The Governor’s School of New Jersey was established in 1983. It is a tuition-free, summer, residential program for high-achieving high school seniors who have an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. Currently, there are two programs: the Governor’s School in the Sciences at Drew University and the Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The programs are open to students from diverse economic backgrounds who are New Jersey residents and who have completed their junior year in any public or private high school or are home-schooled.
The mission of the Governor’s School in the Sciences is to broaden students’ appreciation and knowledge of science through exposure to a range of scientific topics and scientists. Students are introduced to scientific research via a hands-on research experience in an area of interest with the goal of inspiring young scholars to major in STEM fields in college. The Governor’s School introduces scholars to topics not typically covered in high schools. Students are introduced to like-minded peers who enjoy science and math as they do.The mission of the Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology is to provide a comprehensive summer residential enrichment program of study in engineering and technology for high school juniors who are entering their senior year who possess outstanding skills and display unusual abilities and interests in these fields. Its goal is to introduce scholars to college-level topics across engineering disciplines using both coursework and hands-on experience while researching challenging and open-ended problems with peers who share their love for engineering and technology.Students who express interest in Governor's School will complete an application with assistance from their school counselor in December. Once the applications are forwarded to the State, decisions are made by the State and students will be notified.