Meet UNG’s Freshmen

This fall, UNG welcomed a class of more than 4,000 first-year students to its five campuses and online. Commonly referred to as Generation Z, this year’s freshmen are part of the most diverse generation in American history. They were either infants or not yet born at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With much of their life shaped by the Great Recession, they are more risk averse than previous generations. And they are more likely to get their news on a telephone than in a newspaper or on television.UNG Magazine selected six freshmen who are representative of UNG students.

Katelyn Aquino

Campus: Dahlonega

Hometown: Cumming, Georgia

Pursuing: A bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education

Why UNG: “I knew they had a great education program here. They have great leadership opportunities, which I am very interested in. As a smaller school, they make it a priority to make it community-based. It really felt like home.”

Fun fact: “I am a first-generation college student.”

Favorite movie: “Sixteen Candles”

Favorite book: Bible


Stephanie Bropleh

Campus: Gainesville

Hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Pursuing: An associate degree in biology with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology

Why UNG: “I was looking for something small and close together. I’m used to smaller classrooms. I thought a culture of family would be good for me.”

Fun fact: “I like ice skating, but I have trouble doing it.”

Favorite movies: “Bring It On” series

Favorite book: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee


Carlos Corbo

Campus: Oconee

Hometown: Athens, Georgia; originally from Havana, Cuba

Pursuing: A bachelor’s degree in psychological science

Why UNG: “I heard a lot of good things about UNG. At my high school, Clarke Central, people talk positively about it. I thought it would be a good idea.”

Fun Fact: “I enjoy scuba diving.”

Favorite Movie: “Unbreakable”

Favorite Book: “Sniper” by Theodore Taylor



Jessica Francis

Campus: Cumming

Hometown: Cumming, Georgia

Pursuing: An associate degree in political science, then a bachelor’s degree in international affairs

Why UNG: “It was high in the college rankings. I’ve heard the international affairs program is really good.”

Fun fact: “I have two bearded dragons.”

Favorite movie: “Homeward Bound”

Favorite book: “The President is Missing” by James Patterson


Taylor Grizzard

Campus: Dahlonega

Hometown: Canton, Georgia

Pursuing: A bachelor’s degree in nursing

Why UNG: “I loved the campus, and it seemed like it was small enough for me to get everywhere and I could also spread my wings. Then I found out about the cadet program, and that really sealed the deal for me.”

Fun fact: “I have a passion for softball.”

Favorite movie: “Top Gun”

Favorite book: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth


Josh Proffitt

Campus: Blue Ridge

Hometown: Turtletown, Tennessee

Pursuing: A bachelor’s degree in business administration

Why UNG: “It’s close, and I get this home feeling. I feel really in touch with my professors, as well as my fellow students. I had 50 people in my graduating class, and it’s a similar feel on the Blue Ridge Campus. It helps you to hone in and connect better and focus more.”

Fun fact: “I am the music worship leader for Faithline Ministries at First Baptist Church of McCaysville.”

Favorite movie: “Nacho Libre”

Favorite book: King James Version of the Bible


Freshman facts for fall 2019




average SAT score*


average high school GPA*







College of Arts & Letters


Mike Cottrell College of Business


College of Science & Mathematics



University College


College of Education


College of Health Sciences & Professions


Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis

*Among first-time bachelor’s degree-seeking freshmen