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Frequently Asked Questions


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

We are planning to host in-person programming for the 2022 summer based on current University guidelines. If we are unable to host in-person programming, we will shift to remote learning.


Do you require SAT or ACT scores?

We do not require any standardized test scores for our pre-college programs.

Does my transcript have to be an official copy from the school?

No. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable as long as they include your name, school, and all grades received to date. We do not require that the transcript be sent from the school, so you may submit your transcript to our office directly. You will receive information about how to upload your transcript once you submit your application.

How do I submit my teacher recommendation?

When completing your application you will be prompted to enter the contact information (first name, last name, phone number, and email) of your recommender. Once you submit your application, your teacher will receive a link via email to complete a recommendation form.

We do not accept teacher recommendation forms before a program application is submitted. We do not accept letters of recommendation in lieu of the recommendation form. Only one recommendation is required for the application; no additional recommendations will be accepted.

I don't meet the year in school requirement for a program I'm interested in applying to, what should I do?

For students who do not meet the year in school eligibility requirement for a program, we encourage you to reach out to our office to discuss how you believe the specific program aligns with your academic experience and goals.

I am a home schooled student, can I still apply?

We welcome home schooled students into our programs. We ask that your teacher recommendation be completed by an individual who can speak to your academic abilities, and is preferably not the parent. If you have done any study elsewhere, that instructor or tutor would be a good source for a recommendation. We're looking specifically for someone who can comment on your level of maturity as well as your academic and personal abilities.

As for the transcript, you may submit a list of the courses taken with final grades and your parent's certification of mastery. 

How do you review applications?

We take a holistic approach to the application review process in order to understand each student’s educational aspirations and academic readiness to ensure the student can thrive at WashU. 

We review all applications after the deadline. Submitting early does not affect a student's admission decision. However we do encourage you to apply early to ensure all of your supplemental information is received by the deadline of April 1.

Will attending one of these programs help me get into WashU for undergraduate studies?

It is important to note that acceptance into one of our programs does not guarantee acceptance into WashU. We do send a list of students who successfully completed our programs to the admissions office at the end of each summer and participation is noted in admission files. Students also receive a fee waiver for the undergraduate application. 

Can I apply to multiple programs?

Students are not permitted to submit applications for multiple programs. We ask that students choose instead the program that best fits their educational goals and submit an application for that program.


Is the credit earned in the for credit programs transferrable?

Upon completion of for credit course work, students may request a transcript from WashU that will list their coursework and grades earned. Every university has its own pre-matriculation transfer credit policy and we encourage students to do their research as they make future plans. For current guidelines on pre-matriculation credit at WashU, please review the Pre-Matriculation Units section of the WashU Bulletin.

If students intend to use credit earned for high school graduation requirements, that must be arranged by the student with their high school. 

What are the class and program sizes?

Programs range from 50-100 students. Individual course and institute class size can vary between 5-30 students.

Why is legal sex a required question on the application?

We welcome and encourage students of every sex and gender to apply. We define legal sex as your current gender marker on your government documents, such as your birth certificate, state ID, or driver's license. If you would like to share more about your gender or sex, you may use our gender and pronouns questions. 

Details on the University's Preferred Name Policy are available here.

Can I miss a few days of my program due to other commitments?

We strongly encourage students to commit to the full length of the program and to schedule other commitments when the program is not in session. Missing any part of the program can impact the student's experience and academic performance. 

I am a returning student, do I need to submit the full application?

If you have previously attended, and successfully completed, one of our pre-college programs you do need to reapply to attend. You will need to submit new essay responses and updated transcript, but we will waive the teacher recommendation and application fee. 

If admitted, you will receive the 10% returning student discount.

When will I get my admission decision?

Admission decisions are released on April 5, 2022.


For more information on program fees, scholarships, and cancellation policy please visit Fees and Scholarships.

Do you offer scholarship assistance?

We do have need-based scholarships available for our summer programs. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete an Application for Scholarship Assistance and submit to our office by semester deadlines. For more information on scholarships, please visit Fees and Scholarships.


I am a WashU employee, can I use my tuition benefit for these programs?

It is possible for employees to use their WashU tuition benefit to help pay for the for credit programs. You are only allowed eight semesters worth of tuition assistance per child and our programs would count as one of those semesters. Please contact the Office of Human Resources for further information. Our noncredit programs are not eligible for this tuition benefit.

We do offer a 10% discount to all admitted students of benefits-eligible WashU employees. In order to qualify for the discount, a student must be admitted to an eligible program and be a dependent child both by relation (birth, legally adopted, or step-child) and financially to a benefits-eligible WashU employee. For more information on the employee discount, please visit Fees and Scholarships.

Do you offer an application fee waiver?

We are happy to waive the application fee when it presents a financial hardship. For more information on requesting an application fee waiver, please visit Fees and Scholarships.

Do you offer travel stipends?

Our need-based scholarships do not include travel to and from the program.

Remote Learning

What do I need to have at home to participate in remote programming?

We recommend students have a computer and Wi-Fi, and access to a camera and microphone. We do not recommend the use of a cell phone only to participate in these courses.

What platform does WashU use for remote programming?

WashU uses Canvas for our learning management system. Via Canvas, instructors will also utilize Zoom, Kaltura, and other applications for instruction.

I'm from St. Louis, can I come to campus to study?

Local students enrolled in online courses only, may visit campus but need to contact our office first to make arrangements.

What does asynchronous mean? Do I get to just complete the course whenever I want?

For courses that are offered asynchronously, this means that students will have daily/weekly assignments to demonstrate engagement in material rather than viewing live lectures each day. Students are expected to log into the course daily beginning on the first day of class and check their WashU email for regular communication from the instructor.

These courses should not be confused with “on demand” or “self-paced” courses. Students are expected to be engaged participants and complete all assignments by the designated deadlines.

Residential Life

For more information about the residence hall, curfew, security and social activities visit Residential Life.

How secure is WashU's campus?

WashU has put into place a number of mechanisms for protecting and alerting our students about security threats on campus. These include additional security measures in our residential areas (video surveillance at building entrances and door peephole viewers in every residential hall room); a messaging system that can instantaneously send a short message to the computers and cell phones of students, faculty, and staff; and an Emergency website and telephone hotline. We have an excellent university police department that is state certified and trained to deal with emergency situations, and coordinates with other law enforcement and emergency responders throughout the region.

Do you provide chaperones from the airport?

Because of the number of students we have flying into the airport throughout the day for our various programs we are unable to arrange shuttle services for students upon arrival. Students will need to arrange their own transportation to campus via taxis or other airport shuttle services. A list of transportation options is available at: www.flystl.com/parking-and-transport/transportation.

What is the supervision for pre-college students?

Living in the residence hall are our residential program assistants, current WashU students who provide academic advice, plan social activities, and ensure the rules and regulations of the program are followed. Our program assistants participate in online and in person training programs designed for working with youth. All staff have passed background checks and are CPR/First Aid certified. We also have a residential program supervisor living on campus to oversee the residential aspects of our programs and act as an emergency contact for students and parents.

Can I commute to campus?

Our high school summer residential programs (High School Summer Scholars, High School Summer Launch, High School Summer Academy, and High School Summer Institutes) are designed to be residential only. 

We do have another option for students not interested in a residential program. Early College Scholars allows St. Louis area students to enroll in a WashU undergraduate course while commuting from home. 

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