Summer Textile Exploration Program

2015 Summer Textile Exploration Dates
1st Week: June 14-19
2nd Week: June 21-26
3rd Week: July 05-10
4th Week: July 12-17

Online applications may be submitted starting Thursday 01/01/2015

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The College of Textiles Summer Textile Exploration Program consists of four one-week sessions for rising high school seniors. Up to 30 students per week are chosen based on their academic success, extracurricular activities and their interest in NC State and science-related fields. This past year there were four different sessions with a total of 111 students in attendance.

Participants will live in one of NC State’s residence halls, all of which are equipped with air conditioning, refrigerators and microwaves. Much like college, resident advisors will live with the students throughout the program.

During the morning students participate in presentations on: degree programs in Textile Engineering Chemistry and Science, degree programs in Textile Apparel, Technology Management, applying the NC State University, learn about scholarships in the College of Textiles, and more. After lunch, participants dedicate their time to a project pertaining to one of the following:

  • Apparel Design
  • Textile Engineering
  • Business Management
  • Textile Design
  • Polymer Chemistry

Each student has the opportunity to choose the project of his or her greatest interest.

Free Time

Every afternoon, students finish their project work and can enjoy free-time. Some fun activities that have taken place in the past include going to NC State's gym, shopping at the Streets of Southpoint, movie night, cookouts, go-carts, bowling, putt-putt and much more.

Application materials:

  • On-line application
  • Transcript sent from High School
  • One Teacher Letter of Recommendation

All materials should be received in the Office of Student Services no later than Friday May 1, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. The cost of the program is ONLY $150. This covers lodging, transportation, materials, and several meals during the program. Students are encouraged to bring approximately $150 in spending money to cover evening activities and meals not covered by the program fee.

If you have any questions please contact Chloe Ford at

Please send the documents to the following address.
NC State University
College of Textiles, Campus Box 8301
Office of Student Services
Raleigh, NC 27695
ATTN: Chloe Ford, STEP

Online applications may be submitted starting Thursday 01/01/2015

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