UNCG 125th

Celebrating 125 years of opportunity and excellence

Student Life

Campus life has evolved from strict regulations on dorm room visitors to coed dorms. Exposed ankles, wearing curlers to class, and halter tops may have bent some rules decades ago, but student wardrobes and activities have changed with the times.


First Dance for Couples (Prom)

Dressed in their finest, couples line up for their first dance at the junior-senior prom.

1958Tea party

Tea Time

Tea parties were a popular social activity in the ’50s.

1960Students playing cards

Playing Cards

Freshman women bridged their time between academics and a social life by playing card games.

1962Student regulations list

And You Thought Your RA Was Strict

Student regulations in 1962 addressed phone call use, downtown visits, dorm room guests, and time limits for talking with the opposite sex on the streets.

70's station equipment2017 radio booth

WUAG Radio Station

The student-run radio station WUAG went on the air in 1964 and has stayed in tune to changing eras and musical styles.

19671966-67 Student Handbook cover

Campus Dress Code Abolished

When the dress code was abolished in 1967, pedal pushers, sweatshirts, hair rollers, and ankles became frequent sights on campus.

1967Students playing Monopoly

Registration of Guests Made Optional

In 1967, registering a residence hall guest became optional, even for a competitive coed game of Monopoly.

70's view of Tate Street2011 view of Tate Street

Tate Street

Tate Street’s businesses in the ’70s included an appliance shop, cinema, beauty salon, and the Apple House Restaurant, appealing to a different shopper from today’s pizza and sushi restaurants and shops.

1970Love Feast Gathering

Moravian Love Feast

This candle service was held during the first weeks of December from the early 1960s to mid-’80s.

1977Male and female students dressed on 70's styles

That ’70s Style

Pantsuits, bell bottoms, sandals, jeans, and long hair were the hallmark of casual ’70s campus style.

1974Neo-Black Society

Neo-Black Society

The Neo-Black Society was organized in the late 1960s with goals of bringing constructive change and services to campus.

1980Students at the Rawk

Social Fraternities & Sororities

From mixers to service projects, Greek life has always included an active social calendar, with announcements displayed on the campus Rawk.

1982Collage of 1982 homecoming event photos

First Homecoming Queen

At the first homecoming in 91 years, Elizabeth “Skoal” Ford was crowned UNCG’s first homecoming queen.

Yearbook photos

Flip Through Student Yearbooks

From best-dressed headshots to less-clad campus capers, student yearbooks have provided snapshots of life on campus since the early 1900s. You can view most yearbooks in the UNCG Digital Collections.

1983Nursing students painting the Rawk

Painting the Rawk

Nursing students painted the Rawk, the hot spot on campus for leaving messages and finding freshly painted ones 24 hours later.

1984Students swinging

The Swings

Chi Omega sorority sisters fly high on the campus swingset, a favorite for goofing off between classes through the years.

1986Students sitting in front of dorm

Residential College Students

There’s no need to rush to class when it’s just downstairs from your dorm room, and these students in the Residential College made time for learning and fun.

19891989 homecoming participants

That ’80s Look

Campus fashion hit new heights at the 1989 homecoming.

1990Dorm room

That ’90s Decor

Times change, and so do dorm rooms. These 1990 roommates made the room their own.

1992Floppy disk computer

Before Laptops and iPads

Students who went to school in the ’80s and ’90s were no stranger to the computer lab.

1991Group of skateboarders

The Skate Club

Skateboarding was more than a mode of transportation to class or work — it was a club and a way of life for those not afraid to risk getting some road rash.

1991Students carrying backpacks

One Shoulder or Two?

Like most students of their day, these Spartans wore their backpacks over one shoulder, not two.