Through the High School Summer Academy students enroll in one undergraduate course for credit and study alongside undergraduates. Students choose from introductory courses in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics. In addition to the traditional undergraduate classroom experience, students participate in a noncredit research skills course leading to the development of an original research project. This program is ideal for students who want to develop their critical thinking and research skills, earn college credit, and explore deeper a specific academic interest or field of study.
High School Summer Academy students live on campus in one of our top-ranked, air-conditioned residence halls. In addition to course work, students participate in specialized seminars, workshops, academic support groups, weekend outings, and evening social events.
The High School Summer Academy is a five-week program offered from June 13-July 17, 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 a High School Summer Academy 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, IELTS score of at least 6.5 or Duolingo score 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.