Davidson THINK Summer Institute - Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What does the Davidson THINK Summer Institute cost? 
There is an application fee of $55, plus tuition of $3,500 covers course credits, room and board, textbooks and course materials, laundry fees, and the cost of all planned program activities. Participants are responsible for additional charges associated with transportation to and from the program as well as any desired spending money. Applications for financial assistance should be submitted concurrently with the program application and can be found here.  To learn more, visit our THINK Payment Summary. All THINK program fees are non-refundable.

Q. When is the 2016 Davidson THINK Summer Institute?
Students attending THINK are expected to arrive July 9, 2016 and depart July 30, 2016.

Q. How do I apply?
The 2016 THINK Summer Institute application deadline has passed. 2017 information will be posted soon.

Q. When are the application deadlines? 
Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis due to limited space availability. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to be placed in their preferred courses. The final 2016 THINK application deadline is April 1, 2016.

Q. How are students selected to attend the THINK Summer Institute?
Applicants must demonstrate both exceptional ability and the potential to benefit from the course offerings, as well as the social and emotional maturity and organizational skills to thrive in this three-week residential environment.

Q. When will students be notified if they have been accepted?
Students will be notified of acceptance within one month of application completion. Please note, applications are considered complete when all components have been received and notification has been sent by the Davidson THINK Summer Institute.

Q. Where will the courses be taught?
All courses are taught by university faculty on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Q. Where will the students reside?
Each participant will be sharing a room and bathroom with one or two same-gender students on a private, locked floor in Argenta Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. All THINK students are supervised by THINK staff members 24 hours a day.

Q. Can I go home on the weekends?
This program is an intense academic residential experience. As such, students are expected to remain on campus for the full three weeks and are expected to fully participate in all courses and activities. Only those who are interested in an intense full-immersion college learning experience should apply.

Q. How do I qualify for the Davidson THINK Summer Institute?
To be eligible for the 2016 program, applicants must be 13 to 16 years old and be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident living with the United States. Additionally, applicants must submit a SAT or ACT report, essay, resume, and teacher recommendation

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Q. What is the minimum score required on the SAT or ACT for admission?
We do not require a minimum score on these tests. Applications will be reviewed as a whole (SAT/ACT report, essay, resume, and teacher recommendation) to evaluate student preparedness for a rigorous academic experience.

Q. Can homeschooled students participate?
Yes. Students who are being homeschooled are eligible, provided they meet the qualifications. Please email THINK@davidsongifted.org if you have questions about nominator information for homeschoolers.

Q. Who sponsors the Davidson THINK Summer Institute?
THINK is a program of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development in conjunction with the University of Nevada, Reno.

Q. Will I receive a 1098-T (Tuition Statement) for my THINK payment?
No, neither the University of Nevada, Reno nor the Davidson Institute for Talent Development issue a 1098-T. The University and the Institute have a contractual billing arrangement for THINK. The Institute collects the payment for THINK which includes tuition, room and board, and additional program costs; however, the Institute is not an eligible educational institution by IRS definition and cannot issue a 1098-T. Furthermore, the University operates THINK through Extended Studies as a special program offered only to the Institute. Although THINK students earn college credit, the University does not maintain separate financial accounts for THINK students as they are not enrolled as part of a degree seeking program at the University. Please keep in mind that the Davidson Institute for Talent Development cannot and does not issue tax advice; please contact your tax advisor for further consultation.

Additional questions can be submitted to THINK@davidsongifted.org or call (775) 852-3483 ext. 6. 

Q. Are Special dietary meals provided?
Yes! Almost all meals during the program are eaten at the Downunder Café. This University of Nevada, Reno dining facility is experienced at accommodating student's special dietary needs. For more information on the Downunder Café, please see special diets and the food intolerance guide on the University's website.

It is not required, but students are also welcome to bring their favorite nonperishable snacks from home.

If you have any questions or concerns about diet accommodations, please feel free to contact us.

"I loved my past four years here. I've learned so much from THINK, it really has been an honor to attend such a great program.”

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