Information for Parents

Looking into the Engineering FLC for a Fall 17 student?

Learn more about the program.  Tours are offered in conjunction with UNC Charlotte Explore Open House events.

All engineering students are not automatically placed in the Engineering Freshman Learning Community.

The steps needed to participate in the Engineering Freshman Learning Community

  1. You must be accepted to the University as an engineering, engineering technology, or construction management major.
  2. Complete a Housing Application.
  3. Complete the LC application before July 1st.  Applications open January 10th.
  4. Accept your offer to make it official.
  5. Attend SOAR (Student Orientation Advising and Registration)

Space available is on a first-come first-serve basis so apply early!

There is no additional charge for living in a Learning Community.  Hawthorn Hall's housing rate is $3,740/semester (for 2016/17 year).


Starting Off on the Right Foot!

We know you want success for your young student and that this is a transition period for both the student and the family.  Here are a few suggestions to help plan for success:

  • Please encourage your student to stay on campus the first few weekends to help develop a sense of belonging here. It is tempting to come home those first few weekends when the homework load is light, but we want them to develop friendships and habits to make their home here. Students who have a strong sense of belonging are move likely to stay in schoool and graduate on time with their peers.
  • Encourage them to use the resources that are available in the Lee College of Engineering and in the University. There are loads of resources, covering just about every potential concern. If they aren't sure what resource to use, there is a resource for that - they should ask their academic advisor or their residential assistant for guidance.
  • Get involved!  Attend Parents Weekend and other events to help you become a Niner Nation family. Check here for more information. 

Got Success?

The Engineering FLC has many benefits to the students who join and actively participate. It does not guarantee success. Our goal is to surround the students with resources, help them build a sense of community in the college, and provide opportunities to learn about engineering to confirm their career path. Our research shows supporting these areas helps them succeed. However, the effort, hardwork, and involvement have to come from them.

The Engineering students are brought together for many events and classes, but also meet other students on campus. Several of their classes during the freshman year are taken with the general population, giving them an opportunity to make connections with students and faculty outside of engineering.

Engineering FLC students will take the ENGR 0600 FLC Seminar course together their first semester. This course is designed to support FLC participants in many ways. We have guest speakers from each department from the College of Engineering to talk about the majors and their concentrations, a guest speaker from the Career Center to talk about how to participate in a job fair and internship/co-op program opportunities, University Center for Academic Excellence workshops to promote good study skills and time management and academic advisors to discuss necessary steps to prepare to register for next semester. We also discuss engineering in the news and campus engagement opportunities.  

Of course there is some fun too. The Residential Assistants coordinate programming to give the students social opportunities to make friends and relax.


Got Results?

Historically students who participate in the Engineering FLC have roughly the same GPA as engineering students who do not live in the FLC. The difference comes in when you look at graduation rates. Students who participate in the Engineering FLC have higher 4-year and 6-year graduation rates than engineering students not living in the FLC. We attribute this difference to their developing a sense of community and better study skills that pull them through the program.