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Class Notes: UNG considered top underrated Georgia college

POSTED: April 21, 2014 12:17 a.m.

The University of North Georgia Nighthawks were proclaimed the most underrated college in the state by a business news website.

Business Insider compiled a list of colleges by looking at both high acceptance rates and strength of academic programs. The verdict? The University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus is the most underrated in Georgia.

“It’s unquestionably a smart decision to apply to at least one college you’ll likely be accepted to,” the Business Insider piece reads. “Oftentimes, these schools’ strong academic programs are overshadowed by the popular perception that a college is better if it’s tough to get into.

“These colleges challenge that myth, and are smart — and potentially safe — options for student applicants.”

The university is in good company. Others included on the list include the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Clemson University.

The rankings were based on information from, which uses student reviews and polls to rate colleges.

The Gainesville campus offers a variety of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as a growing number of bachelor’s degrees. Admission requirements vary for these programs.

More information is online at

Governor to sign work-based learning bill replacing previous study program

Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign House Bill 766 today, effectively replacing the state’s current Youth Apprenticeship Program.

High school students should now have more access to work-based learning opportunities.

It redefines the Youth Apprenticeship Program by saying any public school student 16 or older can participate in a work-based learning program, which may encompass anything from an internship or apprenticeship to skill development training.

The bill also better defines that this work-based learning initiative is a collaboration between the schools, the Department of Labor and the Technical College System of Georgia.

High school students already choose career pathways to follow in school, taking classes in their preferred career field.

Deal is expected to sign the bill today, at Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy in Dalton.

Carly Sharec covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:



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