Applications for 2018 Project Uplift are now Closed 

For nearly 50 years, Project Uplift has consistently provided a diverse selection of rising high school seniors from across the state of North Carolina with an opportunity to live, lead, and learn about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a first-hand basis.

The University Office for Diversity & Inclusion, in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, sponsors Project Uplift annually to enhance the diversity of Carolina’s undergraduate population. High achieving African American, Native American, Latinx, Asian American, low income, rural and other rising seniors from historically under-served populations are invited to spend two days on campus to experience the academic rigour and social climate of UNC.

During May and June, approximately 1,000 rising seniors and other secondary students participate in this unique early recruitment program.

Project Uplift 2018

Project Uplift sessions are held from Thursday to Saturday. Once accepted, participants will have the opportunity to register for their preferred week. The 2018 program dates are below.

  • Week 1: May 24-26, 2018
  • Week 2: May 31 – June 2, 2018
  • Week 3: June 7-9, 2018
  • Week 4: June 14-16, 2018


Living arrangements are provided in a University residence hall where you will share a room with another Project Uplift participant. All meals will be provided in our campus dining halls.


Many members of the Carolina community work together to make sure Project Uplift will be a rewarding experience. Faculty, staff and students have prepared information about UNC-Chapel Hill that will properly introduce you to the Carolina experience. You will have an opportunity to talk with professors, and attend classes, demonstration lectures and science laboratories. You will also learn about admissions procedures and how to afford a college education.


Project Uplift will challenge and encourage you to become a leader! You will leave wanting to know more about yourself and others and will feel confident in knowing how to make a college experience work for you.

Some of the organizations that make Project Uplift possible include the Black Student Movement, Carolina Indian Circle, and Carolina Hispanic Association. Many University departments, such as the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, University Career Services, the Learning Skills Center, University Counseling Center, Academic departments and Student Affairs offices are also major contributors to the success of Project Uplift.

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Contact information and mailing address:

Project Uplift
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 9128, Suite 1125 SASB North
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-9128

If you have any questions about Project Uplift, please email or call (919) 843-6086.