UNC Charlotte is the largest university in the Charlotte region and the 3rd largest in the state.
As an urban research institution, UNC Charlotte is a driving force of growth, discovery and innovation for the metro Carolinas. We have been recognized as an innovative university and for producing more start-up businesses than any other college or university.
A Driving Force
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 third largest of 17 constituent members of the University of North Carolina.
UNC Charlotte is a Doctoral and Research Intensive institution, 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 on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, UNC Charlotte offers 8 colleges:
- College of Arts + Architecture
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Belk College of Business
- College of Computing & Informatics
- Cato College of Education
- William States Lee College of Engineering
- College of Health & Human Services
- University College
We have 171 undergraduate majors with 77 programs leading to Bachelor's degrees, 65 programs leading to Master's degrees and 24 programs leading to Doctoral degrees.
Ultimately, the true foundation of a university is the great minds and enthusiasm of its students and faculty. UNC Charlotte is proud to have 1,019 passionate and committed faculty members (of the full-time instructional faculty, nearly 85% hold the highest degrees attainable in their fields). Our more than 120,000 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.