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Early College Scholars Program

Commute from home this summer

Through our Early College Scholars program, local St. Louis area 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 live at home during the summer. 

In addition to course work, Early College Scholars participate in specialized seminars, workshops, and academic support groups.

    2021 Dates

    The Early College Scholars Program is a five-week program. Students may choose from two different five-week sessions: June 14-July 16 or July 19-August 19, 2021.


    WashU is taking significant measures to protect the community from COVID-19. Visit WashU Together for more information on WashU's COVID-19 response. 

    If we are unable to offer in-person (commuter or residential) pre-college programs, we will shift to remote programming. We will communicate with students and parents regarding new program fees and details before admission decisions are sent.


    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.
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    2021 Courses and Program Structure

    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 summer.

    Learn more

    Program Fees

    The program fee for Early College Scholars is $3,585 which includes lunch, special activities, and most academic expenses. Need-based scholarship assistance is available.

    Learn more about fees and scholarships

    Pre-College Community Course

    Students participating in our High School Summer Scholars Program are also enrolled in our Pre-College Community Course through Canvas. This course is designed to introduce students to our pre-college community and college life as well as to support students as they make the transition to undergraduate course work. The course includes: orientation materials, academic support and advising, ways to connect with peers, and wellness resources. Students complete a series of required activities as part of the course and earn a certificate of completion at its conclusion.

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

    How to Apply

    In order to apply to the Early College Scholars Program, 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

    Students choose which Early College Scholars session they would like to attend during the registration process not during the application process.

    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