Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am interested in attending GHP. Who should I contact for information about getting into GHP?

    All current sophomores and juniors interested in being nominated to GHP should inquire about the local selection process with an administrator or counselor at their local high school.

  • I attend a independent school/home school. Am I eligible to apply for GHP?

    Yes, students who are current sophomores and juniors enrolled in a high school or homeschooled in the state of Georgia are eligible for GHP. Independent school students should inquire about the local selection process with an administrator or counselor at their high school. Home school students interested in being nominated to GHP should contact the school district (school system he/she is designated to attend) to learn more about the local selection process.

  • How much does it cost to attend GHP?

    Tuition, room, and board are covered under appropriations made by the Georgia General Assembly, there is no cost to attend GHP. However, students are asked to bring basic school supplies (binders, notebook paper, notebooks, pens, etc.) for class. Students may also consider bringing money for campus stores, the purchase of GHP t-shirts, and to meet their individual spending habits. (Students may have the option to purchase a major t-shirt, hall t-shirt, and other themed GHP t-shirts).

  • What are the criteria for being nominated to GHP? Is there a minimum GPA or minimum test score that must be met?

    GHP nominees demonstrate exceptional skill, creativity, and knowledge in their chosen area of nomination. Academic achievement and social maturity are important; however, there is no specific numerical minimum/cut off for nomination. GHP caliber students often endeavor to learn or practice their passions outside of the normal classroom environment.

  • I am a special needs student, and require special considerations to attend class and for room accommodations. Can I still participate in GHP if selected as a finalist?

    Yes. GHP does not discriminate against any students. If chosen as a semifinalist or finalist GHP staff will work with nominees and parents to ensure that any special needs required under a nominee’s IEP and ADA compliance are met.

  • I was nominated for GHP my sophomore year, but was not selected to attend GHP or could not accept the invitation. May I be nominated again for GHP as a junior this year?

    Students who were nominated for GHP previously but did not attend the summer program may be nominated for GHP again as a junior by their school district, independent school or state charter.

  • I attended GHP as a sophomore. May I attend GHP again as a junior in a different area of nomination?

    No. Students who have been previously selected and attended the summer program are not eligible to be renominated.

  • I have been nominated for GHP. How do I prepare/complete the GHP application?

    All students nominated by a school district, private school or state charter to GHP will receive information via email to access the online state application by November 17. The deadline for submitting the GHP online application is January 8, 2024. GHP Coordinators will have access to last year’s application to share with nominees.

  • I have heard that only juniors are selected to attend GHP. How competitive is the application process?

    Each school district, private school and state charter determines the local selection process. The process is very competitive at the state level with roughly 3,200 students nominated each year. Approximately 20% or less are invited to attend the summer program. 

  • Will all students who are nominated to GHP by the school districts and complete the online application attend the state level interview?

    No. Only nominees that submit a completed online application and are selected as semifinalists (those applicants that have been chosen by a review panel of content area experts) will be invited to the state level interview. 

  • Will I be graded or given any credits for the work I complete while at GHP?

    GHP is an ungraded summer program. Students will not be required to take any exit exams or standardized tests regarding major courses of study. Credits are not issued for completion of the program. Students that complete the entire four weeks of study receive a certificate of completion.

  • I have been interested in attending another summer program but the date of this program and the date for GHP overlap. May I start GHP late or leave early?

    No. Nominees selected to attend GHP are required to attend all four weeks of the program. Exceptions to this will be rare and limited only to emergency situations. 

  • I am a member of a GHP Facebook group. Why does GOSA not respond to questions, comments, or concerns posted by group members?

    The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has Facebook and Twitter accounts that are used to share generic information about the agency and GHP. The Governor's Honors Program does have a Facebook Page which is used to promote and share information specifically about GHP.

    GOSA does not manage the other Facebook groups created by former or aspiring GHP participants. If you have specific questions about GHP, we prefer you contact the GHP office directly.

 (Updated 08/2023)