Welcome to UTOP at UNC Charlotte!

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

Participants enroll in classes together for a total of 7 credit hours

Participants develop study skills and college survival tips by working with staff from the University Center for Academic Excellence

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



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 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.


UTOP 2020:

June 28 - August 5, 2020*

Applications OPEN: November 1, 2019
Application Deadline: June 24, 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