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The 2018 Summer Honors Institute application packet will be available in Decemeber. Check this page for updates at that time, or sign up below to receive reminders.

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About the Program

Youngstown State University's Summer Honors Institute offers gifted students the opportunity to explore studies in a wide range of disciplines. Week-long, interactive courses are designed by YSU faculty to introduce students to new, contemporary subjects that aren't traditionally taught in high school.

Students can commute to classes each day or participate in the residential program to live in the Honors dorms for the week. A limited number of spaces exist for both options.


SHI is open to students who have: 

  • Completed 9th, 10th or 11th grade by the time the June program begins.
  • Been formally identified as gifted and talented by their state's criteria for gifted identification, or by YSU Honors College requirements (3.5 GPA; 26 ACT or 1260 new SAT or combined 1760 old SAT).

A principal, guidance counselor or other administrator must recommend a student who applies. The signature of the authorized school official certifies this determination.