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Davidson Institute for Talent Development
THINK Summer Institute

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development and the University of Nevada, Reno are pleased to offer the THINK Summer Institute. This three-week residential summer program offers bright students the opportunity to access an extremely rigorous educational experience. Participants who complete the program earn up to six transferable college credits.

What courses are available at the THINK Summer Institute?

The courses for the THINK Summer Institute are different every summer. Some of the courses we typically offer include computer science, mathematics, history and geography. All participants select two courses - one morning and one afternoon. Please visit for the most up-to-date information and course offerings.


When is THINK?

This program runs three weeks in July and sometimes into early August.


How do I apply?

Visit to review the eligibility requirements and, if eligible, download the application. Please review any and all current deadline requirements. There is a $55 non-refundable application fee.


Where will the courses be taught?  Where will the students reside?

All courses are taught by university professors on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Participants stay in one of the university’s residence halls, which is staffed by THINK program staff members 24 hours a day. Students share a room with another program participant and each room has a private bathroom.


What is the cost?

The goal is to keep tuition affordable, and it is usually below the cost of comparable camps.  The tuition of $3,555 covers course credits, textbooks, room and board and the cost of the planned program activities.  Additionally, participants are responsible for transportation to and from the program, and spending money. Scholarships based on financial need are available.


How do I qualify for the THINK Summer Institute?

To be eligible for the THINK Summer Institute, applicants must be 13 to 16 years old during the program and a United States citizen or permanent U.S. resident living in the United States.  Applicants must submit a qualifying score (see eligibility criteria at on the ACT or SAT. Visit the SAT ( or ACT ( testing websites to register.


Davidson Institute for Talent Development
9665 Gateway Drive, Suite B
Reno, Nevada 89521
Fax: 775-852-2184