It's no secret - UNC Charlotte is attracting a tremendous amount of interest from prospective students from across North Carolina and beyond. The University will enroll the largest freshman class in history, with more than 3,800 freshmen currently committing to attend UNC Charlotte in the fall. That's about 600 more freshmen than the largest previous incoming class. Total enrollment at North Carolina's urban research university is expected to reach 26,000 students.
To accommodate all the growth, the campus is undertaking improvements to academic, residential and sports facilities, and campus roads and parking facilities are in the midst of needed upgrades.
The start of 2012-13 academic year is approaching rapidly, and for those students who will live on campus, University officials brainstormed ideas to help streamline the process. A key part of the initiative was the creation of a new website for Move-in 2012. It contains useful information for students and parents on everything from housing to parking - even advice on required immunizations.
"We wanted to be as proactive as possible in our communications with students and parents to ensure the start of the fall 2012 semester is smooth and productive," said Jacklyn Simpson, associate vice chancellor and director of housing and residence life. "This website features some tips and advice from campus experts on housing, student health, parking, food services and more."
The site, which was a collaboration between the Division for Student Affairs and the Office of University Communications in the University Advancement Division, has drawn considerable interest since its launch earlier this summer - visits to the site are in the thousands.
University officials attribute the enrollment growth to various factors, including innovative undergraduate and graduate programs as well as new buildings and the prospect of football next fall. UNC Charlotte has ramped up out-of-state recruitment, and applications from students in other states soared 46 percent this year.