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

Preliminary Agenda:

Friday, February 21, 2020 

Times Event
5:30 – 7:30 pm Dinner
7:45 – 8:45 pm Finalists: Ice-breaker events with current CSS scholars
Parents: CSS staff Q&A panel session


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Times Event
8:45 am Overview of the day
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Finalists: Interviews/Lab tours/Student Q&A panel
Parents: Parent Q&A panel/CSS Alumni Q&A panel
12:15 – 1:45 pm Lunch
2:00 – 2:45 pm Discovering STEM at Carolina – breakout sessions for each major

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