Frequently Asked Questions

This list features the most frequently asked questions, and the 2014 Governor's School Student Handbook provides a thorough overview of guidelines, suggestions, policies, rules, and a 2014 Student Calendar of Events.

Where will I live?
Students will reside in Carter Hall on the East Tennessee State University campus during the four week Governor's School program.

Do I need to bring my own computer?
Computers and printers are available on campus, but most students prefer to bring their own because computer labs have specific hours of operation which may not be compatible with student's free time.  The lobby of Carter is equipped with Wi-Fi and your room will have two Internet connections.

How much free time will I have?
The Governor's School program has many exciting activities planned for students, however, some down time is available. 

Is campus safe?
East Tennessee State University is a safe place.  Students are supervised by counselors and authorized areas are well-lit in the night and evening hours.  Even so, students may only walk on campus in groups of three or more.  It is also mandatory that students notify staff of their whereabouts at all times.

What does it cost?
Students who are accepted will received a full scholarship for program expenses. Students will have to provide their own transportation to and from the campus. Students will also need to bring their own personal items.  A list of approved items can be found here and in the student information packets. Everything else - dorms, tuition, meals, special trips, lectures, and labs - will be provided.

What about activities outside of class?
There will be lots of them - concerts, plays, movies, and special events scheduled for after hours and the weekends. Students will also be free to take part in numerous campus activities such as sports, swimming, running, etc.

Must a student stay for the entire four weeks?
Yes. The program is intensive and highly individualized. Classes and special activities will be planned for the entire four weeks, INCLUDING WEEKENDS. Absences from scheduled activities are not permitted except in the case of emergencies, with permission from the director. Students will not be excused to attend other camps or seminars, to take family vacations, attend weddings, have senior pictures taken, etc. Come prepared to stay, study, and have fun!

Are students permitted to bring cell phones?
Cell phones may be brought to Governor's School but their use is not permitted during Governor's School activities. Also, communication devices are not permitted during class or other programs.