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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.

History

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.

Academics

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.

Traditions

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

Athletics

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.

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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 Reading480 - 570
SAT ® Math500 - 590
SAT ® Writing470 - 550
SAT ® Total Score1450 - 1710

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English19 - 25
ACT ® Math20 - 25
ACT ® Composite Score20 - 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.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants11,239
Granted Admissions8,034 (71%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled2,985 (37%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of North Carolina at Charlotte is around 25,000 students. The student body is made up of 79% undergraduate students and 21% 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 $50 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 StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid76%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships61%$6,945
Receiving Student Loans61%$5,590

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 2%.

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 53%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years26%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

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)

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 (Atlantic 10 Conference)
  • Basketball (Atlantic 10 Conference)
  • Track and Field (Atlantic 10 Conference)
  • 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 (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Education

  • Teacher Education and Professional Development (C, M)
  • Elementary Education (B, M)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (D, M)
  • Reading Teacher Education (M)
  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services (M)
  • Middle School Education (B)
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels (M)
  • Guidance Counselor (C, D, M)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (D, M)
  • Special Education (B, D, M)
  • Kindergarten and Preschool Education (B, M)
  • Special Education and Teaching (B, M)
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education (B)
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • Teaching English As Second Language Instructor (M)
  • Mathematics Teacher Education (M)
  • Music Teacher Education (B)
  • Educational and Instructional Media Design (C, M)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (M)
  • Education, Teaching of the Gifted and Talented (M)

Psychology

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Health and Clinical Professions

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Computer and Information Sciences

History

Engineering

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology (B, D, M)
  • Bioinformatics (D, M)

English Language and Literature

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

  • Math (B, M)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (B)
  • Applied Mathematics (D)

Engineering Technology

  • Mechanical Technology Technician (B)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (B)
  • Civil Engineering Technology (B)
  • Engineering Technologies (B)
  • Engineering Management (M)

Public Administration and Social Services

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fine Studio Arts (B)
  • Art Studies (B)
  • Drama (B)
  • Art History (B)
  • Music (B)
  • Dance (B)
  • Music Performance (B)
  • Arts Management (M)

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Global Studies (B)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (D, M)
  • Gerontology (M)

Physical Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B, M)
  • German Language and Literature (B)
  • Japanese Language and Literature (B)
  • Language Interpretation and Translation (C)
  • French Language and Literature (B)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • African-American Studies (B)
  • Latin American Studies (B, M)

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Human Development and Family Studies (B)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

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