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!
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.