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Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP)

Interested in transferring to - and graduating from - UNC-Chapel Hill?

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and Southwestern Community College (SCC) have partnered to increase the number of students transferring to and graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Through the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP), low- and moderate-income high school and community college students who enroll at SCC are guaranteed admission to UNC-Chapel Hill if they are first admitted to and successfully complete the community college portion of the program with at least a 3.2 GPA.

Now in its 12th year, C-STEP was launched with the support of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in an effort to enable more community college students to transfer to and graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill. Almost 800 transfer students enter UNC-Chapel Hill each year, about 33 percent from North Carolina community colleges.

Students can enroll for C-STEP twice a year. If you are interested, we encourage you to enroll as soon as possible. 

Submit your application Receive your decision
April 1 April 30
October 1 October 31


Current and prospective SCC students can learn more by contacting Vicki Todd, Southwestern’s C-STEP Advisor and Mathematics Instructor, at 828.339.4266.


C-STEP Statistics

Numbers represent students served through the C-STEP program at UNC-Chapel Hill.  


How C-STEP Can Help!


Students who participate in C-STEP agree to earn an appropriate associate degree at SCC and participate actively in the program.
The C-STEP program offers: 
  • Advising Support 
  • Special Events
  • Support while enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Transition Support


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