Program Details

Where can you go to find the past? Whose past is it anyway?

If you are at least a sophomore in high school, you have an opportunity this summer to travel back in time to discover early America in a unique hands-on way.

For three weeks this summer, students from all sections of the country will relentlessly pursue the intertwined, often tempestuous stories of Native Americans, Europeans, Africans, and their descendants by visiting the places where they lived, observing the things they touched, and by immersing themselves in the saga of early American life as told by historians, archaeologists, and museum professionals. Sound intriguing? Come join us!

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A taste of college life...

Participants in the Pre-Collegiate Program are regularly-enrolled summer school students at the College of William and Mary, earning four academic credits for a seminar, History 216. They live together in an air-conditioned dormitory on the campus of the College of William and Mary and take their meals in College dining facilities. Tuition, dorm room, and meals are all covered in the cost of the program.

Only Pre-Collegiate Program students reside in the dorm, which is supervised at all times by "Resident Program Assistants." These "RPA's" are undergraduate and graduate students who serve as "super-RA's." The floors in the dorm are divided by gender, some for female students and some for male students.

Last summer Pre-Collegiate Program students...
  • made daily trips to historic places, museums, archaeology sites, and battlefields
  • read and discussed scholarly essays in small seminars
  • heard guest lectures by historians, archaeologists, and museum professionals
  • participated in discussions with costumed interpreters portraying historical characters
  • learned to dance in the colonial style
  • wrote essays in on-line journals that analyzed their readings, classes, and experiences
  • came away with a better understanding of the American past!
  • had lots of fun!
  • made lots of friends!
  • learned a great deal about college life!
  • developed skills and confidence!