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University of North Carolina at Charlotte Kicks Off New Academy Year

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CHARLOTTE, NC- The University of North Carolina at Charlotte or UNC Charlotte kicked off the new academic year by navigating challenges related to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. Students are thrilled to be on campus after a year of Zoom connection.

UNC Charlotte began its 2021-2022 academic year with some in-campus activities. Students can now meet face-to-face with their colleagues while wearing a face covering.

Setting the stage of the new academic year, Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber started the opening by showing gratitude to faculty and staff’s effort in continuing University’s forward momentum during an unprecedented time. Gaber revealed that this year the UNC Charlotte set a record for enrollment with 30,146 students signed up. The university also noted a record for fundraising with a value of nearly $39 million and the largest grant in the University’s history with a $20 million fund.

“While much of the world has been in a holding pattern for the last 18 months, UNC Charlotte has been hard at work,” stated Gaber during her remarks.

Gaber revealed the University will launch a marketing campaign titled “Shape’s What’s Next” beginning in September. The campaign is UNC Charlotte’s new strategic plan to unify and strengthen academic reputations.

In addition to the campaign, the new academic year kicked off the students’ anticipation of the football session and the University’s upcoming 75th-anniversary celebration in several students activities. Students are finally back to their housing, meeting roommates in residence halls and apartments while greeted personally by Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kevin Bailey.

Students also explored recreations options in RecFest held at UREC while learning about campus partners and sampling local cuisines. More than 400 student organizations join the fest to introduce newcomers to their causes and activities.

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