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Exploration Courses

Experience WashU from Home

Program Overview

Our Exploration Courses provide students the opportunity to experience WashU from home. Through these online, noncredit courses, students explore a topic or subject through a series of interactive activities, lectures and discussions with pre-college peers from around the world. This program is ideal for students who are looking for the flexibility of an online experience and want to build college readiness skills.

Exploration Courses are offered asynchronously. This means students will not have set required times to attend class. However students should not mistake this flexibility with a self-paced course. Each course will include discussions, lectures, readings and assignments that will need to be completed by specific deadlines. Students should plan to log in to their course regularly to participate in activities, engage with the material, and complete assignments. Students should expect about 30-40 hours of course activities. Instructors will schedule optional synchronous office hours each week for students to check-in and ask questions about course content. 


To be eligible to register for an Exploration Course students should:

  • Be a current 11th or 12th grade high school student.
  • Have a strong academic record which may include experience in honors, AP or IB level courses.
  • Meet any prerequisites listed for a course.


Students interested in enrolling should submit a registration form, copy of their transcript, and $100 nonrefundable registration fee to our office by the deadlines indicated below. The $100 nonrefundable registration fee is applied to the total balance due. Once registration is approved and enrollment processed, you will receive an invoice for the remaining balance due before the start of classes.

Registration Deadlines

  • Spring 2022: January 3, 2022
  • Summer 2022: May 2, 2022

Space is limited in these courses, so we encourage students not to wait until the deadline to submit registration materials.

Fees and Scholarships

The 2021-2022 program fee for Explorations Courses is $985 per course. Need-based scholarship assistance is available. Children of Washington University employees and returning students are eligible for a 10% discount. Details on need-based scholarships and discounts are available here.

Grades and Transcripts

At the conclusion of course work, enrollment in an Exploration Course will be recorded and become part of a student's record at Washington University. Exploration Courses are noncredit courses. Noncredit courses do not issue a traditional letter grade (A, B, C, D, F). Instead, students will receive an "L" for successful completion/audit or a "Z" for unsuccessful completion/audit. Students are evaluated based on engagement in Canvas ("attendance"), completion of assignments by deadlines, quality of work produced, participation in discussions, as well as their ability to adhere to academic integrity standards and program policies. 

Because Exploration Courses are noncredit, no transferable credit is earned.

Enrollment in an Exploration Course does not guarantee acceptance into undergraduate or graduate programs at Washington University.


Once a student has been enrolled for course work, they will be invited to join the A&S Pre-College Orientation in Canvas which includes additional information about policies, procedures, and available resources.

Courses and Dates

Courses are taught by Washington University instructors from across disciplines and research fields. Offerings rotate every year.

View 2022 Courses and Dates

Ready to register?

Registration for 2022 opens November 1.