Summer Programs for High School Students

Raleigh Day Camps

Each summer, the College of Engineering at NC State University offers rising 9th and 10th grade high school students the opportunity to experience engineering at NC State. We offer a multidisciplinary week-long day camp that provides an experience into different fields of engineering. Teams of campers experience introductory activities then transition to work on a collaborative team-oriented challenge project.

High school campers build pumps at camp.

Camp Information


Rising 9th – 10th Graders

9th/10th Day Camp Week 1: June 11 – 15, 2018
9th/10th Day Camp Week 2: June 18 – 22, 2018

Ninth and tenth graders will experience engineering in a program specifically designed for them. Each year new challenges are presented at the week-long day camp, and each introduce students to a variety of engineering fields through fun, yet challenging, hands-on projects and investigations. By the end of the week, students will have a deeper understanding of the field of engineering and related career opportunities.

Girls Rising 9th – 10th Graders

Girls Computer Science Camp – Code and Create!: July 23 – 27, 2018

Computing has changed the world in profound ways by making wonderful new ways for people to connect, design, research, play and create. In this week-long camp, you will create your own apps using tools like Python that make designing fun and easy. Examples of groundbreaking computing applications will help you see how you can make apps to impact the future! Imagine the ways you can help your family, friends and others do incredible things with computing while you have fun too!

Camp Logistics

Camp Hours

Students are dropped off between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. and are picked up between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.

Camp Locations

The 9th/10th Summer Day Camp takes place on NC State’s North Campus. The Girls Computer Science Camp takes place on NC State’s Centennial Campus. Students may take brief field trips to other campus facilities or nearby locations.


Lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Dietary needs will be accommodated.

Camp Staff

Camp will be staffed by area teachers and undergraduate and graduate students, with some visits with NC State faculty.

Camp Fees

  • Total Cost: Raleigh: $400 for a week of camp (including daily lunch)
  • Total amount: Due May 4, 2018
  • Financial Aid: A limited amount of financial aid may be available for families who demonstrate financial need. To be considered, families must submit an online financial aid application included in the application website.

Applying to Camp


All students entering 9th or 10th grade in the Fall 2018 are encouraged to apply, including home-schooled and out-of-state students.

Applying Online

The only way to apply is by logging in to our Summer Programs Portal, which will be available between January 8 and March 23, 2018.  Please bookmark the site so you can return to it to complete your application and check on the status.

Application Components

Your son or daughter is required to submit a response to two short statements about why he or she would like to attend engineering summer camp and what is something that they learned that excited them. The submission is typed into the online application.

Application Time Line

The deadline to apply is March 23, 2018. You will be notified of acceptance on April 16, 2018.

Admission Decisions

Admissions decisions will be based on student interest as determined by his or her response of two short personal statements noted in Application Components above. Acceptance is not first come, first served — preference will not be given to early applicants.  In recent years, we have not had enough room for all of the students who were interested in attending camp. If you applied to camp last year and we were unable to find a spot for you, we will make an extra effort to find a place for you this year.