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Why Choose THINK?

The Davidson Institute developed THINK in 2004 to offer a unique and challenging summer opportunity to highly-motivated, gifted students.

We collaborated with the University of Nevada, Reno (home of the Davidson Academy), so students could earn college credit for their course work and gain experience living on campus.

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Earn College Credit

Live on Campus

Connect with students from all over the country

Work closely with University faculty

Knowledgeable and friendly staff

Students attend THINK from all over the country. Since 2004, we have had participants join us from almost every state.  While the focus during the program is academic, providing opportunities for traditional summer fun and social connection are also key components. Group activities are planned for the evenings, along with weekend field trips to local attractions such as beautiful Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley Olympic Village, and historic Virginia City.  

THINK Alumni Share Their Experiences

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"THINK was a very enjoyable experience for me. It allowed me great social as well as academic opportunities, and the ability for the first time to explore an academic environment by myself."

Alex Past THINK Student

"It's definitely a unique experience, and it's really fun to be able to experience 'college life.' The courses are demanding but not overwhelming; although they're compressed into three weeks, and you get to make a lot of friends, and it's really fun to study together. Even though it's an academic camp, there are still lots of really fun activities you do like watermelon on the quad, going to the campus bookstore, and also the field trips, like going to Lake Tahoe."

Tanya Past THINK Student

"THINK is by far the best summer program I've attended with the most diverse and fun group of students, staff, and faculty. THINK is a great way to earn college credits while meeting a great group of kids. Especially if you've never taken a college class before, THINK is a rigorous but fun way to get started."

Eva Past THINK Student

"I've been to a few other summer programs, and THINK was by far the best. I learned so much and made some amazing friends that I still keep in touch with. THINK is a great opportunity for people who are really interested in expanding their horizons while having fun."

Beth Past THINK Student

"[At THINK], you learn a lot, you meet new people, and just the experience as a whole is amazing."

Joshua Past THINK Student