching program, is designed to transform the first-year student experience by providing academic coaching to 150 first-year students. With generous funding from the Edward M. Armfield, Sr. Foundation and the Cemala Foundation, of $1.2 million and $250,000, respectively, the goal is to scale the program to support more students across campus.
UNCG continues to expand campus infrastructure and amenities to accommodate growth and facilitate an optimal learning environment. The new 180,000-square-foot Nursing and Instructional Building is now under construction on campus and will house the University’s highly-rated School of Nursing as well as science and Health and Human Sciences (HHS) classrooms and labs beginning in 2020. The University is also exploring several new construction projects along its Millennial Campus corridor to help create new resources, partnerships, and programs associated with both the visual and performing arts and its focus on health and wellness.
About UNC Greensboro
Led by Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., UNC Greensboro, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.