About Us

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About Us

As the only college in the United States devoted entirely to textiles, we are uniquely poised to educate new leaders, support industry and advance research within this evolving and expansive field.

Student Success First. Always.

Student success is part of the fabric of the Wilson College of Textiles. Fundamental to our achievement is the development of graduates who are innovative and adaptable and can lead with high integrity, a foundation of relevant and interdisciplinary applied technical knowledge, and strong communication and leadership skills. For 122 years, the College has had a deep and rich tradition of producing remarkable future leaders in North Carolina and beyond — lifelong learners who seek to give back.

In 1899, NC State University’s Wilson College of Textiles started building a legacy of world-class textile education, discovery and engagement with industry and government. Our faculty and staff take our land-grant mission to serve the great state of North Carolina very seriously and embrace change by continually reinventing how textiles positively impact our lives locally and internationally.

We strive to be the global leader in textile innovation, supporting a culture of creativity and curiosity while advancing environmental stewardship and economic sustainability.

#1 Recognized

The Wilson College of Textiles at NC State is recognized as the number one textiles institution in the world.
Discover our Strengths

The Wilson College of Textiles was established to support North Carolina’s budding textile industry. Through the rise of synthetic fibers, globalization and automation, we’ve evolved and adapted and positioned ourselves, our students and our alumni to reach their full potential.

Enabling the success of our students translates to establishing a critical pipeline of future leaders, researchers and innovators in the textiles, apparel and related industries.

Our award-winning faculty excel at innovative teaching and conduct life-changing research. We’re leading the pack on smart and high performance textiles, advanced analytics, consumer behavior and more. Our College has supported the formation of interdisciplinary teams to address society’s textile-related grand challenges, from how we protect our armed forces and first responders and advance technologies for sustainable fashion, to how we filter the air we breathe and water we drink. Our College faculty have established groundbreaking interdisciplinary centers and institutes: The Nonwovens Institute and the Textile Protection and Comfort Center. They have led the formation of the emerging Forensic Sciences Institute. The Zeis Textiles Extension department is meeting a high-demand for professional training and fabrication and testing services by offering programs for entrepreneurs and start-up companies as well as multinational corporations.

We continue to serve the state of North Carolina guided by our mission, vision and our core values. The Wilson College of Textiles has been a driving force of economic development in our state. In the past two years, companies from around the world have begun or expanded operations in rural North Carolina, bringing hundreds of new jobs and investing more than $100 million — largely due to access to superior textiles education, research and development, as well as proximity to the best textiles workforce in the nation, our Wilson College of Textiles graduates.

“We are deliberate in our focus in developing a passion for life-long learning, service and innovation in all who engage with our College family.”

– Dean David Hinks, Wilson College of Textiles

The Wilson College of Textiles offers unparalleled hands-on, science-based textile education through two departments, Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management and Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science. Students receive one-on-one mentoring from award-winning faculty and conduct both undergraduate and graduate research in more than 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art teaching, research, manufacturing and collaborative spaces. Students gain valuable work experience through summer internships, embark on international experiences across 30 countries and six continents, and leverage academic and experiential real world learning experiences via our industry partnerships and a 9,000-person strong alumni network.