Mission and Goals

The WISE Village is a living and learning community created for first- and second-year women engineers, mathematicians, statisticians and scientists. The program combines a group living experience with resident, upper-class mentors who will assist in the transition to university life. Promoting academic success; fostering the formation of lasting relationships with fellow students, professors and mentors; and providing out-of-class experiences are fundamental components of the program. The WISE Village is a supportive environment in which future engineers, mathematicians, statisticians and scientists will engage in focused inquiry within their disciplines and begin to develop the skills and talents necessary to become successful professionals.


Program participants will:

  • begin to develop an identity as a scientist, engineer or mathematician
  • meet women with common interests and build lasting friendships
  • increase self-awareness through acknowledging personal strengths and weaknesses
  • explore career and personal goals
  • develop leadership skills
  • maintain balance between academic and personal life

The WISE Program will help to:

  • increase the percentage of first-year women entering the sciences and engineering at NC State
  • increase the retention rates of women who enroll in science and engineering at NC State
  • increase the graduation rates of women in science and engineering at NC State
  • increase the percentage of women in science and engineering who pursue graduate degrees in same
  • increase participants’ knowledge of career options in science and engineering