Most new first year students don’t realize that they can take classes during the summer BEFORE their fall semester starts without going through any other application or approval process. Taking advantage of the Freshman Headstart opportunity is a great way to get a head start at UNC Charlotte. Students typically take 1-2 classes, in most cases courses that fulfill requirements. Classes in summer are small, a bit more informal, and a bit more relaxed, so it's a great way to get a feel for being on campus without having to weave in and out of 20,000+ other students. Most students take courses during the second summer session which runs from early July until mid August -- and there’s even a 12-day break before classes start for that last trip to the beach!