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Selection Criteria

We seek students who embody our four pillars: leadership, character, scholarship, and physical vigor. But what do those words actually mean?

Eligibility Information

North Carolina

Students in North Carolina are eligible to enter the selection process via nomination by their school or self-nomination.

Out-of-State

Students in the United States attending a nominating school or program are eligible to apply if nominated by their school or program.

Canada

Students in Canada are eligible to enter the selection process via nomination.

United Kingdom

Students in the United Kingdom are eligible to enter the selection process via nomination.

International

International students attending a nominating school or program are eligible to apply if nominated by their school or program.

Other Ways to Enter the Program

UNC Sophomore Intake

The Morehead-Cain Sophomore Intake Initiative aims to identify twelve to fifteen current sophomores at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and extend an invitation for them to join the Morehead-Cain Program.

Admissions Referral Program

Students in Canada, in the United Kingdom, or outside of North Carolina who are not attending a nominating school or affiliate program may be eligible for nomination through the Admissions Referral Program (ARP).

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Nominating Schools and Programs

Students in Canada, in the United Kingdom, or outside of North Carolina must attend a nominating school or affiliate program to be considered for the Morehead-Cain.

Frequently Asked Questions

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