Welcome to UNC Charlotte, North Carolina's urban research university. As you work to complete your undergraduate or graduate degree program, I hope you will think of UNC Charlotte's dedicated faculty and staff as your partners. Their expertise and support, along with the many University resources and services available to you, will enable you to meet your scholastic, personal, and professional aspirations.
In joining Niner Nation, you become part of a community in which students, faculty, and staff work collaboratively to identify and address the needs of the greater Charlotte region. We have a stake in the quality of life of the citizens of the communities we serve, so we constantly are pioneering new ways to drive economic growth and to meet the region's environmental, health, and social needs.
We know that college is more than textbooks and classes, so we encourage you to become actively engaged on campus. Explore all the possibilities available - study abroad offerings for greater global awareness; leadership and volunteer opportunities; cultural events and lectures; intramural sports; and, of course, we want to see you cheering on your Charlotte 49er athletic teams wherever they might be competing.
Sometime during the 2017-18 academic year, the city's light rail expansion onto campus will be completed, providing quick and convenient access to UNC Charlotte Center City, which is situated in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. This facility is a hub for a number of our graduate programs, and its location provides the University a place to convene influential civic, business, and community leaders around thought-provoking topics. Access to these leaders, and connections you may establish with them, could prove valuable to your educational pursuits and career prospects.
Other exciting developments on the horizon include renovation of the core academic complex, as well as construction of a new student counseling center, a state-of-the-art health and wellness center, an admissions and visitors center, and a beautifully redesigned Belk Plaza. And, of course, with the recent passage of the Connect NC bond, we are also in the design phase of a new and much-needed science facility.
It's an exciting time to be a part of Niner Nation. So once again, welcome! I'm delighted that you've made UNC Charlotte your university of choice. Go Niners!
Philip L. Dubois
If this is your first year at UNC Charlotte, welcome to our great campus! If you are returning, we are pleased to welcome you back.
Our University is constantly changing and you are a part of that change. Because we are situated in a complex, dynamic city, our institution is alive with possibilities to learn and grow. Our distinguished faculty are here to provide you with a quality education that will open doors for you. If we do our job right, your education will be intellectually challenging. If you do your job right, these years at UNC Charlotte will lay the groundwork for a promising and satisfying future.
Remember, too, that there is more to the collegiate experience than coursework. I encourage you to become involved in some of the many activities or student organizations that are available to you. You will build friendships and relationships with both your fellow students and our faculty that you will take with you and cherish as you move on through the years.
I hope you will take advantage of the excellent resources available here, and explore all that our campus has to offer. But don't stop there - explore research, community engagement, and professional development opportunities in the greater Charlotte area and in the world beyond. We're here to help you get started.
We are pleased that you have chosen UNC Charlotte. As we continue to grow, we look forward to your continuing to grow with us as a person, scholar, and future alumnus/alumna.
Joan F. Lorden
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs