Flush with tech-savvy pioneers and precision technology, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s 100-acre electronics-focused Research Institute is only one of many impactful resources found in this public research institution of just over 28,000 students. UNC offers 78 bachelor’s degree programs, 61 master’s degrees and 21 doctoral programs across seven colleges, and is known for its Honors College, various service-learning initiatives (such as the 49er Democracy Experience) and NCAA Division I athletic programs in 17 sports. Interested in starting your own business? Just visit UNCC’s Ventureprise, a dedicated entrepreneurial resource designed to instill self-sufficiency and management skills. Culture doesn’t lack here, either: three distinct art galleries and the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts keep students in touch with their creative sides year-round. Various alumni have gone on from their days at UNCC to reach important posts of leadership: former head of NAACP Benjamin Chavis and former Bank of America CFO Joe Price have both graced these halls. It’s no wonder UNCC stands out among eastern institutions of higher education.