Early College Scholars Program

Experience WashU from home this summer

Through our Early College Scholars program, students have the opportunity to enroll in online course work and experience our unique WashU pre-college experience from home. Credit and noncredit options are available so students may choose the online experience that works best for them. 

    Choose Your Course Experience

    Students may enroll in up to three courses during the summer (a maximum of 7 units). All courses are taught by WashU affiliated instructors which include faculty, graduate students, post docs, and adjuncts. Students can select credit, noncredit, or a combination of both. Courses are offered over five different sessions. Dates for these sessions are included in the links below.

    Credit Courses

    We offer a variety of introductory courses in humanities, natural sciences, math, and social sciences. Students study alongside undergraduate and visiting students and earn college credit.

    Learn more about for credit course options

    Noncredit Exploration Courses

    New for 2020! Explore the inner workings of the mind, enhance your writing, hone your leadership skills, and discover the worlds of medicine and genetic engineering with these exciting new noncredit courses. 



    To be eligible for Early College Scholars students should:

    • Be a current high school student.
    • Have an academic average of B+ (3.3/4.0) 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. 


    Tuition for credit courses ranges from $665-$700 per credit hour. Most courses are 3 credit hours. Noncredit courses are $985 each. Payment is due in full to register for courses. 

    Special Program Discounts

    • Returning Student Discount: A 10% discount is awarded to students who previously attended a WashU Pre-College Program and apply and are admitted to the 2020 Early College Scholars Program. 
    • WashU Employee Discount: We offer a 10% discount to all admitted students of benefits-eligible WashU employees. In order to qualify for the discount, a student must be a dependent child both by relation (birth, legally adopted, or step-child) and financially to a benefits-eligible WashU employee. A completed WashU Employee Discount Verification Form must also be submitted to our office by June 1.

    Limited need-based scholarship assistance is available for Early College Scholars. Please contact our office for details.

    Code of Conduct

    By deciding to attend our programs, students commit themselves to maintaining the highest academic and social standards. 

    Read our program policies and expectations

    Pre-College Online Community

    Students enrolled in courses through Early College Scholars have access to our online pre-college community through Canvas. This community includes all of the programming and resources of our residential programs in an online format including: orientation materials, academic support and advising, social activities with peers, and wellness resources.

    In addition, students can explore the vibrant city of St. Louis, discover what makes WashU so unique, and participate in college readiness activities in order to earn Learning Badges and a College Readiness Certificate. Students will also have the opportunity to enter essays in our annual Student Reflection Essay Contest and contribute to a service project. A team of WashU undergraduate staff will be available throughout the summer to lead weekly social activities, provide academic support and mentoring, and share insights on life at WashU.

    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 the new extended deadline of June 1, 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 be provided information on next steps for registering within 5-7 business days.

    Applications for the 2020 Summer have closed. Applications for 2021 summer will open November 2020.

    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 the new extended deadline of June 1, 2020. After review of the form, students will be contacted via email regarding the next steps for registering within 5-7 business days. 

    Applications for the 2020 Summer have closed. Applications for 2021 summer will open November 2020.

    “Being surrounded by people with similar minds with vastly different personalities and backgrounds was an incredible immersion into the college experience that I will not soon forget."

    ―AJ2017 and 2019 WashU Pre-College Student

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