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Capstone Scholars

An invitation-only program for top academic students looking to focus on their leadership skills.

At a Glance

  • Made up of leadership-minded students
  • Students live in the Capstone Village which consists of Columbia Hall and Capstone.
  • Opportunities to help students push themselves to succeed


Community Site

Learn more about what it means to be a part of Capstone. 


What Makes This Community Different

Students in this community have access to opportunities that will improve their experience at Carolina and prepare them for their careers after graduation.

  • Build relationships with faculty and peers.
  • Take advantage of educational opportunities to develop your service, leadership, academic and networking skills.
  • Participate in special events for scholars and experiences outside the classroom to help you on your way to professional success.


Take Courses with Your Peers

Capstone students can take courses together, called linked courses, that cover a shared interest or fulfill a major requirement.

Capstone Scholars Community Linked Courses

  • University 101

Why First-Year Interest Groups?

Research shows students who take courses within their learning community are more likely to take ownership of their academic career and be more engaged with their community.


Type of Community

These are themed, building-wide learning communities staffed by a faculty member who is an expert in the theme. Students get in-depth experience with their community topic, and gain a greater understanding of how to apply that experience outside the classroom and after they graduate.


Applying to Join This Community

Incoming Students: Submit your housing application, available on the housing portal via on February 15, and follow instructions to apply for a faculty principal community.

Returning Students:  Applications are available now until February 15.


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