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What are the academics like at your school?

Breanna

The academics are good from what I have heard. However, I do not know from experience just yet. (fall 2015)

Ellen

There is a variety of interesting courses and programs. The deans and heads of departments are accommodating if one wishes to follow a rare program.

roberto

good

Meleah

Academics at my school vary from department to department. For instance, in the Belk Business college, a majority of classes are very large and therefore the professors do not usually know each student on a first-name basis. On the other hand, the Japanese department is a very tight-knit group in which each student knows each professor in the department personally. The students and teachers meet often outside of class for extracurricular events related to Japanese language and culture. Students at my school spend a great deal of time studying. On any given day, one can walk into the library to find it crowded with students quietly doing their work. I have always been under the impression that my classmates, for the most part, are very concerned with their studies and want to do well. Class participation is largely encouraged in my smaller classes, but limited in larger classes. Students at my school seem more interested in helping each other succeed than in competing, which works out splendidly because everyone benefits that way. Outside of class, most students I come across are having conversations about topics related to class or at least intellectually stimulating conversation.

Jasmine

I would say that there is a mixture of good and bad professors. I have had some of the best professors whom were extremely knowledgable of the subject they were teaching and were amazing at teaching it to us, and I have also had a few professors that were absolutely horrible. I did not learn anything at all, and I felt as though my professor did not know what he was teaching and/or how to teach it. As for the students, in my opinion, UNC Charlotte has some of the most brilliant students ever. I seem to always find myself surrounded by very intelligent students and it only makes me want to learn even more.

Nhien

Professors are very engaging even in big classes, almost all my professors know me by name and can identify me in class. My favorite class is my Geology 1200 Lab, it is very easy and the teacher is very relaxed and makes sure everyone understands the material. My least favorite class is my Liberal Studies class at eight in the morning, simply because it is a eight in the morning. Students are at the library often and it can be hard to find an open computer sometimes. Class participation is high as people are usually interested in the subject matter, because the professors make the course as interesting as possible. Students are not competitive to my knowledge, they are actually very supportive and will offer help to you if you ask for it. I am currently an undecided major, but plan to go into Pre-Business and eventually a marketing major with a minor in finance. Charlotte is the second biggest banking city in the United States behind New York and any Business major is very strong here. The education at this school is conducive towards a legitimate career, most majors here are very strong and compare favorably to other schools.

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Karen

The academics are a major aspect of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As a freshman and sophomore the classes can be quite large including the liberal studies, psychology, sociology, and some math classes. Other classes can be small including english and some math classes. In the smaller classes the teachers do know your name, and in the larger classes it is harder but they do learn faces. Once you are accepted into your major, the classes are generally smaller and you receive a more personal relationship with the faculty within the major. I am in Nursing School at UNCC and I love it. It is very competetive, as all nursing programs are. I have spents countless hours of studying and making high grades as a freshman and a sophomore to be accepted into Nursing School and have spent even more time studying to stay in Nursing School as a junior and a senior. The faculty in the Nursing program are wonderful and I have gotten to know some of them on a personal level. I do feel Charlotte helps each student succeed and offers many resources such as the writing center, the career center which holds trial interviews and career fairs!

Juan

Class participation is more common among the classes that that take role, but even in the ones that don't most people still tend to go because you will do better in a class if you take notes. Professors will only know your name depending on various factors, for example if you tend to sit in the front row and pay attention/ take notes professors will know who you are better than if you sit in the back, of course the size of the class also factors because if its a large it will be harder for a professor to learn everyone's name. How much students study vary on their major and how dedicated they are to their studies, engineers for example study a lot more than most other majors since they have to take classes like Calc 3 and physics but some students might also study more than their peers and thus have better grades. I am an International Business major and so far I have had many different classes since I am taking mostly general ED classes right now but I am also taking business classes and foreign language classes since I am taking International Business. I haven't really spent that much time with professors outside of class but they all offer office hours were you can just walk-in and they will help with any questions you might have.

Juan

Class participation is more common among the classes that that take role, but even in the ones that don't most people still tend to go because you will do better in a class if you take notes. Professors will only know your name depending on various factors, for example if you tend to sit in the front row and pay attention/ take notes professors will know who you are better than if you sit in the back, of course the size of the class also factors because if its a large it will be harder for a professor to learn everyone's name. How much students study vary on their major and how dedicated they are to their studies, engineers for example study a lot more than most other majors since they have to take classes like Calc 3 and physics but some students might also study more than their peers and thus have better grades. I am an International Business major and so far I have had many different classes since I am taking mostly general ED classes right now but I am also taking business classes and foreign language classes since I am taking International Business. I haven't really spent that much time with professors outside of class but they all offer office hours were you can just walk-in and they will help with any questions you might have.

Sheree'

The academics at UNC Charlotte are challenging. However, it is doable. Most of your classes depend on your major or the selection of classes you choose to take each year. I'm not certain about other schools, but when you select classes you are able to see the capacity in the class. Therefore, if you learn better in a small environment where the professor knows everyone by name then you have that option to choose that class. Depending on the classes you need to take for your major, you will not always be able to choose small classes. Mainly your "into" or "general education requirements" will be your bigger class of 150 or more. Big classes at UNC Charlotte are not as overwhelming as you may think. There is still class participation through clickers and notecards. I am a Political Science and Criminal Justice major. Some of my classes are rather large, but the more I get into my major the smaller my classes get. How an individual perceives to take their education is up to them. Academics at UNC Charlotte is all about what you put in you will get out of. Therefore, good study habits, and going to class are essential. Students here are competitive. After college, many want jobs or to further their higher education. This means that each individual at UNC Charlotte has to work hard to get what they desire, but it all lies in the hands of the person.

Caroline

The academics are incredible. It is challenging but not impossible. You do have classes of 150 but then you'll have small classes where professors do know you. Sometimes you don't even have to go to class. I am a nursing student and it is difficult but amazingly fun.

Jazmine

Academically, UNC Charlotte is a very competitive school! They push you to do nothing but your best. Class sizes do vary however, as a student, you are to make it your business that your professor knows who you are and that you want to succeed in their course. Many professors are open to discussing their class, problems you may be having in their class, reviewing tests and quizzes, and even providing you with the proper knowledge to seek further help in understanding the material. I am currently a Public Health major with a minor in Spanish. In order to begin my upper division classes, I must submit an application and ensure that I meet all minimal requirements including a cumulative GPA of 2.5. They only allow about 45 students into the program motivating me to work hard in all of my classes to ensure that I am one of those 45 to be admitted. UNCC also rewards their student who do well academically. During my 2 years here I have been inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and now I am in the process of being inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. Being a recipient of both these honors provides me with the perseverance I need to continue to do exceedingly well academically. J. Murray Atkins Library is also a very welcoming place for students to go and study. There is a number of computers throughout the library. Some are in circles for group work and some are in cubicles so one can work in private. They also have Macs and laptops available for student check out also. Students also have the option of reserving private study rooms to study or work on group projects. I have a friend who is a Criminal Justice major and in his Introduction to Criminal Justice class they have speakers come in who are a part of the Secret Services, UNCC Campus Police, FBI and the DEA. After class, the students have an opportunity to ask questions and network with the speakers possibly leading to internships and job offers.

Oliver

This school has pretty decent academics, the teachers treat everyone pretty much the same, but we are all mostly known as our ID number. With classes of 200+ students, there is not a lot a teacher can do to memorize all of our names. A student must go out of his/her way in order for a professor to know their name. I am applying for an Athletic Training Program which more than 50 people apply for and only 16 get in. This creates a very competitive atmosphere for the students in my major. I am a very competitive person so it does not bother me, but some of my friends definitely get overwhelmed a lot of the time. I am now taking this class called Applied Kinesiology and its about all of the joints/muscles/bones/ their purposes in the body. It is a class of 200+ students but the teacher is very knowledgeable of the material and definitely tries to get the best out of all her 200 students. The academics of this school are definitely geared towards getting a job. This schools academic requirements are very good but they could use some work with regards to taking classes more pertained to ones major. There are some classes that have nothing to do with my major that i need to take which makes me very uninterested in them. The administrators at this school always talk about ways to help the students get a job after they graduate. This is something that this school prides on i believe. There are a lot of resources here a student just has to reach out and go find them.

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Academics at UNCC is very dependent on which classes a student takes and which crowd a student hangs out with. Charlotte is generally a quiet city when compared to other large cities and naturally lacks the "excitement" also associated with large cities (not always a bad thing though), and compensates with hard working people, a good amount of art, and people who just love to hang out with each other. The result at UNCC is a very wide range of people from near drop-outs in high school to Levine scholars and from some of the best engineering students in NC to UNCC's passionate art students.

Mercedes

Depending on the class size, your professors will most likely know you by name. Class participation is very encouraged at Charlotte. As a Communication Studies Major studying is a must. But the good thing about most of the majors here is your class all pretty much are in the same building so you get a good relationship with the professors. Many of the professors encourage attending job fairs and career fairs; which are held here several times during the year.

Chee

I would be lying if I said that I liked all of my professors. While you have your "bad" professors, there are more "good" professors at UNCC. When I say "good", I mean it by professors who are passionately involved with students b/c they actually care about them. When I say "bad", I define it as professors who are not passionate about their job. By far, I've had some of the best professors in the Belk College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts (Sociology). As you enroll in the 3000- and 4000-level courses, classes tend to get smaller. and the class environment becomes more personable. Professors will remember you by face and name if you make an effort to reach out to the professor. Many of my classes were graded on class participation. I believe that despite the grade, it is only used as an incentive for students to be more engaged in class discussion and to stimulate thoughtful thinking.

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