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Program for the Exceptionally Gifted

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The Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, established in 1985, offers an opportunity for bright and accomplished young women between the ages of 13 and 15 to bypass all or some of their high school grades to pursue an undergraduate degree. PEG students live in a fully supervised, state-of-the-art residence hall with their true peers on the beautiful campus of Mary Baldwin College.

The Program for the Exceptionally Gifted is continually refined and reflects the latest research in educating gifted students, evaluations by faculty and staff, and feedback from student and parents.

Today, Mary Baldwin welcomes more than 70 PEG students on campus from all over the country and beyond. The program is part of the college’s Early College program, which also offers a higher ed jumpstart for older teens in the Early College Academy. A member of the Early College Staff can determine the path that best fits you.

For more information on Mary Baldwin’s college programs for high school students graduating early, check out this profile that appeared in The Washington Post, "Young, Gifted, and Skipping High School."

"I am always impressed by the drive and focus these young women have," said Ivy Arbulu, associate professor of Spanish. "In their mid-teens they already know what to do and what impact they want to make on the world and their community. They teach me to be intellectually flexible and nimble"

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