University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Also known as UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) is an urban research university, and one of that fastest growing among the 16 public universities in North Carolina.  It is located on a 1000-acre campus in the state's largest metropolitan area, and just two hours from mountains and three hours from the coast. UNC Charlotte ranks high for its academic quality, affordability, diversity, social engagement and international presence.

It offers competitive programs in research and the arts, excellent undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and a range of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte currently offers 18 doctoral programs, 62 master's degree programs and 90 bachelor's degrees.

UNC Charlotte is committed to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region.

UNC Charlotte ranks among the top U.S. universities for the quality of its research programs. Research faculty members at UNC Charlotte receive substantial research contracts and grant funding.


UNC Charlotte was founded in September of 1946 as one of many universities established in cities after World War II. The high numbers of returning veterans and the technology boom created a higher demand for post-secondary education. To serve its many returning veterans, UNC Charlotte opened as "The Charlotte Center," offering evening classes at Charlotte's Central High School. The city's education and business members proposed to turn the High School into "Charlotte College" and offer two-year college courses.  Eventually, financial support for Charlotte College came from the State of North Carolina, which led to the search for land to support a college campus.

Charlotte College moved to a 1,000-acre campus just 10 miles from downtown Charlotte in 1961. In 1964, Charlotte College became a four-year, state-supported college. In 1965, it changed its name to the "University of North Carolina at Charlotte," becoming the fourth campus of the statewide university system. In 1969, UNC Charlotte began offering master's degree programs, and in 1992, it began offering doctoral degree programs.

UNC Charlotte is now the fourth largest of the 16 institutions within the University of North Carolina system, and the largest college in the Charlotte region.


The UNC-Charlotte's academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and a summer session.

UNC Charlotte is comprised of seven professional colleges.

Colleges and Schools

  • Belk College of Business
  • College of Arts and Architecture
  • College of Computing and Informatics
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • William States Lee College of Engineering
  • University College
  • Honors College
  • Graduate School

Student Life

"Niner" or "49er" students at Charlotte can get involved in the more than 300 student groups, clubs and organizations available that focus on politics, the arts, public service, recreation, academics, research, and much more.

Many cultural events and performances are available on campus year round.  Campus recreation includes fitness classes, intramural sports and many adventure trips.

Campus housing is available, as are student health services, academic services, and many other resources.

UNC Charlotte offers a variety of dining options on campus, including the cafeterias at the residence halls, cafes, and the Student Union, which hosts Starbucks Coffee, and Bistro 49, among others. The UNC Charlotte Student Union also hosts retailers including like Barnes & Noble, The Campus Salon, and NinerTech Computer Store.


The mascot of Charlotte's "49ers" is a 49er (gold digger) with a pickaxe. The UNC Charlotte school colors are green, white and gold.


The UNC Charlotte "49ers" athletic teams compete on the NCAA Division I level and are members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The department supports 16 sports teams, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football (in the fall of 2013)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Charlotte neighborhoods offer a lot of small-town charm, but there are many "big city" things to enjoy, such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame. There are big hotel chains, as well as more traditional bed and breakfasts with Southern charm. The local restaurants feature top chefs, and there is a selection of museums, galleries and other recreational activities available in this charming Southern city.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the students UNC Charlotte accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of North Carolina at Charlotte is around 28,000 students. The student body is made up of 81% undergraduate students and 12% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $60 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State Tuition: $3,600-$4,400
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $17,000-$20,160
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $270-$320 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $820-$980 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid74%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships49%$9,728
Receiving Student Loans56%$6,881

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, University of North Carolina at Charlotte may offer services to students like:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

University of North Carolina at Charlotte has an overall graduation rate which is around 54%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years26%
Graduating in 5 Years22%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Conference Usa)
  • Basketball (Conference Usa)
  • Track and Field (Conference Usa)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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