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THINK Summer Institute: How to Apply

How to Apply

2022 Application Information Coming Soon

The 2021 summer application is open from  Monday, January 4, 2021 and closes Friday, April 9, 2021.* Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and course placement is first-come, first-served, so we recommend applying early.

Step 1: Review Essential Pages

Step 2: Prepare Application Materials

In order to complete the online application, you’ll need to be prepared to upload the following materials:

  • Copy of SAT or ACT test score report**
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • Prerequisite documentation (only if your first-choice course(s) require a prerequisite)
  • Name and email address of an educator who will complete the Recommender Form

Step 3: Submit Online Application

Access the online application

(The 2021 application window has closed. The link will be made available here when the application is open.)

  • If you already have an account from a previous Davidson Academy or Davidson Institute application, you should log in with those credentials. If you are creating your first application with Davidson, you will need to create a user account first.
  • Complete all required sections:
  1. How did you find us?
  2. Davidson Program Experience
  3. Citizenship
  4. Recommender
  5. Parent Agreement(s)
  6. School Information
  7. Course Selection
  8. Test Scores
  9. Upload Application Materials
  10. Application Fee (you will be directed to PayPal to submit a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The option to pay with a credit card is also available)
  11. Signature Page

Step 4: Review Process

Recommender and Parent Agreement Forms are automatically emailed when you complete and submit these sections in the application. Ensure that these forms are received and submitted by your recommender and parent(s). Applications are not considered complete until we have received all forms and the application fee payment. Only complete applications are reviewed for acceptance and course placement.

Step 5: Notification

The review committee evaluates applications on an individual basis to determine if an applicant is qualified. Decision notifications will be sent via email within one month of application completion. Once admitted into the program, additional information regarding next steps will be emailed directly to the student.

* 2020 enrolled students who did not get to attend because of the COVID-19 cancelation have received special application instructions via email with an earlier application date than posted. If you had a 2020 enrolled student and have not received your email, contact us at
**If you are a Davidson Young Scholar or Davidson Academy student, some application requirements may be waived. Contact us at for more information.
The Davidson THINK Summer Institute does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or disability. The Davidson THINK Summer Institute strongly recommends keeping a copy of your application materials for your records, as all applications and uploaded documents become property of the Davidson THINK Summer Institute and will not be returned.
Questions? Email or call (775) 852-3483 ext. 6