Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C‑STEP)

There are many paths to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) at CCCC is one of the best ways to transfer to and succeed at UNC‑Chapel Hill.

Program Mission

C-STEP is an assured pathway for transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill. Through enhanced advising and special events, students are supported while attending CCCC and in their transition to and during their time at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Brief program description

The goal of C-STEP is to help CCCC students be familiar with and academically prepared for UNC-Chapel Hill.

C-STEP guarantees CCCC students' ability to transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill's College of Arts and Sciences as long as participants maintain a cumulative 3.2 GPA or higher at CCCC, actively participate in the program, and complete either an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree.

C-STEP students receive specialized advising and guidance while enrolled at CCCC to ensure that they take the necessary courses to prepare for their intended major at UNC-CH before transferring.

Additional benefits of being a C-STEP student include trips to Chapel Hill for sporting, performing arts, and academic events.

Entrance requirements

The application review is comprehensive. CCCC and UNC Chapel Hill will consider an applicant’s academic preparation, extracurricular activities, and ability to accept and work through challenges. However, to be eligible for the program, students must:

  • be enrolled or planning to enroll at Central Carolina Community College.
  • major in either Associate of Arts or Associate of Science transfer degrees.
  • agree to participate actively in the program.
  • be eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Factors that the application review committee will consider include:

  • Application essays
  • Favorable recommendation letters
  • College readiness
  • Earned GPA in High school and college (if applicable)

UNC-CH provides more information about the C-Step program on their website.

The application can be found online.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: