University Names


The university’s abbreviated name
When addressing audiences familiar with the university — people such as faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members who know what these letters stand for — use UNCG.

The university’s full name
When addressing audiences who might not be familiar with what the abbreviated letters stand for, use
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Always capitalize the word “The” to be consistent with The University of North Carolina Code (Chapter I, Section 101) and the North Carolina Constitution (Article IX).

Unacceptable uses of the institution’s name

Do not use these versions of the university’s name:
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina - Greensboro
University of North Carolina Greensboro
University North Carolina - Greensboro
University of NC at Greensboro
University of NC Greensboro
Univ. of NC at Greensboro
North Carolina Greensboro
UNC at Greensboro

UNCG should not be referred to as a school, a college or an institute. It is a university or an institution. When “university” stands alone, it should be lowercased even if it refers specifically to UNCG. The “s” in UNC system is not capitalized; however, the “T” in The University of North Carolina system is.

UNCG’s history includes the following names:

State Normal and Industrial School (1891-1897)
State Normal and Industrial College (1897-1919)
North Carolina College for Women (1919-1932)
Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (1932-1963)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (since 1963)

When the audience is familiar with UNCG’s history, use Woman’s College on first reference to the institution from 1932 to 1963. Correct spelling is “Woman’s College” not Women’s College. Use WC for additional references.

UNC system institutions

The full names of other universities are spelled out on first reference if they would not be immediately recognized by the audience.

First ReferenceSecond Reference
Appalachian StateAppalachian
East CarolinaECU
Elizabeth City StateElizabeth City State
Fayetteville StateFayetteville State
NC A&T StateNC A&T

(NC A&T if writing for a
Guilford County audience)

NC CentralNC Central
UNC School of the ArtsUNC School of the Arts
NC StateNC State
UNC AshevilleUNCA
UNC Chapel Hill UNC-CH

Do not use a hyphen in UNC Chapel Hill;
however, UNC-CH contains a hyphen.

UNC CharlotteUNCC
UNC PembrokeUNCP
UNC Wilmington UNCW
Western CarolinaWestern Carolina
Winston-Salem State WSSU