Pre-College Programs

Summer Textile Exploration Program – STEP

The College of Textiles holds four one-week long sessions of STEP each summer. Participants live in a NC State residence hall; participate in presentations on degree programs, applying to NC State, the College of Textiles Centennial Scholarship application process; and work on a project related to one of our majors; as well as take part in fun activities on and around campus.  This program is for rising high school seniors only.  Click here to apply.

“STEP was one of the most memorable parts of all my summers in high school. This was my first experience with the College of Textiles, and all at once I made connections with faculty, networked with professors, explored campus and the surrounding Raleigh area, and made friends with future textile students. I even became first-year roommates with a friend I met at STEP, and we both were awarded scholarships resulting from that summer we spent together at NC State. The STEP program was pivotal in my decision to attend NC State and that head start on my career will be invaluable to progressing my future in textiles.”

~Jakub Sciora, 2021

Major: Engineering First Year – Textile Engineering Intent

“My experience with STEP allowed me to gain a clearer perspective of what life in the fashion industry would be like. As someone who has always known what I want to do, STEP really solidified my decision to come to the College of Textiles at NC State. Each person there inspired my creativity even more. I look forward to graduating with some of those same people in a few years.”

~Bailey Smith, 2021

Major: Fashion & Textile Management

Polymer Camp

Polymer Camp is a two-day workshop that is held at the end of July in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science by the faculty, staff and students. It is designed for high-school students that are interested in physical sciences and engineering, and attending NC State. Attendees will engage in hands-on laboratories and interactive sessions, learn about degree programs in TECS, learn about scholarships in the College of Textiles, learn about the admissions process for NC State, and screen print their own NC State t-shirt. This program is open to all high school students but preference is given to rising juniors and seniors.  Learn more