Student Life

Although UNCG offers more than 100 outstanding academic programs, there's more to college than hitting the books. Here’s a look at what UNCG has to offer students outside of class.

Student organizations

With 200 clubs and organizations, it’s easy to get involved at UNCG. Student-run organizations offer a variety of athletic, cultural, educational, political, religious, and social experiences.

A supportive campus community

Students often say that UNCG doesn't feel like a big school because of the friendly campus atmosphere. It's a place where people know each other by name and stop to say hello. The student body is diverse—students come from 40 states and more than 70 countries, and 34 percent are minority students. Many students participate in UNCG's growing collection of learning communities, which help students extend learning beyond the classroom as they explore a major or theme together.

Learning through service

"Service" is the university’s motto—and a way of life at UNCG. Students team up to serve the community through service-learning projects, student organizations, and living-learning communities. The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning helps students match their interests with community needs.

Sports and recreation

UNCG's 15 Division I athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I (Southern Conference).

Men's teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field

Women's teams: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball

Intramural sports such as basketball, flag football, indoor soccer, and sand volleyball are very popular at UNCG. So are club sports, including rugby, equestrian, fencing, and Ultimate Frisbee, just to name a few.

UNCG's Student Recreation Center offers a three-court gym; an indoor track; an exercise room with computerized exercise bikes, stair climbers, and weight machines; a free weight room; six racquetball courts; an aerobics studio; and an indoor climbing wall. The Outdoor Adventures Program offers rock climbing, rafting, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and caving trips.

Aside from all of the opportunities at UNCG, the City of Greensboro has an outstanding parks and recreation system that includes 170 parks, gardens, and facilities.

Arts at UNCG

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance offers outstanding productions and recitals throughout the year. For those who wish to perform, there are student organizations such as Prime Movers (dance), jazz ensembles, and singing groups. Performance venues include the historic Aycock Auditorium, Taylor Theatre, Brown Building, the Music Building, and the Dance Theatre.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum houses one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art in the Southeast—right on campus! Students can also find galleries in the Gatewood Studio Arts Building and the Elliott University Center.

Living on campus

Why do four out of five freshmen decide to live on campus at UNCG? Maybe it’s the convenience of living in a residence hall, where you are close to your classes, dining facilities, and campus activities. Or maybe it’s because meeting people is so easy when you live on campus.

Learning communities give students who share a common major or interest the opportunity to get to know each other through social activities, group service projects, and often by taking courses together.

UNCG's newest housing option, Spartan Village, is apartment-style housing available to students beginning in fall 2013 and is located along Lee Street near the Lofts on Lee graduate student housing. Learn more about UNCG's traditional-style, suite, and apartment options on the Housing & Residence Life site.

Campus dining options

UNCG's main dining hall, Fountain View Dining, is located within Moran Commons and offers all-you-care-to-eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

There are several food courts on campus as well:

  • The EUC Food Court is located in the Elliott University Center (main level). It features Papa John's, Chick-fil-A, Salsarita's, Hissho Sushi, Ghassan's!, and more.

  • Spartan's Place (EUC lower level) offers Subway, Wild Greens, and Jamba Juice.
  • The Spartan Market is on the first floor of the main dining hall and includes Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Wing Street.
  • The Bryan Food Court is on the lower level of the Bryan School of Business & Economics. It offers Au Bon Pain soups, bagels, and sandwiches.

For those on the go, there are three convenience stores on campus and a popular coffee shop next to the bookstore in the EUC. Jefferson Suites offers a Bojangles' restaurant, Green Mountain Coffee and other retail spaces.

Dining Services offers a variety of meal plans to meet the needs of students. Visit the Dining Services site for details.

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