First Look

We encourage middle school educators to explore our First Look program. Offered throughout our fall and spring semesters during the academic year, First Look is designed to give middle school students an inspiring introduction to the world of college.

Please check here for notifications about registration for First Look. Sessions are scheduled on a “first come, first serve” basis with preference for Title I and GEAR UP schools. Groups should be between 50-100 students and should be available to be on campus from 9:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on their session date. While submitting a reservation form does not guarantee a space in the program, we make every effort to accommodate as many groups as possible.

First Look at UNC-Chapel Hill

Graphic reading "Empowering Students to see themselves in college. Since 2008, UNC Visitors Center has been introducing middle school kids to college — what it is, how to get there and why they need to go. First Look is fuel to ignite a vision of a college degree.”

An Orange County teacher said “This is one trip that had an immediate positive impact on the students. Since our visit, students have been walking about how important it is to work hard throughout their academic career in elementary, middle and high school so that their transcripts are competitive.”The goal is for every middle school child to have access to First Look on a college campus within 1.2-minute bus ride to middle schools across North Carolina — and the use. First Look begins in a classroom where trained volunteer college students facilitate activities to break down barriers. After a campus tour, guides conclude with a group discussion and activities for middle school students to imagine their future with a college degree. First Look teaches college is important to your future and motivates kids to go to college.

A Vance County teacher said “The students gained valuable information about how to get into college, pay for it and be successful at it. I appreciate how the focus was not just on college access, but also college readiness.”

First Look registration for Spring 2018 is closed. Registration for Fall 2018 will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1.

For further information regarding the First Look program, please contact UNC Visitors Center at (919) 962-1630 or