The following list is a compilation of frequently asked questions about NJGSS. This list will grow and you are encouraged to email us at if you have a question that is not answered here.

How do I apply to NJGSS?
All applicants must be nominated by their high school. School guidance counselors are notified when applications are available, which is typically in the late fall. Speak with your guidance counselor early in the fall of your junior year to indicate that you are interested in applying. If your counselor is not receiving notification, he or she should contact Barbara Pepe, Governor’s School Coordinator at (609) 984-2684 or

Who is eligible to apply to NJGSS?
All applicants must be residents of New Jersey and must be in their junior year of high school.

I attend a private school in NJ. Can I apply to NJGSS?
Yes. Your school guidance office should have application forms. If they do not have these documents, they should contact Barbara Pepe, Governor’s School Coordinator at (609) 984-2684 or

I live in NJ, but I attend school in another state. Can I apply to NJGSS?
Yes. Applicants must be residents of New Jersey, but may attend high school in another state.

I am home-schooled. Can I apply to NJGSS?

I have special dietary requirements. Are vegetarian and kosher meals available?
Yes. Vegetarian options are always available and kosher meals are available on request.

Can I bring a musical instrument to Governor’s School?
You may bring an instrument. However, you are responsible for safeguarding this and any other valuable items.

Will a piano be available for practice?
We will make every effort to provide a piano for student use.

Can I leave campus on the weekends?
Students are allowed to leave for occasional off-campus weekend activities. However, due to the nature of the program, students are required to stay on campus and participate in all NJGSS planned special events and activities. Special circumstances can be brought to the attention of the Director and approved by the Director.

How do I send and receive mail while I’m at Governor’s School?
Scholars’ mail is delivered daily to the Governor’s School Office where it is placed in a mail cart for pickup. Stamped, outgoing mail may be left at the Governor’s School office.

How do I know what to bring with me to Governor’s School?
Detailed information is provided to scholars in the NJGSS Handbook and on the NJGSS website.

Can I have visitors while I am at Governor’s School?
Parents are encouraged to visit on Sundays. Visits by friends are not allowed.

I am involved with a sport that requires practice. Can I leave Governor’s School to practice with my team?
No. Students must be willing to fully participate in the NJGSS program. Leaves of absence are not allowed, unless  discussed with, and approved by, the Director.

One of my friends is coming to NJGSS. Can we room together?
Specific roommate requests cannot be honored.

Is there any cost for the Governor’s School program?
Tuition, room, board (breakfast, lunch and dinner on campus, in the University Commons dining hall ONLY), books, and extracurricular program expenses are provided to participants by our corporate and individual sponsors and by the State of New Jersey.  Scholars are responsible for their personal expenses, such as laundry, phone (phones are not provided in the dorm rooms), snacks and all other foods (not included in the “board” stated above, and personal shopping.

What do I do if my school does not receive the NJGSS application?
Contact Barbara Pepe, Governor’s School Coordinator at (609) 984-2684 or