“Our students thrive at the Governor’s Institutes.  It’s a great opportunity!”  – Jean Wheeler, Dean of Students, Lyndon Institute


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Being nominated to attend the Governor’s Institutes is an honor for your son or daughter! As Vermont’s own accelerated enrichment program, GIV is designed to give Vermont’s brightest young stars a truly world-class experience with in-depth resources and top-notch professional mentoring.  GIV exists to help Vermont students discover their passion for learning, expand their horizons, and successfully pursue the higher learning that will help them achieve them the career of their dreams.

GIV is different from almost any other summer program in Vermont.  To begin with, we have an impressive 30-year achievement record. Our graduates have launched businesses and nonprofits, travel the world in careers ranging from archeologist to performer, and have returned to their communities as important contributors at all levels of Vermont’s economic, political and social fabric.

Even more importantly to most students, GIV is FUN.  And we deliberately make it affordable to every Vermont family starting with sliding scale tuition.

College admissions officers recognize GIV participation as both an honor awarded by schools and as a significant academic accomplishment by the student. An expanding network of colleges offering automatic scholarships to GIV graduates is listed here.  Colleges that recent GIV graduates attend include:

Acadia University
Amherst College
Bard College
Bennington College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brown University
Bucknell University
California Lutheran University
Cap 21 Conservatory and Theatre Company
Castleton State College
Champlain College
Circle in the Square Theatre School
Colby College
Columbia University
Curry College
Dartmouth College
Duke University

Emerson College
Franklin and Marshall College
Hampshire College
Harvard University
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson State College
Kean University
Kenyon College
Lyndon State College
Marlboro College
Maryland Institute College of Art
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University

Mt. Allison College
New York University
Northeastern University
Oberlin College
Philadelphia University
Pomona College
Queens University
Roger Williams University
Rice University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Simmons College
Skidmore College
Smith College
St. Michael’s College
Sterling College
SUNY Potsdam
Syracuse University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Tulane University
University College Dublin
University College London
University of North Carolina
University of New Mexico
University of Pennsylvania
University of Utah
University of Vermont
Vassar College
Vermont Technical College
Wellesley College
Yale University in Singapore
Yale University

“For my kids that are looking to broaden their horizons, it’s at the top of my list.”  – Andrew Roy, Guidance Counselor at Essex High School.

“GIV was the best prep for college I could have done.”  – Recent GIV Alum


What Parents Say:

“My five kids did a bunch of the Governor’s Institutes – best thing I could have done for them.  They came back with much more of a voice for themselves, able to articulate what they want to do with their futures, with greater tolerance for other people and self-esteem.” – Patricia Ransom, Enosburg

“We can’t thank you all enough for the amazing program this past week.  Our son gained so much, in so many facets of his life… Along with the knowledge that is gained from interacting with new people, all with different ideas and ways of processing information, he also made strides in his confidence to organize and present a complicated subject to a group (of judges) in an unfamiliar setting.  The interactions with college professors/community gave him new insight into what higher learning ‘feels’ like, and he appreciated and made several noted differences. It always touches a parent’s heart to see their child flourish, and GIV has made that possible for so many young people.” 
“Clearly, the energetic dynamic at GIV is one of immense respect, love of learning, and gratitude.  This conscious and holistic approach towards teaching is what we appreciated the most.” 

“I am the parent of a bi-racial, smart student. She now understands that she can realize her passion for her scientific interests that will not preclude and override her other interests. Scientists have lives!”
“My daughter is a certified theater rat. She is passionate about all aspects of performing, but also theater production. Being surrounded by so many like-minded teenagers and adults at GIA has given my daughter a larger perspective on what’s possible with the arts and her life. It’s helped take her outside of the bubble of our community and has given her a much broader perspective about the possibilities and the courage to take more risks to pursue her goals.”

” Governor’s Institute is incredible. I can’t believe how much you accomplished in a week! I can’t believe how much my whole family learned from the experience because my son was so excited he came back and shared with all of us.”