Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application due?
The application is due by 11:59 P.M. on February 11. After this time, the application portal will close automatically. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. Applications will not be accepted by email. Please note that your referees will have until 11:59 P.M. on Feburary 18, 2019, to submit their letters of support. 

I’m looking for the application and I can’t find it. How do I apply?
We use Submittable to process the applications. You can find the application here

Can anyone apply for the seminars?
No. Each of seminar has different eligibility requirements that are based on your current level of education. The complete list of summer seminars is here and each seminar lists eligibility requirements.

What are the components of the application?
Interested students must submit a cover letter, resume, and two reference letters.

Do I need to submit a reference letter?
Yes, every applicant is required to submit two reference letters. Instructions for how to submit the reference letters are included in the application. We recommend that applicants ask teachers, professors, clergy, and/or employers who know you personally. 

What is the cost of Witherspoon summer seminars?
Participants are required to pay for transportation to and from Princeton as well as the registration fee which is listed with each seminar (fees range from $250-400, depending on the length of the seminar). The Witherspoon Institute provides for room, board, faculty, instructional materials, and some extracurricular activities.  

Are scholarships available?
An extremely limited pool of scholarships are available to offset transportation costs and/or registration fees for those who may have financial hardships. Financial aid is only awarded after you have applied and been accepted to a seminar. 

When will I find out if I have been accepted?
Students will be notified of their status in mid- to late-March.

If I am accepted, how do I prepare for the summer seminars?
Prior to the seminar, every participant is expected to read the assigned materials. Expect the reading material one month prior to the start of your summer seminar. During the seminar, all participants are expected to actively participate. 

Where will I stay?
It depends on the seminar you are attending. The majority of participants will be staying in the dorms at Princeton University. Some participants may also stay at the Nassau Club, a short walk from campus.

Do I need to stay for the entire time? Can I leave arrive late or leave early?
Participants are expected to arrive on time and stay through the duration of the seminar. 

What does a typical day look like at a Witherspoon summer seminar?
Depending on the seminar, a typical day includes a morning session that lasts two to three hours and an afternoon session of the same length. In between the daily seminars, participants will have time for lunch. Evenings are dedicated to social time and we will provide a suggested range of activities in Princeton. Additional activities are planned for students participating in the high school seminars. 

I still have questions. How can I find out more?
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