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 academic, personal, and professional aspirations.
It goes without saying that the past few months have brought unprecedented challenges for all of us as we are weathering a global pandemic and learning to navigate a “new normal.” You should know that UNC Charlotte is committed to providing a safe environment that is conducive to learning and enjoying all that a college experience entails, though things may look a little different for a while. One service that I believe you will find especially helpful is Niner Central, which is a one-stop shop for nearly any issue that you can imagine related to your college experience. The physical location for Niner Central is at the front entrance of the Cone University Center. There you will find experts ready to assist with questions related to financial aid, billing/payments, course registration, transcripts, student records, etc. The Niner Central website also contains loads of information in one place to help you get the answers you need as quickly and easily as possible.
In joining the UNC Charlotte community-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 - take advantage of leadership and volunteer opportunities; attend cultural events and lectures; participate in intramural sports; and, of course, we want to see you cheering on your Charlotte 49er athletic teams wherever they might be competing.
With the arrival of Light Rail service onto our campus, Niner Nation is more connected than ever to Uptown Charlotte and all that it has to offer. And that includes quick and convenient access to the Dubois Center, UNC Charlotte’s campus in Center City, which is a hub for a number of our graduate programs. Its prime location also 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. Part of the transportation fee that you pay ensures your unlimited access to light rail, any city bus or shuttle, the Uptown trolley, and the campus shuttle system, “Niner Transit.”
Recent additions to our ever-growing campus include a new Undergraduate Admissions Center and the University Recreation Center (UREC), which opened last fall. Other exciting developments on the horizon include completion of a new science building and a hotel and conference center, both of which are expected to be completed during Spring 2021.
I am beyond excited to be a brand new part of Niner Nation, and I hope you feel the same way. So once again, welcome! I’m delighted that you’ve made UNC Charlotte your university of choice. Go Niners!
Sharon L. Gaber
If this is your first year at UNC Charlotte, welcome to our dynamic community! If you are returning, we are pleased to welcome you back.
You are part of an engaged and enterprising university that is interconnected with North Carolina’s largest city. Because we are situated in a diverse, progressive 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. Although there are necessary changes this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are dedicated to your education and are offering resources through college advising centers and the University Center for Academic Excellence to help you succeed.
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. By getting involved, you will build relationships with both your fellow students and our faculty that you will 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 University 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 our University continues to grow, we look forward to you continuing to grow with us as a person, a scholar, and a future alum.
Joan F. Lorden
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs