How was this book selected?

The Book Selection Committee is formed for the purpose of recommending an appropriate reading for incoming new undergraduate students (first year and transfer students) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Any member of the UNC community is eligible to nominate a book and only nominated books are considered for selection of the program. The Undergraduate Library creates a Lib Guide for the selection which contains appropriate student discussion questions and supplementary readings and/or resources to be used in the Carolina Summer Reading Program (CSRP) discussions.

Committee members are collaboratively appointed by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. The committee is comprised of three faculty members, three staff members, and three students. One of the three faculty representatives is appointed to serve as Committee Chair. Faculty/staff appointments shall be for a maximum of two years and will be made on a rotating basis to allow for some continuity; student terms shall be for a maximum of one year; chair term shall be for a maximum of one year.


  • From different disciplines and may have experience teaching a First Year Seminar or previously leading a CSRP Discussion Group. Formal Appointments made by the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences, although faculty members do not need to come from Arts & Sciences.


  • From different departments across the University. Formal Appointments made by Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, although staff do not need to come from Student Affairs.


  • From different areas of campus that are impacted by the program. Formal appointments are made by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
    • Student Government, nominated by Student Body President
    • Transition Program student staff, nominated by New Student & Family Programs
    • Resident Assistant, nominated by Housing & Residence Life staff, preferably with special interest in working with first year students

What are the criteria for book selection?

  • Intellectually stimulating — stretch students’ minds, cause students to think about things they might not have before
  • Enjoyable, engaging, relatively short, easy to read, up-to-date
  • Reading that will provoke interesting discussion
  • Appropriate for developmental level of incoming students
  • Addresses a theme/topic that is applicable to students themselves (i.e., societal issues)


Why should I participate?

New students, both first year and transfer, find the reading and discussion session to be a wonderful introduction to academic life at Carolina. The program prepares you for what is expected in some classes and allows you to learn from a faculty or staff member in a small group setting. As noted by many, it is a time to meet, interact with, and learn from your peers. Here are just a few examples of what students have said:

“Great way to start the year; made me feel like a part of the community.”

“It was a wonderful experience, very informative and insightful.”