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.


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 2023

Total Enrollment30,298
Undergraduate Enrollment23,981
New First-Year Students4,501
New Transfer Students2,348
Graduate Students6,317
First Generation Students2,100+
Adult Students (ages 25 or older)6,300+
International Students2,308
Students who self-identify as a minority39%
Student housing adjacent to campus10,000+
States Represented47
Countries Represented100+
Student/Faculty Ratio20:1
Average Class Size35


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.

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