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Tar Heel Preview Day is an opportunity for 6th-8th grade males from underrepresented backgrounds to have a collegiate experience through interacting with college students, meeting academic faculty and staff, and receiving information about the college preparation process.

Students who attend Tar Heel Preview Day can expect to:

  • Meet college students from diverse backgrounds
  • See the Carolina campus
  • Experience aspects of college life
  • Get information to help plan for college
  • Become excited about high school and college

Participation in Tar Heel Preview Day is by invitation only and attendance is by group only (individuals cannot attend). If you are interested in having your school or organization participate in Tar Heel Preview Day, you may email

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of THPD?

Attendance at THPD is free. However, schools/groups must handle their own transportation to and from UNC. We provide lunch, materials and parking during the event. For vans and cars that must park in the parking deck, we will provide a parking voucher at the end of the day.

Does UNC provide any reimbursement?

In order to provide the overall experience at no cost to as many students as possible, we are unable to provide reimbursement for THPD. However, we are happy to share the importance of the program so that you may use the information to make any request to your school system.

What is the schedule for the day?

The schedule runs from 8: 30 a.m. – 12: 40 p.m.

Is my school allowed to arrive late or leave early?

We are able to accommodate late arrivals and early departures. Once registration opens, we can work with schools/groups on an individual basis.