49erNext Program & Application Frequently Asked Questions

Program FAQs

  • Guaranteed admission to UNC Charlotte for 49erNext students who maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Early academic advising and registration for 49erNext students on track to earn their associate degree at their community college
  • Workshops for Financial Aid and  Career Services
  • Collaborative advising from the community college and UNC Charlotte
  • 49erID which allows for UNC Charlotte Atkins Library use and discount CATS LYNX light rail and bus and UREC access
  • 49er Athletic Events

While enrolled at your participating community college, you will meet with your community college academic advisor once per semester. In collaboration with a UNC Charlotte academic advisor, special degree plans have been created for you. All of the recommended courses are transferable to UNC Charlotte.

Earning your associate degree before transferring is recommended for a variety of reasons, largely due to your future projected success. 

  1. By completing an associate in arts, associate in science, or associate in engineering degree before transferring, you will receive a full general education waiver. Meaning, you will have satisfied all of the UNC Charlotte general education requirements with the completion of your associate degree.

  2. Students that complete their associate degree before transferring, on average, have a higher first semester UNC Charlotte GPA, compared to those who did not complete before transferring.

  3. If you completed your associate degree and followed the course outlined by UNC Charlotte and your academic advisor, you will seamlessly transfer into your intended major.

  • 49erNext is a guaranteed admission program between the associate in arts, associate in science, and associate in engineering degrees. At UNC Charlotte, fine arts, architecture, and nursing degrees have secondary, competitive admissions criteria to meet. Students interested in these majors can still transfer to UNC Charlotte, but these areas of study are not part of 49erNext.
  • Engineering technology programs best align with the associate in applied science degrees in engineering technology at your community college. Check with your community college advisor about how to best align your engineering technology associates degree for UNC Charlotte.
  • Our program is recommended for first time students, but we encourage you to reach out to the 49erNext representative at the community college to determine if you are still eligible for the program.
  • If you have AP/IB/CLEP credit, please submit your scores to be evaluated for credit.
  • Reach out to your advisor at the community college to make sure that your new major still fits the program requirements.
  • 49erNext is for first time, full time college students with little to no college credit prior to graduating high school. If you have already earned your degree or plan on earning your degree before starting at the 4 year, we encourage you to apply directly to UNC Charlotte.
  • 49erNext is for students who want to complete one of the eligible associate degree programs  and then transfer into UNC Charlotte. Due to the benefits that we offer for the program, we do not advise students to apply if they are only seeking to attend one semester.

Application FAQs

Yes, all 49erNext students will need to apply to UNC Charlotte during their second year in the program.

It is best to apply the semester prior to transferring. If you plan to transfer in the spring semester,  it’s best to apply in September. If you plan to transfer in the fall semester, it’s best to apply in January. However, the application for admission open up each year in August and you can begin applying as soon as it is available.

No, please use the standard UNC Charlotte transfer application found here.

No, there is not an application fee waiver.

Once you have submitted your admissions application, you can access the UNC Charlotte scholarship portal to apply for scholarships.

Yes, you can apply later and it would not impact your future admission. 

Yes, however courses that 49erNext students are encouraged to take are designed to facilitate their transfer to UNC Charlotte and geared towards UNC Charlotte degree program offerings. Students wishing to transfer to an institution other than UNC Charlotte should consult with an academic advisor at their community college.