Early College High Schools

With many UNC Charlotte applicants graduating from Early College High Schools, we understand that students have questions about their college credits and application process.

UNC Charlotte welcomed nearly 300 early college high school graduates in last year's incoming class, so we are committed to ensuring you have a smooth transition to the university. Early college high school graduates who have not completed college courses after graduation from high school are considered a freshman or first-year applicant for reporting purposes. First-year applicants receive credit for college courses completed during high school as well as AP and IB exam credits. Your transferable credits will be evaluated and your class standing as a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior will be determined at that point. 

  • When you apply to UNC Charlotte, please submit your college transcript along with your other application materials.
  • We will consider both your high school academic coursework and test scores as well as your college courses and grades.
  • For early college high school students enrolled through a North Carolina community college, we follow the transfer credit policies defined in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the UNC system and the North Carolina Community College system. 
  • Students completing college coursework through a North Carolina Community College can review how college credits will transfer using our NC Community College Transfer Credit Equivalency document.
  • High school students completing college coursework through any other institution can use the Transfer Credit Advisor tool to identify the credits that will be awarded for successfully completed college coursework.

Cooperative and Innovative High School Students

NC legislation outlined below does offer certain application review options to students who graduate from a Cooperative Innovative High School (Early Colleges) who WILL earn an Associate’s degree in addition to their high school diploma. All other Early College students will be evaluated using standard freshman criteria.

  • Applicants from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools (CIHS) receive special consideration in the admission review for UNC system universities based on North Carolina law.
  • According to House Bill 97 Section 11.16.(a) “any student who graduated from a cooperative innovative high school program with an associate degree and who applies for admission to the constituent institution has the option of being considered for admission as a freshman or as a transfer student.” To see if your school is a CIHS, view the list here.
  • Being “considered” refers to the evaluation of your credentials and NOT your student type. Regardless of how you are evaluated for admission, you will be considered a first year student upon enrollment.
  • This allows you to remain in consideration for housing, learning communities, honors, scholarships, and other special programs reserved for new first-time freshmen. You will be a first year student with college credit.
  • Your transferable college credits will be evaluated and your class standing as a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior will be determined based on the number of credit hours you’ve successfully completed.
  • We encourage you to apply as a freshman – or first year student - and also submit your college transcript.
  • We will consider both your high school academic coursework and test scores as well as your college courses and grades. We are committed to using the review process that best advantages you.
  • If, however, you feel strongly that your standardized test scores or high school GPA will hinder you in the first year review, you may choose to be reviewed as a transfer student.
  • Please contact an admissions counselor at 704-687-5507 or admissions@uncc.edu if you wish to request the transfer review option.