Eligibility

The Institutes are open to all current W&M undergraduates—including 2018 graduates! Students need a 3.0 overall GPA or major GPA to be considered. Institutes are also open to students in all majors and disciplines. 

There is no limit to the number of times a student can apply for the Institutes.

Graduating Seniors

As a graduating senior, you have two options:

  1. August diploma:
    • Use the Registrar's Notice of Candidacy for Graduation form (pdf) to indicate that you will receive your diploma in August instead of May.
    • Walk through the graduation ceremony in May.
    • Successfully complete the DC Summer Institute courses.
    • Receive your diploma in August.
    • You can apply for financial aid to cover the cost of the Institute.
  2. Post Baccalaureate Status:
    • Use the Registrar's Non-Degree Seeking (pdf) form to indicate that you plan to take W&M courses after graduation.
    • Use the Registrar's Notice of Candidacy for Graduation (pdf) form to indicate that you will receive your diploma in May.
    • Walk through the graduation ceremony in May and receive your diploma.
    • Successfully complete the DC Summer Institute courses.
    • Financial aid does not apply in this scenario.
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Resident Assistants (RAs) 

If you are an RA planning to apply for and enroll in DCSI, you will need to make arrangements with your Area Supervisor to be in DC by opening day (the Monday after graduation). You are not automatically exempt from your RA duties on campus because you are enrolled in DCSI. Please contact your supervisor as early as possible to make the necessary requests/arrangements.

Application and Decisions

To be considered, students submit an online application which includes one online letter of reference. An admissions committee composed of professors and administrators will select students based on a variety of factors. The most successful candidates will have:

  • How to Apply
  • Applied by the preferred deadline
  • Distinguished themselves with a strong academic record
  • Held previous internship(s), ideally in the topic of the Institute to which they've applied
  • Supplied a strong letter of recommendation from an employer (a faculty recommendation is acceptable if you have never held a job)
  • Provided quality responses in the application, including the writing sample