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Pre-College Programs

Who said college was only for college students?

At William & Mary, we believe our stellar faculty and facilities should be a rich educational resource for the entire community. That's why we invite pre-college students from all backgrounds to discover the excitement of college-level academics through a wide variety of pre-college programs.

For strongly motivated students, we offer the opportunity to take full-credit classes alongside W&M students during our summer sessions. It's an excellent way to get a taste of academic life at a highly selective university. We also have an active partnership with Johns Hopkins' renowned Center for Talented Youth.

We invite high-achieving high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates to participate in our National Institute of American History and Democracy's Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History. This is an exciting four-credit academic program which includes hands-on exploration of the region's numerous colonial, revolutionary and Civil War sites. Students have the opportunity to study "on site" at the outstanding historic places, museums and archaeology locations in eastern Virginia, as well as get a taste of dorm life.

The Virginia Shakespeare Festival's Young Shakespeare Camps are a dream opportunity for young actors wishing to learn about the production of Shakespeare's plays. Young people ages 9-17 are guided through the meaning of Shakespeare's language, the choreography of stage combat, and the demands of period costuming. Each camp lasts one week and culminates in a performance of an abridged version of a Shakespeare comedy.

Through the Center for Gifted Education, William & Mary operates one of the nation's top programs for gifted and uniquely talented students in elementary and middle school. We offer Saturday and Summer enrichment courses in a variety of subject areas, each designed to challenge the advanced student in a way that's not possible in a conventional classroom.