UNC Charlotte’s logo has become one of the Charlotte region’s most distinctive insignia. It symbolizes the university’s link to the UNC system, to the Charlotte metropolitan region and to the discipline of learning. The logo is suggestive of a crown reminiscent of Queen Charlotte, for whom the city of Charlotte is named. The "crown" also can be interpreted as a lamp of learning, burning bush, an open book, the flowering of a plant or an individual, or a graduate in cap and gown. The letters "UNC" refer to The University of North Carolina, which opened in 1795 as the nation’s first public university. The word Charlotte not only refers to the city, but also to the surround 11-county metropolitan region, which is the university’s primary service area, and the area from which it draws more than 12, 500 of its students.
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