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Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS


The well-being of our students, their families, faculty and staff is our top priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Project Uplift will not be held in its traditional format. Once accepted, participants in Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS will have the opportunity to register for their preferred week.

Further updates will be communicated as COVID-19 continues to unfold. We appreciate your flexibility as we prioritize the health of you, your family and our community.


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 year, during May and June, approximately 1,000 high school seniors participate in one of four separate Project Uplift sessions. Traditionally, 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 2023

This year, Project Uplift participants can choose between an on-campus or virtual experience. If you join in person, you’ll be 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. Virtual offerings will provide additional support as you explore which college or university will be a good fit for your future. We are committed to ensuring everyone’s safety and will adjust the dates of the program in accordance with Carolina’s community standards during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Project Uplift application & session information will be provided in Spring 2023. Once accepted, participants will have the opportunity to register for their preferred session. 




Uplift PLUS 2023

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 application & session information will be provided Spring 2023.