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Summer Institute for the Gifted

Press Release

For Immediate Release

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Mike Liberty
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Gifted Programs Available at Country’s Best Universities this Summer
- SIG Celebrates 30th Year with Most Impressive Roster of Campuses to Date -

STAMFORD, CT - October 10, 2013 – According to the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2014, the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) will host their programs for academically advanced students this summer at seven of the country’s top 20 colleges and universities – including the top five.

SIG, celebrating its 30th anniversary is one of the nation’s leading programs for gifted and talented students, operates its residential summer sessions at some of the nation’s 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.

The rankings include SIG host campuses Princeton University (1st), Harvard University (2nd), Yale University (3rd), Columbia University (4th), University of Chicago (5th), Emory University (20th) and UC Berkeley (20th).

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

SIG also will offer its three-week residential program for gifted students ages 9 to 17 at Amherst College (ranked as the #2 National Liberal Arts College by U.S. News and World Report), Bryn Mawr College, and Vassar College. Younger students (ages 5 to 12) can attend the SIG Day Program, hosted at 15 campuses nationwide.

For students living within driving distance of any of SIG’s residential program campuses, a convenient commuter option is offered for a limited number of students. 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, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Interested families and educators can request brochures, scholarship information and materials, by visiting the web at, by calling (866) 303-4744, 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 2013 alone, over 2,500 academically gifted students, ages 5 through 17, participated in SIG programs.