The University Office for Diversity & Inclusion hosts numerous programs and initiatives throughout the year for students from middle school and up. This page is updated regularly with information regarding upcoming programs. The following information is geared specifically for educators and counselors to disseminate among their students to help publicize the summer opportunities we offer.


Project Uplift

Project Uplift is a summer enrichment and college access program designed to promote and increase access to higher education for all outstanding students, especially those underrepresented in post-secondary education. Every year, during May and June, approximately 1,000 rising high school seniors participate in one of four separate Project Uplift sessions. During this two-day experience, Project Uplift participants live on Carolina’s campus, interacting with faculty, staff and current students, participating in educational, cultural and social activities. Project Uplift Scholars have the opportunity to immerse themselves in college life and experience the academic rigor and social climate of a four-year institution.

Uplift PLUS

Uplift PLUS is an intensive, 5-week summer academic enrichment and college readiness program for Project Uplift participants. This program is only for NC residents. During the program, participants live on campus, attend SAT/ACT coaching sessions and take English 100 (3 credits). Participants also engage in college application prep, research, leadership development, as well as a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities. Students must attend Project Uplift to participate in Uplift PLUS. There is no separate application for Uplift PLUS. Students must indicate on their Project Uplift application whether they would like to be considered for Uplift PLUS.

How You Can Help:

There are two ways you can help us reach your students. First, you can directly nominate students. Nominations help us reach more students, but they are not required to apply. Second, you can advertise Project Uplift and Uplift Plus by posting the flyer below in your office, adding it to your parent and student newsletters and sending it to your parent and student email list.

Important Information for Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS:

To nominate your student(s), fill out the forms below for either NC Renaissance or Project Uplift/Uplift PLUS (please scroll down): 

Project Uplift/Uplift PLUS Nomination Form

  • Please enter the first and last name for each student that you would like to nominate and separate by comma. We recommend nominating 10-15 students.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 15, 2019

NC Renaissance

North Carolina Renaissance (NCR) is a pre-college summer enrichment program that enables high-achieving rising juniors from rural communities in North Carolina to experience college life on Carolina‘s historic campus. NCR is a four-day program that will inspire students to pursue their educational aspirations while developing unique leadership skills. Rural counties are designated Tier 1 or Tier 2 by the NC Department of Commerce.

Important Information for NC Renaissance:

North Carolina Renaissance Nomination Form

  • Please enter the first and last name for each student that you would like to nominate and separate by comma. We recommend nominating 10-15 students.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019