The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: One Week, Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Astronomy, Business, Mathematics
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17
    • Minimum Cost: <$500
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    The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) is the premier accelerated enrichment program for Vermont high-schoolers. GIV provides Vermont teens with interactive learning experiences in college settings, igniting their academic and creative passions.

    GIV has a 37-year history of providing academically rigorous summer residential learning programs to Vermont high-schoolers. Applicants select an Institute that correlates with their passions and interests. Within each Institute, students are offered “tracks” of sub-topics for them to get a “deep dive” into a particular field of study. Institute topics are: Arts (both visual and performing); Astronomy; Engineering; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Science & Technology; Global Issues & Youth Action; Health & Medicine; Mathematical Sciences; Technology, Design & Coding; and a new Governor’s School that offers Architecture, Writing, Forensic Science, and Philosophy in addition to advanced leadership training. With Institute topics spanning the Arts & Humanities and STEM fields, there is something for every curious young Vermonter at GIV!

    GIV programs take place in-residence at Vermont colleges and universities. The design of the program readily lends itself to students “getting a feel” for college: staying in dorms, eating in the dining commons, having access to cutting edge technology and resources, and experiencing courses at a collegiate level. Moreover, two GIV Institutes, Entrepreneurship and Environmental Science & Technology are eligible for college-credit: Vermont students can use their dual enrollment vouchers to get three college credits from Vermont Technical College and University of Vermont, respectively.

    GIV is dedicated to being financially and geographically accessible for all young Vermonters. GIV is a state-wide non-profit that partners with every school in Vermont to provide these opportunities to all Vermont high-schoolers. Additionally, a sliding scale tuition model enables families to pay only what they can afford. GIV also takes into account any “extenuating circumstances” that impact a family’s ability to pay: this has included everything from siblings in college to single-parent/income households. Additional discounts/incentives are available for young women in STEM Institutes and young men in Arts & Humanities Institutes.

    Cost and Session Information

    A need-based tuition model allows families to pay only what they feel comfortable paying. Tuition is self-selected from a sliding-scale table based on income. Any and all “extenuating circumstances” are also taken into account. GIV is dedicated to being affordable for all Vermonters and we are always willing to work with families regarding price. Please contact us if cost is ever an issue. For Institute dates and locations, see below: Arts: Castleton University; 6/28 – 7/12 Astronomy: NVU Lyndon; 7/19 – 7/25 Engineering: Norwich University; 7/05 – 7/11 Entrepreneurship: VTC Randolph; 6/27 – 7/02 Environmental Science & Technology: UVM; 7/05 – 7/11 Global Issues & Youth Action: Landmark College; 6/27 – 7/06 Health & Medicine: Norwich University; 7/19 – 7/25 Mathematical Sciences: UVM; 6/21 – 6/26 Technology, Design & Coding: Champlain College; 6/20 – 6/28 Governor’s School: Norwich University; 7/12 – 7/19 Winter Weekends: TBD for 2021

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