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Summer Programs for High School

Residential Programs

Each summer, the College of Engineering at NC State University offers rising 11th and 12th grade high school students the opportunity to experience engineering and get a glimpse of college life while staying on the NC State campus in Raleigh. The residential program allows students to explore a particular field of engineering in more depth while staying on campus in residential university housing.


HS 11th - 12th Residential Camp I: June 11 – 16, 2017
HS 11th - 12th Residential Camp II: June 18 – 23, 2017
HS 11th - 12th Residential Camp III: June 25 – 30, 2017

NC State offers rising 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to explore engineering and college life at NC State through our residential HS programs. Students spend a week on campus, live in university housing, eat in the dining halls, meet diverse students from all over the globe and immerse themselves in a specific engineering workshop of their choosing.

Typical Week at Camp

Students arrive Sunday afternoon and are welcomed by staff with an orientation program and a camp-wide cookout. Individual workshops run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with camp-wide activities in the afternoons and evenings. Friday morning, parents are invited to attend a showcase of student work, and the camp wraps up at noon on Friday.

Workshop Topics

Choosing Workshops

Students will spend their entire week at camp immersed in a particular engineering workshop. They may choose from a wide variety of topics, although note, not all topics are offered all weeks.

Please note, we are unable to accommodate workshop changes once an admissions decision has been made.

Students are encouraged to read each program description carefully so that they can choose ones that spark their interest. Providing additional workshop choices will increase the likelihood that a student is accepted as space is limited.

This summer each applicant will only be admitted to a single workshop.

2017 Workshop Offerings

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Camp Logistics

Camp Arrival and Departure
Check-in is from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays. We will arrange to pick up any campers arriving via airplane, bus or train. It is important that campers plan on arriving prior to 3 p.m. so that they can attend camp orientation and the welcome cookout.

Parents are invited to attend closing ceremonies on Friday from 10 a.m. until noon. Checkout is by 1 p.m. We can arrange for transportation to airports, train stations or bus depots after that.

Camp Hours
Each day begins at 7 a.m. Workshops start at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. with an hour for lunch. Afternoon and evening activities are scheduled each day. Campers have the opportunity to select activities that interest them most.

Camp Location
Campers will be housed in a residence hall on campus, two to a room. No roommate requests can be accommodated. Residence counselors supervise campers during afternoon and evening activities and throughout the evening. The camper-to-counselor ratio is approximately 1:12.

Students will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining halls. Dietary needs will be accommodated. Be sure to note any dietary needs in your online application.

Camp Faculty and Staff
Camp workshops will be staffed by engineering faculty members and both undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Residence counselors will supervise the students for all evening activities.

Camp Fees

  • Camp Cost: $875
  • Total amount: Total amount is due May 5, 2017.
  • Financial Aid: A limited amount of financial aid may be available for families who demonstrate financial need. To be considered, a family must complete an online financial aid application.

Applying to Camp

All students entering 11th or 12th grade in the Fall 2017 are welcome to apply. We are unable to make exceptions for younger students. Home-schooled students are also encouraged to apply, as are students from out of state and out of the country. Please note, applicants are only admitted to a single week-long workshop each summer.

Applying Online
The only way to apply is via our online application tool, which will be available between January 9 and March 24, 2017. Look for the large red button on the top right corner of this Web page. Please bookmark the site so you can return to it to complete your application and check on the status.

Application Components
Applicants are required to enter information into our online application tool from their high school transcripts, displaying courses and grades up through and including Fall 2017. Applicants will also be required to write two short statements concerning their interest in attending camp and learning. PSAT, SAT or ACT scores are NOT required, but we will consider them if submitted.

Admission Decisions
Admissions decisions will be based upon applicants' academic achievements and demonstrated interest. Admitted students have typically earned A's and B's in math and science courses and have demonstrated a true desire to learn more about engineering. Acceptance into workshops is highly competitive.  Because space is limited, you increase your likelihood of acceptance by indicating multiple workshop topics and week selections.

Application Time Line
The deadline to apply is March 24 2017. You will be notified of acceptance by April 17, 2017.


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