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Summer Transfer Program

*The Summer Transfer Program will no longer take place, as of Summer 2022. The website will be edited soon and the link to the STP will be removed. I apologize for any frustration this has caused. To make an appt with me (Luke Fayard, STP director from 2017 to 2021), to discuss the resources you would have been introduced to in the program, or anything else that will help you prepare for your time in Chapel Hill, email me. I’ll be more than happy to give you (and anyone you want to bring) a tour of campus and to point out where all of the most important resources are along the way!

I will also be updating this page soon, to include all of the resources and contacts that students would have visited in the program.

– Luke

*The Summer Transfer Program is no longer being held, as of Summer 2022. 

These courses take place during the Summer II Session, which runs from June 28th to August 3rd. (*We will register you. The courses are held for us, so you can’t register yourself) You will have the opportunity to become familiar with campus (Even in this virtual world), utilize the available resources, and begin to build a community of peers, professionals, and faculty that will assist you in your transition and success. You will be introduced to every resource that I believe could benefit you in your time at UNC, and will have a direct line to me to help with any issues that arise, or to help you look into any smaller opportunities that we don’t cover in our five weeks together. (You will also be introduced to some ways to have fun around campus and the community)

The EDUC130 course (Taught by Luke Fayard, Transfer Student Coordinator) will be live (Synchronous), via Zoom. I can’t yet speak to the EDUC330 delivery, because we cannot control those and they are in the planning stages now.

Benefits of this program include:

  • Small classes: EDUC 130 and EDUC 330 have no more than 25 students (maybe a few more, depending on our applicants this year). 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 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. We will also help you learn how to get to each of the campus partners’ offices we meet with, and any others that we do not. Despite being online again this year, you will know how to get around once you finally make it to campus. (I will be willing to make sure of this for anyone who wants to come for an on-campus tour before the fall! But, we will also be consistently referring to a virtual tour and coinciding map I made throughout the summer session.)
  • 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). While we won’t have the benefit of living on campus this summer, each student will receive a $500 stipend to help with the four credit hours.
  • GPA Benefits: I didn’t include this benefit in the past, until I had numerous students tell me that they were so excited to start out their first fall with a great GPA (Your GPA starts over here. Sorry) These courses are designed to help you and get you to think, not to put you through the ringer)

(The information above pertains to the traditional program, prior to 2020. Many benefits remain, but some a few clearly cannot. While you can’t be on campus, we will provide you with all of the information about the resources around campus, as well as contact information for everyone we speak about. We will do our best to get these campus partners to speak with you live, either during the EDUC130 sessions or on the T/TH co-curricular days)

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. If you decide not to apply, that’s ok! I’m still here to help every one of you, and I hope you’ll reach out with any way that I might be able to help you succeed and be happy during your first term on campus and beyond! – Luke

If you have any questions, please contact Luke Fayard at


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 semester are welcome to apply to the Summer Transfer Program, we give priority to:

  • Those 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 in this country)
  • Student Veterans
  • Non-traditional students (No definition necessary – if you feel that way, that’s good enough for us)

If you don’t check any of these boxes, but you are nervous about your start at UNC, reach out and let me know why you would like to take part. I’ve been known to help those who reach out for help early, and I am just looking for students who want to join us and will benefit the most!

What does full participation in the program look like?

The Summer Transfer Program requires the following commitment from all participants during the second summer session:

  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 the June Transfer Orientation, if at all possible.

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. That is the tag line. The gist is this. I teach this course as if it should be called “How to Succeed at UNC!”, and we will treat class days and co-curricular days very similarly, in meeting with resources all over campus, and then reflecting on what we’ve learned and how we will use them, for our major assignments.

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. The gist here is simple. This course is designed to help you be a better student anywhere, and will help you improve your habits and skills, by learning and refining your strengths as a student.

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

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, learning about your Strengths and how to work on a team, learning how the Learning and Writing Center coaches can help you better manage your time and habits, as well as meeting with / outlining numerous other resources – both fun and academic – around campus.

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 cost of the program?

  • Tuition & Fees (Summer School 2021: ) Reminder: We give every student a $500 stipend to help with this.
    • In-State:
      • $255 / credit hour
    • Out-of-State:
      • $675 / credit hour
  • 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 kind of funding or Financial Aid is available for the Summer Transfer Program?

(Prior to 2020) 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.

$500 stipend to each student.

If you need Financial Aid, log back into last year’s FAFSA and send it to us. You can follow up at

Will housing be available? 

Unfortunately, not in 2021

Will family housing be available?

Family Housing is never provided by the Summer Transfer Program. Sorry. Family Housing may be available to those interested in living on campus for the academic year. 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? (Just in case some of you decide to live on campus to get to know it, despite the program being entirely online)

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: (2018 prices)

  • 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? (These are uncertain as of now. All things transfer are behind, which makes us the same)

  • End of May = Priority Application Deadline
  • First Week of June = Notification of Acceptance in Summer Transfer Program
  • Second Week of June = Deadline to Confirm Enrollment in Program
  • Friday, June 4th  = New Student Orientation* You’re encouraged to try to sign up for this date, if you’re interested in the program.
  • Monday, June 28th = Summer Session II Begins
  • Tuesday, August 3rd = Summer Session II Ends

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

Thank you for taking the time to read about the Summer Transfer Program! The information and links below are dated, and they are in the process of being cleaned up as this site moves over into my new home, the Center for Student Success.

Have a great day, my transfer friends…