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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
"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:
- Cross Country
- Football (in the fall of 2013)
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
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, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to have a better understanding of your chances of getting accepted to University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Admission Requirements & Recommendations
- High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
- High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
- SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
- TOEFL for ESL Students are Required
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...
SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|SAT ® Critical Reading||480 - 560|
|SAT ® Math||500 - 600|
|SAT ® Writing||470 - 550|
|SAT ® Total Score||1450 - 1710|
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||19 - 24|
|ACT ® Math||20 - 26|
|ACT ® Writing||6 - 8|
|ACT ® Composite Score||20 - 25|
Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into UNC Charlotte
The table below lists the chances for admission at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
|Granted Admissions||9,416 (69%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||3,541 (38%)|
Total enrollment at University of North Carolina at Charlotte is around 26,000 students. The student body is made up of 81% undergraduate students and 19% graduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,000. 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
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- In-State Tuition: $3,500-$4,100
- Nonresident Student Tuition: $16,000-$19,180
- Charges for part-time students are:
- In-State: $250-$290 per unit
- Out-of-State: $770-$920 per 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||76%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||61%||$6,945|
|Receiving Student Loans||61%||$5,590|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 6%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
University of North Carolina at Charlotte has an overall graduation rate which is around 53%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||26%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||21%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||6%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Health Services Administration Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
- Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program (more info)
- Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
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)
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
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Public Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
- Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC (29 miles away)
- University of South Carolina - Lancaster in Lancaster, SC (39 miles away)
- Winston - Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC (61 miles away)
- University of South Carolina - Union in Union, SC (65 miles away)
- University of South Carolina - Upstate in Spartanburg, SC (73 miles away)
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