Summer Transfer Program: Transition & Thrive

*** Planning for the 2018 Summer Transfer Program is underway and the website will updated soon with a few changes for this year! – Luke, Transfer Student Coordinator, 4/13/18 ***

IMPORTANT: In order to be eligible for Financial Aid this summer, you need to have filled out the 2017 – 2018 FAFSA (not the new 18-19 FAFSA that you will do for the Fall), and added UNC Chapel Hill to it,, by May 15th!


The Summer Transfer Program: Transition & Thrive is an opportunity for 40 incoming transfer students at UNC-Chapel Hill to take between 4-7 credit hours within a supportive cohort environment prior to their first fall semester at UNC. The students will enroll in these courses during the 2018 Summer II Session, which runs from June 25th to July 31st, 2018. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with campus, utilize the available resources, and develop a network with peers, professionals, and faculty that will assist them in their transition and success.

Benefits of this program include:

  • Small classes: EDUC 130 and EDUC 330 have no more than 20 students in each class. If you choose to take a third class, you will find that this will also be smaller than the equivalent course in the fall or spring semester.
  • Cohort Model: You will have the opportunity to get to know the 40 students in the Summer Transfer Program well through your shared enrollment in EDUC 130, EDUC 330, and the co-curricular programming.
  • Learn about yourself: Through self-assessments as well as group workshops and reflection, you will have the opportunity to learn more about your strengths, and academic and career interests.
  • Connect to Campus Resources: Your learning won’t just take place in the classroom! Individuals from resources across campus will demonstrate how they can support you in achieving success this summer and into your Carolina career.
  • Financial Benefits: If you choose to live on campus in one of our residence halls, we will cover the cost of your housing for the duration of the summer program (a value of $867).
  • STEM Transfer Bootcamp (optional and uncertain for 2018 at this point): This program will take place three times a week in the afternoons. The purpose of this program is to provide new transfer STEM majors with an opportunity to refresh their math and science skills and prepare them for courses at Carolina.

We encourage you to take the time to read through the questions and information below in considering whether or not this program is right for you. Even if you decide not to apply, we encourage you to consider enrolling in summer courses in consultation with an Academic Advisor to ease your transition to UNC-Chapel Hill.

The 2018 application will open in mid to late April! If you have any questions, please contact Luke Fayard at

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What is the Summer Transfer Program?

The purpose of the Summer Transfer Program: Transition & Thrive is to provide incoming transfer students with a supportive environment to transition to UNC-Chapel Hill, academically and socially. As such, this program will provide structure to the transition and facilitate the development of academic skills and confidence. A successful program will demonstrate its impact by increasing retention and graduation rates, and resiliency among participants.

Who should apply to the Summer Transfer Program?

While all incoming transfer students who have been accepted for the fall 2018 semester are welcome to apply to the Summer Transfer Program, we are seeking those who are:

  • Coming to Carolina from a small campus (less than 5,000) or a community college
  • Carolina Firsts (students who will be the first in their family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree)
  • Student Veterans
  • Non-traditional students (No definition necessary – if you feel that way, that’s good enough for us)

Any student who chooses not to apply and those who are not accepted into the program are encouraged to consider Summer School and to meet with an Academic Advisor in identifying appropriate courses.

What does full participation in the program look like?

The Summer Transfer Program requires the following commitment from all participants during 2018 Summer Session II (June 25th to July 31st):

  1. Enrollment in EDUC 130, which will meet Mondays/Wednesdays from 11:30am-1:00pm. More information on EDUC 130 below.
  2. Enrollment in EDUC 330 that meets Monday-Friday, 9:45-11:15am. More information on EDUC 330 below.
  3. Participation in co-curricular programming on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 11:30am-1:00pm.
  4. Attendance at New Student Orientation on Friday, June 1st. (If you can’t make this happen, email me.)

What courses will we take?

EDUC 130 – Navigating the Research University is a 1 credit hour course that provides students with knowledge to succeed at a research university. Students will learn about resources, supports, and services in the campus community at UNC-Chapel Hill. Students will also consider what it means to have a liberal arts education and learn about motivation, resiliency, and self-advocacy. Students will reflect on their current work toward academic success and their path to graduation.

EDUC 330 – The Science of Learning is a 3 credit hour course in which students will be introduced to the science of learning literature, which covers educational, cognitive, and social psychology, as well as studies in behavioral neuroscience, the learning sciences and disciplinary education. Students will be expected to understand the conceptual and empirical foundations of the science of learning, and they will also be asked to apply this understanding to case studies, problem sets, and their own education. This course is appropriate for students who want to know how people learn, and how to leverage that understanding to improve their own, and others’ learning.

Learn more about these courses here!

In addition, students will have the option to enroll in an additional 3 credit hour course. We encourage you to talk with an Academic Advisor to identify a class that would help you in your course of study.

What will the class schedule be like?

Required Enrollment:

  • EDUC 130: Navigating the Research University (1 credit hour)
    • Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • EDUC 330: Science of Learning (3 credit hours)
    • Meets Monday-Friday, 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
  • Required co-curricular programming occur twice per week (non-credit)
    • Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30AM- 1:00PM – This is where you will really begin to build a community and learn the campus, so that when Fall gets here, you’ll already feel at home.

Optional Enrollment in one additional 3 credit hour course, in consultation with Academic Advising

  • May take courses meeting during the following time slots:
    • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
    • 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
    • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • STEM Transfer Bootcamp (non-credit, optional, and uncertain for 2018 at this point – 4/13/18)
    • Three times a week, in the afternoon, TBD.

What is the co-curricular programming? Do I have to attend it every time?

The co-curricular programming is what makes this program more than just required courses. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, we will take the opportunity to engage with people, learn about available resources, and become familiar with the campus layout. Examples of how this time will be spent include: participating in a workshop with University Career Services, connecting with undergraduate research and the library resources, hearing from faculty about their expectations, learning about your Strengths and how to work on a team, managing your time AND your stress, and checking off some items from the Daily Tar Heel’s UNC Bucket List.

And, yes, this is a required portion of your participation in the program so we look forward to all participants joining us on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Trust that there is fun to be had, along with at least one opportunity to choose an activity more interesting to you.

What is the STEM Summer Bootcamp Program? (Uncertain for 2018 at this time, but I’m working on it!)

STEM courses at Carolina are rigorous, and can be more challenging than originally expected. The STEM Summer BootCamp will focus on sharpening the skills needed to succeed in large lecture courses at Carolina, with a particular emphasis on problem solving in the chemical and biochemical sciences. These sessions will focus on:

  • Assessing and improving problem solving skills
  • Devise strategies to tackle difficult problems, and cope with gaps in base knowledge from pre-requisties.
  • Adjust to large lecture environments, and work to find effective learning strategies.
  • Develop a support network composed of fellow students, graduate students, and faculty members in the STEM field.
  • Provide exposure to laboratories and potential research opportunities at Carolina.

Sessions will meet twice weekly, with an optional third session to focus on sharpening skills expected of Carolina STEM majors. We will focus on both content and context of STEM at a research university, and work to prepare you to hit the ground running during your first fall semester at Carolina.

What is the cost of the program?

  • Tuition & Fees (2017)
    • In-State –
      • 4 credit hours = $980
      • 7 credit hours = $1,715
    • Out-of-State –
      • 4 credit hours = $2,560
      • 7 credit hours = $4,480
  • Books
  • Housing
    • On-campus housing: Double-room = $867 (No Cost to the Student)
    • Off-campus housing = Costs will vary depending on location (Student’s responsibility)
  • Meals: Estimate $350
    • Meal plans are not available for the summer semesters, but the following on-campus dining locations will be open throughout the summer:
      • North Campus–Wendy’s, Alpine Bagel, and Main Street in Lenoir Hall
      • South Campus–Starbuck’s, Alpine Deli, McColl Cafe, and the Beach Cafe

What does the application entail?

The application will include demographic questions, a short answer and essay question, and a 12-item survey. The application requires that you upload a document (Word or PDF) with responses to the each of the short answer and essay questions.

Short Answer Question:
Please provide us with a short statement on what you believe will be essential to your success as a transfer student at UNC Chapel Hill. Please limit your response to no more than 200 words.

Essay Question:
This program is designed to promote the development of your academic skills, social comfort, and resiliency in your transition to UNC.  Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences.

How will participating in the Summer Transfer Program support you in fostering resilience? Please limit your response to no more than 300 words.

If you have any questions about completing these essays or submitting your documents, please contact Luke Fayard at

What kind of funding or Financial Aid is available for the Summer Transfer Program?

Those who choose to live on campus for the program will not have to pay for their housing for the duration of the program (a value of $867). Some financial support will be available in addition to housing.

This year, Financial Aid will be available! (Last year’s students weren’t so lucky)  Students must fill out the 2017 – 2018 FAFSA by May 15th, and make sure to add UNC-CH to the FAFSA school list, in order to be eligible! (You need to also do the 2018 – 2019 FAFSA to be ready for Fall!)

Will housing be available?

On-campus housing will be available. Interested students will need to submit a housing application by June 2nd. Although you will have to submit housing preferences, the Summer Transfer Program will help match STP participants together based on the profiles submitted in the housing application.

Those who choose to live on campus will pay no expense for housing, except for any necessary personal articles such as linens. Please see for information on what to bring and what not to bring to campus housing.

On-campus housing is available only for participating students, not family members or other guests.

Students will be able to move into their assigned room beginning on June 24th at noon.

Will family housing be available?

Family Housing will not be provided by the Summer Transfer Program. Family Housing may be available to those interested in living on campus for the academic year (through May 2018). Information about on-campus family housing is available here.

Securing off-campus housing, whether for themselves or their families, will be the participant’s responsibility.

Will parking permits be available?

Yes, summer parking permits are available on a “first come, first served” basis. Parking passes will be available for purchase in the first week of April. Later in the summer, parking permits will only be available for purchase in-person at the Office of Transportation and Parking. We will provide this information as soon as we are aware.

Per the Parking & Transportation Website:

Permits are available online in limited quantities starting prior to the Summer School sessions. Students must register for parking zones based on their status as a resident (living in UNC Housing) or a commuter (living off campus). When registering through online services choose your summer status from the menu options. Students must pay for parking permit in full when registering online.

Students must provide proof of insurance and vehicle registration information when purchasing a UNC parking permit. Student citation balances must be paid in full prior to registering or purchasing a permit.

Parking Cost:

  • Gated lots cost $146.75 for the entire summer.
  • Non-gated lots cost $111.75 for the entire summer.
  • There is a possibility of a prorated cost for parking later on in the summer––we will let you know as soon as we have this information available.

What is the timeline for the program? (Updates for 2018 coming soon!)

Sunday, May 7 = Application Deadline
Tuesday, May 16 = Notification of Acceptance in Summer Transfer Program
Sunday, May 21 = Deadline to Confirm Enrollment in Program
Wednesday, May 31 = Housing Application Due
Friday, June 2 = New Student Orientation*
Sunday, June 24 at 12:00 PM = SSII Move in to Summer Housing
Monday, June 26 = Summer Session II Begins
Tuesday, August 1 = Summer Session II Ends
August 2nd = SSII Move out date


What opportunities are available to get involved in Transfer Programming in Fall 2017?

          Check out the full list of opportunities available to all new transfer students here!

Whom can I contact with questions about the program?

If you have any questions about your application or the summer program, please contact Luke Fayard

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