University of North Georgia

82 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001

School Details

University of North Georgia was founded in 1873 as a branch of the Georgia College of Agriculture and Mechanical through the University of Georgia. The first classes held at University of North Georgia served both men and women, making it the first coeducational college in the state. In 1929 the name of the school became North Georgia College. Then in 1932, the college was reduced to a two-year junior college but was reinstated as a four-year college by 1946. In 2012, North Georgia College and the State University with Gainesville State College merged to form the University of North Georgia by January 2013.

The school's mission is to provide an environment of academic excellence that develops leaders who respect all people, maintain high ethical standards, continue intellectual and personal growth and serve the community, the state, the nation and the world. University of North Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the universit's overall accreditation, several independent programs at University of North Georgia have also received specialized accreditation. The programs with specialized accreditation include:

  • Teacher Education
  • Nursing Associate Degree Programs
  • Nursing Baccalaureate Program
  • Nursing Master’s Program
  • Physical Therapy

University of North Georgia’s campus is located in Dahlonega, Georgia.

When applying to University of North Georgia, potential students are required to pay a $30 application fee as well as submit their GPA, official transcript and SAT or ACT scores. University of North Georgia has an acceptance rate of 56 percent.

Students who are granted acceptance ultimately decide to attend University of North Georgia at a rate of about 48 percent. Students who decided to attend University of North Georgia return for a following year of classes at a rate 76 percent for full-time students and 43 percent for part-time students.

Credits at University of North Georgia are accredited and transferable to other institutions of higher learning, and 19 percent of students take advantage of this and transfer to another institution. Students at University of North Georgia graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 28 percent and graduate within six years at a rate of 53 percent.

There are 6,067 students currently enrolled at University of North Georgia, and of these students, 5,541 are undergraduate students and 526 are graduate level students. Undergraduate students at University of North Georgia are mostly full-time enrollments, with 83 percent of students taking at least 12 credits per semester. Unlike undergraduate students, graduate students are typically part-time enrollments making up 68 percent of the total graduate enrollment.

The gender ratio of the student body is 57 percent female students and 43 percent male students. There is little racial diversity, with the largest represented race being white students making up 87 percent of the student population. The other racial groups, African American, Hispanic and Asian, make up three percent, four percent and one percent of the student body, respectively. In the student population there are 1,357 are adult learners who are over the age of 24. Most of the students come from within the state of Georgia with 82 percent of the student body declaring in-state residency.

Students have a variety of options academically at University of North Georgia. There are four schools in which students can find a program to interest them. The schools include:

  • Mike Cottrell School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Arts and Letters
  • School of Science and Health Professions

Within these colleges, students have the choice between a variety of 43 Bachelor’s degree programs, 13 Master’s degree programs, a Doctoral degree programs, an education specialist degree and five certificate programs.

There are a total of 372 faculty members, all of who are part of the instructional faculty. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on student’s interaction and personalized attention. There are also ten graduate assistants. Classes are typically of smaller than average size due to a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

For students wanting to complete a degree, but who have a hectic schedule, University of North Georgia offers programs that can be completed through its distance learning program. The distance learning program offers a wide range of highly interactive courses to meet the varying needs of a diverse group of students. Online courses are available within the following areas:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business
  • College Readiness
  • Computer Applications
  • Design and Composition
  • Health Care and Medical
  • Language and Arts
  • Law and Legal
  • Personal Development
  • Teaching and Education
  • Technology
  • Writing and Publishing

Students can find many ways to stay busy outside of class. One way for a student to spend free time while gaining valuable leadership and personal growth skills is through participating in extracurricular activities. There are a wide variety of official student organizations recognized at University of North Georgia. The types of extracurricular activities available University of North Georgia include:

  • Professional organizations
  • Honor societies
  • Religious clubs
  • Minority clubs
  • Special interest clubs
  • Cultural clubs

Student at University of North Georgia also have the option to become involved in athletics. There are ten intercollegiate sports teams all competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division II within the Peach Belt Conference. Students at University of North Georgia may also participate in the many club and intramural sports offered at the college.

The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at University of North Georgia is $5,600 for in-state students and $15,421 for out-of-state students. University of North Georgia offers a tuition payment plan. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 71 percent of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $6,625 per student per year. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance; 40 percent of students have student loans and the average loan amount is $6,408.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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