Summer Programs

If you are a high school student interested in:

  • Conducting research
  • Exploring career opportunities
  • Experiencing life on the NC State campus
  • Working with NC State faculty and students

Then you should consider participating in one (or more!) of the Pre-College Summer Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

4-H Camp and Conference Centers

The 4-H camping experience will help youth ages 6 to 19 develop life skills in areas such as building self-esteem, responsibility, decision-making, cooperation, social skills, sharing, leadership, and teamwork. Camping offers youth the opportunity to do experiential learning activities in a setting that is not available in everyday life. They will experience positive peer and adult relationships. You do not have to be a 4-H member to participate. More information is available at the NC 4-H website.


Students learn about careers in plant science. They will listen to lectures, conduct laboratory experiments, and participate in workshops and field trips. Students live on campus and participate in character- and team-building exercises. For more information, visit the USDA website.

Horticultural Science Summer Institute

High school students are invited to spend a week learning the many facets of the Department of Horticultural Science. HSSI students will participate in workshops and explore career opportunities in horticulture. Students will live in residence halls, experience campus life at NC State, and engage in leadership development, and enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities. Visit the HSSI website to learn more about the Horticultural Science Summer Institute.

Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL)

The NC Farm Bureau sponsors a week-long program in the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at NC State for high school students interested in the agriculture industry. IFAL emphasizes career opportunities, emerging technology, citizenship, and leadership development.  For more information and an application, visit the NC Farm Bureau website.

Livestock Science Camp

High school students with an interest in careers with animals, particularly farm animals, but not necessarily looking to go into veterinary medicine can explore the diverse options available. Participants will spend a week living on campus, engaging in hands-on lessons with livestock at the teaching farms and campus laboratories, tour local livestock industries, and develop leadership skills. No experience with livestock necessary! For more information, visit the Livestock Science Camp webpage.

Poultry Science Summer Institute

Students interested in biology or a career in the poultry industry attend a four-day, four-night conference designed to broaden the high school student’s understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers, and industries related to poultry science. For more information, visit the Poultry Science Summer Institute website.


VetCAMP is designed to allow high school students to delve into the field of veterinary medicine. Students will hear from veterinarians in many different fields and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Students attend lessons on veterinary clinic basics, surgery, dissections, and anatomy. Learn more by visiting the VetCAMP website.

View a full list and description of the pre-college programs at NC State.