The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) Pre-College Program is housed in the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. The goal of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program is to broaden the pool of students pursuing mathematics, science, and engineering based majors and careers. The UNC Charlotte NC-MSEN Pre-College Program actively recruits and prepares students of average to above average ability in grades 6-12 from six counties surrounding the UNC Charlotte area.

The parents, students, administrative staff, and teachers continually strive to provide opportunities to enhance abilities and develop skills that will enable the students to recognize and achieve their potential.

Parents Involved for Excellence (PIE) Club is a vital component to the success of students involved in the UNC Charlotte NC-MSEN Pre-College Program. The PIE Club meets periodically at UNC Charlotte during SA activities. Attendance at these meetings affords parents opportunities to stay abreast and volunteer for events and student activities. The PIE Club helps in raising funds to support graduating Pre-College Program students.
The Center for STEM MSEN Pre-College Program consists of two programs:
  • Saturday Academy

The program consists of twelve Saturdays during the academic year. During each of the Saturday Academy (SA) sessions the students engage in various hands-on enrichment activities in math, science, communications, and test taking skills by qualified instructional staff. Other SA activities include: participation in Lego robotics, Women in Engineering, Super Math competitions, SPARCS, regional science fair, regional MSEN day, guest speakers from businesses and communities, USA Test Prep, and NC Writing Program (NCWRITE). Optional activities offered for SA students are extended online learning K-12 instruction*, SAT/ACT, and the Girls & Tech-Aspire Program. Students also participate in the MSEN day competitions between UNC pre-college MSEN sites in North Carolina. The enrollment fee for SA is $150.00 for twelve Saturdays (sibling and summer scholars discounts are available upon request).

  • Summer Scholars

The Summer Scholars Program offers students interactive experiences that refine the skills, knowledge, and attributes related to mathematical and scientific careers. The students are engaged in instructional contact in math, science research, engineering activities, and technical writing skills for 2-3 weeks during the month of June and/or July. Additional activities may include field trip to an educational site, guest speakers, local area competitions, preparatory activities for science fair and public speaking. The enrollment fee for Summer Scholars only is $125.00 for twelve instructional days (sibling discounts are available upon request)

*CSTEM Pre-College program provides remote access to students from Mecklenburg and surrounding counties (Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Stanley, and Union) via K-12 online learning resources for rising 6th through 12th grade students in North Carolina ($100 per course).