Do You Love Learning? Are You a High School Student? Do You Live in Vermont?

Then our residential college-level summer programs are the perfect fit for you.

A Simple Test to Determine if GIV is Right for You

Not sure if you should come to a Governor’s Institute? Here’s a simple test to help you make a decision:

  • Can you think of an academic or artistic topic you would like to explore in much greater depth?
  • Would you like to meet people who passionately share your same interests?
  • Are you ready for the adventure of trying out a short immersion in college campus living and course-work?
  • Wonder what it would be like to build a career doing the things you love?

If you answered yes to any of these, take the plunge and ask your teacher to nominate you. You won’t regret it!

Worried if your family can afford GIV?…Don’t!

You can apply for any Governor’s Institute at whatever price your family can comfortably afford. Our tuition assistance program was designed specifically for you! Even if you are going to school out of state, you are eligible.

Live out of state?

We accept students from schools in NH and NY, such as Hanover and Granville, that have reciprocal education arrangements with Vermont school districts, but full tuition rates may apply.

Here's what recent alumni want you to know:

"At GIV, I made meaningful connections with other people from around the state and around the globe, gained a wealth of valuable information, developed self-confidence, and gained a greater sense of who I am.”

“You might surprise yourself and learn more than you could dream. Throughout the process of applying, being accepted, while I was there, and after, I was consistently excited and my expectations were certainly met.”

"For the first time in my educational career, I truly felt as if I was an equal. I was never bummed to be in any group because I never had to explain and teach processes or worry about anyone that would get off task…I always found myself pondering the ideas brought up while I was laying down in bed reflecting on the day. After being nearly brain dead throughout the year, it was truly wonderful to come to this institute and have my educational needs exceeded.”

“It was the best two weeks of my whole summer, and perhaps of my entire existence.”

Additional Resources to Help Get You Started

These resources will help you better understand what is required to successfully enroll in a Governor’s Institute. They will help guide you through the application process, provide information about financial aid, give you access to key school personnel, and help you with any remaining post-acceptance tasks.

Summer Institutes

Summer Institutes

All the details you need to know about our summer residency Institutes.

Summer Institute Tuition

Summer Institute Tuition

For information on our summer Institute tuition structure.

Winter Institutes

Winter Institutes

All the details you need to know about our winter residency programs.

Winter Institute Tuition

Winter Institute Tuition

For information on our winter Institute tuition structure.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Everything you need to help with the application process.



Here’s what you can expect next.

Who Attends GIV

GIV’ers are a very diverse group, brought together by their shared thirst for learning and readiness to grow! The Alumni can be broken down into two groups:

  • Summer Governor’s Institutes include students who have just completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of high school.
  • Winter Governor’s Institutes are for students who are currently in the 9th-12th grades.
  • Online GIV Immersions will accept students who are currently in the 9th-12th grades.

Join a Governor’s Institute for the Learning Experience of a Lifetime

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