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Early College Scholars Program

Challenge Yourself Academically

Through our Early College Scholars Program, students have the opportunity to enroll in one course for credit and study alongside undergraduates. Students select from a broad range of stimulating introductory courses in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. This program is ideal for students who want to earn college credit, challenge themselves academically and explore academic interests throughout the academic year. 

In addition to course work, Early College Scholars participate in specialized college readiness, community building, and academic support activities.

For the 2021 summer, the Early College Scholars Program will be offered remotely. 

    2021 Dates

    The Early College Scholars Program is a five-week program in the summer. Students may choose from two different five-week sessions: June 14-July 16 or July 19-August 19, 2021. Orientation for students will open June 7.

    New for 2021! Early College Scholars: Language, Arts, & Culture 

    We are excited to announce a new section of Early College Scholars "Language, Arts, & Culture." In partnership with University College, the adult and continuing education division of WashU, this section of Early College Scholars offers 8-10 week asynchronous courses focused on foreign language, art, and culture. Students can discover a new language, explore how to become an artist, and experience the art of mathematical thinking. Course listings and dates are available here.


    To be eligible for Early College Scholars students should:

    • Be a current junior in high school (graduating in 2022).*
    • Have an academic average of B+ (3.3/4.0) or better.
    • As an international student, have a TOEFL score of at least 90, IETLS of at least 6.5, or Duolingo of at least 115.

    *Current freshmen and sophomores graduating in 2023 or 2024 are also welcome to apply. We may ask for additional supplemental information based on the student's academic record.

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    2021 Courses and Schedule

    Courses are taught by WashU instructors from across campus disciplines and research fields including humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics. Course offerings rotate every year.

    Learn more

    Program Fees

    The program fee for Early College Scholars is $2,655. Need-based scholarship assistance is available.

    Learn more about fees and scholarships

    Pre-College Community Course

    Students participating in our Early College Scholars Program are also enrolled in our Pre-College Community Course through Canvas. This noncredit course is designed to introduce students to college life and support students as they make the transition to undergraduate course work. The course includes activities that help build college readiness skills for success both inside and outside of the classroom. Students complete a series of required activities as part of the course, and can engage in additional optional activities.

    Through this course students also have the opportunity to earn a series of Learning Badges and a College Readiness Certificate. These optional enrichment activities are a great way for students to build their resume over the summer.

    How to Apply

    In order to apply to Early College Scholars, students must complete an online application, including short essays, and submit the following supplemental information:

    • $40 nonrefundable application fee
    • Transcript
    • Teacher recommendation
    • International applicants must send a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score report

    The deadline to submit an application with essays and all supplemental information is April 1, 2021 at 11:59pm.

    Questions about applying? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page.


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    “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