Early College Scholars Program

Commute from home or study online this summer

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. 

2020 Courses

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.

Pre-College Community

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. 

Covid-19 Information

Per interim University policy, our office is working remotely. We encourage you to send any inquiries via email to precollege@wustl.edu. 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.


Tuition ranges from $665-$995 per credit hour. Select science courses may cost more per credit hour and also require a lab fee (see course listings above). Payment is due in full at time of registration. Please note: we do not offer scholarship assistance for Early College Scholars.

How to Apply

New Applicants

In order to apply to Early College Scholars for the summer, students must complete an application and submit along with a current transcript by May 18, 2020. International students need to be sure to also include a copy of their TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test score. After review of the application, students will be contacted via email regarding admission decision and information on registering within 5-7 business days.

2020 Summer Application

Transfer Applicants

Students previously admitted to High School Summer Scholars Program, High School Summer Academy, or High School Summer Institutes are eligible to transfer their admission to Early College Scholars. Students should complete the form located below and submit to our office by May 18, 2020.