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Science Enrichment Preparation (S.E.P.) Program

Program Dates: May 22nd, 2021 – July 16th, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2021 S.E.P. Program will be held virtually. If you are a current Graduate/Health Professional Student or a Current Undergraduate that has been admitted to Graduate/Health Professional School, and is interested in applying for a Program Assistant Position, Click Here.

Gain the competitive edge with S.E.P.! Held each summer on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, the S.E.P. Program is an eight-week, honors-level academic enrichment program that targets first-generation, underrepresented minority, rural, and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged undergraduate students (rising sophomores and juniors) who seek admission into Medical School or Dental School. Additionally, Scholars will receive educational supplies, lodging on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, limited travel expenses (contingent upon funding) and a competitive stipend. During the program, S.E.P. Scholars:

  • Engage in more than 150 hours of classroom instruction in Physics, Organic Chemistry, Human Physiology and Quantitative Skills/Biostatistics.
  • Attend classes and seminars in reading speed and comprehension, test-taking strategies, essay writing, and interview techniques.
  • Visit local health facilities and network with health care professionals.
  • Shadow a working professional in their health field of interest.

Please review our application instructions below and contact us at with any questions you may have.

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Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have in interest in attending Medical School or Dental School.
  • Be enrolled in a College/University, Community College or Early College Program.
  • Be classified as a rising sophomore or rising junior (current first-year or second-year) student at the time of application (or graduating senior in Early College).
  • Identify as one or more of the following: first generation, financially disadvantaged, underrepresented minority, permanent resident in a rural county in NC.
  • Have completed a minimum of three college-level credit hours each in math, biology and chemistry by Summer 2021.
  • Hold a science/overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Be a US citizen or Permanent US Resident (North Carolina residents receive preference).


A completed S.E.P. application includes:

  • Application including essays
  • Two faculty appraisal forms completed by science faculty (professors, instructors, or TAs)
  • One letter of recommendation from any who may attest to your character, commitment to becoming a health professional, and why you should be selected
  • A recent photo
  • Financial Information Verification (ie. FAFSA-Student Aid Report, Parent/Guardian 1040 Tax Forms)
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Application fee paid electronically – $25.00 (Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all payments must be received electronically)

Fill out the Pre-Application Form to receive the application via email. Once completed, submit your full application and supplemental materials using the links below.


Extended Regular Decision Deadline: Friday, April 9th, 2021 at 11:59pm

Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. The sooner your application is completed, the greater your likelihood of acceptance.

If you experience any technical difficulties when submitting your application or supplemental materials, please email us at or call us at 919-966-2264.

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