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Admission & Eligibility


The National Institute of American History & Democracy's Pre-College Program in American History is open to high school students who will have completed at least their sophomore year of high school by the time the summer program begins. This includes rising juniors, rising seniors, and rising college freshmen. 

The Admission Process

Admission to NIAHD's Pre-College Summer Program is not guaranteed; space in our program is limited. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. NIAHD will not begin reviewing applications until mid-February. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received.

Every application goes through multiple levels of review before a final decision is made. It can take up to one month for applications to be reviewed depending on the volume of applications we receive. Our goal is always to have decisions made as quickly as possible.  

Acceptance letters will be sent via email to the student’s email address listed on their application. NIAHD will not send acceptance letters through regular mail.

All admissions decisions are made by June 5.

Important: Admission to the National Institute of American History & Democracy's Pre-College Program does not imply or guarantee admission to the undergraduate program at William & Mary.

Registration and Payment Deadlines

Students will NOT be enrolled in classes until NIAHD has received full payment and all registration forms. Failure to meet deadlines may result in your space being offered to another candidate. 

$400 non-refundable deposit is due within 2 weeks of acceptance into the program.

The balance of the program payment is due within 30 days of acceptance into the Pre-College Program.

Registration forms are due ASAP.

Late Applicants

NIAHD will continue to accept and review applications until the program is filled. However, anyone applying after the application deadline has passed will be considered a late applicant. Late applicants will be subject to extremely short registration and payment deadlines should they be accepted; therefore, they should be prepared to pay the full tuition and complete all registration forms within two weeks of receiving an acceptance email.