University for Young People (UYP)

The Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development’s UYP program for students identified as gifted and talented has been offered every June for four decades. Classes for students entering Grades 4–12 are held on the Baylor campus. Students may choose from dozens of courses, each lasting one week. The all-day schedule includes lunch and a short recreational time between the classes.

Students entering Grades 1–4 may attend a one-week Primary UYP session held in June. The topics and locations of these programs vary.

For four decades, the University for Young People (UYP) has offered enrichment courses for gifted students during the summer. We look forward to having students in Grades 1–12 join us each June, and 2020 was no exception. Unfortunately, due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Baylor made the difficult decision to cancel 2020 summer programs. 

UYP 2021 (Updated 4/2/2021)

After prayerful consideration and ongoing discussions with multiple stakeholder groups, including parents, educators, and students, we have made the difficult decision to cancel UYP 2021. University for Young People opened its doors in 1983, and until last summer, we have maintained our yearly tradition of hosting students on campus to take part in hands-on, rigorous, and engaging classes. Our plan to be virtual this summer has changed after receiving feedback and talking through our options. More than a year into the pandemic, most people are experiencing fatigue with online courses, and this provides the Center with an opportunity to pause and focus on our future offerings. With a talent development perspective in mind, we are dedicated to reimagining our in-person programs and services for K–12 students, as well as parents and educators of gifted and advanced learners.

It is unfortunate that we are unable to hold in-person classes this summer due to the international health crisis. However, the virus is unpredictable, and it is in the best interest of all involved to pause again this year and come back better than ever next year.

We will be gathering specific feedback and suggestions from all stakeholders over the next few months. Please check back soon for links to forms in which you can share your ideas for ways the Center can help meet the needs of gifted and talented students, as well as parents and educators, in our local community, state, and nationwide.

Thank you for your understanding and support. 


Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

School of Education

Marrs McLean Science Building #312
Waco, TX 76798-7301

(254) 710-2171

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