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Undergraduate Catalog | 2018-2019 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2018-2019 Previous Edition

Non-Traditional Academic Programs

Adult Students Admission Program (ASAP)

Adult students, 24 years of age or older who have been out of school for five or more years and present appropriate educational credentials, are encouraged to make application through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. This unique program offers adults the opportunity for special admissions status, an academic advisor through the Office of Adult Students and Evening Services (OASES), and adult transitional support services throughout the first two years of their enrollment. Students who declare a major are advised through their major department.

Office of Adult Students and Evening Services (OASES)

OASES serves as a principal resource for nontraditional and adult students, and is committed to supporting and enhancing educational experiences.  Services include academic and career advising, an adult student transition course (UCOL 1010 ), career assessments, educational and social programming, and extended morning and evening office hours.  Programs include adult student orientation, the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, scholarships, and the 49er Finish Program.  Visit oases.uncc.edu for detailed information and office hours.

Extended Academic Programs

Recognizing that learning must be a lifelong activity, the University provides opportunities for adults to pursue their continuing education through degree-related studies and non-credit alternative credential programs for professional and personal development.  With staff dedicated to Professional Development as well as Corporate Training, Extended Academic Programs responds to the current and emerging workforce needs of companies, organizations, and industries in the region.  Please visit ExAP.uncc.edu for specific information about the programs offered. 

Continuing Education

The Office of Continuing Education offers programs that uplift the community, improve businesses and organizations, and empower adult learners to advance their careers.  Individuals in the Charlotte region who are seeking to advance their careers and upgrade their skills are welcome to enroll in non-credit courses, certificates, and exam prep programs.  Online and classroom options are provided throughout the year in the fields of accounting, business analysis, business process management, coding, data analytics, engineering, healthcare, human resources, leadership, learning and development, management, paralegal, personal development, project management, and a variety of technology programs.  The Office offers courses to prepare individuals to sit for various exams, including the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, and professional FE, PE, aPHR, PHR, SPHR, and PMP® exams.  The Office’s Corporate Training staff design and deliver custom programs to serve the employees of specific companies and organizations.  The Office also offers academic enrichment camps for youth during the summer.  Continuing Education staff are located at UNC Charlotte Center City.  Visit continuinged.uncc.edu for more details.

Distance Education

Through Distance Education, courses and programs for academic credit are offered at off-campus sites and online to serve UNC Charlotte students and citizens who live beyond easy commuting distance of the campus and/or need alternatives to on-campus courses to accommodate their busy lives.  Options for delivery include sending a UNC Charlotte faculty member to an off-campus location to teach a course in person, delivering courses completely online or via Hybrid delivery combining face-to-face and online delivery of instruction.  The Office offers degree programs at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.  The Office also has responsibility for the coordination and administration of Summer School, which includes courses offered on the campus, at off-campus sites, and online.  Visit distanceed.uncc.edu for more details.

Summer School

Nearly a third of UNC Charlotte students spend their summers taking courses to reduce the time to graduation, conquer challenging courses in the major, or earn general education credit in the 5- or 11-week summer sessions.  Students benefit from the small class sizes, low student to faculty ratios, and the opportunity to focus on just one or two courses per summer.  The online and on-campus course offerings are often flexible enough to allow for students to work or complete internships while earning credits toward graduation. 

The Summer School program welcomes current graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines. Undergraduate students enrolled in other institutions who have returned home for the summer and welcomed as visiting students.  With over 1,000 online and on-campus courses offered each summer, we would love to have you join us as a Summer 49er.

Workforce Development

UNC Charlotte, the region’s urban public research university, is here to help with informational resources and programs to meet the needs of the workforce and regional employers.  Professionals recently displaced or transitioning to a new career and area employers seeking training solutions for their workforce find value in professional-level training to learn new skills and refresh or enhance knowledge.  Visit continuinged.uncc.edu for more details.

Escrow Program

The Escrow Program provides an opportunity for highly qualified students to take college credit courses while enrolled in secondary school.  Records of credit earned will be maintained for use at the University or at another institution of higher learning.  The program is designed for those students who have exhausted their course offerings at their high school and need to supplement their high school curriculum with college courses.  The program is not designed for students who wish to take courses to fulfill high school requirements.

Applicants recommended for participation in the program usually have shown very advanced ability in particular academic areas.  The recommendations are normally made by the secondary school principal and are reviewed by the Director of Undergraduate Admissions on an individual basis.  Escrow students are not permitted to live in campus housing.

Requests for additional information and application forms should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Non-Degree Students

Non-degree students are those who are not seeking a degree at UNC Charlotte.  On very rare occasions, if space is available, they may enroll in undergraduate courses at the University until they have attempted a total of 18 credit hours with grade evaluation.  Students who did not gain admission to a degree-seeking program will not be admitted as a non-degree student.  Admission as a non-degree student is up to the discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Regular degree students will have preference for places in classes.  Non-degree students are expected to conform to the standards required of all students.  After reaching the 18-hour limit, non-degree students must be reviewed and be acceptable for regular degree status before continuing at the University.

Non-degree students who have done previous college work (including UNC Charlotte) must be eligible to return to the institution last attended.

The student must be 18 years of age or over and must understand at the time of his/her registration that the work completed in non-degree student status will be evaluated in terms of major department and degree requirements only after the student’s formal admission to a degree program.

Visiting Students

Students enrolled at other colleges and universities who wish to take specified courses at the University in a given semester or term may be admitted as visiting students.  They register on a space available basis after UNC Charlotte degree-seeking students and must submit a new application for each term they would like to attend as a visiting student.  Visiting students are admitted for the Summer terms only.  Visitors are not permitted to enroll for Fall or Spring semesters.