Who Should Apply?

Who Should Apply?

Pre-College students go on field trips to historic locations and/or museums almost every day of the 3-week session. While some historic sites are near-by, others are further away requiring an hour or more commute.  Some of the historic places we will visit are well off the beaten path.  The terrain can be rugged and the tours can be long. Tidewater Virginia can be very hot and humid in the summer. Archaeology sites are, by their nature, dirty places. Bugs may be a problem (the same can sometimes be said of some tourists).

Still interested? Good!

The W&M Pre-College Program is ideal for highly-motivated high-school students with a deep commitment to learning about the past.  Students who believe they have excellent analytical ability, whose writing skills are sound, who thrive in a competitive, though structured, discussion class format, and who want to experience life on a college campus are encouraged to apply. A particular background in American history is not required. An open mind, independent thinking, creativity, healthy constitution and, above all, a spirit of adventure are the essential ingredients. If you fit this description, the three weeks of this program will seem terribly brief, and what you take away will be priceless.


Students who have completed at least their sophomore year in high school and are rising juniors, rising seniors or graduating seniors are eligible to apply.

International Students

*NEW* Beginning in 2018, applications from non-U.S. citizens will need to be submitted before March 15.

Apply before MARCH 20.  If you are admitted to the program, non-U.S. citizens will need to obtain an F-1 visa.  Obtaining a visa can take several months and NIAHD needs additional time to process the immigration paperwork.

If English is not your first language, you will be required to submit TOEFL scores as part of your application. A TOEFL score of at least 100 on the internet-based test or a 600 score on the paper test are minimum requirements for consideration.