This semester started with a bang – we had a total solar eclipse on the first day of classes and then we experienced the aftermath of two hurricanes. Needless to say, it has been an exciting semester at UNG.
This fall, we enrolled nearly 19,000 students across our five campuses and online. In particular, due to new and expanded offerings, enrollment in our graduate programs increased by more than 15% this fall.
Once again, UNG was recognized by Forbes magazine in its annual ranking of Best Colleges (we were one of only five public universities in Georgia on the list). Additionally, UNG was named again by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 25 public universities in the South and, also, as the top university in the South for the least amount of student debt. Consistent recognition like this supports UNG’s reputation as a leading regional university.
Also of note:
- Our recent graduates in teacher education, physical therapy and clinical mental health counseling had a 100% pass rate on their required licensure examinations.
- Our cadets continue to outpace all other Senior Military Colleges, and I was thrilled we received the Association of the United States Army’s highest award when it recognized our Corps of Cadets at its national meeting in Washington, D.C., last month.
- Our athletics department brought home the National NCAA Award of Excellence for service, the Peach Belt Commissioner’s Cup for academic and athletic achievements, and our baseball team made it to the college World Series.
With 80% of our students coming from a 30-county area in northeast Georgia, UNG is serving the educational needs of a diverse student population in the state’s fastest-growing region and producing high-performing graduates ready to enter the workforce and serve as a catalyst for economic development of this region.
I am proud to serve this outstanding university, which continues to set new heights of excellence every day. Thank you for your continued support that helps make our students and our communities stronger!
Bonita C. Jacobs, Ph.D.