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Carolina Horizons

Our 2023 Carolina Horizons Program was hosted in-person June 21-24th, 2023.

The application for the 2024 offering of Carolina Horizons is not yet available.

Carolina Horizons is a student-enrichment program at UNC Chapel Hill designed to support American Indian students as they prepare to apply to college. This year, the program is returning to our typical 4 days worth of training and self-exploration.

The application portal for 2024 Carolina Horizons Program is not yet open. All American Indian rising high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.

For questions or more information, contact Qua Adkins via email at or phone at 919-843-5928.


Carolina Horizons Program Description:

Carolina Horizons is a four day “crash course” that prepares students for the college application process. From June 21st-24th students will learn about Carolina and establish personal relationships with college admission representatives in the UNC System. This program seeks to increase access to higher education and is designed to limit the financial burden of students who desire to participate in our program. Thus, the students are not required to pay for program expenses. However, we do ask that students are able to arrange their own travel to and from campus.

At Carolina Horizons students will:

 Experience living in a dorm on campus and eating in the dining hall

  • Begin filling out the NC Common Application 
  • Receive tips on writing college essays 
  • Start writing a college essay and receive feedback from admissions and college advisors  
  • Gain communication skills necessary when engaging with admission representatives and  requesting letters of recommendation.
  • Network with multiple admissions counselors from various universities across the state

Eligibility: American Indian rising high school juniors and seniors, with priority given to rising seniors

Over that past eight years, approximately 225 American Indian students have participated in Carolina Horizons. This year, we are excited and look forward to a new cohort of students experiencing Carolina Horizons.

If you or any students have any questions about this program or need help navigating the application process once it opens, please let our Native Student Engagement Coordinator, Qua Lynch Adkins, know. She will be happy to assist you. Feel free to contact Qua by email at or by phone at 919-843-5928.


2019 Carolina Horizons Cohort
2018 Carolina Horizons Cohort
2017 Carolina Horizons Cohort
2016 Carolina Horizons Cohort
2015 Carolina Horizons Cohort