As the state's urban research university, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte has more than 25,000 students. It is ranked in the top 200 schools in the nation on U.S. News & World Report's national universities ranking list. In addition to offering some 90 undergraduate and 80 graduate degrees, it also is known for its online degree programs; the university is ranked by U.S. News & World Report for its online bachelors degree programs, as well as its engineering and education online masters degree programs. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), it confers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as certificates in education, engineering, health and human services, and technology.
ITT Technical Institute (ITT Tech) has two locations in Charlotte: ITT Tech Charlotte North and ITT Tech Institute Charlotte South. A huge educational system that is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, ITT Tech has 140 locations in 38 states in the U.S. Its educational programs are geared towards technology-related careers. Both Charlotte campuses have information technology, electronics technology, drafting and design, business, and criminal justice schools. However, it offers online associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs through its drafting and design, information technology, criminal justice, business, and nursing schools. Some of its online bachelors degree offerings are construction management, nursing, and project management. ITT Tech also has one online masters degree program in business administration.
Some of Charlotte's biggest industries are finance, transportation, and distribution. Charlotte has been a major banking city since in 1970s. It is best known for being the headquarters of big financial institutions like Wachovia and Bank of America; Wachovia was bought out by Wells Fargo recently, making Wells Fargo a prominent banking force in the city. Careers common in this industry are those as financial planners, financial managers, financial analysts, and accountants. To enter into Charlotte's financial industry, online students may pursue degrees in finance, accounting, economics, statistics, or business administration at both the bachelor's and master's levels.
According to City-Data.com, Charlotte has "more than six million people living within a 100-mile radius." Another interesting fact is that Charlotte residents can reach more than half of the U.S. population within an hour of flight time or a day of travel via ground vehicle. Due to this, Charlotte's location makes it an ideal area for the distribution and transportation industries. Charlotte attracts business imports from all over the world and is a major hub for the airline giant U.S. Airways. To obtain jobs in these industries, online degree earners may engage in operations management, business management, logistics management, airport management, airline management, or computer science.