Professional & Continuing Studies


Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Delaware has canceled this year’s Governor’s School for Excellence.

Although this was a difficult decision, the safety and well-being of our community is our foremost concern. An event of this size is contradictory to current federal mandates to not gather in groups and to maintain social distancing.

We know this news is disappointing to students and families who anticipated attending Governor’s School for Excellence. We appreciate all the hard work that went into preparing applications, auditions, and portfolios, and we look forward to continuing the tradition of the Governor’s School for Excellence in 2021.

For additional updates on UD’s COVID-19 response, please see

The Delaware Governor’s School for Excellence is a one-week summer residential program that brings together academically and artistically talented Delaware high school students who have completed their sophomore year. Students live in residence halls on the Newark campus and attend either the academic program, consisting of discussions, lectures, debates and films revolving around a specific theme, or the visual and performing arts program, which provides tutorial instruction with a noted artist and culminates in a performance or public display of the students’ work. Students are nominated to participate in Governor’s School through their schools via a competitive application process.

Delaware Governor’s School for Excellence is sponsored by the Office of the Governor of the State of Delaware in cooperation with the Delaware Department of Education and the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.