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About Project Uplift

Project UPlift participants on campus
High school students and UNC student counselors participate in Project Uplift on June 7, 2018, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Founded in 1969, Project Uplift brings high school students from underrepresented populations to the school’s campus each summer for a unique college immersion experience. (Photo By Jeyhoun Allebaugh/UNC-Chapel Hill).


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Project Uplift is a special program that enables rising seniors to experience college life on Carolina’s campus**. Project Uplift seeks to engage participants in an immersive experience that connects them with UNC-Chapel Hill and other four-year colleges and universities. Traditionally, participants live on campus**, interacting with faculty, staff and current students, participating in educational, cultural and social activities, and learning about admissions and college affordability. Project Uplift allows participants to experience the academic rigor and social climate of a top-ranked four-year institution.

Project Uplift is designed to allow students to experience learning in a variety of different university contexts, from large lectures to small seminars and, most important, from the interactions with current Carolina students.



Traditionally, during Project Uplift, participants are housed in one of Carolina’s residence halls. Living on campus not only gives students a taste of Carolina life but also what it’s like living with another student on a college campus. Participants will eat meals in the Carolina dining halls and have an opportunity to explore the various campus recreational activities. **Due to concerns about COVID-19, this year students will be offered an immersive Carolina experience in one of two different formats:

  • a one-day intensive on campus
  • a virtual Carolina environment


The diverse and inclusive community at UNC-Chapel Hill enhances learning by inviting students to analyze issues from multiple perspectives. Learning alongside students from across the country allows participants to broaden their own worldviews. Students will engage in conversations on a variety of topics from current events to culture and identity.

Project Uplift participants engage with Carolina’s world-renowned faculty and staff, connect with current UNC students and participate in a culture show and other enrichment activities. Through various experiential learning opportunities, students will attend academic classes and sessions that explore some of the 70+ majors available at Carolina.

Project Uplift provides opportunities for students to learn about college admissions and affordability. Students will have the ability to speak directly with college representatives from various colleges and universities from across the state, including staff from Carolina’s Office for Undergraduate Admissions.


Project Uplift will challenge and encourage participants to become leaders! Our goal is that when students leave, they have a desire to learn more about themselves and will feel empowered to modify or create a new understanding of themselves as successful college students.