UNC Greensboro, famous for its theater school and beautiful campus, has come to be known as the “best bang for the buck” of the UNC schools, according to a recent ranking from Washington Monthly.
UNCG ranked at No. 21 in Washington Monthly’s annual “Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges,” surpassing all of the other schools within the UNC system. In addition, UNCG has also landed in the top 50 nationally, at No. 48.
Washington Monthly used data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. Through this data, Washington Monthly looked at factors including affordability, accessibility, and post-graduation success of alumni. The national ranking also incorporated excellence and progress in terms of research and community service.
Qualities that made UNCG stand out were the high fraction of students receiving the Pell Grant – a whopping 44 percent – and the percentage of students able to repay their loan principals five years after leaving school, which was ranked at No. 6 of all colleges in the Southeast.
To many at the school, UNCG is the ‘hidden gem of the south,’ where students enjoy living and studying at.
“I couldn’t wish for a more academically challenging or better school,” freshman Anthropology major Megan Crowley said.
Biology major Russell Fabito, also a first year at UNCG, says, “I truly believe that the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the Yale University of the south.”
“I’m thrilled to see UNCG recognized for excellence and accessibility on both a regional and national level,” UNCG Provost Dana Dunn stated. “This ranking speaks to UNCG’s commitment to provide each student with a high quality educational experience, while maintaining an affordable experience for students of all income levels.”
In addition to UNCG’s stellar rankings, amongst its proudest assets is the Bryan School of Business and Economics. The business school’s evening Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked as No.13 in the country by Bloomberg Businessweek in the best part time MBA Programs. This prestigious ranking is a reason that many current students chose to come to the esteemed school.
“I actually came to UNCG because of the ranking of the business school,” freshman Apparel Design major Lindsey Daughtridge said, “and I heard that the apparel design programs is extremely stellar.”
The No.13 ranking is the fourth best amongst all the public universities in the country, and the highest overall ranking for a public program in North Carolina as a whole. The Bryan School leapt 37 spots in the rankings list from the No. 50 spot earned two years ago.
“I could not be more pleased with this fantastic improvement in our ranking,” Bryan School Dean McRae C. Banks said. “Our faculty and staff have worked hard to improve our program and make it relevant to both students and employers. Our focus on producing exceptional problem solvers who understand innovation, globalization, sustainability, and ethics is resonating with students and employers.”
“To have the fourth best MBA among public universities — eclipsed only by Berkeley, UCLA and Michigan — is a tremendous accomplishment that reinforces the high quality of what we are doing at UNCG,” Banks said.