Admissions Updates

The health and safety of students, faculty and staff remains UNC Charlotte’s top priority. The University has been monitoring the rapidly evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) and has been working in close collaboration with local and state resources.

Below are the most recent updates regarding Undergraduate Admissions and enrollment, services, and events.


Grades of Pass/Fail

  • We will review transcripts and spring 2020 performance with the clear understanding that this year's grades may look different from prior performance.
  • Grades of P will be considered as meeting required courses and will not have an impact on the admission decision or GPA.
  • If given the option to choose an earned grade or a P in a course, we encourage students to select the option that they feel best represents their individual performance. There is no right or wrong decision. If a student earned an A or B in a course, we encourage them to take the grade. You worked for that grade, and under these circumstances, that is a great reflection of effort!
  • A student's admission decision is going to be based on more than a single calculated GPA. We will look for grade trends in 9th, 10th and 11th grade before/after the school year was interrupted. We might ask for midyear grade reports in senior year as we make decisions if we feel it will benefit a student in the review. 

Extracurricular Activities and Other Supplemental Materials

  • We understand that extracurricular involvement has also been limited unexpectedly this year. We will review a student's activities and accomplishments with that in mind and assume that they would have continued involvement at the same level or to an even greater extent if possible. 
  • We encourage students to begin thinking about how they will use the Common App's COVID-19 question or a supplemental personal statement to describe any special circumstances around grades or performance this year. Either option will be a way for a student to share how the interruption to the school year impacted performance and any related decisions they made about grades.
SAT/ACT Testing
 
  • UNC system institutions require that first year applicants submit an SAT or ACT score for consideration for admission. 
  • As the summer unfolds and future testing options become clearer, we'll provide any updates to our policies here. 
  • We understand that COVID-19 has impacted students' abilities to test on a typical timeframe, and we will make every attempt to remain flexible with regard to application deadlines for fall 2021.

Test Options

  • If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, there will be weekend SAT administrations every month this fall on August 29, September 26, October 3, November 7, and December 5. For each administration, they are preparing to significantly expand capacity for students to take the SAT when schools reopen.
  • In the unlikely event that schools do not reopen this fall, the College Board will provide a digital SAT for home use, just as they’re delivering digital exams for 3 million AP students this spring.
  • ACT has also announced plans to offer additional test options and will be releasing more information soon.

(Posted May 4, 2020)

We know how critical in-person instruction, hands-on learning, and activities with friends and peers are to a well-rounded student experience. We also know we must be responsible about balancing the return to classrooms, offices, and residence halls with the health and safety of Niner Nation and the uncertainty this pandemic poses.

After consultation with public health and UNC System officials, we have made the decision to begin our fall semester on Monday, September 7, two weeks after our previously scheduled start on August 24. 

  • Given our unique location in North Carolina’s largest city, these two weeks allow additional time between the projected peak of the virus in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and the start of the academic year.
  • We are seeing the flattening of the virus’s curve as a result of social distancing, but county health authorities tell us the peak in the outbreak in Charlotte is now projected to occur in mid-June.
  • As the city begins to return to life as a hub for global business and travel, we will assess any additional safety protocols that may be necessary on our campus.
  • The health of our students and employees, especially those who may be at higher risk, is our top priority in making this decision.

A complete schedule for a semester that begins instruction on September 7 is in preparation and will be released as soon as it is available.

  • Future updates will include specific dates that will guide move-in into campus residence halls, semester and holiday breaks, and academic deadlines.

We know you have many more questions about how life on campus will work with social distancing protocols in place, how classes will be delivered, and other important topics. We are committed to getting you those answers as quickly as we can.

  • Residence halls will be open for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • With the recent decision to begin the semester two weeks later, move-in dates will be adjusted accordingly.
  • As Housing & Residence Life determine plans and processes for campus move-in in the coming days, the housing website will be updated with move-in information.
  • Assignments are being made daily for students who have paid the housing deposit.
  • If you change your mind about your plans to live on campus, you have until June 1st to request a deposit refund.
  • If you change your mind about your plans to live on campus after June 2nd, you will forfeit the deposit and additional fees may apply.
  • Please refer to the Housing website for up-to-date details.

Applications are still being accepted for Fall 2020. Admissions Counselors are reviewing applications with the same care, consistency and diligence as we do during normal operations.

  • Freshman applicants who applied by the Regular Decision deadline of February 1st have received their admission decision.
  • Students with completed applications after February 1st will be reviewed as soon as possible and should receive decisions in early April.
  • Most transfer applicants are currently receiving decisions and transfer credit reports within four weeks of completing the application.
Join us for live information sessions via Zoom!  Admissions counselors present information and allow time for you to chat your personal questions. Academic and campus departments are also offering live sessions throughout the week. Check the schedule frequently for updates.
  • The Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program will be hosting virtual sessions this summer.
  • Admitted students have been notified of this program change via email and now have access to the SOAR reservation system.
  • Visit these pages for Freshmen SOAR or Transfer SOAR information.

May 1 Intend to Enroll Deadline

  • We understand during this time that future plans may be uncertain.
  • If you need additional time to plan and make a decision, we are committed to giving you maximum flexibility.
  • Contact your admissions counselor so that we can make sure your space is secure.
  • We do not require a financial enrollment deposit when you submit your Intent to Enroll decision.
     

Official Transcripts Requirement

  • We understand that high schools and colleges may be handling the COVID situation differently, so we will be as flexible as possible with regard to deadlines for official documents.
  • We recommend first contacting your school to inquire about sending your final high school transcript, as we find that most use services to send documents electronically.
  • Students who attend a NC public high school have the option to request an official transcript through CFNC.
  • We are still accepting mailed documents but please anticipate delays.
  • If you're having difficulty obtaining official transcripts, reach out to us at admissions@uncc.edu or 704-687-5507 to see how we might be able to help.

 
Grades of Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

  • We will review your final transcripts with the clear understanding that this semester’s grades may look different from your prior performance.
  • Freshmen - Pass/Fail grades will not have an impact on your admission decision or your cumulative GPA. Grades with a “P” (Pass) will receive credit for the course while grades of “F” (Fail) will not receive credit. Grades of "F" in one of the Minimum Required Courses may be subject to additional review. If you are dual-enrolled in college courses, please be mindful of your college’s options and have a clear understanding of the outcomes of the grading policies if given the ability to select between Pass/Fail or a letter grade.
  • Engineering majors - earning an “F” (Fail) in your senior-year advanced math course may result in a rescind/denial into the major, but will not have an impact on your general admission.
  • Transfer applicants Please view this information about how Pass/Fail and S/U courses affect transfer admission and your transfer credit evaluation

AP and IB Credit

  • We will evaluate the AP and IB credit in light of changes that have been made by the testing agencies to accommodate students during the COVID-19 situation.
  • AP and IB credit policies will be applied as usual.
We want to hear from you! Connect with admissions counselors, current students, and take a virtual tour. View these top 5 ways to connect with UNC Charlotte.

The Undergraduate Admissions building is not open to the public at this time. However, admissions counselors are still available to serve you Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm via:

  • Email: admissions@uncc.edu
  • Phone: 704-687-5507
  • Website: admissions.uncc.edu
  • Social Media: @UNCCadmissions