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College of Textiles

1020 Main Campus Drive - NC State University
Box 8301 Raleigh, NC 27695-8301
Phone: (919) 515-6640

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Textiles encompasses every aspect of our daily lives with applications in medicine, space, recreation and sports, fashion, personal safety, sustainability, energy, transportation, household and geotextiles. The textile industry continues to become more dynamic with an increased emphasis being placed on the use of new technology. For example, imagine wearing clothes that have electronics incorporated within them that allow them to change colors, monitor your heart rate or track your location; soldiers wearing uniforms made from nano-fibers that protect them from biological and chemical agents; artificial arteries, bones, ligaments and skins made from textile substrates and polymers; or getting your apparel custom made in a matter of minutes through body scanning, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing.

The approximately 10,000 alumni of the College of Textiles hold diverse positions. Graduates of the department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management go on to careers including executive management positions for major textile organizations, retail buying, manufacturing management, marketing and sales, corporate management, design,  sourcing, supply chain management, quality control and personnel management. Graduates of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science go on to careers in diverse industries represented by companies including Nike, North Face, HanesBrands, Under Armour, Duke Hospitals, Bank of America, Patagonia, Abercrombie and Fitch, Milliken & Company and Technimark.  Many graduates of these programs pursue graduate degrees in Polymer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Textile Chemistry, Textile Engineering, and Industrial Engineering, as well as professional degrees in Analytics, Medicine, Dentistry and Law. These textile graduates enter an exciting arena where they bring their creativity to the design/development process and their management decision-making skills to the industry. Graduates are key strategists in managing global textile-related operations. Developing engineering systems and products for industry, space, medical textiles, apparel, home textiles, transportation and nonwovens provide exciting opportunities.

The job market remains excellent with the college maintaining one of the university’s best career placement records with an average rate of 90 percent or better each year. Demand for textile graduates from NC State University is particularly strong, due mainly to the strength of the academic programs and the College’s strong working relationships with industry and government. These programs are offered by two degree granting departments: Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, and Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science.

Degree Programs

The College of Textiles offers a broad choice of curricula from which to choose. Bachelor of Science programs in Textile Technology, Fashion and Textile Management, Fashion and Textile Design, Textile Engineering, and Polymer and Color Chemistry are available. These programs allow students to choose from a wide range of courses in addition to required core courses. The textile student’s curriculum includes humanities, social sciences and basic sciences and may include concentrations in business, economics, medical textiles, forensics, industrial engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, or statistics. Dual degree possibilities are open to textile students, usually requiring at least two semesters of additional study.

The dual degree for Textile Engineering and Chemical Engineering meets requirements for bachelor’s degrees in both Textile and Chemical Engineering in only nine semesters. Students in this dual degree program select the Chemical Processing Concentration of Textile Engineering. 


The College of Textiles consists of nearly 200,000 square feet of modern laboratories, studios, classrooms and offices, with plans to expand in the near future.  The College is located on Centennial Campus, which is adjacent to NC State University’s central campus. Centennial Campus is a “technopolis” that combines the university, corporate and government research and development facilities. There is no other campus or research park quite like this 1,334 acre site. The College of Textiles is also across the street from the internationally known James B. Hunt, Jr. Library.


The College of Textiles, with tremendous support from the North Carolina Textile Foundation and friends of the College of Textiles, has established an outstanding scholarship program for incoming freshmen and current textile students. The College of Textiles currently supports a larger percentage of its students with scholarship support than any other college at NC State University.

Centennial Scholarships are currently valued between $15,000 and $22,000 per year for both in-state and out-of-state students, and offers a $7,500 enrichment fund per recipient for educational enhancement activities. Candidates must be nominated by their high school or home school by Nov. 1, or must self-nominate before Nov 15.  The application deadline for all College of Textiles scholarships is Dec 1. Restrictions do apply. Additional smaller scholarships are available through the Centennial Scholarship process as well. Contact Kent Hester at (919) 515-6530 for full details.

Exchange Program

Students at NC State have the opportunity to study abroad at universities in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia/Oceania. Students can study abroad for as short a time period as one week or for as long as an entire academic year.  Some financial assistance is available through the College of Textiles for students participating in study abroad opportunities.

Additional information about exchange opportunities for College of Textiles students can be obtained from the College of Textiles website or by contacting Liz Moran, Director of Advising and Admissions, at or by telephone at (919) 515-0030.

Student and Career Services

The Office of Student Services is responsible for career services and scholarship programs for the College of Textiles. The Career Services Office brings together industry recruiters and students for interview sessions for permanent and summer employment. Alumni may also take advantage of the placement office. Job opportunities for summer employment are available for textile students. Placement assistance is available through the college career services office and frequently can be arranged in the student’s home community as well as global locations.

Textiles Online Programs (TOP)

The College of Textiles at NC State University is considered the global leader in textile innovation and technology.  We teach a wide range of individual courses online as well as graduate certificate in Nonwovens; a Master of Textiles degree; and a Master of Science in textile chemistry.  On-campus students can register for online courses.  The student must be able to take quizzes and exams with the on-campus class or make arrangements with the professor to take it at a different time. Please visit our website to learn even more about our program.



David Hinks

Associate Dean for Research

Xiangwu Zhang

Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension

Behnam Pourdeyhimi

Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Nancy L. Cassill

Interim Assistant Dean for Finance, IT, and Facilities

Shawn G. Dunning

Director of Student and Career Services

Kent Hester

Director of Advising and Admissions

Liz Moran

Associate Director of Advising and Admissions

Heather Lyerly

Associate Director of Student Services

Delisha H. Smith