University Transition Opportunities Program (UTOP)

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