A Driving Force
As the region's leading public higher education institution and urban research university, UNC Charlotte is a driving force of growth, discovery and innovation for the Metro Carolinas. U.S. News & World Report recognized us as one of the ten most innovative colleges and universities in the country and for producing more start-up businesses than any other college or university.
We provide a pioneering learning experience that prepares graduates to become active citizens of the world. We are frequently recognized for our contributions to higher education, and for our outstanding faculty and the leadership role it plays in the region. We're proud of the many programs and services we offer on and off campus to support students by fostering a fundamental understanding of diversity and community.
Founded in 1946, the campus sits on 1000 wooded acres with approximately 85 buildings just 8 miles from Uptown Charlotte. It is the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region and the fourth largest of 16 constituent members of the University of North Carolina.
UNC Charlotte is a Doctoral and Research Intensive institution (reclassified in 2000 by the UNC Board of Governors), and has the largest research library in the Southern Piedmont region with more than one million volumes. UNC Charlotte's first emphasis is on teaching, followed by applied research and responsive public service.
With accreditation from the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, UNC Charlotte offers 7 colleges:
- College of Arts & Architecture
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Belk College of Business
- College of Computing & Informatics
- College of Education
- William States Lee College of Engineering
- College of Health & Human Services
We have 87 programs leading to Bachelor's degrees, 62 programs leading to Master's degrees and 19 programs leading to Doctoral degrees.
The Charlotte 49ers compete in 16 varsity sports on the NCAA Division I level and are a member of Conference USA. The 17th varsity sport, football, is set to kick off August 31, 2013. Committed to the pursuit of excellence, 49ers athletes succeed on and off the courts and fields. Student-athletes have eclipsed the 3.0 collective GPA mark for five straight seasons and logged 24 Academic All-Americans since 2003, while also completing over 2,500 hours of community service annually to give back to the greater Charlotte region. In the past five seasons, Charlotte has numerous NCAA Championships appearances with top three finishes nationally coming in two sports with a runner-up finish in men's soccer (2011) and third place finish in golf (2007). Over that same timeframe, the 49ers have earned 29 Atlantic 10 Conference titles with Women's Track and Field earning 11 of 13 possible titles and golf claiming 6 of 7. Women's basketball continued a decade long streak of excellence in 2011-12, earning their 10th consecutive post-season tournament berth.
Ultimately, the true foundation of a university is the great minds and enthusiasm of its students and faculty. UNC Charlotte is proud to have approximately 900 passionate and committed faculty members (of the full-time instructional faculty, nearly 85% hold the highest degrees attainable in their fields). Our more than 100,000 living alumni -- with an addition of 4,000 to 4,500 new alumni annually -- are a testament to the strength of the students in our university community.