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Application Process & Dates

The 2021 Online Application for NIAHD's Summer 2021 Pre-College Program in American History is currently open.

History 211 is offered in Session 1, and History 212 is offered in both Sessions 1 & 2 for the summer of 2021.

Summer 2021 Dates

Session 1: June 20 - July 10, 2021
Session 2: July 11 - July 31, 2021

  • December 14: Online Portal Opens for Application Submissions
  • (after) February 15: First round of admissions decisions on Completed Applications
    • NIAHD will continue to admit students throughout the Spring until the program is full
    • The first round of decisions for applicants requesting Financial Assistance will be after April 1
  • June 18: Application Deadline for all students regardless of U.S. Citizenship.
Application Instructions

The online application portal can seem intimidating for new users, but we have compiled a list of items that most applicants find to be helpful in the Pre-College Program application process.

Getting Started
Getting Started
  1. Go to William & Mary's Online Application Portal, and create a username and password.
    • If you have previously submitted an online application for other W&M academic programs through this portal, you will use the same username and password you used for previous applications.
    • If you have applied for or attended NIAHD in a previous summer, your W&M Username and 93 number will remain the same.
    • You must provide at least one valid email address that you use regularly so that we may contact you if we have any questions regarding your In-Progress or Submitted application.
  2. "How do you wish to apply?"
    • Non-Degree Seeking
  3. "For which level are you applying?"
    • Undergraduate
  4. "To which school would you like to apply?"
    • Arts and Sciences
  5. "To which program are you applying?"
    • NIAHD Pre-College
  6. "Term"
    • Summer 2021
  7. A Red Asterisk denotes required information, and you will not be able to submit your application without completing these fields.
Uploading Documents
Uploading Documents

Any document you upload must include your first and last names in the file name.

Avoid special characters (~, #, %, &, *, {, }, \, :, <, >, ?, /, |) in your file name as this will prevent your document from uploading properly, and will also prevent you from submitting your application.

Uploaded documents must be in a format supported by Microsoft or Google Docs.

Letter of Recommendation
Letter of Recommendation

In the application, you will be prompted to enter contact information for a History, Government, or English Literature teacher that you have studied under during your high school career. Once you have entered your teacher's school email address, the application portal immediately sends a Recommendation Request to that teacher that contains a link to which they must upload their letter.

For US Citizens and US Dual Citizens, NIAHD requires only one Letter of Recommendation from either your History, Government, or English Literature teacher.*

For International Students whose first language is not English, in addition to the Letter of Recommendation submitted by either your History, Government, or English Literature teacher, NIAHD also requires a Letter of Recommendation from an English-language teacher indicating your ability to work in an English-only environment.

It is important to note - 

  • The portal automatically sends the Recommendation Request email once you have entered your teacher's school email address, whether you hit the final Submit button on your application or not.
    • Etiquette dictates that you inform your teacher that you are applying to a program that requires a Letter of Recommendation and that you respectfully request the Letter before they receive the automated Recommendation Request email from the application portal.
    • The email sent to your teacher will be addressed from the W&M application portal as "W&M Applicant," and the subject line will read "Recommendation Requested for (Student Name) - William & Mary Pre-College Program." Your school's email security settings may potentially dump the email into the spam folder, so please keep your teacher updated.
  • Though the recommender information fields are required in order to submit your application, you do not need to wait for your teacher to upload your Letter of Recommendation. They can upload after you've hit the final Submit button.
  • The link in the Recommendation Request email does not expire, and there is no due date beyond the application deadlines indicated in the "Summer 2021 Dates" section above. Document file rules are the same as the "Uploading Documents" section above.
  • If for any reason you either no longer wish to receive a Letter of Recommendation from the original teacher you entered, or the teacher indicates that they are unable to complete the letter before the deadlines above, you may go back into your in-progress or submitted application and “Change Recommender.” Once you have entered all the pertinent information, the portal will kill the link in the original Recommendation Request email, and immediately send a new email to the new teacher with a new link.
*Homeschooled students, see the section below for Letter of Recommendation help.
Official High School Transcript(s)
Official High School Transcript(s)

There are 4 options for your school's administrator to submit your Official High School Transcript*:

  • Mail (in a sealed envelope) - William & Mary / NIAHD / P.O. Box 8795 / Williamsburg, Virginia 23187, or
  • Mail (in a sealed envelope) - Young House / 205 Griffin Avenue / Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
    • Due to the continuing W&M work-from-home protocols, NIAHD staff are not regularly on campus to receive mail. If you or your school chooses to mail your transcript, please be patient while waiting to hear if we received it.
  • Email - If your school has a records management portal (for example, Parchment), please send the invitation to view and download the official transcript to precol@wm.edu.
  • Email - The administrator from your school who handles Transcript requests may send a signed PDF copy of your Transcript to precol@wm.edu from their official school email address.

Your Official High School Transcript must include your final grades from the first full semester, first trimester, or the first two quarters of the current academic year in addition to grades from the rest of your high school career. If for any reason your school is unable to include Fall grades on your Official Transcript, your school may supplement your transcript with a mid-year Report Card or Progress Report. If the Report Card or Progress Report is sent separately from the Official Transcript, please request that they sign it as they would an Official Transcript.

  • 2/16/2021 Update to Transcript Requirement: It has come to NIAHD’s attention that some school districts have adopted a Block Schedule in which students complete half of their courses for the year in the first semester, and the other half in the second semester. If you are studying under this type of curriculum, you are not required to send NIAHD an additional Progress Report or Report Card for the new courses you are working on in the Spring 2021 semester. Your regular transcript including Fall 2020 grades and a list of courses you are scheduled to study for the Spring will suffice.

If you've attended more than one school in your high school career, we would prefer a single transcript from your current school with your grades from every high school you attended. However, if necessary, we will accept one from each institution's administrator.

Transcripts mailed by the student or parent/guardian that are not in a sealed envelope from the school are considered Unofficial*. Transcripts uploaded to the portal by the student, parent/guardian, or school administrator, will be considered Unofficial.

You can and should submit your application before we have your Official High School Transcript in-hand. Your application status will remain as "Submitted; Incomplete" until NIAHD receives your Transcript from your school, and marks it as "Complete; Pending Review" on the portal.

*Homeschooled students, see the section below for Official High School Transcript help.

Homeschooled Students
Homeschooled Students

Homeschooled students will be subject to the same review as a student applying from a traditional high school -

  • For your letter of recommendation - We would like to receive a recommendation letter from someone who is not your parent or guardian. This recommender can be a teacher/tutor or the advisor of an activity in which you participate.
  • For your transcripts - Please mail or email your transcript to one of the addresses provided above. We understand that an "official" transcript may not be available; however, NIAHD will need some type of evaluative tool similar to a transcript and/or course descriptions so that we can fully understand your program and what was used to determine proficiency in each academic area. Some options of how students have sent documents to NIAHD in the past include -
    • If you take your classes from your own parents, a document that includes full titles for the classes (eg: "Calculus," rather than "Math") and the grade that you received, can count as your transcript. If you've taken a class at a community college or an online course, you should also submit transcripts of these. Please also include a copy of any standardized test scores you may have taken (AP scores, PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc) as an assessment tool.
    • If you are part of a homes cooperative and take classes from a number of parents, the transcript should be compiled as in the first example, however, it should be signed and sent by a parent or guardian other than your own. Again, please also include a transcript from a community college or online courses, and copies of any standardized test scores you may have taken (AP scores, PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc) as an assessment tool.
International Students
International Students

NIAHD's Pre-College Program in American History is conducted entirely in English and requires high-level English speaking, reading, and writing abilities. International students will be held to the same standard of excellence and comprehension that we expect from US Citizen and US Dual Citizen students. Only students who are fluent in their English language abilities should consider applying.

Non-native English speakers will need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores taken after April 1, 2020. NIAHD will only consider students who meet or surpass the minimum test scores:

Minimum Test Score Requirements

TOEFL Online-Based Test

 100 or higher composite score

IELTS Academic Test

7 or higher

SAT and ACT scores cannot be submitted in place of either the TOEFL or IELTS. However, if you have taken the SAT and/or ACT, it is recommended that you submit these to supplement your application packet.

In addition to TOEFL and IELTS test scores, AND in addition to the Letter of Recommendation from either a History, Government, or English Literature teacher, non-native English speakers must also submit a letter of recommendation from their English-language teacher, indicating their ability to work in an English-only environment.

 If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please email precol@wm.edu, or call (757) 221-7652 to leave a voicemail.