Special Opportunities

Excel@Carolina programs connect talented first-year students with unique opportunities at Carolina.

There’s no separate application for these opportunities, just submit your application and the included Excel@Carolina survey. If you’re selected for the program, we’ll use your survey to match you with the opportunities that best fit your interests.

    • Assured enrollment programs guarantee students a spot in an undergraduate major within a professional school or an accelerated undergraduate + graduate program. Students can express interest in up to three programs on their application.

      *Programs marked with an asterisk are only available to students applying by our October 15 Early Action deadline.



      Advance to the cutting edge of biostatistics. Design research studies, organize and integrate data, and collaborate on interdisciplinary teams to improve human health.



      Gain admission to the highly ranked Kenan-Flagler Business School and connect with world-class faculty, high-potential classmates, and top employers.



      Enjoy conditional enrollment in the Pre-Master of Arts in Teaching program; admission to the minor in education; and opportunities to begin graduate-level coursework.


      Environmental Health Sciences*

      A deep understanding of the interplay between humanity and the environment prepares you for careers in environmental advocacy, consulting, and banking.


      Environmental Science and Communication*

      Earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or environmental science and a master’s degree in media and communication in five years.


      Environmental Science and Info Science

      Earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in information science, preparing you for careers in government, non-profits, and research.


      Euro-TAM Program

      Earn a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary European Studies and a TransAtlantic Masters (TAM). Be prepared for a variety of international careers from diplomacy to policy making.

      Health Policy and Management

      Gain essential skills in management, policy making, and research as you prepare to improve population health through your studies in the Gillings School of Public Health.


      Information Science

      Gain the skills to orchestrate how people access information — from libraries to the internet — when you to pursue your School of Information and Library Science degree.


      National University of Singapore joint degree

      Expand your global network and gain cultural awareness while earning a dual degree from the National University of Singapore and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


      Journalism and Media

      Hone your media skills in one of the best journalism programs in the nation as you master graphic design, electronic journalism or public relations.



      Gain a breadth of experience in scientific and policy approaches at the only nutrition department situated in both a school of public health and school of medicine.



      Launch your pharmacy career with two years of undergraduate study at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy on your way to earning your PharmD, PhD, or Master of Science.

    • Part of Carolina’s commitment to access and affordability are our scholarships. Students are automatically considered for scholarships without a financial need component when they submit their application. Students are considered for scholarships with a financial need component, the majority of scholarships available at Carolina, when they complete the financial aid application by the priority deadline.


      Additional Scholarships and Opportunities

      On your application for admission, you’ll find specific opportunities in which you can express interest. If you’re selected as a finalist, these opportunities may require an additional application or interview.

      *Programs marked with an asterisk are only available to students applying by our October 15 Early Action deadline.


      Accelerated Research Program

      This program brings together students with wide-ranging interests in a community based on research, scholarship, and inquiry-driven learning.


      Carolina Innovation Scholars*

      This program helps launch the careers of students ready to start new ventures or investigate vital issues, providing them resources and skills to turn their ideas into reality.


      Chancellor’s Science Scholars*

      This program promotes diversity and inclusion in science and technology, supporting students of all backgrounds as they pursue STEM degrees and careers.


      Pogue Scholars*

      The Pogue Scholarship is awarded based upon extraordinary strengths in one or more areas and a commitment to diversity.


      Summer Study Abroad Fellowship

      Summer Study Abroad Fellowships provide a one-time award of $5,000 to fund study abroad experiences for students after their first, second, or third year of study at Carolina.


      Wood Family Scholars

      This program supports the leadership potential of students and is awarded based on a combination of extraordinary strength in one or more areas and financial need.

    • Carolina Global Launch

      Study abroad in Ireland, Scotland, or Spain the fall semester of your first year, then enroll at Carolina in the spring.

      Global Gap Year

      The Global Gap Year Fellowship provides $8,000 toward a gap year that is committed to service abroad.

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