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How to Apply

The Post-Baccalaureate Program has rolling admissions. The Department welcomes applications between Dec. 1 and May 1 for admission in the following fall. You will be notified of the department’s decision about one month after we have received your application and all the required supporting documents. Students who wish to apply to the program should submit the following materials (details of how and where to submit these items are spelled out at the bottom of this page:

  1. A completed application form for the Post-Baccalaureate Program.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended, with date of actual or expected degree(s) clearly indicated. 
  3. Two letters of recommendation from college or university instructors familiar with your work. Letters addressing your experience with Latin, ancient Greek, and/or other topics in Classical Studies would be most welcome.  
  4. A personal statement, not more than two double-spaced pages, describing your prior experience with Greek, Latin, ancient History and/or Archaeology and a explaining how this program will meet your personal and professional goals.
  5. A check or money order payable to "William & Mary" for the $70 non-refundable application fee.
  6. If you are a Virginia resident and wish to qualify for the in-state tuition rate, also submit the form for determining in-state tuition eligibility available here.
  7. The post-baccalaureate program is authorized to admit international students who hold a valid F-1 student visa.  For information about applying for an F-1 visa see the website of the William & Mary International Students and Scholars Program

  8. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency through one of the following means:

    • An undergraduate or graduate degree completed or to be awarded prior to enrollment at W&M from an institution in which English is the primary language of instruction.
    • A composite score of 100 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  Internet Based Test (iBT), or an score of 7 or higher on the academic exam of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    • Applicants who are not able to take one of these tests or have test scores below the standards specified above may still be admitted after a successful oral interview with the post-baccalaureate program director.

To be a student in the post-baccalaureate program, you must hold a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree by the time your first semester in the program starts.  Students who apply before completing their baccalaureate degree and are offered admission will be required to send a second transcript after their graduation attesting to completion of the baccalaureate degree.

How and where to send your application materials:

The application form with the student's original pen-and-ink signature as well as the check or money order for the application fee must be sent by mail or courier to the address below or delivered by hand to the Classical Studies office (Boswell Hall 324) when the office is open.  Before coming over, call in advance (757-221-2160) to confirm office opening times.  Applications scanned and sent electronically cannot be accepted.

Other materials, including the official transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if needed) may be sent by mail or courier to the same address, but may also be sent by e-mail directly to the Post-baccalaureate Program Director (  Letters of recommendation should be mailed or e-mailed not by the applicant but by the letter-writers themselves, and official transcripts should be sent by the institution(s), not by the applicant.

Mailing address for application materials (this address can also be found on the application form):

Director, Post-Baccalaureate Program
Department of Classical Studies
William & Mary
PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795