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 furthered my interest in the College of Textiles and NC State, and gave me experiences that contributed to choosing my major. STEP gave me a glimpse into what to expect from the College of Textiles and the University. I was also able to meet faculty and peers whom I see regularly on campus and in classes today.”

~John East, 2020

Major: Engineering First Year – Textile Engineering Intent

“As a junior in high school I had no idea what I wanted to study in college, which was a little bit of a scary feeling going into my senior year of high school. Luckily, I came across STEP which introduced me to the world of textiles. Looking back, the best words to describe STEP are “instant family”. I met some amazing friends, most of which are in the College of Textiles with me today. The summer program was a great balance between learning about all the majors within textiles along with pointers on how to apply to college in general as an upcoming senior in high school. Being put in the apparel group allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, but it also helped be find a passion I didn’t know existed. I learned a great deal from STEP and one week flew by way too fast.”

~Karinn Kasbekar, 2020

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