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Honors Carolina

You want to join a community of exceptional students who share a passion for learning with distinguished faculty who love teaching.

If this sounds like you, then you should consider the following Excel@Carolina opportunity.

Honors Carolina offers a remarkable collection of challenges and opportunities. Whether in a Chapel Hill classroom or laboratory, on an archaeological dig in Peru, or at a medical clinic in South Africa, Honors Carolina students take charge of their learning.

If you express interest in Honors Carolina through the Excel@Carolina survey on the application for admission, we would encourage you to consider highlighting your academic interests through your essay or short answer responses. Understanding your intellectual curiosity and passion for learning helps us to match students to Honors Carolina.

Program highlights include:

  • The Honors Carolina First-Year Residential Community. Join a living-learning environment in which sharing ideas and forging friendships take center stage. With this community as a launch pad, students begin building their Carolina network from day one.
  • Partnerships with world-class faculty. Students can select from a roster of more than 200 small, specially designed honors seminars offered each year, and they conduct original research under the direction of some of UNC’s most distinguished professors. To complete their Honors Carolina experience, students have the opportunity to write a senior thesis or to develop and teach a course grounded in their most passionate intellectual interests.
  • Global study programs, internships, and fellowships. Honors Carolina offers a variety of opportunities that ring the globe. In a changing roster of faculty-led field research seminars, students explore topics such as public health in Vietnam, climate change in Iceland, genocide and human rights in Rwanda, and rainforest ecology in the Amazon. Honors Carolina also offers internship programs in London, Cape Town, Washington, and Silicon Valley.
  • Professional development and networking. Skill-building workshops, informal dinners with alumni and thought leaders, information sessions with employers and graduate schools, and individual coaching offered by Honors Carolina Advising and Career Guides—all help students navigate their interests and plan their paths for the future.

We make a promise to Honors Carolina students: Come Here. Go Anywhere. If you come here and take advantage of all that Chapel Hill has to offer, we promise that you will be prepared to go anywhere your hopes and dreams might lead.

Learn more about Honors Carolina.

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