How UTOP Works
Participants enroll in classes together for a total of 7 credit hours
Participants develop study skills and college survival tips.
Participants enhance their knowledge of campus by becoming familiar with and utilizing campus resources.
Participants take part in co-curricular activities.
Participants receive academic advising and monitoring throughout the students' freshmen year.
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 freshmen.
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, full-time freshmen.
June 28 - August 5, 2020*
Applications Open: December 1, 2019
Application Deadline: June 25, 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.
*Dates Subject to Change