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Born of One Era. Reshaping another.

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. Since its founding in 1946, UNC Charlotte has transformed from a night school serving World War II veterans into a vibrant research university. This is one of the great success stories of American higher education.

UNC Charlotte leverages its location in the state’s largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity; exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs; and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. The University maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. It is the third largest University in the UNC System.


  • 1946 - Charlotte Center opened Uptown by UNC
  • 1963 - Four-year status conferred
  • 1965 - Became the fourth institution of the UNC System
  • 1969 - First master’s year program
  • 1993 - Doctoral programs authorized
  • 2011 - UNC Charlotte Center City opens


  • Belk College of Business
  • Cato College of Education
  • College of Arts + Architecture
  • College of Computing and Informatics
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • William States Lee College of Engineering
  • The Graduate School

Top 5

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Health and Human Services
  • Computer Science
  • Communication Studies

Master's Degrees

  • Business
  • Computing and Informatics
  • Education
  • Health and Human Services
  • Engineering

Doctoral Degrees

  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Computing and Information Systems
  • Health and Human Services
  • Applied Mathematics

Diverse Student Body

  • 29,615 students
    • 24,070 undergraduates
    • 47 states
    • 105 countries
  • No. 1 school in UNC System for transfer students
    • 88% from North Carolina
  • 37% of freshmen are first-generation college students
  • 75% receive financial aid
  • 41% receive Pell grants; more than $44.4 million
  • 115 full merit scholarship packages awarded
  • 1,114 annual and endowed institutional scholarships; more than $4.22 million
  • 75 bachelor’s, 65 master’s and 24 doctoral programs
  • Tuition and fees $7,096 in state; $20,530 out-of-state

Engaged Faculty and Staff

  • Student to faculty ratio is 19:1
  • 3,700 faculty and staff 
  • 85% of faculty hold terminal degrees
  • Research awards totaling $51 million, representing a 27% increase over a four-year period.

Engagement and Economic Development

  • Economic Impact on the Charlotte region is more than $2.1 billion.
  • PORTAL: The Partnership Outreach and Research to Accelerate Learning building serves as an innovative center for regional and global business pioneers.
  • EPIC: The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center supplies well-educated and highly trained engineers, and provides sustainable support for applied research.
  • Second-highest producer of teachers in North Carolina
  • Community Engaged University recognized by The Carnegie Foundation


  • Student-athletes completed 4,295 hours of community service during the 2018-19 academic year
  • 62% of student-athletes earn a 3.0 GPA or better
  • 18 Division 1 sports; including nationally ranked men’s soccer and women’s golf 

Exponential Campaign Pillars

Exponential: The Campaign for UNC Charlotte is the largest campaign in the University’s history with a goal of $200 million. Exponential is truly transforming UNC Charlotte by providing scholarships and resources for students, research opportunities for faculty and reaffirming the University’s position as an economic engine for the Charlotte region.

  • Improving the student experience - $103.4 million
  • Ensuring access and scholarship - $59.7 million
  • Advancing innovation and knowledge - $20.9 million
  • Securing faculty support - $10.6 million

Points of Pride

  • Top 5 nationally for number of startups per million dollars research funding
  • Record 28 U.S. patents in 2018
  • College of Computing and Informatics is the largest computing college in North Carolina
  • Belk College of Business is one of the largest business schools in the Carolinas
  • 144,000 living alumni; 76,271 in the Charlotte region
  • Light rail connects UNC Charlotte to the heart of the city
  • Awarded the 2019 Degree Completion Award by the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities

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