Early College Scholars allows high school students to enroll in courses through University College, the professional and continuing education division of the College of Arts & Sciences. This program is an ideal option for students who:
- Have unique academic interests not available through their high school.
- Are looking for courses beyond their high school curriculum.
- Need to enroll in a college course to fulfill a high school requirement.
- Are exploring alternative options to AP courses.
- Want to advance their knowledge in a particular academic area such as writing or foreign language.
- Would like a commuter option to our residential summer pre-college programs.
Not from the St. Louis area? We offer a select number of online courses through Early College Scholars as well.
To be eligible for Early College Scholars students should:
- Be a current high school student.
- Have an academic average of B (3.0/4.0) or better.
- Meet any prerequisites for the course they wish to enroll.
- As an international student, have a TOEFL score of at least 90, IETLS of at least 6.5, or Duolingo of at least 115.
For students younger than high school, please contact our office to discuss application requirements which include a letter of recommendation from a teacher and interview with administrative personnel.
Students may choose from a variety of courses in humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences. Students may enroll in up to two undergraduate courses (maximum of 7 units). Not all courses offered by University College and the Summer School are available for high school students to enroll.
Please note that these course listings are subject to change or cancellation without notice. All course selections must be approved by our office, and students must meet all prerequisites for a course to enroll. Some enrollments are subject to instructor or department approval. These are regularly scheduled undergraduate courses, so space is limited in some courses. Select a link below to view available courses for this summer.
Students enrolled in courses through Early College Scholars have access to our online Pre-College Community through Canvas. This community provides a number of resources for students and includes all of the programming that we offer in our residential programs in an online format including:
- Orientation materials
- Academic support and advising
- Ways to build connections with other pre-college students
- Wellness resources
In addition students can explore St. Louis area attractions and discover what makes WashU so unique. Students can also participate in college readiness activities and earn a College Readiness Certificate as well as special badges for developing skills in leadership, research, and service. Students will also have the opportunity to enter essays in our annual Student Reflection Essay contest.
Per interim University policy, our office is working remotely. We encourage you to send any inquiries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration materials will be processed once we return to campus on April 22.
WashU is closely tracking the spread of Covid-19 (novel coronavirus). In the event any changes are made to summer programs, we will communicate this information to parents and students. Please visit the WashU Emergency Management website for the latest updates.