High Ability Program



The High Ability (HA) Program at Grambling State University is a partnership between the Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Mathematical Advancement of Science and Technology (CMAST). High Ability offers an accelerated program for high school juniors who have exemplified outstanding academic achievement. 

High Ability gives students a commanding lead toward independence, responsibility, and scholarship opportunities. Participants will earn a total of six (6) credit hours during the summer. Courses taken by HA students include, but are not limited, to English, mathematics, science, and history. Other courses are selected based on interests and fields of study. Throughout the program, participants will also able to connect with college students and professors to discuss their interests and possible college majors.

High Ability students will participate in a science-based field trip as well as culturally based field trips. The High Ability Program at Grambling State University strives to provide a superb educational experience and promote individual growth and development.


The Summer High Ability Program is a five-week session. High Ability will begin on Sunday, June 23, 2024. Registration as well as parent and student orientation will be held on June 23, 2024. Classes will begin on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The High Ability program ends at the close of Summer Session II on Friday, July 26, 2024.  All students must be out of the dorms by the end of business on July 26, 2024.


High Ability participants will stay in the residence halls this summer. Students can be checked out on weekends by a parent/guardian.

High Ability students will eat at the university cafeteria, McCall Dining Hall and special programs and events will be catered by Sodexo Campus Dining. While on campus during the day, students will be closely supervised by approved GSU students, counselors, and faculty.  Students will be provided a safe on-campus experience that promotes interaction within the college community. Respect for individuals will be fostered and good citizenship will be encouraged.


The university does not provide transportation to and from campus. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation for program participants. The University will provide/contract transportation for off-campus activities.


To be eligible, the following criteria must be met:

  • High school junior (rising senior) classification
  • GPA 3.3 or greater (on a 4.0 scale)
  • ACT composite score of 20 or greater or a score of 940 on SAT Verbal (also called Critical Reading) and Math combined (ACT Math 19/ SAT Math 460)

REQUIRED FORMS/DOCUMENTS (Please return all completed forms to Duhons@gram.edu)

The following forms/documents must be completed and submitted prior to the application deadline:

Submit all documents to Duhons@gram.edu


The cost of the Summer High Ability Program is $500. A maximum of 25 students will be accepted into the program at this rate.  The following two (2) payment options are available:

  • Option 1: Pay the full amount of $500;
  • Option 2: Payment plan of 2 installments of $250

Final payment must be received by June 23, 2024

Application open Friday, April 19, 2024

Deadline to Apply: June 7, 2024

If you have applied or plan to apply to this year's High Ability Program, please contact Dr. Stacey Duhon at duhons@gram.edu.
Please leave your name, number, and date of application.

Click here to apply.

Submit all documents to Duhons@gram.edu



Dr. Stacey Duhon
 Dean, College of Arts and Science
Email:  duhons@gram.edu 
Phone: (318) 274-6202
Grambling State University


Thank you for your interest in the 2024 High Ability Program at Grambling State University.