The Dean's Welcome to Prospective Students

Dear prospective students,

Thank you for your interest in Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. We look forward to welcoming you on our campus and hope you elect to make the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) your next home in your educational journey. All of us at CCI aim to make this a memorable and life-giving experience in which you will discover your passion, values, and potential; develop your portfolio of knowledge, skills, and experiences; and create a rich and meaningful network of relationships with fellow students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the Charlotte community at large.

The disciplines of computing and informatics are the disciplines of our time. They are ubiquitous, impactful, and all-encompassing. There is no aspect of modern life that is not shaped by computing and the trend is for broader and deeper impact in every aspect of our lives. Whether you are interested in communication, transportation, building, health, medicine, business, entertainment, arts, policy, social, ethical issues, and legal issues, a level of literacy in computing has become a necessity. If you are interested in discovery, design, innovation, or policy making in any of these areas, fluency (through a major) in computing and informatics is a necessity.

The College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte is a young, growing, cutting-edge college located in a vibrant university in beautiful dynamic Charlotte. It is the largest in North Carolina and one of the largest in the nation. CCI offers bachelor, master, and Ph.D. programs in computing and informatics. Its programs are renowned for being a model in innovation and responsiveness to rapid change in research and job markets. The college at its core is its faculty; CCI is proud to attract and retain a diverse faculty with outstanding research accomplishments and unwavering commitment to excellent teaching. The nationally recognized research centers created and run by our faculty and graduate students are an engine of research, innovation, and development. The areas of scholarship and engagement distinction of the college include Cyber Security, Data Science, Bioinformatics, Charlotte Visualization Center, Robotics at the service of health and wellness, and Computing Education Innovation to cite a few.

CCI is also redefining the future of computing by creating an inclusive climate for all students, staff and faculty. Our goal is to expand and engage the participation of students that traditionally have not entered the computing field. We believe that in order to lead impact-driven innovation in computing and informatics education and research, we must cultivate an atmosphere that is welcoming across all aspects of human diversity. We strive to be a preeminent creator and provider of talent and intellectual capital by empowering diversity of thought and experiences.
UNC Charlotte is a public urban university with seven decades of symbiotic partnership with the City of Charlotte and the community at large. CCI is proud of this heritage and mission and nurtures a strong bond with the city of Charlotte, its government, businesses, and communities.
 We hope you visit us on the spectacular campus of UNC Charlotte.

Fatma Mili