Athletics and Popular Extracurriculars at the University of North Carolina Greensboro

The lives of most college students involve a lot more than just classes, studying, and exams.

Participating in extracurricular activities, clubs, and university athletics is a significant part of life in college for most students. Those who dedicate time to activities outside of the classroom benefit from the social bonds these organizations foster.

College athletics and student organizations provide some of the best opportunities for social involvement outside the classroom. For new and returning University of North Carolina Greensboro students interested in learning more about UNCG sports, social organizations, and clubs on campus, check out our overview below of athletics and popular extracurriculars at UNC Greensboro.

What sport is UNC Greensboro known for?

UNC Greensboro is best known for its men’s basketball and soccer teams.

The Spartan men’s basketball team has made it to the NCAA Tournament two times in the school’s history, in 1996 and 2001. 2001 also marked the program’s first conference championship for the basketball program. All of UNC Greensboro’s intercollegiate sports teams are recognized by the NCAA and include the following sports for male athletes:

  1. Baseball
  2. Basketball
  3. Cross Country
  4. Golf
  5. Soccer
  6. Tennis
  7. Track & Field

Women’s athletic programs at UNC Greensboro include:

  1. Basketball
  2. Cross Country
  3. Golf
  4. Soccer
  5. Softball
  6. Tennis
  7. Track & Field
  8. Volleyball

The Spartans had won five national championships, all of which were in men’s soccer when UNC Greensboro was a Division III school. The NCAA Division III titles in men’s soccer came during an impressive run for the program in 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, and 1987.

Is UNC Greensboro a Division 1 school?

Yes, the University of North Carolina Greensboro Spartans is a Division I athletics program through the NCAA. However, it is a non-football member of Division I and does not participate in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). UNCG has been a Division I school since 1991, but in the 1980s was a Division III and then Division II school for athletics.

UNC Greensboro is a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon), which it joined in 1997. Before joining SoCon, UNCG was in the Big South Conference, where it won the conference championship cup – the Sasser Cup – for three consecutive years from 1994 through 1997. The SoCon athletic conference comprises ten colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic and southern United States.

The schools represented in the Southern Conference include:

  1. The Citadel
  2. East Tennessee State University
  3. Furman University
  4. Mercer University
  5. Samford University
  6. University of North Carolina Greensboro
  7. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  8. Virginia Military Institute
  9. Western Carolina University
  10. Wofford College

The Southern Conference competes with schools in the Athletic Sun Conference, or ASUN Conference, which SoCon competes against in the regular season as associate members.

Who is UNC Greensboro’s biggest rival?

UNC Greensboro’s biggest rivals are the North Carolina A&T State University Aggies. North Carolina A&T State University is also located in Greensboro, which makes the two schools cross-town rivals, even though they are in different athletic conferences.

Their rivalry, known as the Battle of Market Street, given the proximity of the two schools on either side of downtown Greensboro along Market Street, extends to basketball and baseball. UNC Greensboro holds the most in baseball, with 49 wins to NC A&T’s 9, while the Aggies hold the lead in men’s basketball has won 12 of the teams’ games compared to UNCG’s ten wins.

Does UNC Greensboro have club sports?

Yes, UNG Greensboro has an active club sports community that competes with other club sports programs at nearby colleges and universities. The club sports currently offered through the Department of Recreation & Wellness at UNC Greensboro include the following:

  1. Basketball (women’s)
  2. Equestrian
  3. Fencing
  4. Gaming & Esports
  5. Lacrosse (women’s)
  6. Martial Arts
  7. Quadball
  8. Rock Climbing
  9. Rugby (men’s)
  10. Soccer (men’s and women’s)
  11. Softball
  12. Swimming
  13. Tennis
  14. Volleyball (men’s and women’s)

How many clubs are there at UNC Greensboro?

There are more than 250 student clubs and organizations at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Student clubs at UNCG are managed through the Office of Campus Activities & Programs, which helps students start, maintain, and find new student groups to join.

The focus areas of the Office of Campus Activities & Programs are:

  1. Leadership
  2. Scholarship
  3. Service
  4. Community

The Office provides on-campus consultants to help students maintain and grow their student organizations, along with a Resource Room that can be used for planning meetings and preparing organization materials. Student groups at UNCG are organized into one of 18 categories to help students navigate all of the options available for campus involvement.

The 18 categories of student organizations at UNC Greensboro are:

  1. Academic
  2. Club and Intramural Sports
  3. Counseling
  4. Departmental
  5. Fine & Performing Arts
  6. Fraternities & Sororities
  7. Leadership
  8. Media
  9. Multicultural
  10. Professional
  11. Religious & Belief Based
  12. Service
  13. Social
  14. Student Affairs
  15. Student Organizations
  16. Student Success
  17. Sustainability
  18. Training

The most popular student clubs and organizations at UNC Greensboro are multicultural and departmental or academic clubs. Multicultural clubs include groups for students of ethnic or racial backgrounds and Greek organizations specific to multicultural communities. Academic groups are specific to a student’s major or professional interests and serve to supplement their coursework. While Greek life isn’t as popular at UNCG as at other colleges and universities, they are well represented on campus.

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