The Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) serves to enable more community college students to transfer to and graduate from Carolina. Talented low/middle-income students that are coming from participating community colleges are guaranteed admission to Carolina after completing the program successfully. Upon matriculation to Carolina, incoming C-STEP students are paired with a current C-STEP student or other transfer student who has volunteered to serve as a peer mentor to assist the incoming students in their adjustment to the academic and social environment at Carolina. Visit if you need more information than you can find on this page.


Who is qualified to be a mentor for this program?
  • Full-time undergraduate transfer students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at Carolina
  • Students who plan to be on campus for the whole academic year (i.e. not studying abroad or graduating early
  • Willing students that are able to attend the mandatory mentor orientation the Sunday before fall semester classes begin
The responsibilities of a mentor:

-Assist with the critical transition of eligible transfer students, while maintaining confidentiality

-Introduce and model positive decision-making strategies to C-STEP students

-Log interactions with mentees through contact forms

-Act as a liaison between students and the Peer Mentoring office in the Center for Student Success & Academic Counseling


***For application details and deadlines, see STUDENT RESOURCES***