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.

Students applying for 2021 terms

One essay is required

  • If you are applying using the Common App, the essays prompts are located within the application and must be submitted when you apply. You may choose from these Common App essay prompts.
  • If you are applying by CFNC or the Future 49er Application, choose from one of these essay prompts and submit it to the admissions office by email or mail.
  • Review this page for information on how your essay will be used in the admission review process.

SAT and ACT test scores are optional

  • For 2021 freshmen applicants, submitting the SAT or ACT is optional due to the limited testing opportunities caused by COVID-19.
  • Test scores, if submitted, will not be the primary reason for our admission decision; they are considered in context and as supplemental information.

View this page for a complete list of required and optional application information.

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.
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 at select times. Check the schedule frequently for updates.

Admitted students entering in 2020


  • In an emergency, the University will use NinerAlerts to reach students. This may include email, text messages, on-campus screen messages and social media. Make sure your cell phone number is up-to-date in Banner Self Service to receive text messages.
  • Family members can sign up to receive NinerAlerts, too. 
  • More information and instructions to sign up are available at


  • In non-emergency situations, we may use NinerNotices to keep you updated on information.
  • Students will automatically receive these emails.
  • Family members can also sign up for NinerNotices by visiting

(Posted 6/12/2020)

We are committed to providing an excellent academic experience, even as we adapt classroom instruction, course design, and campus activities to meet necessary safety measures during this pandemic.

Classroom instruction methods for Fall 2020

  • Face-to-face classroom instruction will continue to be offered this fall.
  • Many courses will have a hybrid approach that splits time between face-to-face and remote instruction. Hybrid classes allow us to ensure that we can provide appropriate physical distancing in the classroom.
  • Other courses may be migrated to thoughtfully designed fully online formats.
  • We anticipate most students’ schedules will have a combination of hybrid, face-to-face courses, and online courses. 
  • View this page for more details on each type of course.

Laptop Requirement for new students

  • We want you to be properly prepared with the technology needed for your college career.
  • All incoming students are required to have a laptop this fall. By having your own laptop, you will be able to access the tools needed in your coursework this semester and throughout your degree program.
  • You may bring a laptop you already have or purchase one from any vendor. You are encouraged to explore the laptop bundles available for purchase through the NinerTech store, which will meet your educational needs for four years and beyond.
  • Read the laptop requirement FAQs here.

(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.
  • Please refer to the Housing website for up-to-date details.
  • The Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program is hosting virtual sessions this summer.
  • Admitted students 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 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.

Connect with us!

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:
  • Phone: 704-687-5507
  • Website:
  • Social Media: @UNCCadmissions