When: June 17-22, 2018
Grades: Entering  5, 6 or 7 in Fall 2018
Location: Montana State University in Bozeman
Workshops: See descriptions (PDF)

Peaks is FULL.  Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for summer 2018.


  • Resident (lodging, all meals, activities): $654
  • Commuter (5 lunches, 4 dinners, activities): $483
  • Commuter (5 lunches, activities): $439


Now in its 36th summer, Peaks & Potentials gives high-potential students the opportunity to come to the MSU campus and explore special topics of interest while working with experts in various subject areas.

Instructors are MSU faculty members, students and experienced professionals from the area. University students and professionals act as directors and counselors throughout the week.

Students have the option of staying overnight in the campus resident halls or commuting from home each day. All classes emphasize personal instruction, small group interaction and a "hands-on" experiential approach. Academic, recreational and social activities offer students a chance to interact with their peers and sample campus life.

Note: A signature from an appropriate school official is NOT required for the student's acceptance.


Peaks & Potentials is June 17-22, 2018. Check-in, orientation (mandatory for all participants and first-year parents), and an ice cream social are Sunday, June 17, and all workshops and activities begin Monday, June 18. Resident students will need to be dropped off between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday and picked up by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 22.

Tuition and Activity Fee: $389

The tuition and activity fee includes workshop tuition, all group and evening activities, Sunday ice cream social and a Peaks & Potentials t-shirt.

Meal Plan

Resident Fee: $265

The resident fee includes cost of housing for one person in a double-occupancy dorm room for five nights and dorm supervision. The fee also includes five breakfasts, five lunches and four dinners in the residence hall cafeteria.

Commuter Meals: $50 (5 lunches) or $94 (5 lunches + 4 dinners)

Students who are not staying in the residence halls choose one commuter meal plan: either five lunches, or five lunches and four dinners. Breakfasts and individual dinners can be purchased each day on-site (cash only!): $7 per breakfast or $9 per dinner.

If local students leave campus for dinner, they are strongly encouraged to return for evening activities. There will be no refunds for students who do not participate in these activities.


All students participate in three separate workshops. Workshops fill on a first-come/first-served basis.

See full workshop descriptions (PDF).

Workshop Maximum/Minimum Enrollments

All workshops have a maximum enrollment of 16 and a minimum enrollment of 12; every effort will be made to place participants in their first choices, but all workshops fill on a first-come, first-served basis. If minimum enrollments are not met, the workshop will be canceled and participants will be placed in one of their subsequent choices.

Dorms and Meals

Students will be housed in the Langford Residence Hall on the MSU campus and will eat all meals at the Miller Dining Hall on campus.

Deposit and Refund Policy

A non-refundable deposit of $50 per participant is required to reserve a spot. The balance is due May 25. Cancellations prior to that date will receive a refund minus the $50 deposit. No refunds will be given after May 25. A social security number is required to process a refund.


Sorry, registration for summer 2018 is closed.

For More Information

E-mail Nicole Soll at nicole.soll1@montana.edu or call (406) 994-6683 or (866) 540-5660 (toll free).