University of North Georgia
North Georgia College & State University|
Gainesville State College (consolidated)
|Motto||The Military College of Georgia|
1873 (as North Georgia Agricultural College)|
1964 (as Gainesville Junior College)
2013 (as the University of North Georgia)
|Students||18,782 (Fall 2017)|
|Undergraduates||18,173 (Fall 2017)|
|Postgraduates||609 (Fall 2017)|
Suburban; 212 acres (0.86 km2) (Dahlonega campus)|
794 acres (3.21 km2) (all campuses)
Blue and Gold|
|NCAA Division II – Peach Belt Conference|
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The University of North Georgia (UNG) is an educational institution that was established by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents on January 8, 2013 as a merger of North Georgia College & State University (founded 1873) and Gainesville State College (founded 1964). The regents announced plans for the merger on January 10, 2012, and the name of the new school was announced on May 8, 2012. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved the consolidation December 11, 2012. The combined institution has campus locations in Dahlonega, Gainesville (Gainesville Campus), Watkinsville (Oconee Campus), Blue Ridge, and Cumming.
With nearly 19,000 enrolled students, the University of North Georgia is the sixth largest public university in the state of Georgia. Within UNG, there are five colleges which collectively offer over one hundred bachelor's and associate degrees, as well as thirteen master's degrees and one doctoral degree. 696 students are involved in the university's ROTC program, which has given it the designation as The Military College of Georgia. The university is one of six senior military colleges in the United States.
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Academics
- 4 Student life
- 5 Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
- 6 Athletics
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
North Georgia College and State University began in 1873 as North Georgia Agricultural College. It was originally an offsite branch of the University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Mechanical, and was created with funds from the Morrill Act. William Pierce Price, a local congressman, persuaded officials at UGA to use part of the funds to establish a branch of the newly created college in Dahlonega, Price's birthplace and home. The college opened classes in 1873 with 177 students, 98 males and 79 females, making it the first coeducational college in the state. Classes were originally held in the old U.S. mint building that was shut down during the Civil War. After the college was awarded the power to grant degrees in 1876, the first graduating class received degrees in 1879. The first graduating class of four consisted of three men and one woman, making North Georgia the first public institution in the state to award a degree to a female.
The college had always had a military presence, since land-grant schools were required to teach military tactics, but it was not until World War I when the military programs began to grow. The National Defense Act of 1916 that created the ROTC also helped establish the military presence that is felt on the campus today. In 1929 the designation of Agricultural was dropped from the name and the school became North Georgia College. By 1932 the college was reduced to a two-year junior college. World War II saw a decline in enrollment because of the number of male students joining the war effort. This changed when an Army Specialized Training Program was placed at the college to train junior officers. After the war the college grew because of young servicemen and veterans using their GI bill benefits to attend school. By 1946 the college was reinstated as a four-year college. In the 1950s, Dahlonega provided gold for the leafing of the capitol building. It was also at this time that similar efforts to gold leaf Price Memorial Hall were begun, a project that did not see fruition until 1973. It was granted university status in 1996.
Meanwhile, Gainesville Junior College was founded in Oakwood, Georgia in 1964 and began holding classes in 1966. The school originally was a two-year college and for many years had an open-access mission, meaning that it accepted all applicants who held a high school diploma. Over time, the school expanded, opening branch campuses in Watkinsville, Georgia and Cumming, Georgia, and changing its name to Gainesville College and then Gainesville State College. Before consolidation with the North Georgia College and State University, the school had already begun to shift towards allowing four-year baccalaureate programs.
On January 10, 2012, the University System of Georgia approved the consolidation of North Georgia College and State University and Gainesville State College to form a new institution, the University of North Georgia in January 2013.
The University of North Georgia has campuses located in Dahlonega, Oakwood (Gainesville), Watkinsville (Oconee), Cumming and Blue Ridge. Collectively, there is 794 acres (321 ha) of land among the Dahlonega, Oakwood, and Watkinsville campuses.
UNG's Dahlonega campus is the former site of North Georgia College & State University. It was not until 1879 that the oldest surviving structure, Price Memorial Hall, was constructed upon the former site of the Dahlonega Mint. Today the gold-leafed steeple of the Price Memorial Hall building remains one of the most striking features of the UNG skyline. Much of the campus has been developed around the William J. Livsey Drill Field, more commonly known as simply "the Drill Field". Dahlonega is located approximately an hour's drive from downtown Atlanta (66 miles (106 km) away), an hour and half drive from downtown Athens (60 miles (97 km) away), a two hours and fifteen minutes drive from Chattanooga, Tennessee (109 miles (175 km) away), and an approximately two hours and twenty minutes drive from Greenville, South Carolina (127 miles (204 km) away).
Until it was consolidated with North Georgia College & State University in 2013, UNG's Gainesville campus was the location of Gainesville State College. Now known as the "Gainesville campus", it is located adjacent to Lanier Technical College's campus within the city limits of Oakwood. It has retained its association with Gainesville, since the school was founded and located in that city. Because of its close proximity to Interstate 985 and Georgia State Route 53, it is conveniently accessible for much of Hall County.
In 2012, an academic facility in Cumming, GA was opened on GA 400. The goal of the Cumming campus is to eventually offer a range of programs. The intention of the non-residential campus is to address capacity concerns for the University of North Georgia. The Cumming campus also provides higher education to an area of the state that was previously "underserved".
The Campus was established in 1964, originally as a part of Gainesville State College. Oconee is a non-residential campus primarily serving students in the Athens and Watkinsville area. The campus is easily accessible from US-441 and the University of North Georgia has recently announced plans to expand the campus to accommodate the growing class sizes.
Blue Ridge campus
On August 13, 2015, UNG opened a new campus in Blue Ridge, GA. The purpose of the Blue Ridge Campus is to offer dual-enrollment options for high school students, classes for first-time freshmen, classes for adult learners, and continuing and professional education programs. The students on this campus can also take classes via eCore, an online platform through which they can complete the first two years of their degree.
The University of North Georgia is a public co-educational institution that operates on a semester term schedule. Incoming freshmen at UNG have the third highest high school grade point average in the state university system, following the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.
University of North Georgia honors program
Distinctive to UNG’s program, 40% of the students in the program study abroad before graduation, 80% graduate in four years, and 95% graduate within five years. The Honors Program at UNG emphasizes leadership and require students to serve in leadership positions within the Honors Program and/or other campus organizations. UNG is a member of the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council, the Southern Regional Honors Council, and the National Collegiate Honors Council.
Honors classes emphasize discussion, analysis, teamwork, independent learning, and an appreciation for the interrelates of knowledge. UNG’s Honors Program classes are discussion-based, emphasizing critical thinking, with smaller class sizes that average between 16-18 students. These classes provide individual faculty attention, promote individual growth, and encourage creativity and innovation among students.
Honors Program students at UNG receive priority registration, smaller classes, access to faculty, and peer research mentors. Students also receive professional networking, leadership, and scholarship opportunities. Students are also given the opportunity to present at state or regional Honors conferences.
The University of North Georgia’s Distance Education & Technology Integration (DETI) program is designed to make earning a degree easier for students. It does this by making classes available online and by equipping the campuses with updated technology systems. By putting classes on the internet, this program gives more flexibility for students, especially for non-traditional students (students who do not proceed directly from high school to college, who attend college part-time or work full-time, and more). Being able to access the University of North Georgia’s accredited classes from afar gives more students the opportunity to earn a degree.
DETI is operated by sixteen staff members in the Administration, Student Success, Instructional Design, and Technology Integration departments. These are joined by the numerous professors who teach the classes. These members of the faculty and staff are located in the Library & Technology Center on the Dahlonega campus, as well as the Blue Ridge, Gainesville, and Oconee campuses.
For undergraduates the University of North Georgia offers 129 associate and baccalaureate degrees, as well as pre-professional and certificate programs. For graduates the university offers thirteen master's degree programs as well as one doctoral program. As a state-designated leadership institution, UNG is the only university in Georgia to offer a minor in leadership. The school is also a flagship ROTC Center in Chinese. This designation is aimed at helping cadets become proficient in Chinese language and culture. However, due mostly to size, each campus varies significantly in terms of which degree curricula they can accommodate. The Dahlonega campus focuses on Baccalaureate and graduate programs, and is the only one of the four campuses that offers Pre-Professional Programs. A smaller number of baccalaureate programs, most of which are education or business related, are available at the Gainesville Campus, while associate degrees are offered at both the Gainesville and Oconee campuses. As of Fall 2014, Gainesville campus is now offering a bachelor's degree in Communication and offering three concentrations in Film and Digital Media, Multimedia Journalism, and Organizational Leadership.
Professional and continuing education
The University of North Georgia provides an array of services for professiona and continuing education]. Some of the programs provided include leadership development, photography classes, computer training, English and foreign language classes, travel, and industry certifications. These courses are designed to help people and businesses with job growth as well as recruitment. Courses can be taken at any University of North Georgia campus for an assorted fee. UNG also provides thousands of online professional and continuing education classes if you are unable to take classes on campus. UNG also provides space for events such as corporate events, meetings, conferences or camps. Accommodations for events include conference rooms, auditoriums, classrooms, dining, wireless internet, and parking. By contacting the professional and continuing education department any business can hold an event at UNG as well as outside camps. Camps provided by the university include academic and athletic camps for kids and students. On the Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses, anyone who is not a student at the university is able to pay a fee for a gym membership and use the recreational facilities located on those campuses.
The University of North Georgia has 18,219 undergraduate students with a gender distribution of 44% male and 56% female. With 70% of students being full-time, Student life at UNG varies between campuses due to the differences in student housing accommodation of the two primary campuses in Dahlonega and Gainesville. Out of the 7,541 undergraduate students attending the Dahlonega campus, 36% live in college-owned housing. Unlike the Gainesville campus, which offers no student housing, the Dahlonega campus has a permanent residing student body of roughly 2,500 throughout most of the fall and spring semesters.
Approximately 32% of students at the Gainesville and Oconee campuses are from the counties in which the campus are located (Hall and Oconee counties). The Gainesville and Oconee campuses are located on the outskirts of the city of Gainesville and the city of Watkinsville, respectively. 29% of students at the Gainesville campus are part-time, 'non-traditional' (23 years of age or greater).
The University of North Georgia has several clubs and organizations on the Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee campuses that students may join. Overall, there are more than 200 student organizations across the University of North Georgia campuses. Each campus has organizations for various interests, but there is currently no information available about student organizations on the Cumming campus. The University of North Georgia uses the website, OrgSync, to connect students with organizations.
As of 2011, 13% of male students and 17% of female students were members of fraternities and sororities. The two councils that govern the Greek community at the school are the Interfraternity Council (males) and the Panhellenic Council (females). The school is home to seven national fraternities, six national sororities, and one local fraternity. Alpha Phi Alpha, a National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity, has a charter at the university and is active on all campuses.
Orientation and transition programs
The University of North Georgia offers four programs for new students as well as for students switching campuses. UNG Basecamp offers new students ways to improve leadership skills, including team-building exercises and community service. Family Day is an annual event that occurs during the Fall semester where new students share experiences. Transition Welcome Day for students changing campuses occurs on all five campuses. This program was designed to welcome new students to campus and help adjust. Weeks of Welcome, or WoW, are the first two weeks of the Fall semester. Each campus creates a social and educational itinerary for students to engage with others and transition into the school year.
The Military Leadership Center was dedicated in 2004 to Brooks Pennington Jr., who was a World War II and Korean War Veteran, as well as a Georgia state Congressman and Senator. The Center accommodates four high-technology classrooms, a conference room, a rifle range, and the Brigade Headquarters.
Because of UNG's status as a leadership institution, it is a participant in the L3 Summit. The Summit is a six-day program during which college and university students from all over Georgia engage in team-building exercises and leadership training sessions for roughly eight hours every day. The program is usually held at some point between the spring and summer semesters.
- Arch: The North Georgia Arch is located at the campus entrance near Dahlonega's town square. It was built by the Class of 1951 to commemorate their classmates who died in the Korean War. Tradition holds that freshmen are not to walk through the larger archway. Instead, they are supposed to walk through the smaller adjacent archway.
- Bugle Calls:
- Reveille is played every morning at 7:00 a.m., at which time cadets and civilians alike stop and face the flag.
- Retreat/To the Colors is played every afternoon at 5:00 p.m., at which time all outdoor activity on campus ceases, in order to pay respect to the American flag. Cadets stand at attention and salute the flag while civilians stop, remove their hats, face the flag, and place their right hand over their heart.
- Taps is played every evening at midnight (2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays of open weekends) to indicate the end of the day. Cadets are required to be in their dorms at this time.
- Drill Field: The Drill Field is located in the heart of the main campus. This field is the parade ground for the UNG Corps of Cadets, and is used for drill and ceremonies. It is also used for recreational activities, such as intramural sports, though the activities of the Corps take precedence. Although the Drill Field is roughly 800 feet (240 m) long and located in at the center of the campus, students are not supposed to walk across it as a shortcut. Instead, they are asked to walk around the encircling sidewalk when traveling from one building to another. On April 18, 2009, the drill field was dedicated to retired General William J. Livsey.
- Memorial Wall: The Memorial Wall, located in front of the Memorial Hall Gymnasium, was built in 1983 in honor of UNG students and alumni that died while in military service to their country. Students do not enter the area around the wall unless they are stopping to show honor to those listed on the wall. As of 2013 the Memorial lists 174 names that died during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or were lost in combat.
- Retreat Triangle: The triangle is located near the Drill Field, Student Center South, and Dunlap Hall. It holds the original retreat cannon, a 1902 three-inch (75 mm) pack howitzer, which has been fired daily at 5 p.m. for more than 50 years. The cannon was recently restored by the North Georgia Parents Association. Students do not walk on the triangle or tamper with the cannon under any circumstances.
Center for Global Engagement
The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) is home to International Student and Scholar Services, Study Abroad Services, the Federal Service Language Academy, Military International Programs, International Internships, and International Partnerships. 
- Study Abroad
- International Student and Scholar Services: The CGE assists international students, scholars, and faculty with transitioning from their home country to the United States. With help from the CGE, UNG hosts over 100 international students from more than 30 countries.
- Military International Programs: The University of North Georgia (UNG) has partnered with US Army Cadet Command to send Cadets from schools throughout the United States to a foreign country. This led to the creation of the Cadet English Language Training Team (CELTT). Its purpose is to arrange the travel of cadets overseas to assist in teaching English to foreign military counterparts. The long-term goal of this program is to establish a service learning program that can be replicated in other regions and nations in each Unified Combatant Command Area of Responsibility.
- Federal Service Language Academy: The FSLA is a summer program for high school students who are interested in federal service careers and strategic foreign languages. Students may choose to take Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Korean, German, or Portuguese. Once on campus, students hear from speakers from agencies such as the DEA, FBI, State Department, and Peace Corps. After the three-week program, students may earn high school credit if approved by their high school.
- International Partnerships: The Center for Global Engagement has established relationships with a growing number of outstanding universities worldwide. Some of the programs are only in the development phase, but others are mature and constantly growing and evolving. These relationships usually involve student and faculty exchanges, research opportunities, international internships, and other collaborative possibilities.
- International Internships: International internships can offer the thrill of an international experience combined with the real-world practice sought after by employers.
Career Services offers assistance to University of North Georgia students with their career goals. It is located on the Dahlonega campus in room 333 of the Stewart Center, on the Gainesville campus in room 346 of the Student Center, and on the Oconee campus in room 206 of the Administrative Building. Students are free to set up an appointment with career counselors.
Wellness and safety
Health Services provides a clinic to all currently enrolled UNG students who pay for the health fee. The clinic is there to provide appointments for sick or ill students, and can provide many over the counter medications, first aid supplies, and prescription medications at no additional cost to the currently enrolled student.
Some of the services UNG offers include:
- Health Services
- Student Counseling Resources
- Student Disability Services
- Student Health Insurance
- Recreational Sports
- Public Safety (University Police)
- Sexual Assault Education
Parking and housing
On Campus The Dahlonega campus has six residence halls: Donovan Hall, Lewis Hall, Lewis Annex, North Georgia Suites, The Commons, and Owen Hall. Each residence hall has one of three housing styles. Traditional style housing entails single or double-occupancy bedrooms with community bathrooms on the hall. Suite style housing entails single or double-occupancy bedrooms with a shared bathroom. Apartment style housing entails single-occupancy bedrooms with a shared living room, kitchen, and bathrooms.
Donovan Hall is a co-ed residence hall for freshmen only that has traditional style double-occupancy rooms. Donovan is open only during the semesters. Lewis Hall is a female-only residence hall for freshmen and upperclassmen that has traditional style double-occupancy rooms. Lewis is only open during the semesters. Lewis Annex is a male-only residence hall for freshmen and upperclassmen that has traditional style single and double-occupancy rooms. Lewis Annex is only open during the semesters. North Georgia Suites are a co-ed residence hall for freshmen and upperclassmen that has suite style single and double-occupancy rooms. North Georgia Suites are open continuously from mid-August to May. The Commons are a co-ed residence hall for freshmen and upperclassmen that has suite style single and double-occupancy rooms. The Commons are open continuously from mid-August to May. Owen Hall is a co-ed residence hall for upperclassmen that has apartment style rooms. Owen Hall contains apartments with four single-occupancy bedrooms. Owen Hall is open continuously from mid-August through July.
Off Campus Students may live off-campus if they commute daily from the legal residence of parents or grandparents but it has to be within fifty-miles of campus. Students can live off campus if they are married or divorced. Students are eligible to live off campus if they are 21 years of age or older. Students also have the option to live off campus if they have completed two years of active military service.Dahlonega campus has shuttles that run regularly to take students to places on campus.
Dining and meal plans
UNG Dining Services offers several retail locations in addition to the main dining hall. The Hoag Student Center contains most of the Dahlonega campus food retail locations. There are two Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) locations on campus; one in the Health and Natural Sciences building and one in the Hoag Student Center. There is a Java City coffee shop located in the UNG Library.
There are eight possible meal plans available for UNG students. Meal plans can be purchased at the Campus Business office, online, or at the UNG Card Services Office. The All Access Plan allows students to visit the dining hall as many times as they like during the week. This plan costs $2,160 and comes with $110 Dining Dollars to use at the school’s retail locations. The Social Lite Plan gives students 15 meals per week at the dining hall. This plan costs $2,010 and comes with $140 Dining Dollars. The Master Mix Plan gives students 10 meals per week at the dining hall. This plan costs $1,910 and comes with $160 Dining Dollars. The Block 100 Plan gives students 100 meals for the entire semester at the dining hall. This plan costs $825 and comes with $125 Dining Dollars. The Block 80 Plan gives students 80 meals for the semester. This plan costs $725 and comes with $125 Dining Dollars. The Block 50 Plan gives students 50 meals for the semester. This plan costs $525 and comes with $125 Dining Dollars. The Block 35 Plan gives students 35 meals for the semester. This plan costs $360 and comes with $75 Dining Dollars. The Block 20 Plan gives students 20 meals for the semester. This plan costs $165 and does not come with Dining Dollars.
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
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The U.S. Army ROTC program has been active at the Dahlonega campus since 1916, and began giving its graduates commissions in the army or reserves shortly after the Second World War, thanks to the G.I. Bill, the recent economic recovery in Georgia, and the leadership of college president Jonathan Clark Rogers. Today it is one of only six senior military colleges in the county. UNG is also designated by the Georgia Board of Regents and the Georgia General Assembly as The Military College of Georgia and as a Leadership Institution.
Blue Ridge Rifles
The Blue Ridge Rifles drill platoon unit was formed at North Georgia College in 1950 as the Honor Platoon and took the name Blue Ridge Rifles in 1958 in homage to a Civil War unit that served in Dahlonega. In 1971 the Blue Ridge Rifles won first place in the East Tennessee State University Drill Meet. Additionally, they were also the 2001 and 2002 National Champion Precision Drill Team.
Golden Eagle Band
Formed as a component of the Corps in 1873, the Golden Eagle Band is the university's sole marching band. Since UNG does not have a football team, the Golden Eagle Band does not perform at athletic events, unlike most other collegiate marching bands. Rather, the Golden Eagle Band's primary function is to perform at UNG Corps of Cadets functions, as well as to represent the Corps of Cadets in parades around the local community and throughout the nation. Every spring the band tours the Southeastern United States, entertaining audiences that come to see the military reviews and processions. Although the majority of the Golden Eagle Band's performances are military processions, the band has recently[when?] adopted Drum Corps International techniques into its own regimen. Unlike other military units at UNG, the Golden Eagle Band is open to both cadet and civilian students.
UNG inherited the athletic legacy of North Georgia College & State University. Formerly known as the "Saints," the school's athletic teams were renamed the "Nighthawks" after the merger. UNG's athletics teams compete in the Peach Belt Conference as part of NCAA Division II . NGC&SU previously competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) from 1999 to 2005. Margaret Poitevint, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, is the NCAA designated Faculty Athletics Representative. Men's sports include: baseball, basketball, golf, rifle, soccer, and tennis. Women's athletics include: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, rifle, soccer, softball, tennis, and track and field.
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