UTOP Program Website

The University Transition Opportunities Program (UTOP) began in 1986 to facilitate the underrepresented student's transition from high school to college. By involving incoming UNC Charlotte freshmen in a rigorous six-week summer collegiate experience, UTOP builds upon the scholastic abilities of the students through college courses and contact with University academic support services.

How UTOP Works
  • Participants enroll in classes together for a total of 7 credit hours
  • Participants develop study skills and college survival tips by working with staff from the University Center for Academic Excellence
  • Participants become familiar with and utilize campus resources
  • Participants receive academic advising and monitoring throughout the students' freshmen year
  • Participants take part in co-curricular activities
Program Outcomes:

Through a mentoring relationship with an upper-class student, UTOP participants will:

  • Ease their transitional experience from high school to college.
  • Make connections academically, socially and co-curricularly.
  • Receive direct support from another student at the university.
Benefits of UTOP Mentorship:
  • Academic support
  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Increased motivation
  • Broadening horizons and experiences
  • Raised achievements and aspirations
  • Networking
  • Building relationships
  • Increased awareness of campus resources and opportunities

Colvard 2400
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223

704-687-0030 (Office) | 704-687-1402 (Fax)