Application Process

*Updated 6/1/17: Both sessions of Summer 2017 are now closed and we are no longer accepting applications.  Interested students - please consider applying next year.  Dates and information for Summer 2018 will be available in November.

The Application Process:

Space in the program is limited.  We will begin admitting students as early as February 15; therefore, we strongly encourage students to apply as soon as possible.  Only complete applications will be evaluated.  A complete application consists of:

  • A completed Application Form (pdf) including a valid student email address.  NOTE: Information regarding the status of your application will be made via email.  Be sure to include an active email address on your application form that you check regularly.
  • An official high school transcript to include first semester grades for the current academic year.  Official transcripts should be submitted in a sealed envelope provided by your guidance office or college counselor.
  • A completed Teacher Evaluation Form (pdf). It is preferable to have a recommendation from a History or English teacher who can evaluate your reading and writing skills.
  • An Essay of approximately 300 words explaining one of the following topics:
  1. A person in American History you would like to interview and why
  2. An event in American History you would like to witness and why
  3. A personal connection you have with an aspect or person related to American History

There is no application fee.

[[precol, Email]] or call us at (757) 221-7652 to obtain printed versions of the forms listed above.


Application Deadline for Summer 2017: April 21, 2017.  All application forms and supporting documents should arrive in our office by this date.

*UPDATED 4/24/17* NIAHD will continue to accept applications for Summer 2017 until the program is filled.  Interested students should submit all pieces of their application ASAP. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS is 20 March 2017. (See Who Should Apply for more information.)  Beginning in 2018, the application deadline for non-U.S. citizens will be 15 March of each year.

Mail complete Application Packets to:
Pre-College Program in Early American History
National Institute of American History and Democracy
The College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795


If shipping via an UPS/FedEx/DHL/etc. use the following address:
Pre-College Program in Early American History
National Institute of American History and Democracy
College of William and Mary
205 Griffin Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Important: Admission to this summer program does not imply acceptance into the undergraduate program at the College of William and Mary.