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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 high school seniors participate in one of four separate Project Uplift sessions. Traditionally, this is a 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.

For over 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.

Project Uplift 2022

Project Uplift will not be held in its traditional format. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates and format of Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS are subject to change. Once accepted, participants will have the opportunity to register for their preferred week. 


Learn more about Project Uplift HERE

APPLY HERE by March 14, 2022

Uplift PLUS 2022

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.

Uplift PLUS 2022 will tentatively be held in its traditional in-person format. See more COVID-19 updates here. The tentative program dates are below:

  • June 26 – July 29

Learn more about Uplift PLUS HERE

APPLY HERE by March 14, 2022