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

GSSE is a 4-week on-campus residential program that provides the opportunity for advanced study, laboratory experience, research in modern science and mathematics, and an immersive college experience. GSSE will only be held in-person on the beautiful campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  There will be no virtual option. Learn more about GSSE here.

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) who reside in the State of Tennessee. **GSSE only accepts application through our online application system.

How many students are selected?

For the GSSE program, around 75 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 75 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 here to see what the 2021 GSSE program was like!