UNC Chapel Hill

What does C-STEP mean?
Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program

Who is eligible for C-STEP?
The ideal C-STEP candidate is a strong student whose household income falls at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. To be eligible, students also must have completed all necessary developmental coursework and place into college-level coursework. The screening process for candidates is comprehensive and holistic and considers, among other criteria, demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles, first-generation college status, diversity, employment history, and family responsibilities.

What are the requirements of the program?
The goal of this program is the development of ways to assist community college students in making the transition to the university setting. Therefore, students who are admitted to C-STEP are required to participate in the program activities and events both at ACC, and after transferring, at UNC.

These events include cultural events, social activities, academic development workshops, professional development workshops, advising sessions, tours of the UNC campus, and campus service activities. The purposes of these activities are to help the student develop leadership skills, social skills, and academic skills. These skills will provide the student with a greater potential for success at UNC and in his/her professional life.

Students admitted to the program will sign an agreement committing themselves to full participation in these activities. Admission to UNC is contingent on completion of the associate degree at ACC with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA, completion of three semesters of a foreign language, and completion of program activities. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the student not being admitted to UNC.

While at ACC, C-STEP students are expected to conduct themselves with honor and integrity. Any cheating, plagiarism, or misconduct by a student in the program may result in dismissal from the program and loss of the guarantee of admission to UNC.

What is the application process?

To determine your eligibility, each potential candidate should complete and submit the C-STEP interest form available at www.admissions.unc.edu/CSTEP/. A screening committee will review and confirm students enrolling in the program by early fall. Before enrollment, C-STEP students will sign a letter of understanding and intent and meet with assigned C-STEP advisor Perry Hardison (204 Main Building).

Perry HardisonUNCCH
CSTEP Co-Advisor
Office: 204 Main Building
336-506-4404 (office)

Julie Trotter
CSTEP Co-Advisor
Office: 211 “B” Building
336-506-4022 (office)

Key Dates

April 1:   Deadline to Submit Application High school students graduating in Spring.
Late April 2015 : Notification Date

October 1:   Community College candidates wanting to enter UNC in Fall.
(Contingent on available space)

*A high school transcript, any and all college transcripts, as well as a recommendation letter should be sent in for consideration along with your application.*