UNCG is featured in a new report released by the U.S. Department of Education highlighting institutions across the country that are making significant strides in increasing graduation rates among Pell Grant-eligible students.

UNCG is one of just 13 public four-year institutions nationwide to be recognized for “excelling in access and success.” According to the report, UNCG outperforms its peer institutions in enrolling and graduating Pell Grant recipients. More than 40 percent of UNCG students are Pell recipients, and more than half of those students graduate within six years.

“Since our beginnings as a women’s college 125 years ago, UNCG has had a long and storied history of providing opportunity and access to underserved and vulnerable communities,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. “Not only are we committed to providing affordable access, but, as the Department of Education distinction proves, our initiatives are ensuring that these students succeed and thrive.”

“For students from low- and moderate-income families, a college degree is the surest path to the middle class in our country,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. in a news release. “I applaud the colleges and universities that have taken measurable steps to open up this pathway and make it a successful one for students from all backgrounds. But we need these types of efforts to become the rule and not the exception.”

The report, titled “Fulfilling the Promise, Serving the Need: Advancing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students,” used data available from the College Scorecard and incorporated findings of analyses by outside organizations focused on student success. To access the full report, click here.