Planning a visit to Greensboro?
See our Explore Greensboro section for information on restaurants, shopping, attractions, arts and entertainment, and more.
UNCG is located in Greensboro, North Carolina’s third-largest city. It’s about halfway between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The Blue Ridge Mountains are just a 2-hour drive to the west; the Atlantic Ocean is 3.5 hours to the east.
Greensboro’s weather is moderate, with mild winters and spectacular springs and falls. Average snowfall is less than 4 inches. Summer highs are typically in the 80s and 90s.
The population of Greensboro is 270,000. The Piedmont Triad area (including Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point) is home to 1.6 million people. There are 10 other four-year colleges and universities in the Piedmont Triad.
Arts and entertainment
There is so much to discover in Greensboro—museums, Broadway and local theatre, movies, galleries, coffee bars, concerts in the park, opera, ballet, and the symphony. Students also enjoy the nightlife in downtown Greensboro, where there are dozens of restaurants and nightclubs.
Restaurants and shopping
There’s no shortage of malls and shopping centers in Greensboro. Retailers such as Belk, Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, The Apple Store, Gap, and REI are located at Friendly Shopping Center, just two miles from campus. And restaurants abound in Greensboro, from the major chains to small family-owned eateries.
Sports and recreation
The city’s outstanding parks and recreation system puts the “green” in Greensboro with more than 170 parks, gardens, and facilities. So there are plenty of options - tennis, golf, swimming, biking, volleyball, or simply enjoying the miles of greenways. Greensboro is also home to the largest water park in the Carolinas, Wet ’n Wild Emerald Pointe. For those who prefer winter sports, the Greensboro Ice House is open year-round for skating and hockey.
Greensboro Coliseum, just a mile from campus, is the home court for UNCG’s men’s basketball team and hosts a variety of sporting events and concerts throughout the year. Baseball fans enjoy watching Greensboro Grasshoppers play in their downtown stadium, and soccer fans cheer for the Carolina Dynamo.
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About Greensboro, NC: From parks to shopping centers to a lively downtown, Greensboro has plenty to offer college students.
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