UNC Charlotte is a distinguished university participating in high research activity. Among the 196 public doctoral-granting research universities in the United States, only 39 hold both the Carnegie Community Engaged University classification and the APLU's Innovation and Economic Prosperity classification.

The APLU (Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities) designation recognizes that UNC Charlotte has demonstrated a meaningful, ongoing and substantial commitment to economic and community development, growth, and economic opportunity.

Carnegie’s community engagement classification signifies that UNC Charlotte collaborates with our larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of partnership and reciprocity.

UNC Charlotte focuses a majority of its research endeavors through these centers and initiatives:

UNC Charlotte economist addresses a decade of growth, offers forecast for the future

Study shows localized standards boost racial equity in gifted education

Retired faculty member creates fund to support nursing research

Urban Institute Research Faculty Fellows to seek ways to better the region

Evidence of the 587/586 BCE Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem found in Mount Zion excavation

Faculty share expertise in medical journal tech issue

Archaeological evidence verifies long-doubted medieval accounts of First Crusade conquest

Students’ summer research efforts to be presented at symposium

Civil engineering students win national innovation contest

Distinguished Dissertation Award winners named

Associate dean authors book chapter

Drug companies’ sexually explicit ads reaching too many youngsters