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Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS

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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, these eye-opening experiences provide 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.

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.


Project Uplift 2024

Project Uplift will be held in-person for summer 2024. 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 2024 are as follows:

  • Session 1: Saturday, June 1
  • Session 2: Saturday, June 8
  • Session 3: Saturday, June 22

Applications to attend Project Uplift 2024 will be open from January 15, 2024 to March 15, 2024.



Uplift PLUS 2024

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 if they would like to be considered for Uplift PLUS.

The dates for Uplift PLUS 2024 are Sunday, July 7 through Saturday, July 20.

Applications to attend Uplift PLUS 2024 will be open from January 15, 2024 to March 15, 2024.


Project Uplift and Uplift PLUS Virtual Information Sessions

High school juniors, parents/guardians, and guidance counselors are invited to attend one of three virtual information sessions to learn more 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, January 23, 2024 from 5:00-6:00pm EST –  REGISTER HERE
  • Session 2: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 from 5:00-6:00pm EST –  REGISTER HERE
  • Session 3: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 from 5:00-6:00pm EST –  REGISTER HERE

Note: It is not mandatory to attend a Virtual Information Session to apply to either program. The information sessions are solely for educational purposes.