Admissions Updates

The health and safety of students, faculty and staff remains UNC Charlotte’s top priority. The University plans to open for the fall 2021 semester to pre-pandemic operations while continuing to monitor the situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) in close collaboration with local and state resources. For more information about campus operations, visit Niner Nation Cares.

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

Students applying for 2022 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. Submit your essay by uploading it in the  "upload materials" section of the Future 49er Portal or submit via email at
  • 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 2022 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 with the clear understanding that grades may look different from prior performance due to the impacts of COVID-19.
  • 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 spring 2021


  • 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 1/20/2021)

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 Spring 2021

  • Classes scheduled to be hybrid or face-to-face this semester will begin meeting on campus on Feb. 22 and continue meeting in-person for the remainder of the semester. All other classes will continue in online/remote delivery.
  • 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 spring. 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 1/20/2021

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 following adjustments to the spring semester.

  • On Feb. 22, classes scheduled to be hybrid or face-to-face this semester will begin meeting on campus and continue meeting in-person for the remainder of the semester. All other classes will continue in online/remote delivery.
  • Classes will end as planned on May 5, with exams beginning May 7.
  • The health of our students and employees, especially those who may be at higher risk, is our top priority in making this decision.
  • Review the Spring Semester Updates from Chancellor Gaber here.

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.

Admissions counselors are available to serve you Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm via:

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