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Talent Search Opportunities for Gifted Students

Gifted Testing and Identification

The following table provides a schedule of Talent Search programs in the United States, contact information, deadline dates and tests required. This is a great resource for parents of gifted children who want their children to experience something fun, while learning about a variety of subjects.

Program NameContact InformationStates ServedApplication DeadlinesEligibilityTest RequiredAccessible Programs
Cal-State Sacramento

Academic Talent Search (ATS)
(916) 278-7032 or

ats@csus.edu
CAQualifying exam offered through public and private schools as well as on the Sacramento State campus. See website for details.Grades: 4-9ATS Qualifying Exam; pre-registration requiredEligible students will be able to participate in pre-college summer courses.
University of Iowa

Belin & Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS)
(800) 336-6463 or

belinblank@uiowa.edu
AllDeadlines vary according to test taken; see website for details.Grades: 4-9See website for detailsEligible students will have access to pre-college programs that are held during the academic year on Saturdays and during the week over summer break.
Western Kentucky University

Center for Gifted Studies
(270) 745-6323 or

gifted@wku.edu
AllSee website for details.Grades 1-10; Varies by programSee website for detailsEligible students will have the opportunity to participate in summer and weekend programs.
Johns Hopkins University

Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
(410) 735-6277 or

ctyinfo@jhu.edu
AllSee website for details.Grades: 2-12See website for detailsEligible students will have access to summer programs, online resources, writing, and math tutorials.
Southern Methodist University

Educational Talent Search
(214) 768-2364 or

CollegeAccess@smu.edu
Select high schools in TexasDeadlines vary by program.Grades: 9-12See website for details.Accepted students have access to academic, career, and financial counseling related to college planning.
University of Southern Mississippi

Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies
(601) 266-5236 or

Access online "contact us" form from website
AllDetails for Saturday and summer programs on website.Grades: K– 12

Varies by program
Qualifying IQ score OR Achievement scores from list of accepted testsEligible students will have the opportunity to participate in Saturday and summer programs.
Purdue University

Gifted Education Resource Institute
(765) 494-7243 or

geri@purdue.edu
AllDeadlines vary by program; Registration available online.Grades: Pre K-12; varies by programStandardized or IQ testingAccepted students can participate in weekend programs and residential summer programs.
University of Washington

Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars
(206) 543-4160 or

rcys@uw.edu
AllDeadlines vary by program.Saturday program: Grades K-8

Summer program: Grades 5-10
Early Entrance requires ACT for 7-8; other program qualifications vary.Accepted students can participate in Saturday and summer programs.
Stetson University

High Achieving Talented Students (HATS)
(386) 822-7061 or

hats@stetson.edu
Districts in FloridaRegistration for testing varies by program.Grades: K-12; Varies by programStandardized or IQ TestingEligible students will have access to Saturday and summer programs. Students can also participate in BESTS.
Northwestern University (CTD)

Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS)
(847) 491-3782 or

ctd@northwestern.edu
AllRegistration for testing varies by program.Grades: 3-9

Varies by program
See website for detailsEligible students will have access to Saturday, summer, and correspondence programs.
Iowa State University

Office of Preocollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted (OPPTAG)
(515) 294-1772 or

opp@iastate.edu
AllApplication for courses open March 1st.Grades: 3-11Standardized or IQ testingEligible students will have access to pre-college programs that are held during the academic year on Saturdays and during the week over summer break.
Vanderbilt University

Program for Talented Youth (PTY)
(615) 322-8261 or

pty.peabody@vanderbilt.edu
AllApplication for sessions available online.SAVY: K- 6

WAVU: 9-12
Standardized or IQ TestingStudents who are eligible can participate in a weekend/overnight program, a Saturday Academy, and a three week residential summer program.
Duke University

Talent Identification Program (TIP)
(919) 668-9100 or

inquiries@tip.duke.edu
AllDeadlines vary by program.Grades: 4-7Standardized, state or IQ testingEligible students will have access to scholarships, academic summer programs, weekend programs, and distance learning programs.
College of DuPage

Talent Search Program
(630) 942-2208 or

CE@cod.edu
AllDeadlines vary by program.Grades: 3-12; Varies by programStandardized or achievement testingEligible students will have the opportunity to participate in STEM related courses.
University of Minnesota

Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP)
(612) 625-2861 or

mathcep@umn.edu
MNDeadlines vary by program.Grades: 5-10Holistic applicationEligible students will have the opportunity to participate STEM related courses.
Center for Bright Kids

Western Academic Talent Search (WATS)
(formerly known as Rocky Mountain Talent Search)
(303) 428-2634 or

cbk@centerforbrightkids.org
AllDeadlines vary by program.Grades: 3-9; varies by programStandardized or IQ testingEligible students will have the opportunity to participate in a summer institute.
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY)
*Must participate in Midwest Academic Talent Search (MATS)
(608) 890-3260 or

wcaty@wisc.edu
WIDeadlines vary by program.Grades: 1-12; varies by programVary according to specific program; see website for specific qualifications.Eligible students may participate in online courses during the school year as well as academic and enrichment courses in the summer.

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