Math Science Education Network (MSEN)


North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) Pre College Program (PCP)


The mission of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program is to increase the pool of students who graduate from North Carolina high schools with sufficient interest and preparation to pursue university-level majors that lead to careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and teaching (North Carolina General Assembly, 1986).  Throughout its 23 year history, the Pre-College Program has committed to providing high quality, year-round academic enrichment programs and activities that support average to above average students who have been insufficiently exposed to mathematics- and science-based courses and careers.

Students enter the multi-year academic program as rising 6th graders and are expected to re-enroll until they graduate from high school. Ninety-seven percent of the Pre-College Program graduates enroll in college; 86% attend North Carolina colleges and universities; more than 82% pursue STEM-based majors; and 62% plan to pursue advanced degrees. 

The Pre-College Program works directly with students through year-round rigorous and hands-on science- and mathematics-based academic enrichment classes and activities, which are aligned with the NC Standard Course of Study and national standards. The major components of the PCP include: daily in-school enrichment classes, after-school academic enrichment clubs, Saturday Academy and summer programs, statewide mathematics and science competitions, academic and career advising, tutoring, leadership development activities, and summer research experiences.  

Parents are expected to participate and ensure their children’s full participation in the Program’s activities. Each Pre-College Program site sponsors a Parents Involved in Excellence (PIE) Club that supports student activities and assists staff with program planning. The parents also attend workshops and meetings on a variety of topics, e.g., academic requirements, standardized testing and financial planning.

The following University of North Carolina System campuses host the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program:

Ø East Carolina University

Ø Elizabeth City State University

Ø Fayetteville State University

Ø North Carolina A&T State University

Ø North Carolina State University

Ø The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Ø The University of North Carolina Charlotte

Ø Western Carolina University

Ø Winston-Salem State University


For more information, contact:

Tiffany Watts, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Pre-College Program

North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network

UNC Center for School Leadership Development

140 Friday Center Drive

Chapel Hill, NC 27517-9495

Telephone:  (919) 843-9587


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