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What is the Governor’s School for the Sciences & Engineering (GSSE)?

GSSE is a 4-week on-campus program that provides the opportunity for advanced study, laboratory experience, research in modern science and mathematics, and an immersive college experience. Learn more about GSSE here.

Virtual vs. In-Person

At this time, the 2021 GSSE program has not made a decision on whether the program will be virtual (as it was successfully in 2020) or in-person (as it has been traditionally since 1985). During the application process, students will be asked how they prefer to participate (virtual only, in-person only, or either). To learn more about what the program would look like in-person vs virtual, please visit this page.

Academic Curriculum

All students take the common “STEM in the morning” classes and their choice of an additional afternoon STEM class that suits their interest. Please visit our academic curriculum site to learn more.

Who can apply?

GSSE is for rising high school juniors and seniors (current sophomores and juniors) in the State of Tennessee.

How many students are selected?

For the 2021 GSSE program, 110 students will be selected for a full scholarship position. A limited number of partially-funded positions will be available to students not selected for one of the 110 full scholarship positions. GSSE funding supports housing, meals, instructional materials, and activities for full scholarship students. A portion of those costs will be covered for partially-funded students.

What is it like to attend GSSE?

Check out the photos and videos below showing what a 2019 (in-person) and 2020 (virtual) GSSE experience looks like!

2020 (Virtual)
2019 (In-Person)