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Project Uplift

Project Uplift is a special program that enables high-achieving rising seniors to experience college life on the Carolina campus. Students spend two days visiting classes, meeting with faculty and staff, interacting with Carolina students, and participating in cultural and social activities. The individual program dates are May 25-27, June 1-3, June 8-10, and June 15-17. There is a nonrefundable $35 program fee which covers all meals, housing, t-shirt, and program materials. Please note this fee does not include travel costs to Chapel Hill. If you have a student with demonstrated financial need, you or the student may email project_uplift@unc.edu for information on a fee waiver.

Who is eligible for nomination?

Project Uplift is designed for outstanding African American, Native American, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian American, low income, rural and other rising seniors from historically underserved populations. Nominated students are invited to spend two days on campus to experience the academic rigor and social climate of UNC. Although we target students from historically underrepresented populations, if you know a strong student who might contribute to the diversity at UNC and who would be interested in learning more about our community, you are welcome to nominate these students.

How does the nomination process work?
Each high school can nominate up to 15 students to apply to Project Uplift. Nominating students is a simple three step process:

  1. Download our 2017 Project Uplift Nomination Form
  2.  Use the first page to keep track of who you nominate
  3. Notify your nominees by presenting them with a hard copy of the Certificate. We encourage you to inform the students’ families about the honor of being nominated to Project Uplift. You could also email the certificate to nominated students.

What are the deadlines?

Students have until January 1, 2017 to submit their application, so it is best if you nominate students as soon as possible. Please click HERE to access the Project Uplift 2017 application. The application period will close at 11:59pm on January 1st.

Can you provide me a list of students that I/we nominated for Project Uplift?
We ask that all counselors keep a list of their nominees. You can use the first page of the 2017 Project Uplift Nomination Form as your tracking document.

When will students receive a decision after applying to Project Uplift?
We plan to notify students in mid February via email. Admitted students will receive information at that time on how to register for the date they wish to attend.

Can you tell me which students are attending, which week are they attending and whether they have attended?
Students may manage all aspects of their registration online by logging into MyCarolina and viewing their registration details. Please ask your students for more details about the event they registered for.

How can I get on your email listserv for Project Uplift notifications?
We want to communicate with counselors and school administrators regularly on all matters related to UNC Admissions, including programs such as Project Uplift. To receive these regular monthly updates, please email us at counselor@admissions.unc.edu. If you are a parent or student and would like more information about Project Uplift, please email project_uplift@unc.edu

Can current sophomores (rising juniors) attend Project Uplift?
Project Uplift is designed exclusively for current juniors (rising seniors).

Where can I find more information?

Please click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs has additional information on their site. Also, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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