Codified by SB290 in the 2015 Session, Colorado Student Leaders Institute (COSLI), is the newest member of the 25-state Governor's School network (with 57 programs), an institution steeped in a rich 50+ year history and revered throughout the nation as a highly successful model for post-secondary preparedness

Colorado Student Leaders Institute (COSLI) is a state-legislated, summer residential program on the University of Colorado Denver campus. For one month each summer, Colorado's best and brightest students, chosen from a competitive pool of applicants, live and study on the campus and earn three hours of college credit. Students choose one of two majors: International Social Studies or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math), and explore diverse topics through a lecture series by university professors and 3 hands-on projects--Colorado Social Problem Lab, Short-Term Business Lab, and National History Day.

COSLI students do not have to be formally designated as gifted and talented students, but they must demonstrate through their application that they meet the academic rigors that the program requires. At least 50% of our students must be eligible for free and reduced lunch and/or be first generation college students.

COSLI prepares students for college by fostering leadership, independence, innovativeness, initiative, critical thinking, and creativity.

In most states, governor school programs are funded entirely by the state. Because of Colorado's unique budgeting paradigm, COLSI represents a strong partnership among public, private, and corporate champions. In addition to the inherent benefits students gain, it is noteworthy that up to 80% of students participating in a governor's school program elect to remain in-state for college and career, with up to 90% completing a four year degree in four years, instead of the now six year nationwide average.

Increased retention of our state's best and brightest is a critical component of a strong Colorado economy. Help us retain these important Coloradans.

Application Open: October 1, 2019 (via the Online Portal on Application Page)

Application Due: Extended--February 14, 2020 at midnight

COSLI 2020 Summer Program: July 5-August 1, 2020


Apply to be a Resident Assistant for the 2020 Summer Program

Apply Here

Applications due February 14 at midnight MST.

Must be a COSLI alumni, have completed one year of college or other post-secondary program, and over the age of 18 to apply.


COSLI is a proud partner of the Rose Community Foundation. Donate to COSLI Here!


 Wednesday, May 20 from 3:00-4:00 pm

Virtual Meeting Link: 


  • Welcome – Skip Thurman, Board Chair
  • Introductions
  • Role Call – Kayla Gabehart
  • Approve Minutes from December, 2019
  • Annual Board Best Practices Training – Natalie Powell (Higher Education Unit of CO AG’s Office)
  • Summer, 2020 Update – Celeste Archer
  • Set Date for Next Meeting w/ Bylaws Review

Third Tuesday of most months, as determined by accepted Board Calendar, at Daniels Fund.

Joint Board Meetings For Executive and Advisory Boards held at Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

The 2020 program will run July 5 - August 1, 2020.

Thank You to Our Partners and Supporters: