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Summer Institute for the Gifted

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Mike Liberty
Summer Institute for the Gifted
(203) 399-5187

Summer Programs Available at Country’s Best Colleges and Universities this Summer

STAMFORD, CT, March 23, 2011 – According to the U.S. News and World Report, the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG – is hosting their renowned program for academically advanced students at six of the country’s top 25 colleges and universities in the summer of 2011.

SIG, one of the nation's leading programs for gifted and talented students, hosts their residential summer sessions at some of the most prestigious campuses – and some of the most highly ranked according to the National University Rankings recently compiled by the U.S. News and World Report – in the country.

The rankings include Princeton University (2nd), Yale University (3rd), Dartmouth College (9th), Emory University (20th), University of California – Berkeley (22nd) and UCLA (25th) – all of which will host SIG programs this summer.

"We strive to bring our program to the best colleges so that gifted and talented students can experience a taste of college life on the excellent campuses we use," states Barbara Swicord, Ed.D., President and CEO of SIG. "These backdrops provide the ideal location for students to take their learning farther. Additionally, research on summer academic programs shows that there are many long-term benefits, including an increase in achievement test scores."

In addition to the schools in the top 25, SIG will also offer their three-week residential program for gifted students ages 10 to 17 at Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, UT Austin and Vassar College. Younger students can attend the SIG Day Program, hosted at 17 campuses nationwide.

For students living within driving distance of any of SIG's residential program campuses, a lower cost commuter option is offered for a limited number of students (except Princeton). Students can take advantage of the academic and social advantages of a SIG program while living at home.

Since its founding in 1984, SIG's mission is to provide the highest quality educational and social opportunities for academically gifted and talented students through programs designed to meet their abilities and needs. In addition to its unique academic program, SIG's social, cultural and recreational components provide an invaluable experience for the development of giftedness and independence. SIG is a program of the National Society for Gifted and Talented (NSGT), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

AIFS Interested families and educators can request brochures, scholarship information and materials, by visiting the web at, by calling (866) 303-4744, ext. 5159, or by e-mail at

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SIG is a program of the National Society for Gifted and Talented (NSGT), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. In 2010 alone, over 1,700 academically gifted students in Kindergarten through 11th grade participated in SIG programs. SIG is a program of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.