CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Hundreds of local middle school students had a chance to spend the day on a college campus Friday when the University of North Carolina hosted a Tar Heel Preview Day.
The goal is to inspire minority male students in grades sixth through eighth to think about going to college.
Organizers said it’s especially important to reach students at this age because exposing them to college for the first time in high school might be too late.
The kids were able to talk to admission staff and ask current UNC students about college life.
“If I come here and have a great experience, I can go back and tell all my friends, say, ‘Oh, wow, look UNC or N.C. State or all of these colleges are amazing,” said Fiyin Iyiolo, an eighth grade student at the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy.
Marco Barker, the senior director for education, operation and initiatives at UNC, said, “There is something about bringing students from many different backgrounds together and being able to learn together and to encourage each other.”
The students came from five different local counties, including Sampson and Robeson.