University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public university in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was chartered in 1891 as the State Normal and Industrial School, the first state-supported institute of higher education for women in North Carolina, and opened October 5, 1892, providing instruction in business, domestic science, and teaching. Its name was changed in 1896 to State Normal and Industrial College, and again in 1919 to North Carolina College for Women. In 1922 the college awarded its first master's degrees. In 1932, as the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, it became one of the three charter institutions of the Consolidated University of North Carolina (since 1972 called the University of North Carolina System). With the advent of coeducation in 1963, WCUNC was renamed the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; it awarded its first doctorates the same year.

UNCG offers over 100 undergraduate, 59 master's and 22 doctoral programs. The University's academic schools and programs include Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, Education, Health & Human Performance, Human Environmental Sciences, Music, Nursing, and Graduate School.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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© University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Motto: "Inspire. Change"
Chancellor Patricia A. Sullivan
School type Public
Religious affiliation None
Founded 1891
Location Greensboro, North Carolina
Enrollment 14,872 (total for Fall 2003)
Student:Faculty ratio 14:1
Campus surroundings Suburban
Campus size 200 acres (0.81 km²)
Mascot Spartan


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UNCG has a unique campus, with landmarks such as "Charlie," a statue of founder Charles Duncan McIver outside Jackson Library, and the outside the University Dining Hall. The white tower wing of the Jackson Library and the Spartan water tower are recognizable structures in the Greensboro community, and the campus is also home to "the rock," and the clock tower two campus landmarks and school traditions (See Traditions below) A new bell tower is also currently under construction at the corner of College Ave. and Spring Garden St which is expected to be completed by the end of the 2004-2005 academic year.

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The Julius Foust Building on UNCG's campus


Of the approximately 14,000 (11,000 undergraduate) students enrolled at the school 32 percent are male and 68 percent female. Students come from 46 states and 90 countries. Around 25 percent of undergraduates are minorites, and 20 percent are African-American.

Student demographics

  • Faculty: 838 (Fall 2003)
  • Student-faculty ratio: 14.4:1
  • Average class size: 27 students
  • Classes with 20 or fewer students: 30%
  • Average SAT: 1054
  • Campus Size: 200 acres (0.81 km²)
  • Male-Female ratio: 1:2
  • African American: 20%
  • Asian American: 7%
  • Caucasian: 75%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Native American: <1%

Sports, clubs, and traditions

UNCG is home to a large amount of diverse and active sports and student organizations from Greek life to a radio station, and some traditions very unique to the school.


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The intercollegiate athletics program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro reaches as far back as the late 1940s during the days of the WCUNC. With students participating in national golf tournaments in 1948 and the school hosting the national tournaments for women's golf (1954) and tennis (1965). During the 1980s, all Spartan teams competed in Division III (non-scholarship) and then Division II (scholarship) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and all teams have competed in Division 1 since Fall of 1991.

The 16 athletic teams currently at UNCG include:

Baseball Men's Basketball Women's Basketball Men's Cross Country Women's Cross Country Men's Golf Women's Golf Men's Soccer Women's Soccer Softball Men's Tennis Women's Tennis Men's Track Women's Track Women's Volleyball Wrestling


In Fall of 2004, the Clubs and Organizations affiliated with UNCG included 36 Honor Societies and 17 Fraternaties and Sororities. The University also has a prominent SGA and several foriegn culture groups, a Neo-Black Society, PRIDE and various performing arts, religious and service programs.Student media groups also produce UNCG's Carolinian Newspaper, CORRADI Fine Arts Magazine, and WUAG 103.1 Campus Radio Station.

Club Sports: Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Ice Hockey, Kendo, Rugby (Men's), Rugby (Women's), Soccer (Men's), Swimming, Men's Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Women's Soccer, Tennis, Women's Ultimate Frisbee.


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"The Rock" at UNCG, a giant message board that can be painted every 24 horus.

Some of the most visible traditions at UNCG take place between the University Dining Hall and the Elliot University Center where "The Rock" and the clock tower are located.

The Rock

The Rock is a large boulder donated by members of Alpha Phi Omega in 1973 and spray-painted nearly every day by students, who use it as a giant message board. Unofficial rules govern the use of the rock, and students know not to use foul language and that messages painted on the wall must be left for at least 24 hours before being painted over. The rock was purchased after a former Chancellor tired of the previous tradition to paint messages and "clothes" on Charlie (the statue of Charles D. McIver on College Avenue). The rock was originally placed where the Fountain is today.

Clock Tower

Most students at the University also uphold the tradition of not walking beneath the four faced clock tower located near the rock. It is said that those who walk under the clock will not graduate on time, and some students believe in this almost religiously, avoiding the bricks around the clock tower as well. Only graduates and the occasional unbeliever walk through the middle of the four posts to read the plaque below the clocks.

Other Traditions

It is also a tradition each year to give new students a Spartan pin and a daisy (the school flower of UNCG) after student convocation. Another tradition is the ringing of the University Bell to open the academic year at the start of each Fall Semester.


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Credit for the founding of UNCG goes mainly to Charles Duncan McIver, a crusader for the cause of women's education. The school was established by legislative enactment on February 18, 1891 as the State Normal and Industrial School and opened October 5, 1892. The school provided instruction in business, domestic science, and teaching with a student body of 223 and a faculty of 15 in its first year. R. S. Pullen and R. T. Gray gave the original ten acre site in Greensboro, NC where the first building was erected with state funds totally $30,000.

The school has seen many names over the years, changing from the "State Normal and Industrial School" to the State Normal and Industrial College in 1896, and again in 1919 to North Carolina College for Women. In 1932, it changed to the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, when it became one of the three charter institutions of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, and changed again to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro when men were first admitted to the school in 1963. It is remembered fondly by many graduates of the Women's College simply as "the W.C."

Charles D. McIver served the institution as its first chief executive officer with the title of President. This position has also seen various names, with the administrator being known as the Dean of Administration after 1934 and Chancellor from 1945 to present. A full list of administrators can be found below.


  • Charles Duncan McIver (president, 1891-1906)
  • Julius Isaac Foust (acting president, 1906-1907; president, 1907-1934)
  • Walter Clinton Jackson (dean of administration, 1934-1945; chancellor, 1945-1950)
  • Edward Kidder Graham (chancellor, 1950-1956)
  • William Whatley Pierson (acting chancellor, 1956-1957)
  • Gordon Williams Blackwell (chancellor, 1957-1960)
  • William Whatley Pierson (acting chancellor, 1960-1961)
  • Otis Arnold Singletary (chancellor, 1961-1966)
  • James Sharbrough Ferguson (acting chancellor, 1964-1967; chancellor, 1967-1979)
  • William Edward Moran (chancellor, 1979-1994)
  • Debra W. Stewart (interim chancellor, 1994-1995)
  • Patricia A. Sullivan (chancellor, 1996- )

External links

Schools of the University of North Carolina System:

Appalachian | East Carolina | Elizabeth City | Fayetteville | NC A&T
NC Central | NC School of the Arts | NC State | UNC-Asheville | UNC-Chapel Hill
UNC-Charlotte | UNC-Greensboro | UNC-Pembroke | UNC-Wilmington
Western Carolina | Winston-Salem | NC School of Science and Math

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