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THINK Summer Institute

2024 Program Dates:
Saturday, July 13 - Saturday, August 3

A gifted summer program for ages 13 to 16

The 2024 application is closed. The 2025 application will open in late 2024.

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2024 THINK Information Session

Our three-week residential gifted summer program, located at the University of Nevada, Reno, is designed to meet the needs of high achieving students. We provide social connections with academically motivated peers, dynamic courses with the option to earn college credit, access to university resources, and memorable field trips and activities.

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THINK Summer Institute Resources

The Davidson Institute’s THINK Summer program offers a challenging and enriching summer experience for gifted students, providing them with an opportunity to engage in intensive, interdisciplinary study alongside like-minded peers. Listed below are all the resources you’ll need to prepare for and apply to the THINK Summer Institute.

How to Apply

Review how to prepare application materials, the application process, and the review process. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and course placement is first-come, first-served, so we recommend applying early.


Review all necessary eligibility criteria for applying to THINK Summer Institute.

Tuition & Fees

Learn about THINK Summer Institute’s program fees, refund policy, and financial aid.

Students attending THINK Summer Institute

Why Choose THINK?

  • Earn college credits
  • Experience living on campus
  • Build friendships with like-minded peers from all over the country
  • Work closely with university faculty in small classes
  • Pay less compared to other credit-offering programs (financial assistance also available)
See what sets our program apart

THINK Summer Institute Information


Students choose from dynamic college courses to take during the program.

Campus Life

We are located at the beautiful University of Nevada, Reno. Learn more about the university housing and dining.

Schedule & Activities

Learn more about what a typical day at THINK looks like.

Policies & Resources

We have extensive information to help families prepare for camp.

Our Team

Our experienced team prepares year-round for a memorable summer.


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Currently Enrolled Families

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THINK Summer Institute Overview

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The THINK Summer Institute was the most impactful to my experience as a profoundly gifted learner. For four years, THINK provided me with desperately needed academic rigor while also giving me the unique opportunity to connect with a large number of my gifted peers over a three-week time period.

Emerson THINK Alumnus

My student grew in many ways during his time at THINK, and I believe that this was largely due to the social support provided to the students. Your staff gave these students a safe and supportive place to grow socially and emotionally. I also really appreciate that the workload was manageable so that there was also time to grow in other ways.

THINK Parent

Absolutely loved the experience! All the Program Assistants were incredible, especially Zoe, Kimberly, Christina, and Elsa. All the Lead Program Assistants were also extremely helpful and kind.

THINK Student

THINK allowed my child to gain confidence and independence surrounding his academics. It gave him a setting in which to work with like-minded peers and make new friends.

THINK Parent

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