Getting Started

Before you Arrive


Student Health Center provides primary medical care, disease prevention, health education, wellness promotion, and various specialty services, including allergy injections, immunizations, gynecology, physical therapy, and HIV screening to all registered UNC Charlotte students. In addition, the Student Health Center can help students become compliant with their Immunization requirements. Required health form here.

Student Identification Card

ID Card Office (Student Union)
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5pm
Supplies all student, faculty and staff, permanent, temporary and replacement I.D.’s and services the campus 49er card.

Health Insurance

Most students are required to have health insurance. For more information, visit Student Health.

Staying Organized

UNC Charlotte Graduate and Undergraduate Catalogs
Academic Calendar and Exam Schedule UNC Charlotte Registrar

Driver's License and Vehicular Registration Requirements

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates are reviewed by the University's Board of Trustees andthe Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System and set annually by the North Carolina legislature. Fees are reviewed and approved by the University's Board of Trustees with final approval pending the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System review.

Tuition and Fees are billed by the semester for fall and spring terms and by credit hour for summer terms. Twelve or more credit hours are considered full-time for undergraduates and nine or more credit hours are considered full-time forgraduates.  Please note that students will receive one combined billing statement for main campus and/or distance education courses. Distance Education charges are billed in addition to main campus charges. Since Distance Education charges are independent of main campus charges, those students enrolled in 12 or more credit hours with main campus and in one or more credit hours with Distance Education will be billed at the full time rate for main campus and for Distance Education charges. Visit Student Accounts for more information.

University Services

Recreational Services
Charlotte 49ers

Auxiliarly Services

Disability Services
Ensures access to academic programs and campus facilities of UNC Charlotte for all individuals. Students needing accommodations must register with this office.

Student Health Center

On Campus housing information.
A limited number of apartment spaces have been set aside for specifically for graduate students. Need a place to rent or sublet? Search the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's official off-campus housing database here.

UNC Charlotte's Book Headquarters! Located in the new Student Union. Purchase text books online.

Atkins Library
Atkins Library is a vital academic center facilitating intellectual discovery and the exchange of ideas for the University community and surrounding region. The Library collects and disseminates relevant scholarly materials, provides a stimulating environment for learning and collaboration, embraces emerging technologies, and promotes lifelong learning. 

Mental Health and Counseling
The counseling center offers individual counseling, group counseling, psychological consultation and psychiatry to students.

Purchasing a Meal Plan
Auxiliarly Services

Parking and Transit
Parking on campus requires the purchase and display of a University parking permit or payment at meters or in the visitor decks. Permits do not guarantee a parking space, nor do they reserve a specific parking space, lot or deck. UNC Charlotte offers a FREE campus shuttle service. Look to their website for hours of operation, routes or to purchase a parking permit. Also visit the Charlotte Area Transportation System (CATS) website for information on bus and light rail routes.

Family Life

Student Health Center 

Office of International Programs
The Office of International Programs (OIP) strives to strengthen international education at the University as well as in the Charlotte community. On campus, it seeks to make international understanding and global awareness a fundamental part of the curriculum and an integral part of campus programming. In addition, the English Language Training Institute (ELTI) provides intensive English instruction for international students planning to attend U.S. American universities or colleges as well as for those pursuing professional training in the United States.

International Students/Scholars Office
Information for the new international student. Be sure to check the ISSO calendar for the New International Student Orientation held each semester. Up-to-date information for international students can be found at the International Student/Scholar Office's website.

Course Advisors

Ph.D.: Dr. Dennis Livesay and Dr. Jennifer Weller

Master's and Certificates: Dr. Cynthia Gibas

Minor: Dr. Shannon Schlueter

Student Computing Resources and Guidelines

Student Computing provides five 24/7 open computer labs in Barnard, along with the Student Computing Help Center. The Student Computing Help Center is staffed with knowledgeable

student Technical Assistants (TAs) that help students with technical problems. Find out more about Student Computing and how to get help.

To activate your NinerNET account.  NinerNET is the term used to refer to your University username and the password you create with PW Manager. This username and password pair is used to login to 49er Express to register for classes, check University email, view online courses and provides access to additional University services.

Ordering Computers
College of Computing and Informatics strongly recommends computer ownership.  UNC Charlotte has partnered with Dell and Apple to offer discounted pricing. These computers are configured to last through a 4-year stay at the University, to provide maximum performance and to take advantage of technologies like wireless computing. More information to order a computer.

Bioinformatics and Genomics Computing Labs in the Bioinformatics Building
The Professional Science Master's computer lab and study area is on the third floor of the Bioinformatics Building in room 304. Mac environments. In addition, there is wireless connectivity throughout the Bioinformatics Building for those students with their own portable computing product.

The Bioinformatics Ph.D. students computer lab and study area is located in Bioinformatics 302. The seats are assigned and computers are provided. New Bioinformatics Ph.D. students must state which operating system they prefer.

In addition, room Bioinformatics 104 is also available to students registered for Bioinformatics computing courses. Card swipe access for students is requested by the respected faculty member at the beginning of the semester.

CCI Student Computing Labs in Woodward
A state-of-the-art computer lab on the third floor of Woodward Hall provides both Windows and Linux environments available to anyone registered in a CCI course. In addition, there is wireless connectivity throughout Woodward Hall for those students with their own portable computing product.

Graduation and Commencement

The University holds commencement ceremonies for Fall and Spring graduates. More information about commencement and graduation is found here.

Graduate School's guidelines for graduation.

The College of Computing and Informatics hosts a reception for graduates and their family guests immediately following commencement.

Security Awareness Information and Programs

The Campus Police work to ensure the overall safety of the UNC Charlotte campus. Blue light phones, which connect to the Campus Police Department, are available throughout the campus. In addition, the University offers a Campus Escort Service. Students should report safety concerns to the Campus Police. In addition, SafeRide is a disability and safety campus transport service operated by Parking and Transportation Services. Electric vehicles provide transportation on the inner campus core for individuals with mobility disabilities during daytime hours and across the campus for everyone during the evening hours. Visit SafeRide.

Students who have been accepted into the program often have several questions about housing, travel, what to do when you arrive, what items to bring for grad school, what books to buy and where to buy them, what are some foundation books, etc. Please send your questions to

If you are interested in communicating with current students, please join the student facebook group BiAS: Bioinformatics Assembly of Students.

Bioinformatics International Graduate students’ steps, Week 1:

Arrive at least 1 week early!
You may purchase your first semester of books weeks before you leave for the US.
Once you have arrived after surviving the flight/customs/baggage claim etc., you will need to have an arranged ride (taxi, friend, etc) and then be on your way to your home/apt that you have also arranged.
Get settled into your home.
In your first week visit the following:

  • Report to Union to the Student ID Office to receive your Student ID card (bring proper documentation, schedule of courses and ID such as passport)
  • For the BCB Ph.D. program, report to Dr. Dennis Livesay (BCB Director) and/or your adviser, for the Master's program, report to Dr. Cynthia Gibas, report to Business Service Coordinator, Ms. Trish Artis, and meet the Coordinator.
  • Attend the Department Orientation the first Friday of the semester.
  • Attend all classes and arrive at least 10 minutes early for first class of the day. Other classes, you should be 5 minutes early.
  •  Meet your colleagues & resources (fellow Ph.D. students, Postdocs, Master’s students, faculty and staff).

Confirm that the Health Center has received your immunizations and ensure that you have your insurance information.