Commonly Asked Questions About The North Dakota Governor's Schools
WHAT ARE NORTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR’S SCHOOLS ANYWAY?
The North Dakota Governor’s Schools (NDGS) are a summer residential honors program funded by the state of North Dakota. For five weeks you’ll live in a college dorm, take classes from college professors and interact with motivated and bright individuals like you in seven specialized areas: Architecture/Landscape Architecture, Engineering, English, Math, Experimental Science, Informational Technology, and Visual or Performing Arts.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
Each day begins with “Life and Leadership” class where you’ll learn more about yourself and your classmates. After L&L, scholars separate into groups for discipline-specific classes and activities. Math scholars learn about fun math ideas like knot theory and the Rubik’s Cube. Science scholars work in the lab with college professors in a specific area of science. Visual arts scholars will explore different mediums and let their creativity grow.
Evenings are filled with a wide range of activities. Scholars listen to and participate in ethics lectures from influential individuals, take fine arts classes, catch up on homework, and yes, have free time. At NDGS, evenings are a chance to gain experience outside your daily discipline and get acquainted with your classmates. Each day ends with a floor meeting in your residence hall and announcements for the next day are given. Scholars then head to bed; the next day’s schedule is sure to be busy!
Weekends are also spent with NDGS scholars. Weekends are fully planned with a wide range of activities such as a trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul, canoeing, and everything in between. There’s a short break over the 4th of July holiday allowing you to go home to spend time with your family.
IS NDGS DIFFERENT FROM REGULAR SCHOOL?
Scholars at NDGS come from all over North Dakota. They share a common desire to explore academics and ideas at a level and pace that aren’t always possible during the regular school year. NDGS staff tries to provide interesting and quite different academic experiences than those explored in high school.
ARE GRADES OR CREDIT AWARDED?
Yes! Scholars attending NDGS are awarded one high school credit in the discipline they are studying (for example, scholars attending NDGS in math are given one general high school math credit).
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF PARTICIPANTS?
You are required to attend and participate in classes and activities in your daily schedule. While your days will be busy, they also will be a lot of fun. You’ll experience things you’ve never done before and make great new friends in the process. While some activities may test your “comfort zone” and cause you to stretch your boundaries, they will be extremely rewarding.
Assignments may include anything from essay preparation to hands-on laboratory experience. You should be prepared to grow intellectually and personally. NDGS can be quite challenging, but many former scholars describe it as a very stimulating learning experience. The challenge is worth it.
WHO CAN ATTEND?
Are you currently a sophomore or junior? Great news! You can apply for NDGS.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The North Dakota State Legislature graciously covers all costs for NDGS (tuition, room, board, etc.). There is a $100 activity fee. You may bring spending money for activities like free nights at the mall or occasionally ordering pizza. Laundry in the dorm you’re housed in is free.
WHERE DO SCHOLARS LIVE?
Scholars typically live in suite-style accommodations in the NDSU high rise residence halls. Each student has one roommate they share a room with, plus a common foyer area that is shared with another pair of scholars.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Application procedures (and additional information) can be found at www.ndsu.edu/govschool/ or ask your high school principal and/or counselor for more information.
If you have any other questions, please email NDSU.firstname.lastname@example.org.