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Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS

Students performing during Project Uplift

Students performing during Project Uplift’s opening ceremony

Have you ever wondered what a typical day on campus is like? If you are a high school student, UODI Summer Enrichment Institutes offer an opportunity to experience campus life at UNC-Chapel Hill. Led by current UNC students, this eye-opening experience provides a warm and inviting space for you to explore Carolina.

 

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Project Uplift is a summer enrichment and college access program designed to promote and increase access to higher education for rising high school seniors, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education. Every summer, approximately 1,000 high school seniors participate in one of multiple Project Uplift sessions. Participants learn about the college admissions process, interact with faculty, staff, and current students, and participate 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 United States with an opportunity to live, lead, and learn about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a first-hand basis.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Project Uplift 2023

Project Uplift will be held in-person for summer 2023. Join us at UNC-Chapel Hill for a day full of exploration of our campus, advice for applying to college, and opportunities to get to know other talented rising seniors and current UNC students. The dates for Project Uplift 2023 are as follows:

  • Session 1: Saturday, June 3
  • Session 2: Saturday, June 10
  • Session 3: Friday, June 23

The Project Uplift application will go live on December 15, 2022. Please continue to monitor this page for the application link. Once accepted, participants will have the opportunity to register for their preferred session. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT PROJECT UPLIFT

 

Uplift PLUS 2023

Uplift PLUS is an intensive, 2-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, take an essay writing course, participate in cultural competence workshops, and interact with campus partners and offices. Participants also engage in college application prep, leadership development, and 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.

The dates for Uplift PLUS 2023 are July 9 through July 22.

The Uplift PLUS application will go live on December 15, 2022. Please continue to monitor this page for the application link.

LEARN MORE ABOUT UPLIFT PLUS

 

Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS Student Information Sessions

High school juniors are invited to attend one of two virtual information sessions about the Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS programs at UNC-Chapel Hill. The information sessions will be hosted on Zoom and led by staff from the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion. You can sign up for a session by clicking on the corresponding link below:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 5:00-6:00pm EST – REGISTER HERE
  • Session 2: Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 5:00-6:00pm EST – REGISTER HERE