Collegiate Institute Program Application

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Collegiate Inst
Instructions and Guidelines
We're excited that you've decided to apply for admission to the Collegiate Institute Program at the Institute for Responsible Citizenship.

The online application for admission is broken down into several small pages. Please complete the information on each page, review your information at the end, then submit your application. 

Keep in mind that:
  • All fields marked with an asterisk (*) on the application are required.
  • You must click the 'Submit' button at the end to send your application to us. 
  • Review your application at the end before you submit it.
Interested candidates must meet the following guidelines:

African American Male College Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
Applicants must have freshmen, sophomore or junior standing at an accredited college or university. Second year community college students are welcome to apply, but must show proof of acceptance to a four-year institution before beginning their first semester in the Collegiate Institute.

Campus Involvement
Applicants should be active members of their campus communities, including student organizations, arts or athletic programs, and community service activities.

One-Year Commitment
Applicants must be willing to commit for the duration of the semester or year-long program in the Collegiate Institute. Participants are encouraged to continue with the program the years leading up to their college graduation, but it is not required.

For questions or more information regarding eligibility, please email, Colin Ganges at

Regional Collegiate Institute

Background Information


If you go by a name other than your legal first name and you'd prefer that we call you by that name, enter that name below.

(Example: Your name is William, but you prefer to be called Bill.)

Academic Background

Sophomore, 2026

Campus Address

123 Main Street

Parent/Guardian Information

123 Main Street


Institute Connection

Short Essays

Complete each of the following questions about yourself. Do not think too long or hard; just help us get to know you. Please be mindful of suggested space limits (approximately 250 words).

Uploaded Files
Please upload the appropriate file for each item requested.

Detail the extent of your campus involvement, volunteerism, and work experience. This allows us to better assess your leadership abilities.

Writing Samples
Please submit two papers you have written in college-level courses. Your writing samples should demonstrate your ability to think critically. If possible, please submit papers that bear a professor's grade and remarks, but this is not a requirement.

Profile Photo
Please provide a clear, recent profile picture.

Additional Application Materials

To complete your application, we must also receive:

One Letter of Recommendation
Your recommender may provide their letter to you in a sealed envelope or email them in PDF form directly to

Your application will not be reviewed until we have received all components including your letter of recommendation. Your may send your letter of recommendation either electronically to or physically to:

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship
1227 25th Street, NW, Sixth Floor
Washington, DC 20037