70 Years Strong


Founders Celebration

Although it’s hard to believe today with a student body approaching 29,000, UNC Charlotte actually began quite humbly. On Sept. 23, 1946, Charlotte Center opened its doors to accommodate World War II veterans using the GI Bill. 

Beginning with just 278 students, Charlotte Center was located in what was then Central High School and is now part of Central Piedmont Community College’s main campus. Charlotte Center would later morph into Charlotte College and ultimately, in 1965, become UNC Charlotte, the fourth campus of the consolidated UNC system. And the rest, is our history.

It has been 70 years since the first days of Charlotte Center and UNC Charlotte is celebrating with an action-packed week of events. Stay tuned for some very special announcements, especially during “The Exponential Celebration” on Sept 22. More to come…

Charlotte College

Founders Celebration

Time Capsule Dedication

Sept. 20, 2016 | Noon | Belk Plaza

Celebrate with Chancellor Dubois and Student Body President Fahn Darkor as we preserve Niner Nation history with a commemorative time capsule that will be buried in Belk Plaza and opened in 2046 on the University's 100th anniversary.


Chancellor's Speaker Series

Sept. 21, 2016 | 3:30 PM | Multipurpose Room | Student Union

Join former Secretary of Defense and best-selling author Robert Gates for thought-provoking conversation on leadership, politics and the inner workings of Washington. Click here to register online


Giving Green Kickoff for Faculty and Staff

Sept. 22, 2016 | 11:30 AM | Multipurpose Room | Student Union

Kick off the annual campaign benefitting UNC Charlotte and the greater community.  Learn more about Giving Green.


An Exponential Celebration

Sept. 22, 2016 | 12:15 PM | Student Union

A celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of UNC Charlotte’s founding and to kick off an even greater future with several special announcements.


#NinerNationGives

Sept. 22-23, 2016

Build community, celebrate your 49er pride, and give back to the University. Learn more about #NinerNationGives.


49er Fest

Sept. 22, 2016 | 4:30 - 7:30 PM | UNC Charlotte Center City

Come together with UNC Charlotte alumni and friends for a celebration of 70 years of excellence in higher education. Learn more about 49er Fest.


International Festival

Sept. 24, 2016 | 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Barnhardt Student Activity Center

The 41st year of a campus tradition recognizing the region’s growing diversity. Learn more about the International Festival.