UTOP Message on COVID-19

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020 session of the University Transition Opportunities Program (UTOP) will be offered online. The mission of UTOP remains steadfast, especially during this trying time, to provide an experience for first-year UNC Charlotte students that will facilitate a successful transition from high school to college.

For more information, visit utop.uncc.edu/virtual

For assistance with secondary academic advising, please contact your assigned OADI advisor directly via email to set up a virtual appointment. OADI advisors will be available to conduct advising appointments through phone, video chat and email.

Our main line will be active during this time; please call 704-687-0030 with any questions or concerns and an OADI staff member will be available to assist you.

Please take care of yourself and each other.

So now that you've been accepted to UNC Charlotte, why wait for the fall? Get a head start on your college career by participating in the University Transition Opportunities Program (UTOP)!

UTOP is an excellent opportunity for incoming freshman students to begin their college experience early, gain seven credit hours towards their degree, start with a solid GPA foundation, get acclimated to campus early and build a support system of peers and staff across campus.


How UTOP Works

Enroll in classes for a total of 7 credit hours towards general education requirements for your degree. Get a jump-start on your major if you are coming in with all general education requirements met!

Meet 100+ other first-year students and make life-long friendships!

Build relationships with faculty and staff who will continue to support you throughout your time at UNC Charlotte!

Develop study skills and college survival tips.

Enhance your knowledge of campus by becoming familiar with and utilizing campus resources.

Have fun on weekend activities and off-campus trips!

Receive academic advising and monitoring throughout the students' first year, and participate in extended opportunities and services throughout your entire time at UNC Charlotte!



UTOP Statistics

Research from the past 10 years indicates that students who participate in UTOP were retained after one year at a rate nearly 11 percent higher than underrepresented students who did not attend the program and almost 13 percent higher than all first-time, firs-year students. 

The percentage of UTOP students who graduated after six years was more than 11.5 percent higher than underrepresented students who did not participate and 10 percent high than all first-time, first-year students.




UTOP 2020:

June 21 - August 4, 2020

Applications Open: November 21, 2019

Application Deadline: June 18, 2020

The UTOP Application is located inside MY.UNCC.EDU Banner Self Service under "Student Services/Student Accounts" tab.​  

For more information about UTOP, please contact Mr. Shawn Simmons.​

*UTOP participants are asked to participate in a virtual SOAR session prior the first day of UTOP classes (Monday, June 29, 2020).