FAQs

49er Card

Every student at UNC Charlotte is given a 49er Identification Card that allows the student to have access to campus housing, campus activities and programs, athletic events and recreational facilities, computer labs, and the Student Health Center. However, the card also functions as a meal plan card and a library card. It holds funds for the Optional Dining Account (ODA) and the 49er account. Essentially these cards are extremely important, and more information about the 49er card can be found online.

Academic Assistance

All new UNC Charlotte students register for classes at SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) after completing the program. There will be advisors and Orientation Counselors in each registration lab to help your student. After registering for classes, the last thing your student will do at SOAR is receive their Student ID, making them a Niner, officially! Apply for housing on the campus housing website or call 704-687-7501 for more information.

There are a variety of places on campus where your child can receive extra help. The Writing Resource Center assists students with presentation and writing skills; while the University Center for Academic Excellence provides tutoring, time management ideas and study skills. 

For a more detailed list about where your student should seek help on campus, view academic support services.

If your student has decided to withdraw, they can complete the withdrawal process online via 49er Express. If they have specific questions, they should contact their academic adviser. The Office of the Registrar provides a detailed checklist of the offices that your student should consider contacting if they are planning on withdrawing.

If your student has a cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the end of the Fall or Spring semester, they will be place on Academic Probation. However, if your student receives below a 2.0 GPA two consecutive semesters, they will be placed on Academic Suspension. For more details on these processes visit the provost website.

Advising

Niner Advisor allows your student to schedule advising appointments, view their major and minor advisors, and has a “student profile” that shows your student’s class level, cumulative GPA, major and minors, and much more!

We cannot guarantee that every student will have the opportunity to register for every class they wish to enroll in for the fall semester. If you have any specific questions regarding what your class schedule should look like for your first semester at UNC Charlotte, please ask your academic advisor during SOAR.

Students are not expected to know who their academic advisor is prior to their SOAR session, and it is at SOAR that you will meet with them for the first time. If you have specific questions, please contact the academic department according to your major.

The Foreign Language Exam is not mandatory to any specific major. If you choose not to take the exam, you will automatically be placed in 1201 of the language you choose. It is important to note that there is a $10.00 charge to take the Foreign Language Exam, with payment being accepted by debit or credit card only when you arrive at the testing site. For more information regarding the Foreign Language Placement Exam, please contact the Foreign Language Department at (704) 687-8754 or visit their website at http://languages.uncc.edu.

Yes. Every student who attends SOAR will meet with an academic advisor prior to registration. You are not expected to know who your advisor is prior to SOAR, nor is it your responsibility to schedule your advising appointment.

Bookstore

If your student logs on to their 49er Express account, clicks on Banner Self Service, then on Student Services/Accounts, then click on Search for Books assigned to course. Once on that page, your student will be able to see what prices the bookstore offers for new, used and rental books (depending on availability). For more information visit the campus bookstore.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers a variety of support for students, whether it be for personal or relationship or development issues or academic concerns. There is individual, group, and relationship counseling available. If your student needs to make an appointment, they can do so by calling 704-687-0311 or by stopping by the Counseling Center. Visit the counseling center's website for more information.

The Office of Student Conduct gives students information about the conduct processes and the SGA Judicial Board.

Dining Services

Meal plans are available to your student based on their class level and whether they live in required housing or off campus.

Disability Services

This office offers students accessible classrooms and furniture, Class Notes, Interpreting Services, SAFE Ride accommodations and much more. For more information about how to register visit the Office of Disability Services website.

Financial Aid and Billing

If you are unable to pay with a credit card or debit card, you may mail in a personal check or money order to the Office of New Student and Family Services. Please make the check or money order out to UNC Charlotte, and mail to:

  • c/o SOAR
  • King Building Room 208
  • 9201 University City Blvd
  • Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

The Office of New Student and Family Services is unaware of the timeline structure set by the Office of Financial Aid. If you have specific questions regarding your financial aid packages, please contact their office at (704)-687-5504 weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm, or visit their website at http://finaid.uncc.edu.

No. Financial aid will not cover the registration costs associated with SOAR.

The Financial Aid website offers a variety of information. Through this site you will be able to find out about loan information, scholarships, deadlines and important forms and documents. The deadline for FAFSA this year is March 1, 2012. Visit the Financial Aid Parent Page for more specific parent related information.

Each month, students with outstanding charges on their accounts (tuition, fees, meal plans etc.) receive an email that a new statement is available online via 49er Express.UNC Charlotte does not mail paper bills.The university requires that account balances be paid in full PRIOR TO THE START OF CLASSES in order to avoid cancellation of courses at the beginning of the term. Paying in full means:

  • Complete payment of tuition, fees, and charges.
  • Payment of the difference of all charges LESS offered financial aid.
  • Enrollment in a UNC Charlotte Payment Plan that will cover the total balance.

UNC Charlotte offers a payment plan each term, to spread your charges out into three smaller payments throughout the semester. Billing payments can be made by cash, check, or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). There is a $55 fee to enroll in a payment plan.

All full-time students are required to have health insurance. If you are covered by another policy, you can waive the Student Health Insurance fee by submitting a waiver. The deadline to submit the waiver is approx. 30 days after the first day of class. Please visit www. studenthealth.uncc.edu/insurance for information on the Student health insurance premium as well as instructions on the waiver process. Student Insurance waivers are credits and appear on your eBill as a “Health Insurance Waiver”. It may take up to 30 days for the credit to be processed and credited to your account.

If the amount of financial aid disbursed is greater than your charges, then you will see a negative balance on your account. This means a refund will be paid to the student. Refunds are processed on the first day of class at the earliest. Students may use this refund check to purchase books or for other expenses.

If someone other than the student would like access and become an “authorized user” to the student’s account, they will need the student’s permission to have access to that account. To add an Authorized User, log into 49er Express, select “My Records”. In the yellow box at the top left, select “Make a Payment” and “Authorized Users” tab (at the top of the page). Authorized Users get notifications for balances due on your account.

More information on authorized users can be found at http://finance.uncc.edu/student-accounts/parent-information. Payments can be made online, in person, by mail and occasionally through wire transfers. More information on payment methods can be found on the financial aid parent information page.

There are many resources to help pay for college tuition such as financial aid, scholarships and work-study. Visit the financial aid website for more information on the various types of aid.

The FAFSA is the only application required for financial aid at UNC Charlotte. If additional information is needed, we contact students with specific requests. Do not send tax returns, W-2s, etc., to the Office of Financial Aid unless we ask for them. The Priority date for submitting your Financial Aid application is March 1. Applicants who file by this date will be eligible for all available forms of Financial Aid. Since financial aid is limited, filing by the priority date means there is a better chance to receive aid.

Refunds are disbursed on the first day of class at the earliest. If you have Direct Deposit, you will receive a refund through your direct deposit account within 5 to 7 days after the refund is posted to your account. If you don’t have Direct Deposit, a refund check will be mailed to your permanent address. Please allow 7 to 10 days to receive a mailed refund check once the refund has posted.

Library

Your student can reserve study rooms which are often used for group projects, study groups for exams, and small organization meetings on campus. Reservations can be made online at: Reservations can be made online.

On the library website your student can also view the available computers in the library, including laptops available for rent. During exam week, the library is open 24 hours.

Immunizations

If you were not able to submit your immunization records prior to your arrival to your SOAR session, please visit the Student Health Center website for more information: www.studenthealth.uncc.edu

I am transferring into UNC Charlotte and provided my last institution with a copy of my immunization records. May I have them send a copy/fax of my immunization records to UNC Charlotte?

Yes, you may request a copy of your immunization records from your previous university to be sent directly to the Immunizations Department. Please visit www.studenthealth.uncc.edu for contact information. Please note: immunization records are NOT automatically transferred. Transcripts that contain immunizations sent during the admission process are used for the purposes of admission only.

To discuss options in case-specific occurrences regarding the submission of immunization records, please contact the Student Health Center at (704) 687-7424 weekdays between 8:30am and 5:00pm.

Your immunization records are due when you are admitted to the university and should be submitted to the Student Health Center for review by the first day of class according to state law. Failure to comply with the law will result in being dropped from classes and losing on-campus housing if applicable. It may take extended lengths of time to obtain records from other facilities, thus it is recommended that you submit your records immediately upon learning of your admission into UNC Charlotte. For more information regarding your immunization records, please contact (704) 687-7424 or visit their website at http://studenthealth.uncc.edu.

Miscellaneous

All transportation to and from Charlotte Douglas International Airport must be arranged by the students and family members attending SOAR.

If you are interested in completing the online housing application, please visit http://housing.uncc.edu.

In most cases, it may be best to use online services, such as Google Maps or MapQuest, to get directions specifically from your hometown to UNC Charlotte. Directions from surrounding major highways are available via the SOAR website, https://nsfs.uncc.edu/contact-us/directions.

On your letter of acceptance into UNC Charlotte, in the upper right-hand corner, you will notice a box indicating your UNC Charlotte username and student id number. Go to https://my.uncc.edu. Click the NinerNET Login button. In the field entitled “Niner NET ID", enter the UNC Charlotte username that is noted on your acceptance letter. Your default password will be your students id number and your (6) six digit birthday.

Click the “Log In” button, and reset your password to something that you will remember easily.

If you need any further assistance with your NinerNET account, please contact the IT Service Desk at (704) 687-5500 between the hours of 8:00am until 11:00pm Monday through Thursday, 8:00am until 5:00pm on Fridays, noon until 5:00pm on Saturdays, and noon until 8:00pm on Sundays. Please note that does not include University holidays.

Tuition for each semester is typically due by the Wednesday before the start of classes. For specific information regarding your tuition concerns, please contact Student Accounts at (704) 687-5506 weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

Parking Services

If your child will be living on campus and is planning on bringing their car with them, purchasing a permit will be necessary. If your child lives off campus and they plan on parking on campus during the semester is select commuter lots, a permit will also be required. UNC Charlotte also has parking meters in designated commuter lots; the prices for those can be viewed on the Parking and Transportation Services website at: http://pats.uncc.edu/

A full year parking pass (that is valid starting in the Fall) was $450 during the 2017-18 school year. Permit prices are subject to change and the most current prices, along with permit options are available on the PATS web page https://pats.uncc.edu/. Your student can purchase a parking permit at the Parking Services building or online.

Post Office

Public Safety

Your student can sign up for Campus Alerts on the emergency website. This site also has important phone numbers for campus police, student health services, and the emergency/weather hotline.

Residence Life

Housing Status is sent out on a rolling basis, depending on when your student applies for housing and when their roommates apply for housing. For more information go to  https://housing.uncc.edu/apply/assignment-process or call 704-687-7501 to speak with a representative from the Housing Office.

Move-In is not just one day here at UNC Charlotte but it happens on a rolling schedule depending on your residence hall, the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before classes begin in the Fall semester. Your exact Move-In Day will be indicated on your Housing application after you are assigned.

Residence Life has a site that will provide your student with information on how to solve roommate issues, this can be found at:

http://housing.uncc.edu/sites/housing.uncc.edu/files/media/pdf_library/RLF_StuHdbk1213.pdf

If your student still needs help after using this resource, they should contact their Resident Adviser or Residence Coordinator.

Spirituality and Religion

The Religious and Spiritual Life office provides students with workshops, seminars and student organization support. They assist students with exploring their religious and spiritual identities and expression.

Summer School

Summer school can allow your student to catch up, get ahead, and help make sure they graduate on time. There are both classroom and online courses offered. For more information visit the summer school website.

Technology Questions

The only colleges that require students to have a laptop are the College of Arts and Architecture and the College of Engineering. For more information on the specific requirements visit the Engineering and the Ninertech websites. Otherwise, students do not necessarily have to have a laptop but having access to a computer is strongly encouraged. The library and many of our colleges have computer labs that are open to students.

The Information and Technology Services website offers a help desk online, as well as office hours. Their frequently asked section page can give students a wide variety of answers for online accounts such as Niner Mail and 49er Express.

Parent and Family

All new UNC Charlotte students register for classes at SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) after completing the program. There will be advisors and Orientation Counselors in each registration lab to help your student. After registering for classes, the last thing your student will do at SOAR is receive their Student ID, making them a Niner, officially! Apply for housing on the campus housing website or call 704-687-7501 for more information.

There are a variety of places on campus where your child can receive extra help. The Writing Resource Center assists students with presentation and writing skills; while the University Center for Academic Excellence provides tutoring, time management ideas and study skills. 

For a more detailed list about where your student should seek help on campus, view academic support services.

Niner Advisor allows your student to schedule advising appointments, view their major and minor advisors, and has a “student profile” that shows your student’s class level, cumulative GPA, major and minors, and much more!

We cannot guarantee that every student will have the opportunity to register for every class they wish to enroll in for the fall semester. If you have any specific questions regarding what your class schedule should look like for your first semester at UNC Charlotte, please ask your academic advisor during SOAR.

Yes. Students must remain with the program throughout its duration. All incoming first-year and transfer students are required to stay for the duration of the program. Critical information is given to our incoming students throughout the SOAR session; information you don’t want to miss. If students miss sessions or any critical infromation within the SOAR program, you may be asked to attend a different SOAR session in it's entirety. Should an emergency occur that prevents you from remaining with the SOAR program, please notify a member of the SOAR Staff as soon as possible. Parents and family members are not required to stay for the entire family program; however, it is strongly encouraged. 

Yes! UNC Charlotte has two opportunities to let parents and family members be involved with their students: Parent and Family Advisory Council and Niner Nation Family.

The Parent and Family Advisory Council is formed of parent and family members who partner with the Office of New Student and Family Services and the Office of University Advancement. The council serves as an informed advocate and active ambassador for UNC Charlotte and participates in developing strategies and initiatives which contribute to the overall student experience. For more information about the council, follow this link.

Niner Nation Family is UNC Charlotte’s free parent association that keeps you informed and allows you to share your university experience with other parents and family members interested in supporting students. Membership is free to all parents and family members. For more information about Niner Nation Family, follow thislink.

Students are not expected to know who their academic advisor is prior to their SOAR session, and it is at SOAR that you will meet with them for the first time. If you have specific questions, please contact the academic department according to your major.

The Foreign Language Exam is not mandatory to any specific major. If you choose not to take the exam, you will automatically be placed in 1201 of the language you choose. It is important to note that there is a $10.00 charge to take the Foreign Language Exam, with payment being accepted by debit or credit card only when you arrive at the testing site. For more information regarding the Foreign Language Placement Exam, please contact the Foreign Language Department at (704) 687-8754 or visit their website at http://languages.uncc.edu.

If your student logs on to their 49er Express account, clicks on Banner Self Service, then on Student Services/Accounts, then click on Search for Books assigned to course. Once on that page, your student will be able to see what prices the bookstore offers for new, used and rental books (depending on availability). For more information visit the campus bookstore.

If you are unable to pay with a credit card or debit card, you may mail in a personal check or money order to the Office of New Student and Family Services. Please make the check or money order out to UNC Charlotte, and mail to:

  • c/o SOAR
  • King Building Room 208
  • 9201 University City Blvd
  • Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

The SOAR Registration fee covers all materials throughout the program, various meals, and the student’s housing accommodations for the evening. Additional charges upon registration may include guest housing accommodations and “early arrival” housing. Any additional costs at SOAR should be completely voluntary, unless otherwise noted by the SOAR program.

If you are not going to enroll at UNC Charlotte for the semester you were admitted, please contact the SOAR Office at (704) 687-0340 weekdays between the hours of 8:00am until 5:00pm to notify our staff of your cancellation. Once we have keyed in your cancellation, a refund will be issued. (Please note the SOAR Refund Policy.)

You can reschedule your SOAR session by logging into the SOAR Registration website (http://soar.uncc.edu) and choosing a different SOAR session to attend. There is no additional charge associated with changing your session date.

A Bachelor of Arts degree does not mean that you are actually an Art major. In fact, many academic majors are considered BA degrees, while others may be considered Bachelor of Science degrees. If you need assistance differentiating the two, please contact your academic major.

The Counseling Center offers a variety of support for students, whether it be for personal or relationship or development issues or academic concerns. There is individual, group, and relationship counseling available. If your student needs to make an appointment, they can do so by calling 704-687-0311 or by stopping by the Counseling Center. Visit the counseling center's website for more information.

If your major is incorrect at the time of registration, please contact The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (704) 687-5541 weekdays between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm.

The Office of New Student and Family Services is unaware of the timeline structure set by the Office of Financial Aid. If you have specific questions regarding your financial aid packages, please contact their office at (704)-687-5504 weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm, or visit their website at http://finaid.uncc.edu.

Yes. Every student who attends SOAR will meet with an academic advisor prior to registration. You are not expected to know who your advisor is prior to SOAR, nor is it your responsibility to schedule your advising appointment.

No. Financial aid will not cover the registration costs associated with SOAR.

The Office of Student Conduct gives students information about the conduct processes and the SGA Judicial Board.

If your student has decided to withdraw, they can complete the withdrawal process online via 49er Express. If they have specific questions, they should contact their academic adviser. The Office of the Registrar provides a detailed checklist of the offices that your student should consider contacting if they are planning on withdrawing.

If your student has a cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the end of the Fall or Spring semester, they will be place on Academic Probation. However, if your student receives below a 2.0 GPA two consecutive semesters, they will be placed on Academic Suspension. For more details on these processes visit the provost website.

Meal plans are available to your student based on their class level and whether they live in required housing or off campus.

The Financial Aid website offers a variety of information. Through this site you will be able to find out about loan information, scholarships, deadlines and important forms and documents. The deadline for FAFSA this year is March 1, 2012. Visit the Financial Aid Parent Page for more specific parent related information.

Each month, students with outstanding charges on their accounts (tuition, fees, meal plans etc.) receive an email that a new statement is available online via 49er Express.UNC Charlotte does not mail paper bills.The university requires that account balances be paid in full PRIOR TO THE START OF CLASSES in order to avoid cancellation of courses at the beginning of the term. Paying in full means:

  • Complete payment of tuition, fees, and charges.
  • Payment of the difference of all charges LESS offered financial aid.
  • Enrollment in a UNC Charlotte Payment Plan that will cover the total balance.

UNC Charlotte offers a payment plan each term, to spread your charges out into three smaller payments throughout the semester. Billing payments can be made by cash, check, or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). There is a $55 fee to enroll in a payment plan.

All full-time students are required to have health insurance. If you are covered by another policy, you can waive the Student Health Insurance fee by submitting a waiver. The deadline to submit the waiver is approx. 30 days after the first day of class. Please visit www. studenthealth.uncc.edu/insurance for information on the Student health insurance premium as well as instructions on the waiver process. Student Insurance waivers are credits and appear on your eBill as a “Health Insurance Waiver”. It may take up to 30 days for the credit to be processed and credited to your account.

If the amount of financial aid disbursed is greater than your charges, then you will see a negative balance on your account. This means a refund will be paid to the student. Refunds are processed on the first day of class at the earliest. Students may use this refund check to purchase books or for other expenses.

If someone other than the student would like access and become an “authorized user” to the student’s account, they will need the student’s permission to have access to that account. To add an Authorized User, log into 49er Express, select “My Records”. In the yellow box at the top left, select “Make a Payment” and “Authorized Users” tab (at the top of the page). Authorized Users get notifications for balances due on your account.

More information on authorized users can be found at http://finance.uncc.edu/student-accounts/parent-information. Payments can be made online, in person, by mail and occasionally through wire transfers. More information on payment methods can be found on the financial aid parent information page.

There are many resources to help pay for college tuition such as financial aid, scholarships and work-study. Visit the financial aid website for more information on the various types of aid.

The FAFSA is the only application required for financial aid at UNC Charlotte. If additional information is needed, we contact students with specific requests. Do not send tax returns, W-2s, etc., to the Office of Financial Aid unless we ask for them. The Priority date for submitting your Financial Aid application is March 1. Applicants who file by this date will be eligible for all available forms of Financial Aid. Since financial aid is limited, filing by the priority date means there is a better chance to receive aid.

Refunds are disbursed on the first day of class at the earliest. If you have Direct Deposit, you will receive a refund through your direct deposit account within 5 to 7 days after the refund is posted to your account. If you don’t have Direct Deposit, a refund check will be mailed to your permanent address. Please allow 7 to 10 days to receive a mailed refund check once the refund has posted.

Your student can reserve study rooms which are often used for group projects, study groups for exams, and small organization meetings on campus. Reservations can be made online at: Reservations can be made online.

On the library website your student can also view the available computers in the library, including laptops available for rent. During exam week, the library is open 24 hours.

FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. At UNC Charlotte, this means that parents do not have access to student records or information such as grades or finances unless granted authorization through Authorized User by the student.

FERPA, by definition, “protects the privacy of student education records,” meaning that any student registering have a right to their privacy while doing so as those classes are a part of their student records. This means that students must register at SOAR without parents or family members.

For more information on your rights as a parent of family member, according to FERPA, see http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html. Learn more information about how to become an authorized user.

By signing up for Niner Nation Family! This can easily be done by visiting: http://unccdso.orgsync.com/org/parentandfamilyservices

You can also experience UNC Charlotte during Family Day or Family Weekend. More information on these events can be found on the Parent and Family services site: http://unccdso.orgsync.com/org/parentandfamilyservices/Events

More details to come, but the date will be sometime in late September or early October.

The full academic calendar can be found at http://registrar.uncc.edu/calendar which contains important academic deadlines days and all break days.

If your child will be living on campus and is planning on bringing their car with them, purchasing a permit will be necessary. If your child lives off campus and they plan on parking on campus during the semester is select commuter lots, a permit will also be required. UNC Charlotte also has parking meters in designated commuter lots; the prices for those can be viewed on the Parking and Transportation Services website at: http://pats.uncc.edu/

A full year parking pass (that is valid starting in the Fall) was $450 during the 2017-18 school year. Permit prices are subject to change and the most current prices, along with permit options are available on the PATS web page https://pats.uncc.edu/. Your student can purchase a parking permit at the Parking Services building or online.

Your student can sign up for Campus Alerts on the emergency website. This site also has important phone numbers for campus police, student health services, and the emergency/weather hotline.

Housing Status is sent out on a rolling basis, depending on when your student applies for housing and when their roommates apply for housing. For more information go to  https://housing.uncc.edu/apply/assignment-process or call 704-687-7501 to speak with a representative from the Housing Office.

Move-In is not just one day here at UNC Charlotte but it happens on a rolling schedule depending on your residence hall, the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before classes begin in the Fall semester. Your exact Move-In Day will be indicated on your Housing application after you are assigned.

Residence Life has a site that will provide your student with information on how to solve roommate issues, this can be found at:

http://housing.uncc.edu/sites/housing.uncc.edu/files/media/pdf_library/RLF_StuHdbk1213.pdf

If your student still needs help after using this resource, they should contact their Resident Adviser or Residence Coordinator.

The Religious and Spiritual Life office provides students with workshops, seminars and student organization support. They assist students with exploring their religious and spiritual identities and expression.

The only colleges that require students to have a laptop are the College of Arts and Architecture and the College of Engineering. For more information on the specific requirements visit the Engineering and the Ninertech websites. Otherwise, students do not necessarily have to have a laptop but having access to a computer is strongly encouraged. The library and many of our colleges have computer labs that are open to students.

The Information and Technology Services website offers a help desk online, as well as office hours. Their frequently asked section page can give students a wide variety of answers for online accounts such as Niner Mail and 49er Express.

SOAR


Quotes from Students:

“At SOAR I was able to become acquainted with potential future classmates. It was an enlightening experience and succeeded in making me feel comfortable with how my social transitioning will be as a whole.” First-Year SOAR Session Twelve Participant

“I was able to meet people in my small group that are also in my major. The Niner Night program was also a lot of fun. It was great to check out all of the different activities to be a part of at UNC Charlotte.” First-Year SOAR Session One Participant

“My advisor worked with me and was able to find me more credits than I expected, as well as answered all of my questions completely.” Transfer SOAR Session Two Participant

“During the SOAR day, all of the staff was welcoming and quite informative and friendly.” Transfer SOAR Session Seven Participant

“SOAR provided me the opportunity to be able to see the campus and meet with advisors to understand what steps were required to correctly register for the upcoming semester.” Fall Transfer SOAR Session Participant

Students who attend the SOAR program experience an easier transition to UNC Charlotte. The experience that you will have at SOAR is much more than a campus tour. During your SOAR experience you will:

  • Register for the upcoming semester
  • Meet with an academic advisor within your major department
  • Take the required placement exams
  • Receive your student I.D.
  • Connect with important campus departments, such as Housing and Financial Aid.

In addition to connecting with campus resources and your academic department, SOAR also provides you with an opportunity to begin acclimating to the university community. During your SOAR day, you will be assigned to an Orientation Counselor to assist you with any needs you might have. You will also have the opportunity to interact with fellow incoming new students.

Who do I call if...

College of Art & Architecture: 704-687-0100

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: 704-687-0066

Belk College of Business: 704-687-7585

College of Education: 704-687-8725

Lee College of Engineering: 704-687-1991

College of Computing & Informatics: 704-687-8450

College of Health & Human Services: 704-687-7922

University College: 704-687-7717

During spring SOAR sessions, some of our meals and general academic workshops will be held with both student and family but otherwise, students and family will be separate so they can learn information that pertains specifically to them. This gives families the opportunities to get the most information possible and give the students an opportunity to see the university on their own.

It is highly recommended that you pay for your registration for SOAR prior to your session date. Without a payment, we cannot secure your place in a particular session, thus if a session fills before a payment is made; the student must select another SOAR session to attend.

Yes. Students must remain with the program throughout its duration. All incoming first-year and transfer students are required to stay for the duration of the program. Critical information is given to our incoming students throughout the SOAR session; information you don’t want to miss. If students miss sessions or any critical infromation within the SOAR program, you may be asked to attend a different SOAR session in it's entirety. Should an emergency occur that prevents you from remaining with the SOAR program, please notify a member of the SOAR Staff as soon as possible. Parents and family members are not required to stay for the entire family program; however, it is strongly encouraged. 

If you were not able to submit your immunization records prior to your arrival to your SOAR session, please visit the Student Health Center website for more information: www.studenthealth.uncc.edu

Adding an additional guest to your SOAR Registration can be done by logging into the SOAR Registration website (http://soar.uncc.edu) and including the individual on the “Guest” tab of your SOAR Registration. Payment for these newly added guests can be done using a credit card or debit card while logged into the SOAR Registration website.

You can make changes to your SOAR Registration anytime by logging into the SOAR registration website (http://soar.uncc.edu) and selecting the accommodations you need.

Registration for SOAR can be done by visiting the SOAR website ( http://soar.uncc.edu), then clicking on the “Register for SOAR” link, located on the left side of the page. From there you will want to click on the link directing you to the registration website.

SOAR Sessions for students entering in the spring are one day programs. These programs begin during check-in and conclude at approximately 5:00 p.m. 

We make locating buildings on campus as easy as possible, by placing green and yellow SOAR signs across campus, pointing you to the key locations throughout the program. In addition, our orientation counselors will be available to guide you from the parking lot to check-in until the program starts. Once you're in the program, we'll guide you throughout campus.

If you cannot attend any of the sessions listed on your registration page, please notify the SOAR Office weekdays between the hours of 8:00am until 5:00pm at (704)-687-5509 or email us at soardos@uncc.edu

The SOAR Registration fee covers all materials throughout the program, various meals, and the student’s housing accommodations for the evening. Additional charges upon registration may include guest housing accommodations and “early arrival” housing. Any additional costs at SOAR should be completely voluntary, unless otherwise noted by the SOAR program.

If you are not going to enroll at UNC Charlotte for the semester you were admitted, please contact the SOAR Office at (704) 687-0340 weekdays between the hours of 8:00am until 5:00pm to notify our staff of your cancellation. Once we have keyed in your cancellation, a refund will be issued. (Please note the SOAR Refund Policy.)

You can reschedule your SOAR session by logging into the SOAR Registration website (http://soar.uncc.edu) and choosing a different SOAR session to attend. There is no additional charge associated with changing your session date.

No. At SOAR, there is a parent session of academic advising in which family can learn more about their student’s major college and advisors. However, due to FERPA regulations, parents or family members cannot attend registration for classes. We can assure that your student will meet with their academic advisor (assigned based on their major), and our orientation counselors will be readily available to assist our incoming students with the registration process.For more information on FERPA please see the following link for more information.

Our registration website updates itself every (6) six hours. It is strongly recommended to check back after 6pm that evening or again the following morning.

Typically, the SOAR check-in process runs from 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.; however, should you arrive after 8:00am, please make your way to the second floor of the Student Union. Please note that all elements of the SOAR program are required for all incoming new students so depending on when you arrive, you may be asked to attend a different session should any critical information be missed. Should an emergency arise that conflicts with the SOAR session you're attending, please contact the SOAR office so we can do our best to support.

The Department of Biological Sciences established a placement exam to determine preparedness for introductory majors level biology courses. We will again be using the exam for Summer and Fall 2018 registration. The exam results will allow us to place students into the most appropriate introductory course.  If students have not had a biology course recently or have previously struggled in biology courses we still recommend taking BIOL 1110 (and earning a B or higher) as a pre-requisite prep course to BIOL 2120. The exam will be available on Canvas until Friday, August 17 2018 at Noon.

If you would like to access the exam for the fall semester please have them contact Tonya Bates, Stan Schneider or Sue Levin directly (contact information is below). Alternatively, you can enroll in BIOL 1110, earn a B or higher and enroll in BIOL 2120  in the following semester. 

Exam Format

  • The placement exam is currently administered via Canvas and is set up as 50 multiple-choice questions. Students have exactly 60 minutes to complete and submit the placement exam. 
  • Students have a maximum of two attempts on the exam.
  • Students receive their score immediately and are provided an explanation for the next steps for pursuing biology courses at UNC Charlotte. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Tonya Bates, Undergraduate Coordinator:  tonya.bates@uncc.edu or 7-5015

Dr. Stan Schneider, Academic Vice Chair:  sschnedr@uncc.edu or 7-8527

Sue Levin, Biology Advisor: slevin3@uncc.edu or 7-7855

 

SOAR is where students are introduced to the campus, meet with their academic advisors, learn about university policies and register for their classes. Most academic advisors will not meet with incoming students outside of the SOAR program, so in order to have your SOAR and academic advising holds removed from your records; you must attend all components of SOAR. 

Yes. Our campus is not only beautiful but hilly as well, so it is imperative that both students and family members wear comfortable shoes during SOAR. If you need wheelchair/ transportation accommodations, you may make arrangements by contacting Disability Services at (704) 687-0040 weekdays between 8:00am until 5:00pm.

I am transferring into UNC Charlotte and provided my last institution with a copy of my immunization records. May I have them send a copy/fax of my immunization records to UNC Charlotte?

Yes, you may request a copy of your immunization records from your previous university to be sent directly to the Immunizations Department. Please visit www.studenthealth.uncc.edu for contact information. Please note: immunization records are NOT automatically transferred. Transcripts that contain immunizations sent during the admission process are used for the purposes of admission only.

To discuss options in case-specific occurrences regarding the submission of immunization records, please contact the Student Health Center at (704) 687-7424 weekdays between 8:30am and 5:00pm.

  • For First-Year/Freshman SOAR, students should bring with them the following items: a photo ID, confirmation packet, parking pass, Virtual SOAR completion page.
  • For Transfer SOAR, students should bring with them the following items: a photo ID,  a copy of your unofficial transcripts, confirmation packet, parking pass, and Virtual SOAR completion page.
  • For a more detailed list of items to bring, please visit the SOAR website at http://soar.uncc.edu.

Unfortunately, we do not provide a copy of the session schedule prior to SOAR because we want to provide our students and families the most up to date information regarding their session. For specific questions regarding the schedule of events, please visit the SOAR website, (http://soar.uncc.edu). During the program, you will attend a Welcome, learn information from campus resources, meet with your academic college, register for classes and more.

SOAR Check-In is from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. for all students.  First-Year and Transfer SOAR check-in is in room 200 of the Popp Martin Student Union.

Your immunization records are due when you are admitted to the university and should be submitted to the Student Health Center for review by the first day of class according to state law. Failure to comply with the law will result in being dropped from classes and losing on-campus housing if applicable. It may take extended lengths of time to obtain records from other facilities, thus it is recommended that you submit your records immediately upon learning of your admission into UNC Charlotte. For more information regarding your immunization records, please contact (704) 687-7424 or visit their website at http://studenthealth.uncc.edu.

Registration for Spring 2019 opens on October 15, 2018. Registration for Summer 2019 opens in April and remains available throughout the spring and summer. You may register any time of day as well.

If your major is incorrect at the time of registration, please contact The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (704) 687-5541 weekdays between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm.

Parking for Summer SOAR will take place near Wallis Residence Hall in Lot 25. When you arrive on campus, please follow the yellow SOAR directional signs.

It is important to note that these are the designated parking areas for SOAR, and your vehicle will not be charged. Should you park in any other parking locations across campus, parking fees may apply.

The SOAR sessions displayed on your registration screen are those sessions in which your academic major is advising. If your major appears to be incorrect, please notify The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (704) 687-5507 weekdays between the hours of 8:00am until 5:00pm.

The cost for orientation covers all information handed out and any meals provided during the program.

Students and parents/family members will have separate programs throughout the duration of SOAR. We do this because we understand that the needs of both groups are very different, and it is our goal to have your family leave SOAR feeling better prepared for the spring semester. There are, however, opportunities throughout the day where we encourage students and parents to regroup and share the knowledge they have gained throughout the SOAR experience. 

Week of Welcome

Yes.  All Gold Rush events are designed for the entire campus community.  Transfer students and Non-Traditional students are encouraged to come out and participate in the numerous events and programs.

No.  Gold Rush does not provide funding for programs that are hosted by campus departments and student organizations.  Student organizations are encouraged to contact the Student Organizations Office (http://studentorgs.uncc.edu/funding-and-grants) to find out more information regarding on how to apply for funding.

Yes.  In order for our new students to get to know all that UNC Charlotte has to offer, it is important that all Gold Rush programs take place on campus.

Being a Gold Rush Welcome Leader is an amazing and fun 10-day volunteer experience!  Applications to become a Gold Rush Welcome Leader will be available in the Spring semester. For more information, click here.

We are working hard on creating the Gold Rush 2018 schedule. When finalized, a complete list of Gold Rush events (including program descriptions) can be found here.

Gold Rush events are free to all UNC Charlotte students.

Please contact Amber Hoefer at the Office of New Student Services at 704-687-0341 or at Amber.Hoefer@uncc.edu.  The office of New Student Services is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  

All Gold Rush program proposals have to include the following information:

•    Start and end time
•    Preferred date and alternate date
•    Location (Remember:  Gold Rush will NOT reserve space for your activity)
•    Description (25 words or less)
•    Detailed information about the interactive activity/event (Be CREATIVE!).

Campus departments and student organizations may submit their program proposals for the upcoming Gold Rush program throughout the spring semester. Please click here for links to the appropriate proposal form.