About Charlotte

Seventy-five years ago, a group of trailblazing leaders had a bold vision to transform an evening college center into a thriving university of more than 30,000 students. 


In the 1940s, cities across the United States experienced an acute need for workforce expertise to meet marketplace demands sparked by World War II technologies. UNC Charlotte – first known as Charlotte College – is among the universities founded in metropolitan areas for that purpose. 

We have grown to be the third-largest undergraduate enrollment of the 17 institutions in the UNC System and is the largest institution in the Charlotte region.

Through discovery, learning and collaboration we maintain a commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health and social needs of the Charlotte community and beyond. 

Our History


Today, our modern University and thriving city create opportunities for 49ers to enact change throughout our region. At Charlotte, we’re proud to drive progress in our region, grow as individuals and shape the future as the next generation of leaders.

Charlotte Profile — Fall 2021

Total Enrollment 30,448
Undergraduate Enrollment 24,116
New First-Year Students 4,256
New Transfer Students 2,605
Graduate Students 6,332
First Generation Students 2,100+
Adult Students (ages 25 or older) 7,000+
International Students 1,775
Students who self-identify as a minority 41%
Student housing adjacent to campus 10,000+
States Represented 47
Countries Represented 100+
Student/Faculty Ratio 19 to 1
Average Class Size 35


As a 49er, you’ll benefit from the affordability of a public university, the high-quality education of our urban research institution and the diversity of our student body. You’ll gain an excellent return on your investment and a highly valued degree that promises you a bright future in Charlotte and beyond.