Application Process

To be considered for the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program, interested high school seniors of all backgrounds must apply to Carolina by the October 15th Early Action application deadline. Simply fill out the Excel@Carolina survey found in the Common Application’s UNC supplement, and select Chancellor’s Science Scholars as one of your choices.

Finalists will be selected based on academic excellence, demonstrated interest in STEM programs and careers, commitment to diversity and inclusion, leadership, and community involvement. If you are chosen as a finalist, we will invite you to answer two additional short-answer questions and to join us on campus in late February for Selection Weekend, where you will learn more about the CSS program and interview with Carolina faculty and staff. Final decisions will be sent via email approximately two weeks after Selection Weekend.

Selection Weekend

Please check back in late January for updated details regarding Selection Weekend 2020!

Preliminary Agenda:

Friday, February 21, 2020 

Times Event
05:30pm – 07:45pm Dinner
08:00pm – 09:00pm Finalists: Ice-breaker events with current CSS scholars
Parents: Q&A panel session


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Times Event
07:30am – 08:30am Breakfast
08:30am – 11:00am Finalists: Interviews/Lab tours/Student Q&A panel
Parents: Parent Q&A panel/Free time to explore campus
11:00am – 12:00pm Presentations on various STEM majors at UNC
12:00pm – 01:00pm Closing remarks and lunch

CSS scholars bring with them a wealth of diverse backgrounds and accomplishments, along with impressive academic achievements.