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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

2018 Governor's School Student Handbook
Provides a thorough overview of guidelines, suggestions, policies, and rules.

2018 Calendar of Events
Shows a typical four-week schedule.


Where will I live?

Students will reside in a dormitory 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 students' free time.  The lobby of the dormitory is equipped with Wi-Fi in addition, your room will have two Internet connections.

How much free time will I have?

The Governor's School schedule is packed with a variety of activities; however, free time and study time are also scheduled.

Can parents visit during the four weeks?

Sundays are family days, and parents or guardians may spend time with Governor's School Scholars between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm.

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 walk on campus only 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 receive a full scholarship for program expenses. Students will have to provide their own transportation to and from the campus and will 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, entrance fees -- will be provided.

What about activities outside of class?

Many special events will be scheduled for after hours and the weekends:  field trips, hikes, contra dancing, movies. 

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. DO NOT PLAN TO USE YOUR CELL PHONE AS A CAMERA!  Also, communication devices are not permitted during class or other Governor's School activities.  


If you should have any additional questions that are not addressed above, please feel free to contact Rachel Dean at (423) 439-7995 or .


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