HOME Program


The College of Engineering (COE) at North Carolina A&T State University offers a five-week bridge program entitled, Helping Orient Minorities to Engineering (HOME). This program is a recruitment/retention initiative that seeks to attract and retain high achieving students in STEM. Student support includes scholarships, internships, co-ops, and mentoring.


The purpose of the HOME Program is to assist students in their academic, personal, and professional development by providing seminars/workshops, mentoring, and coaching. Participants are enrolled in Calculus I and upon successful completion of the course receive college credit. In addition, student participants are assigned peer mentors to aid in their transition as well as supplemental instructors to assist them academically.

Application Process

There is no application process for admission to the HOME Program. Students are accepted by invitation-only. Invited students are notified no later than April 1st of each year.

Selection Criteria

Typically, students accepted into this program have earned a minimum 3.5 GPA and 1150 SAT or the equivalent ACT. Corporate partners specify the desired GPA, majors and geographical residence within the country.

Significant Achievements

  • Three of six recipients of the inaugural Grand Challenge Engineer designation (spring 2015) were HOME students.
  • Three HOME scholar alumni have received the Black Engineer of the Year Award in Washington, D.C.
  • Three HOME scholars have been nominated for the Namaskar Award (top engineering award for graduating undergraduate students)
  • One HOME scholar alumnus (PhD student) was selected by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) as one of the first class of HBCU All-Stars.

Current and Former Sponsors of the HOME Program

Abbott Bechtel Boeing Chevron
Cisco Cummins Dominion Duke Energy
GM Ingersoll Lockheed Northrop Grumman
PPG Proctor & Gamble Riversville Foundation Toyota