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Admissions Policies


  • All students must apply using the online application form.
  • All required application materials must be submitted through the online application or sent by email, post, or fax to The Fund for American Studies, and arrive no later than the Admissions Deadline.
  • The Fund for American Studies will not review unsubmitted or incomplete applications and is not responsible for notifying applicants of missing application materials.
  • Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis – applications are reviewed as they are received. The application process is competitive, and students are encouraged to apply early.
  • Admissions decisions are based upon academic record, extracurricular achievements, leadership qualities, work experience, and English language ability.
  • Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis – applications are reviewed as they are received. Applications received early will receive preference in admission and scholarship decisions. With rolling admissions, it is possible that admissions for students from your country will be closed before the final application deadline.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in a college or university are given preference in admissions decisions, although recent graduates and graduate students are welcome to apply.
  • Students admitted to the program are expected to participate fully, which means attending all classes, lectures, and social events. Individuals not enrolled in the program may not attend Institute events or stay in dormitory rooms assigned by The Fund for American Studies. The Institute discourages long-distance travel and visits by friends or relatives during the program.
  • Students admitted to the program who are unable to attend the institute are not guaranteed a place in the program the following year.
  • Students who reapply may use previously submitted recommendations and essays. All other material, however, should be resubmitted with appropriate updates.
  • All students must take a comprehensive written exam at the end of the Institute.