Welcome to UNC Charlotte, where it's always a great day to be a Niner!
In 1965, UNC Charlotte—previously Charlotte College—became the fourth campus of the University of North Carolina by act of the General Assembly. In that first year, we awarded 85 degrees in a dozen baccalaureate degree programs. Since then, we have awarded more than 149,500 degrees and now do so in 75 bachelor’s, 65 master’s, and 24 doctoral programs. That’s 149,500 lives changed for the better, with the support of dedicated faculty and staff working in an institution that has to be considered one of the great success stories of American higher education.
Today, as North Carolina’s urban research university, we hold the distinction of being the only public four-year institution serving Charlotte―the state’s largest city and an exciting, regional hub of cultural and recreational activities.
I am fortunate enough to have served the University since 2005 as its fourth Chancellor. Before that, I was UNC Charlotte’s Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for almost six years, from 1991 to 1997. The explosive growth that has occurred on this campus in the past two decades is nothing short of phenomenal. This fall, we are enjoying yet another record year with enrollment approaching 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. That growth is attributed to our expanding reputation as an outstanding University with faculty and staff who are truly committed to student success. And we offer amazing opportunities in academics, research, community engagement, the arts, and athletics to provide a college experience second to none.
We continue to advance an ambitious agenda to build needed new facilities and to renovate older ones. Scott Hall, a residence hall constructed in 1972, reopened in fall 2018 with renovated semi-private rooms and spa-style community bathrooms plus very appealing amenities including a first-floor social lounge, group and private study areas on each floor, and a movie room with reclining stadium seats. Renovation of the historic academic core in the Denny complex continues. The University Recreation Center (UREC), which is going up next to the Student Union, is due to be completed next summer. A new Undergraduate Admissions Center positioned near the main campus entrance is set to open in spring 2019. Construction of a much-needed science building will start this year. And, of course, the beautifully transformed Belk Plaza is a wonderful addition to the heart of our campus.
We’re also thrilled by the possibilities that Light Rail has brought to campus. It was totally worth the wait. Our students, faculty, and staff are enjoying unprecedented access to Uptown and our Center City campus, and folks from other parts of Charlotte are now able to more easily make the trek to campus for cultural and athletic events.
Come see us. I think you'll be impressed!
Thanks for stopping by...and Go Niners!
Philip L. Dubois
Office of the Chancellor
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223