UNCG today announced record overall enrollment of 19,922 students for this year, the fourth straight year enrollment has grown at the Triad’s largest state university.
Enrollment climbed almost 1.4 percent from last year (19,653) with a strong 3.3 percent increase in graduate students (from 3,372 to 3,483). This year, UNCG welcomed its second-largest new student (freshmen and transfer student) class ever at 4,657 students. Even as the university grew, the average high school GPA for freshmen increased by 0.3 percent to 3.83. UNCG also reports a 23 percent increase in distance education credit hours, from 18,700 during the 2016-17 academic year to 23,000 this year. Total student credit hours are up by 1.3 percent to more than 247,600.
“Our record enrollment and steady growth demonstrate that UNCG is living up to its promise as an institution that provides opportunity and academic excellence for both undergraduate and graduate students,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “With a significant new student population, as well as growth in both the graduate school and online programs, we think UNCG has real momentum. Of course for us, growth is important, but the true focus and priority of our institution is ensuring that we produce capable, qualified, well-trained graduates ready for productive careers and prepared to serve our state, our region and our world.”
UNCG continues to expand its capabilities, services and infrastructure to support its growing student population. This year, the university opened up a new phase of mixed-use residential and commercial development called Spartan Village II, with added space for more than 300 new residential students. UNCG now has almost 5,400 students living on campus.
The university has also focused on innovative programs to improve retention and foster student success. For example, UNCG has been chosen to join 30 other institutions nationwide in a new effort to help close achievement gaps, better prepare students for college and help improve educational outcomes. Called the “Frontier Set,” and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this project will identify successful strategies for improving graduation rates, especially for low-income, first generation and students of color.
Additionally, UNCG is actively creating new programs to help drive continued growth. In August, UNCG announced two new co-admission agreements with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) and Alamance Community College (ACC) to facilitate degree completion and bolster student success by improving access to undergraduate and graduate educational resources, university facilities and support systems. Programs like these will help meet the increasing demand of incoming community college students as they work toward a 4-year degree.