All of our programs are taught by WashU affiliated instructors which include faculty, graduate students, post docs, and adjuncts. Our office works closely with instructors to ensure an excellent student academic experience.

For our High School Summer Institutes and Middle School Summer Challenge, classroom program assistants are present throughout the day to lead activities, chaperone field trips, and provide academic mentoring.

High School Summer Scholars Program

Summer undergraduate courses include as much material as regular semester courses. When offered during the regular school year, these courses are given over 16 weeks, so the pace during the summer is quite accelerated. Students should plan on spending 2-3 hours working outside of class for every hour spent in class. Because missing one summer class is equivalent to missing well over a half week of a semester course, attendance is extremely important. It is important to note that these are not courses designed for high school students, but rather the regular courses offered to the WashU undergraduate population. For more specific details visit the High School Summer Scholars Program section of the website.

High School Summer Academy

The academy combines undergraduate course work with organized field trips and research project. Students enroll in one 3-unit course that meets from 9:00am-12:00pm, have a break for lunch and independent study from 12:00-2:00pm, and afternoon sessions which include field trips and research sessions from 2:00-4:30pm. For more specific details visit the High School Summer Academy section of the website.

High School Summer Institutes

Institutes combine traditional undergraduate curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and small group activities. Students are required to complete a final project which varies with each institute, as well as weekly assignments and nightly readings. Each institute has a morning session from 9:00am-12:00pm, a break for lunch and independent study from 12:00-2:00pm, and an afternoon session from 2:00-4:30pm. For more specific details visit the institute section of the website.

Middle School Summer Challenge

Our middle school courses are designed to build on current knowledge and challenge students to explore further topics that interest them. Classes include lectures, discussion, hands-on activities, and small group work. For more details on the courses offered and daily schedule, visit the Middle School Summer Challenge section of the website.

Academic Support Groups

Regular academic support groups provide an opportunity for students enrolled in the same courses to meet and discuss issues outside of the classroom. These groups, led by our academic supervisor, are designed to assist with time management as well as understanding the syllabus and course curriculum. These groups also aid in identifying students who may need tutoring or other additional support during the program. Attendance at these academic support groups is mandatory.


We recognize that some students may have individualized academic needs whether it be help with study strategies, note taking, or understanding course content. We offer each student up to two hours of tutoring per week during the program. In addition, specialized workshops are also available to support students in essay writing, presentation skills, and final project preparation.

Grades and Transcripts

At the conclusion of each program, participation in the program will be recorded and become part of a student's record at WashU. High School Summer Scholars and High School Summer Academy students may request an official transcript of grades earned to be sent to any school to which they are applying for undergraduate admission. Requests should be made through the Office of the University Registrar. If a student is applying for undergraduate admission to WashU, they will need to send a copy of their transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Students in our noncredit programs will receive an official certificate of completion which will be mailed to the home address two to three weeks after the program end date.

Course Materials

High School Summer Scholars and High School Summer Academy students will need to purchase textbooks. The cost of textbooks can vary greatly depending on the course and instructor. Students may spend as little as $50, or as much as $300. A few courses will have no required textbooks, so students should not be alarmed if there is not a textbook listed for their course.

For our noncredit programs, we will provide any required textbooks or reading materials.

Undergraduate Admission

It is important to note that acceptance into one of our pre-college programs does not guarantee acceptance into WashU. For those students who successfully participate in one of our programs, this will be noted in their WashU undergraduate application file.