School - Frequently Asked Questions...
is the Governor's School?
The New Jersey Governor's School is a summer residential program
for students who completed their junior year in high school. The
curriculum emphasizes problem-solving, leadership training, and
many Governor's Schools are there?
There are currently two Governor's Schools, each with a different
The Governor's School
in the Sciences at Drew University focuses on such
subjects as chemistry, physics, mathematics, quantum mechanics,
combinatorics, and molecular orbital theory.
The Governor's School
of Engineering and Technology on the Busch Campus
of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
is eligible to apply for the Governor's School?
All applicants must be in their junior year of high school and a
resident of New Jersey.
teaches at the Governor's School?
Faculty members include college professors and high school teachers
who have taught in the perspective academic areas and professionals
from business and industry who are conducting research or performing
in the various fields.
grades or credit be given at the Governor's School?
A unique aspect of the program includes no grades or academic credit.
This allows the scholars additional latitude to discover and create.
Participants will be expected to show a high level of motivation
and achievement both in individual and team settings.
is a typical day at the Governor's School?
Although each school schedule is varied, the mornings consist of
formal college level courses, the afternoon activities include research,
integrated subjects, community service, field trips, career orientation,
etc. The evenings consist of speakers, panel discussions, seminars,
performances, rehearsals, and research.
will be expected of me as a Governor's School Scholar?
Each scholar is required to actively participate in all scheduled
classes, discussion groups, labs and evening activities. In addition,
you'll be required to complete assignments, which may include journals,
readings, research, team projects, class presentations, community
students attend the entire program?
Yes. If a student accepts the invitation to attend the Governor's
School, he/she must make the full commitment.
students go home on weekends?
No. Because of the intensity of the program, students continue to
participate in activities related to their course of study throughout
weekends. However, parents can visit on Sundays and scholars are
allowed to leave the campus with their parents.
scholars be supervised during the program?
Scholars will be supervised throughout the session. Supervision
of the scholars is provided by a resident hall director and resident
counselors who live on the same floors as the scholars.
is the application process?
Each Governor's School has a different application and a student
can only apply to one Governor's School. A student is nominated
by the guidance counselor in the high school. An interested student
should speak with the guidance counselor in September of his/her
junior year to express an interest in applying to the program. The
program is open to all public, private, and parochial schools in
New Jersey and out-of-state schools as long as the student is a
New Jersey resident. Additionally, the program is open to home-schooled
who live in New Jersey.
are the criteria used in the selection process?
The student must complete the application that is available on this
website. The criteria include school transcripts, letters of recommendation,
written essays, extracurricular activities, community service, honors,
and PSAT scores, if available.
is the cost of the program?
The summer session is a full scholarship program that includes tuition,
room and board. The only cost to the scholar will be for items of
a personal or recreational nature and transportation at the beginning
and end of the program.