UNCG Residential Colleges to Expand

Posted on August 28, 2023

UNCG is proud to expand opportunities for residential college (RC) learning. Beginning in the Fall of 2024, there will be four Residential Colleges at UNCG, each delivering programming around an over-arching theme, but all working in concert to create truly excellent residential and academic experiences for students:  

  • North Spencer will be home to a residential college focused on Community Health, Medicine, and Wellness.
  • South Spencer’s residential college will center on Law and Social Justice
  • Ashby College, in Mary Foust Hall, will continue its focus on Arts, Design, and Technology.
  • Strong College, in Guilford Hall, will also innovate on its current theme of Environmental and Social Sustainability.  

These themes were carefully chosen to reflect the academic and career interests of our students, as well as the strengths of faculty and staff.  

This significant expansion provides the opportunity for many more UNCG students to have two-year residential college (RC) experiences at UNCG, building on the successful model of Ashby and Strong Colleges. All four residential colleges will embrace the long-standing UNCG RC commitments to community engagement and core lectures—lectures and other learning experiences held in the residential spaces that help connect students with one another, with the staff and faculty, and with the broader campus.   

North and South Spencer have long been primarily Honors spaces, and that will continue. There will not be a requirement for new or existing Ashby or Strong students to apply to or join Honors, though all RC students will be encouraged and welcomed to participate in Honors events, earn Global or Disciplinary Honors, and take Honors courses.   

The teams in the existing RCs and Lloyd International Honors College are excited about this partnership and for the new possibilities sharing resources will mean for generations of UNCG students who want to engage deeply with ideas, their campus, and each other as communities of learners.