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Frequently Asked Questions


How will COVID-19 affect in-person summer programs?

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.


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?

Once you submit your application you will receive directions on submitting your supplemental information. You will receive a link to the teacher recommendation form which you will send to your teacher and ask to complete on your behalf.

We do not accept teacher recommendations before a program application is submitted.

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

For students who do not meet the grade eligibility requirement for a program, we encourage you to reach out to our office before submitting an application, but you are welcome to still apply to the program of your choice. We may ask for additional supplemental information based on your academic record.

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. 

Can I apply to multiple programs?

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

If a student is interested in attending multiple programs with different dates, then they should contact our office first before submitting their applications.


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 the April 1 deadline. 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 $40 application fee when it presents a financial hardship. Please contact our office to receive directions on submitting a fee waiver request form.

Do you offer travel stipends?

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

Residential Life

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

Can I commute to campus?

Our high school summer residential programs (High School Summer Scholars, 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. 

What is the supervision for pre-college students?

For residential students, program assistants live in the residence hall with the students to oversee residential aspects of the program. All staff members have passed federal background checks, are CPR/First Aid certified, and participate in online and in person training program designed for working with youth. Our staff provides academic support, plans social activities, and ensures the rules and regulations of the program are followed. Our staff enforces the program Code of Conduct, which students and their parents must all sign. 

For our High School Summer Institutes and Middle School Summer Challenge programs, program assistants are present throughout the day to lead activities, chaperone field trips, and provide academic mentoring. 

Parent and students are provided the phone number for our on-call supervisor who is available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

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. 

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. 

Other Questions

Do you provide health insurance to purchase?

We are not able to provide short-term health insurance to students. One online option we recommend is Travel Insure. As you search for options, be sure that you purchase short-term medical insurance, not to be confused with “travel insurance.” Please note that, whatever company you use it must have a U.S. mailing address and phone number. 

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.


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