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Now that you’ve registered for Project Uplift, you probably have many questions about what to pack, what’s allowed, and what to expect once you arrive at Carolina.

You’re in the right place! The tabs below will provide you with all you need to know (though if you should have further questions, please contact us at


The dates for Project Uplift are:

  • WEEK 1: May 21-23
  • WEEK 2: May 28-May 30
  • WEEK 3: June 4-6
  • WEEK 4: June 11-13

If you are unsure which date you have registered for, please revisit the confirmation email you received immediately after you registered. If you changed your date, you received a second confirmation email with the new date reflected in it. If you cannot locate the email, be sure to check your junk folder.


Be prepared to arrive for check-in at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Connor Residence Hall (Please navigate to Paul Green Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514) on Thursday between 8 and 10 a.m.

Please make arrangements to depart/check-out between 7 and 9 a.m. on Saturday.

If you are planning to arrive early to Project Uplift on your own (without parent or guardian, etc), or you are a student and plan on driving yourself, please see the “Getting to Project Uplift: Traveling Alone” section below.  

PLEASE NOTE: Project Uplift has a “kiss and go” policy for drop off. Family members are not permitted to enter the residence halls or help students move in. 

If you changed your program date, you do NOT need to resubmit your payment or medical release.


All Project Uplift participants must complete the Emergency and Medical Release Form in order to participate in the program. If you have NOT completed your medical release form, you can do so by clicking here. You will also have an opportunity to complete a form when you arrive. However, if you are under the age of 18, it must be signed by a parent or guardian.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large number of participants, we are unable to respond to individual requests to check if you have submitted your medical release. If you have questions, please submit the medical release form to ensure we have it in our files.  In May, we will send a final confirmation email that notes whether or not we have received your medical release. 



All participants are required to pay a $45 non-refundable registration fee. This is the only cost associated with the program. If you have NOT submitted your $35 payment, you may do so by selecting the week for which you are registered below or mail a signed money order to the address below. Please note: we are unable to accept cash or personal checks.



  • Make checks payable to Project Uplift – UNC Diversity and Inclusion and submit payment to:Project Uplift
    450 Ridge Road, CB 9128
    SASB N, Suite 3226
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9128
  • Please include the participants first and last name in the memo line and ensure that all fields on the check or money order are completed and it has been signed.

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to pay using the links above if you have already submitted payment online and you are using the same email that you used for your previous payment. An automated confirmation email is sent after payment. Due to the large number of participants, we are unable to respond to individual requests for confirmation of payment. In May, we will send a final confirmation email that notes whether or not we have received your payment. 


It is imperative that you pack in a manner that will allow you to move in and out on your own because parents and guardians are NOT permitted in the residence hall. For safety reasons, Project Uplift is a closed community and cars cannot be left unattended.

  • Pencil/pen
  • Notepaper
  • Appropriate attire (remember: you are making a positive impression)
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Social attire for Friday night (nice dress, collared shirt, etc.)
  • Umbrella (in case of rain)
  • Recreational clothes and athletic shoes

  • Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Prescription medications
  • Shower shoes
  • Small alarm clock
  • Reusable water bottle

  • Bed linens (Twin XL bed size)
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Towel
  • Washcloth
  • Pillow



  • Spending money (optional)
  • “Talents,” if you wish to participate in the talent show (optional)
  • Camera
  • Cell phones are permitted with restricted use during the program
  • Laptops are not recommended but are permissible if the student has academic needs


You will be provided with a Carolina blue Project Uplift shirt that you MUST wear on Friday morning and afternoon. You may want to consider that when planning what else you will be wearing. There will be a lot of walking and summer heat, so please be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a reusable water bottle that can be easily refilled at the filtered water stations around campus.


Project Uplift does not permit the following:

  • iPods, DVD players, or other electronic equipment
  • Weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, or tobacco products

If you are found in possession of ANY of these items, you will be dismissed from the program immediately, and your parents or guardians and the authorities will be notified.

You should arrive for check-in at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Connor Residence Hall (Please navigate to Paul Green Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514). Once you arrive on campus, please follow directional signs.


From I-40 West and I-85 South (Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Atlanta):

  1. Follow I-40 East towards Raleigh/Chapel Hill.
  2. Take Exit 266 (Hwy 86/MLK Boulevard) towards Chapel Hill.
  3. Make a right off exit; follow MLK Boulevard for about 4 miles and turn left onto Hillsborough Street (pass the police station).
  4. At the third stoplight, turn left onto Country Club Road and turn right at the stoplight.
  5. Continue down the narrow street. Staff will direct you from there.

From I-40 East (Raleigh, Wilmington):

  1. Follow I-40 West towards Raleigh/Chapel Hill.
  2. Take Exit 273A (Hwy 54 West) towards Chapel Hill.
  3. Continue for 4 miles to top of the hill (get into right lane).
  4. At stoplight, turn right onto Country Club Road.
  5. Make the immediate left turn at the stoplight.
  6. Continue down the narrow street. Staff will direct you from there.

From I-85 North (Washington, DC, Richmond, Durham):

  1. Follow I-85 South towards Durham and the intersection with Highway 15-501 South (this will exit to the LEFT).
  2. Follow 15-501 South towards Chapel Hill; the highway will divide.
  3. Remain on 15-501 South, then exit right onto Franklin Street
  4. Follow Franklin Street up the hill for about 2 miles. Watch for Project Uplift signs.
  5. Turn left onto Raleigh Street. At the next stoplight, turn left onto Country Club Road and make a right turn at the stoplight.
  6. Continue down the narrow street. Staff will direct you from there.

From 15-501 North (Pittsboro, Southern Pines)

  1. Follow 15-501 North towards Chapel Hill.
  2. Take ramp onto NC54 East/US 15-501 North; Merge onto 15-501 North/Fordham Boulevard South
  3. In 2 miles, exit onto Raleigh Road.
  4. Turn right onto Country Club Road.
  5. Make an immediate left turn at the stoplight.
  6. Continue down the narrow street. Staff will direct you from there.




If you are planning to drive yourself to Project Uplift, you will be directed where to park upon arrival. Parking will be on campus, away from the Project Uplift site, in an uncovered parking lot. You will be provided with a parking pass upon arrival, and there will be NO car access during the program. Student drivers will also be required to check out at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. If student drivers need to leave during one of the early departure times on Friday, Project Uplift staff will contact the parent/guardian to confirm that the participant has permission to depart early.


Students are permitted to arrive early to Project Uplift on Wednesday nights from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. only if you meet the following criteria: you are traveling on your own (i.e., without a guardian) and you are arriving by bus, air, train or you are traveling three or more hours by car. If you meet the criteria and are planning to arrive early, you must fill out this form with details of your travel arrangements by May 17th. 


Students are responsible for arranging and paying for travel to Project Uplift. If you need to travel from Raleigh-Durham Airport or the Amtrak station (closest train service is in Durham) to Chapel Hill, you can call any taxi service (RDU Airport Taxi Service, 919-840-7277, is popular). The trip to Chapel Hill from RDU will take about 30 minutes at a cost of approximately $40 each way. Let the driver know you want to go to Connor Residence Hall on Raleigh Street. Uber and Lyft are also popular ride services. When preparing to leave Project Uplift 2019, please make firm arrangements to be picked up between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday.


8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Registration and Move-in
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Parent Session
9:55 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Ice Breakers & Pictures
11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Opening Session & Orientation to the Academy
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Meet with Activity and Community Counselors
2:30 p.m.  – 3:30 p.m. Academic Lectures (Mock Class)
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Resource and College fair

Tar Heels Talk: Preparing for College

5 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Staff Talent Show
7:15 p.m. – 8 p.m. Throw Down Thursday


8 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. Tar Heels Talk: Wellness Sessions
10:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Floor Meetings
11 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Final evening preparations
11:45 p.m. Curfew
7 a.m. Morning Assembly
7:10 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. – 10 a.m. SAT/ACT Prep
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. College Enrollment Workshop

Scholarship and Student Aid


12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Academic Explorations
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Prep for Rec
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Recreation
5:45 p.m. – 6:55 p.m. Break and Evening Prep
7:05 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Closing Dinner
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Cultural Program
9:30 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. Student Talent Show
10:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. Extravaganza
11:25 p.m. – 12:10 a.m. Floor Meetings
12:10 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Final Evening Preparations
12:30 a.m. Curfew
7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Check out


Students will eat their meals in the Lenoir dining hall. We have taken note of dietary restrictions and special needs that you listed on your medical release form and will share that information with Dining Services. We provide a late-night snack each night and consider dietary needs for that as well. If you need assistance at any point during the program, please contact a staff member.


As you see above, we have set dining times for participants. However, we are aware that some students will be observing Ramadan during Project Uplift and have made arrangements for those students to make “to go” plates at dinner in order to eat at the appropriate time. We also encourage you to bring your preferred snacks to eat before the scheduled breakfast time.

If you need any other assistance at any point during the program, please contact a staff member.


Project Uplift parents and family members are invited to join us for a special Project Uplift Parents and Family Session immediately after each Thursday drop-off. At this session, you will hear more about your student’s Project Uplift experience, and learn about college admissions and affordability from UNC Undergraduate Admissions.

The sessions begin at 9:30 a.m., Thursday mornings, at the Kenan Flagler Business School. 




The address to the Kenan-Flagler Business School is 300 Kenan Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

During week 1 (May 23rd), week 2 (May 30th) and week 4 (June 13th) the session will be held in Koury Auditorium. For week 3 (June 6) the session will be held in Classroom 3250. 


Please RSVP for the Parent & Family Session below. RSVP is not required but is encouraged.


Participants must depart from the Project Uplift site between 7 and 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Please make arrangements to be picked up during this time.

Participants are not allowed to leave their residence hall until they have been checked out by Project Uplift. Parents should report to the drop off location and give Project Uplift staff the name of their participant and staff will release the participant.

Before leaving the premises, participants are expected to leave their room clean and return their key. Failure to return the key will result in a charge of $75.


Early checkouts are accommodated at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday night. Students will be allowed to depart early during one of the designated early departure times. Absent an emergency, students may not depart from the program outside of the designated departure times.

During the program, students will have an opportunity to inform PU staff if they intend to leave during one of the designated early departure times.

An SAT is scheduled for June 1 and ACT is scheduled for June 8. During these weeks, participants may also depart at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or by phone at 919-843-6086 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

During Project Uplift, you can reach the Project Uplift On-Site Office by calling (919) 962-7133.

Below are commonly asked questions about Project Uplift. For any additional questions please contact our office, at (919) 843-6086 or

May I leave the program and come back?

Students may not leave the PU program and return under any circumstances. Students may only leave during the designated departure times. If a parent/guardian wishes for a student to depart early, they must sign the student out and the student will not be allowed to return to the program.


Accommodations will be made for those observing Ramadan. Feel free to register for any week! See “While at Project Uplift” above for more information.


An SAT is scheduled for June 1 and ACT is scheduled for June 8. During these weeks, early checkouts are accommodated at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday night and at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

Can I choose my roommate?

Due to occupancy restrictions during Project Uplift, we cannot take roommate requests unless there is an extenuating circumstance such as medical condition, etc.

Can I drive myself?

Yes, see “Student Drivers” above.

Will I need money?

All meals and expenses are covered during the program. There may be an opportunity for participants to visit Franklin Street during recreational activities, and they can bring spending money if they wish, but it is optional.

Where will I be staying during Project Uplift?

Participants will stay in the Connor Community, which consists of Connor, Winston and Alexander Residence Halls. Linens are NOT provided in any rooms. Rooms are double occupancy rooms; each room is air-conditioned and has two twin beds. Participants should bring their own blanket, extra long bed linens, and towels. Connor, Winston, and Alexander Residence Halls consist of traditional, corridor-style halls and single-gender, shared bathroom facilities.

I require accessibility resources/services. How can I request those?

If a participant requires accessibility services such as a sign language interpreter, complicated dietary needs, wheelchair, housing accommodations or additional resources, please be sure to indicate those needs in the appropriate fields on the Emergency & Medical Release Form. You may also contact us at to make us aware of any needs during your stay.

What if I haven’t submitted my payment and/or my Medical Release form? Can I still attend?

Participants may submit their payment and medical release form during check-in. However, they must have these steps completed in order to participate.