Who can apply?

Students presently in the 10th or 11th grade in high school whose custodial parents or guardians established legal residency in North Carolina no later than December 1 of the current year. These students must have high academic ability and motivation and have a keen interest in science and mathematics. The program is not designed to provide incentive for students whose academic performance reflects a lack of self-motivation or discipline. Consideration is given to students whose abilities are not accurately reflected in grades and standardized test scores, such as those for whom English is a second language and those who have exceptionalities.

How does a student get an application?

The Summer Ventures state coordinator's office in Durham mails information to the guidance offices in all public and private high schools in North Carolina as well as send email announcements to key personnel in NC LEAs. Guidance counselors, ,science, and mathematics teachers endeavor to make students aware of this opportunity. They may show the Summer Ventures video to create interest or have a director of the program from one of the universities come to the high school and make a presentation.

Applications are completed online through beginning in October (students must know their CFNC ID). Completed applications must be submitted by January 15. After January 15, students will receive information to access UNIApp (a specialized application portal managed by NCSSM) where they will then submit guidence counselor's and a recommending teacher's contact information as well as information regarding transcript submission through CFNC. 

Official application information can be found at or

How are students selected?

An admissions committee, made up of professionals in education, science and mathematics from across North Carolina, selects the finalists invited to participate in SVSM. Each finalist is assigned to a specific campus based upon availability of the student's preferred academic program and that assignment is final.

So that SVSM may serve as many students as possible, no participant may attend for more than one summer. High school sophomores who are admitted to both Summer Ventures and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Residential Program must choose between attending NCSSM or SVSM. Students may also apply to both SVSM and the Governor's School. Students accepted to both SVSM and the Governor's School must also choose between the two.

However, former Governor's School participants can attend Summer Ventures. Students accepted and/or enrolled in NCSSM Online program may also participate/attend Summer Ventures.

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Lori Tyler
Program Director
121-B College of Education


QEP Global Learning