ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an urban campus with almost 30,000 students. Just over 24,000 of them are undergraduates, according to the UNCC site.
It was founded in 1946.
"UNC Charlotte is one of a generation of universities founded in metropolitan areas of the United States immediately after World War II in response to rising education demands generated by the war and its technology," according to the university’s history.
It is about 8 miles from Uptown Charlotte, which is considered the central business district of the city, the biggest in North Carolina. It is the largest higher education institution in Charlotte and is the third biggest of the University of North Carolina system’s 17 campuses. It has 139 undergraduate majors.
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UNCC is a major research university.
"UNC Charlotte is a Doctoral and Research Intensive institution (reclassified in 2000 by the UNC Board of Governors), and has the largest research library in the Southern Piedmont region with more than one million volumes. UNC Charlotte’s first emphasis is on teaching, followed by applied research and responsive public service," according to the university’s site.
Violence near campus
Violent incidents on or near campus are not uncommon. On Jan. 31, shots were fired at UNCC’s Center City building. Police said it was believed the shots were fired by a passing car, according to the university’s alert system, NinerNotice.
In late 2018, media reported a spike in crime near the university. WSOC-TV found in an analysis that 175 crimes had been reported over a month’s time in October and November in apartments, streets and shopping centers near campus.