PEG Admissions

What is PEG?

The Program for the Exceptionally Gifted is an immersive academic experience for females as young as age 13. Join a true peer group of females who love to learn. Live in a supervised, boarding-school-like environment, supported by our team that specializes in gifted education. Earn your four-year college degree and get a jump start on graduate school. From working side-by-side with professors to special field trips, social events, and studying abroad, see what being a PEG student at MBU can mean for you!

Exceptional Education Made Accessible

Rest assured, we prioritize your educational and emotional well-being. Our dedicated, all-female residence hall offers a secure and supportive environment. Our staff members are trained in exceptional education and are committed to meeting the unique needs of PEG students. Enjoy the full MBU experience with personal attention, leadership opportunities in our Student Government Association (SGA), engaging campus clubs, and exciting athletic activities.

Learn and Connect with Your True Peers

At PEG, we celebrate the strengths and individuality of each student. Our community fosters appreciation instead of competition, creating an atmosphere where you can embrace your true self. We strike a thoughtful balance that nurtures young minds while providing challenges that inspire excellence. Beyond academics, there are plenty of opportunities to bond, chat, and have fun with other gifted students. Join us for spa nights, mixers, and events like Embrace Your Nerd Day!

Affordable Path to College Success

We believe that a college education should be within reach for all. That’s why we offer an affordable tuition structure, with merit awards, along with need-based aid and other opportunities for financial assistance. Our commitment to accessibility extends to studying abroad, attending conferences, and accessing donor-funded scholarships.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to:

Prospective Program for the Exceptionally Gifted students are eligible to apply beginning in the ninth-grade year and are accepted based upon:

PEG is a highly selective program in the MBU College for Women and is not appropriate for all students. Our application process is intended to make certain that all of our students are right for our program and that our program is the right fit for each of our students!

Highly motivated 16 and 17-year-olds of any gender who are ready for college but not a perfect fit for PEG should check out our Early College program.

Overnight Visits

An overnight stay in a residence hall with a current student is available when school is in session and when exams are not impending. When available, such visits can be arranged to include class attendance. At least two weeks’ notice must be given for all visits. Contact us at at least two weeks in advance to check availability at 540-887-7039.

100% of PEG students receive financial aid.

MBU strives to make private university education affordable. We also want to reward students with an impressive record of academic success, which of course, includes PEG students. We offer merit awards plus need-based aid. If you live in Virginia, you will receive a Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant every year. MBU also has opportunities for study abroad and conference travel grants, as well as other donor-funded scholarships.


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