UNC-Greensboro Launched in 1891

A ca. 1915-1930 image of UNC-Greensboro from the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill

A ca. 1915-1930 image of UNC-Greensboro from the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill

On February 18, 1891, the State Normal and Industrial School—now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro—was chartered. First established as a school for female teachers, it became the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina in 1932, joining the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State College as part of the Consolidated University System. Becoming coeducational in 1963, the college was renamed the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The State Normal School was built on ten acres in western Greensboro in Guilford County. It opened in October 1892 with 223 students and 15 faculty members. Originally, the school offered degrees in three departments: education, domestic sciences and business.

Joining the Consolidated University System in 1932, UNC-G functioned as the leading college for women in North Carolina throughout the early and mid-twentieth century. It continued to widen its course offerings, and today hosts more than 150 undergraduate and graduate programs in fields as diverse as education, the liberal arts and business. The integration of men and minority students at UNC-G expanded and diversified the university in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1995 Patricia A. Sullivan became the first female chancellor of the University.

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