After careful and thoughtful discussion, and with the health and safety of our instructors, staff, and students in mind, we have made the decision to cancel all in-person pre-college programs for the 2020 summer. These programs are the High School Summer Scholars Program, High School Summer Institutes, High School Summer Academy, and Middle School Summer Challenge. Per our cancellation policy, any program fees paid to WashU, including the nonrefundable deposit, will be refunded.
We apologize for any inconvenience this announcement may cause. Please know we do not make this decision lightly, and we understand-and share in-the deep disappointment that this decision brings. We thank you for your patience as we process refunds as quickly as possible. We have created a web page that addresses cancellation questions.
We are excited to welcome you and other talented students to campus this summer. In order to secure your spot, we need to receive your $500 nonrefundable deposit and completed registration forms no later than May 1, 2020. This is not a postmark deadline, but the date that all paperwork and deposit must be received in our office. The $500 nonrefundable deposit is applied toward your total program fee due.
Your remaining balance is due June 1, 2020. For information on how to make a payment online see How to Make a Payment.
We will communicate via email with students and parents, so please add email@example.com to your email contacts in order to ensure our messages are not sent to your junk or spam folder.
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For international students, please review the information included on our International Students page very carefully. Included on this page are additional orientation materials designed for international students.
Per interim University policy, our office is working remotely. Registration materials will be processed once we return to campus on April 22.
Please select your program below to download your registration packet. These forms along with your nonrefundable deposit are due in our office by May 1, 2020. Please be sure to mail all forms, we cannot accept emailed or faxed registration forms. Forms should be mailed to:
Washington University in St. Louis
A&S Pre-College Programs
Campus Box 1145
11 North Jackson Avenue, Suite 1000
St. Louis, MO 63105-2153
Middle School Summer Challenge
High School Summer Institutes
High School Summer Scholars Program
Course registration for summer opens on March 25. Once you have been registered for courses, we will send a confirmation email.
For international students, we will provide an I-20 in order for you to apply for a F-1 student visa. In order to process your I-20, we must receive your completed registration packet, including passport copy and medical insurance, as well as payment in full. Once we receive your registration materials and payment it can take up to 3 weeks to process your I-20. We will email you a scanned copy of your I-20 as well as sending the original via FedEx. You may not attend the High School Summer Scholars Program on a B-1/B-2 tourist visa. If you currently have a valid F-1 student visa, please include a copy of that visa with your registration forms.
High School Summer Academy
Medical Care, Insurance, and Vaccinations
We do require all students have health insurance during the program which includes hospitalization coverage. We are not able to provide short-term health insurance to students. One online option we recommend is Travel Insure. Please note that, whatever company you use it must have a U.S. mailing address and phone number.
During the program, students will have access to Student Health Services as well as emergency services after hours. For guidelines on medication and medical care during the program, please review Notification Regarding Medications and Medical Care.
The following vaccinations are required for attendance in a WashU Pre-College Program:
- Two vaccines each for measles, mumps, and rubella after the age of one year. A titer may be provided in lieu of immunizations.
- Meningococcal vaccine (Menactra, Menveo, MCV4/MPSV4, Menomune).
- One tuberculosis test (PPD skin test or blood test such as T-spot or Quantiferon gold) in the past six months for students at high risk of tuberculosis. High risk for tuberculosis includes: foreign born from a high-prevalence country; travel for more than two months to a high-prevalence country; contact with active tuberculosis; HIV positive; suppressed immune system from illness or medication (e.g., organ transplant, prednisone treatment); medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer or kidney failure; body weight 10% or more below ideal body weight; work in prison, nursing home, homeless shelter or hospital; work in lab with mycobacteria; history of abnormal chest X-ray.
Student Accountability Chart
The Student Accountability Chart is meant to serve as a general guide to the accountability process to promote consistency in our pre-college community. This chart includes a list of program rules, policies, and regulations according to our Code of Conduct. Parents and students should review the chart before the start of the program.
Textbooks and Course Materials
High School Summer Scholars Program
Summer Scholars will need to purchase textbooks for their courses. The cost of textbooks can vary greatly depending on the course and instructor. Students may spend as much as $300 on textbooks. Beginning in May, textbook requirements and costs are posted on the Campus Bookstore website. This list is updated as instructors submit requests. When you visit the website you will be asked to identify a section number which are indicated below:
- Session A is section 21
- Session B is section 41
- Session C 8-week courses are section 31.
A few courses will have no required textbooks, so don’t be alarmed if a textbook is not listed or it says “no information received from instructor” or “course materials for this course have not been determined.” If a student changes their course schedule after the first day of classes, they will be responsible for returning textbooks no longer needed.
Textbooks can be purchased from the campus bookstore upon arrival to campus or purchased ahead of time. Books should not be sent to school prior to student’s arrival.
Students under the age of 18 are not permitted to rent textbooks.
High School Summer Institutes
There are no textbooks for Summer Institutes. Course materials for institutes will be available to download beginning May 31. Students will have access to print on campus during the program. Any materials that should be printed and brought to class are noted.
Please note that some programs do have assigned readings or assignments that should be completed before you arrive to campus or for the the first day of class. These will be noted as "Pre-Arrival Assignment or Reading" or "Day 1."
- Pre-Medical Institute
- Pre-Engineering Institute
- Global Leadership Institute
- Creative Writing Institute
- Environmental Studies Institute
- PNP Institute
- Young Leaders Institute
Middle School Summer Challenge
All course materials will be provided to students on the first day of classes.
High School Summer Academy
Textbook requirements will be available beginning May 1.
Should unforeseen circumstances require a student to cancel their registration for the program, we will issue a refund of the program fee as follows:
- June 1, 2020: Last day to cancel and receive 100% refund, excluding the $500 nonrefundable deposit.
- June 15, 2020: Last day to cancel and receive 50% refund, excluding the $500 nonrefundable deposit.
- July 1, 2020: Last day to cancel and receive 25% refund, excluding the $500 nonrefundable deposit.
- After July 1, 2020: No refunds will be issued.
No refunds will be issued for students who leave a program early.
In the event that the University decides to cancel a summer program, students will receive a full refund of the program fee including the nonrefundable deposit.
If a student is unable to attend a program as a result of travel or visa restrictions enacted by the U.S. government, the student will receive a full refund of the program fee including nonrefundable deposit. Please note, that the U.S. government will not issue refunds for SEVIS fees or for non-immigrant visa fees. WashU is not responsible for refunding SEVIS or non-immigrant visa fees.
WashU is not responsible for reimbursing costs not included in the program fee including travel expenses, textbooks, or personal expenses.
Please note, application fees are nonrefundable.
Other Important Information-High School Summer Programs
U.S. Cell Phone Requirement
All students are required to have a cell phone with a U.S. cell phone number. This requirement includes international students.
Permission to Leave Campus
Permission to Leave Campus Form: In order for a student to leave campus outside of approved off-campus hours or with someone who is not their parent or legal guardian we must receive a Permission to Leave Campus Form at least 24 hours prior to absence. Approved off-campus hours are Monday-Friday 5:00-9:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-9:00pm. During these times, students may sign-out and back in without special permission unless they will be departing campus with someone other than their parent or legal guardian. A separate form must be completed for each absence. Examples of when we need this form would be:
- A family member or friend would like to take your child off campus for dinner.
- Your child needs to be absent from the residence hall overnight.
- Your child wants to take an Uber or taxi to an off campus location.
Permission to Run Form: If your child would like to run in the mornings prior to 7:30am, or off campus outside of approved off campus hours, we must have a signed Permission to Run Form on file.
South 40 Fitness Center
The South 40 Fitness Center is conveniently located on the South 40 residential area of campus not far from the residence hall. This center includes cardio and strength equipment. This facility will be available for use by our students during the summer Monday-Friday from 5:30-7:30pm.
The cost for use of this facility is $10 per week, and should be paid in full in cash at check-in. We also require a signed parent waiver which should be turned in with your other registration forms.
In addition, there are a number of free outdoor spaces that students can use during the program including:
- Tennis courts
- Basketball courts
- Volleyball courts
- Ultimate Frisbee/soccer fields
- Recreational pool (not ideal for swimming laps)
- Outdoor track
We have tennis racquets, basketballs, soccer balls, and other sports equipment available for student use during the program.
WashU Undergraduate Admissions
We will be offering a variety of activities throughout the summer to introduce students to life at Washington University. For those students interested in learning more about the Washington University undergraduate admissions process, we encourage you to sign-up for a session through the Admissions office. Be sure that you do not sign up for a session that interferes with scheduled class meeting times or required academic support groups (reminder classes meet from 9:00am-12:00pm and 2:00-4:30pm; academic support groups are Mondays at 12:30pm).
For rising seniors: Washington University does not require interviews as part of the admission application process, although Admissions encourages students to interview while they are here for the program. To request an interview, contact the Admissions office. Be sure that you do not schedule an interview that interferes with scheduled class meeting times or required academic support groups. You must schedule your interview at least three days in advance.
Other Important Information-Middle School Summer Challenge
Drop-off and Pick-up Information
Students need to be dropped off each day between 8:30-8:50am at the Clocktower on Shepley Drive located just past Lien House (#71 on the map). Our program supervisor will be present to check students in and program assistants will escort students to class. Please do not plan to drop-off your student prior to 8:30am. Students are not allowed to be dropped off on campus without a staff member present.
Students need to be picked-up each day between 5:40-6:00pm in the same location as drop-off. Shepley Drive is a fire lane, so there is no parking permitted on Shepley Drive. If you would like to arrive early and park, please park in the Shepley Garage which is #96 on the campus map.