University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Established 1946
School type Public
Chancellor James H. Woodward
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Campus Suburban
Enrollment 17,000 undergraduates,
3,000 graduates
Faculty 1,400
Athletics Charlotte 49ers
Colors Green and Gold

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC, or for athletics purposes, Charlotte) is a public university located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It opened September 23, 1946, as the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina, one of fourteen evening college centers established by the state for World War II veterans. Classes were held at Central High School.


The University of North Carolina at Charlotte -- A Brief History

Founded in 1946 as the Charlotte Center to serve the educational needs of returning World War II veterans, UNC Charlotte has grown to become a doctoral/research-intensive institution and is the fourth-largest of the 16 UNC campuses, enrolling nearly 20,000 students as of Spring 2005. In addition to a broad array of undergraduate and masterís degree programs in the arts and sciences, it houses six professional colleges of architecture, business administration, education, engineering, information technology, and health and human services. The university offers 82 baccalaureate programs, more than 60 masterís degree programs, and 12 doctoral programs. Fifteen degree and certificate programs are offered via distance education, from 25% to 100% online. UNCCís first emphasis is on teaching, followed by research and responsive public service. More information about its programs and services can be found at (

In 1949, when the state closed the centers, the Charlotte Center was taken over by the city school district and became Charlotte College, a two-year institution. Funded first by student tuition payments, then by local property taxes, it became state-supported in 1958 upon joining the newly formed North Carolina community college system. In 1961 it moved to its present campus ten miles northeast of downtown Charlotte, and in 1963 became a four-year college. It adopted its current name July 1, 1965, upon becoming part of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, since 1972 called the University of North Carolina System.

James H. Woodward has served as the University's chancellor since he was appointed to succeed E.K. Fretwell in 1989. He has announced his retirement, effective in the summer of 2005. Philip L. Dubois has been named the new chancellor effective July 15, 2005.

For athletics purposes, the school prefers to be called Charlotte. The school, a member of the NCAA's Division I (with no football program), is currently a member of Conference USA, but will leave for the Atlantic Ten Conference in 2005. Charlotte's team nickname is 49ers.

The University of North Carolina System

The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls nearly 190,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolinaís public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, ten nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists. Also under the University umbrella are the UNC Center for Public Television with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, and the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nationís first public residential high school for gifted students.


  • Bonnie E. Cone (founder; director, 1946-1949; president, 1949-1965; acting chancellor, 1965-1966)
  • Dean W. Colvard (chancellor, 1966-1978)
  • E. K. Fretwell (chancellor, 1979-1989)
  • James H. Woodward (chancellor, 1989-2005)
  • Philip L. Dubois (chancellor, 2005- )

External links

Template:Conference USA

Schools of the University of North Carolina System:

Appalachian | East Carolina | Elizabeth City | Fayetteville | NC A&T
NC Central | NC School of the Arts | NC State | UNC-Asheville | UNC-Chapel Hill
UNC-Charlotte | UNC-Greensboro | UNC-Pembroke | UNC-Wilmington
Western Carolina | Winston-Salem | NC School of Science and Math


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