This FAQ is based on the most common questions we normally encounter.


Are payment plans available?

Summer 2017:

The University payment plan is available to participants who have a remaining balance after scholarship amounts have been applied to their accounts.

Enrollment Period: March 27 - June 28, 2017

A $27.50 fee and 10% of the balance must be paid at the time of enrollment.

Payment Plan Dates:

1st Installment Due Date: Friday, July 7, 2017

2nd Installment Due Date: Friday, July 21, 2017

3rd Installment Due Date: Friday, August 4, 2017

Enrolling in the payment plan is simple and secure! 

•Students login to my.uncc.edu. Once you have accessed the online student account information, click on the Payment Plans tab and sign up for a New Payment Plan.
•If you wish to make an optional down payment, indicate the amount in the field provided.
•Select Display Payment Schedule to continue and follow the simple instructions to complete the enrollment process.
•Print out the confirmation page for your records.

Can I bring my car during UTOP?

  • Student vehicles are not permitted during the program. All transportation will be provided for you. You may bring your vehicle to campus during the academic year (Fall/Spring).

Can we go home on the weekends?

There are two weekends that students can travel home with parent/guardian permission during UTOP. UTOP 2017 optional weekends are July 14-16 and July 28-30. Programs and activities are planned for the remaining weekends; attendance is mandatory.

Can we request roommates?

Mutual roommate requests may be made through housing application.

Do I have to stay on campus?

All UTOP participants are required to reside in designated UTOP campus housing during the program.

Do I have to submit a housing application?

Summer 2016:

UTOP students must submit a housing application and pay a deposit. The housing deposit is separate from the activity fee that students pay when submitting the UTOP participant application. Students must indicate UTOP participation in online application and select the 4-bedroom apartment style option.

The housing application opens March 16, 2016.

Deposit - $50

Do I need to bring money?

Students will need money for personal needs and optional activities.

Does UTOP have a meal plan?

Summer 2017:

The university offers meal plan options for students during the second summer session. UTOP participants have the option on whether to select a meal plan or not. When completing the online housing application, UTOP participants can select their desired meal plan option.

Summer II meal plan options are as followed:

  • 40 Meal Block Plan with $200 Declining Balance
    • Price: $510
  • 60 Meal Block Plan with $200 Declining Balance
    • Price: $665
  • $250 Declining Balance
    • Price: $250
  • $500 Declining Balance
    • Price: $500

Unused Block Plan meal swipes expire Aug. 10; Declining Balance (DB) funds expire Aug. 11.

Blackout dates: Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day)

Meal plans are not included in the price of UTOP.

All UTOP students will reside in 4-bedroom style apartments equipped with a kitchen. Weekly trips are scheduled to Wal Mart to purchase food.

How do I register for UTOP classes?

UTOP classes are registered for you. Approximately one week before the beginning of the program, you can review your class schedule in your Banner account.

Is there financial assistance to cover the cost of UTOP?

Students may receive scholarship money to help cover the cost of UTOP. To be evaluated for possible financial assistance, students must first complete the UTOP application. Financial assistance is on a first come, first serve basis. Participants are encouraged to pay the $250 as soon as possible to guarantee their scholarship offer. Students can be fully awarded the cost of UTOP or be awarded 75%, 50% or $500 towards the cost of the program.

Since I am attending UTOP, am I required to attend SOAR?

UTOP students are encouraged, but not required to attend SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration). Students may attend SOAR before UTOP begins. SOAR is designed to prepare you for your first semester at UNC Charlotte.  During SOAR you will register for fall semester courses, receive academic advisement and take placement exams in foreign language and math.  If you have not attended SOAR before UTOP, we will assist you with many of the details involved with the SOAR program. Students will not be allowed to attend SOAR during UTOP.

For additional information, contact Mr. Shawn Simmons (704-687-0033).

What are the beginning and end dates of UTOP?

  • July 2 - August 10, 2017

What are the benefits of UTOP?

UTOP is an excellent opportunity for incoming freshman students to begin their college experience early, gain seven credit hours toward their degree, start with a solid GPA foundation, get acclimated to campus early and build a support system of peers and staff across campus

What classes might I take during UTOP?

UTOP students will take two of the following courses:

  • Chemistry 1200 - Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Earth Science 1101 - Earth Science: Geography
  • Liberal Studies 1103: Arts & Society: Music
  • Liberal Studies 2102 - Liberal Arts: Global Connections
  • UWRT 1103 – Writing in Academic Contexts I & II
  • UWRT 1104 - Writing in Academic Contexts/Studio

Participants who have credits in the classes above may been placed in other available general education courses.

All UTOP students will be enrolled in a 1-credit hour elective course.

What do I need to bring?

Necessities: Pillow and blankets, toiletries, blow dryer/curling iron, linens and towels, shower sandals, shower tote, laundry basket and detergent, cleaning supplies, clothes hangers, steam iron and small ironing board, umbrella, first aid and personal medication supplies, school supplies (binder, paper, calculator, flash drive, etc.), business attire.

Luxuries: Refrigerator, microwave, snack foods, television, laptop/tablet/computer, stereo, carpet/rug, vacuum, playing cards/games, gaming systems (Xbox, Playstation), printer.

What food options are available on campus during UTOP?

Dining Hall

Crown Commons logo  Crown Commons

Located on the second level of the Student Union, Crown Commons is sure to please every taste and every mood. Almost everything is cooked-to-order right in front of you. Choices include:

  • Pizza – made in a state-of-the-art gas fired oven
  • Home Cooking Kitchen – comfort foods and rotisserie chicken
  • Deli – fresh sliced meats, cheeses, and fresh toppings piled high on just-baked French bread
  • Grilling Station – burgers and other American favorites grilled or charbroiled as you direct
  • International Fare – flavors from around the world continuously rotate
  • Soup and Salad Stations – build the salad of your dreams and then let the chef make it sizzle with grilled steak, chicken, or tofu
  • Waffle Bar – everything provided for Belgian waffles with all kinds of toppings
  • Cereal Bar – several varieties of your favorite cereals always available with cold milk
  • Vegan & Vegetarian Entrée – abundant vegetarian meat-free offerings
  • Gluten-Free – ask the chef for special dishes prepared gluten-free

Retail dining

Atkins Library

Atkins Café

A coffee shop that proudly serves Peet's Coffee and Teas. Enjoy your favorite coffee shop drinks along with fresh bakery goods, sandwiches, smoothies, soups-of-the-day, and a large selection of bottled specialty juices and energy and soft drinks.

PORTAL Building

Orbis Grille at PORTAL

Featuring fresh lunch fare, salads, sandwiches, and special featured dishes with "global flavors." Orbis Grille features an Evo Grill Action Station – a round cook top that offers a healthy cooking method to give your salad, sandwich, or lunch entree some sizzle.

Fretwell Building

Fretwell Café

Serving Peet's Coffee and Teas, fresh bakery goods, sandwiches, smoothies, soups-of-the-day, and a large selection of bottled specialty juices as well as energy and soft drinks.


South Food Court

  • Chick-fil-A
  • Feisty's  Franks, fries, and melts

Student Union

Union Square

  • Bojangles'
  • Wendy's
  • Starbucks
  • Outtakes featuring a deli counter for made-to-order sandwiches plus grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, snacks, beverages, and convenience store items

What is the cost of UTOP? What does the cost cover?

Summer 2017 Cost

  • In-State Students:
    • $3,605
  • Out-of-State Students:
    • $6,643

The cost of UTOP covers tuition, fees, books, housing, and the $250 activity fee.

Meal plans are available at a seperate cost.

Full and partial scholarships available.

What should I leave at home?

Pets, hot plates, space heaters, multi-plug wall outlets/multi-plug extension cords, chain locks, deep fryer, electric grill/griddle, regular toaster, indoor grill (George Foreman-style), dead bolt locks, fireworks/candles/incense, firearms and/or ammunition, alcohol or alcohol related items, illegal substances (drugs or paraphernalia).


Where will I stay on campus during UTOP?

2017 UTOP students will reside in Martin Hall, #564 on the campus map. All UTOP participants will reside on the same floor in Martin Hall during UTOP.