High School Summer Academy

Develop research skills, earn credit, and hone your critical thinking

2020 Program Update: After careful and thoughtful discussion, and with the health and safety of our instructors, staff, and students in mind, we have made the decision to cancel all in-person pre-college programs for the 2020 summer. Students can still experience WashU online this summer with our Early College Scholars Program.


We are excited to announce a new addition to our pre-college programming: High School Summer Academy! Through this program, students enroll in one 3-unit course for credit taught by a distinguished WashU professor. In addition to the traditional classroom experience, students will participate in a series of research-focused sessions and off-campus field trips leading to the development of an original research project.

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.

2020 Dates

The High School Summer Academy is offered once during the summer from June 7-27, 2020.


To be eligible for a High School Summer Academy students should:

  • Be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school (graduating in 2023, 2022 or 2021).
  • Have an academic average of B+ (3.3/4.0) or better.
  • As an international student, provide documentation of your ability to complete coursework in English (equivalent of a TOEFL score of 90).

2020 Courses and Instructors

Courses are taught by WashU faculty from across campus disciplines and research fields. Themes and course offerings will rotate every summer allowing students to attend a different academy each year.

Explore 2020 course descriptions and instructor bios

Program Fee

The 2020 High School Summer Academy program fee is $5,985 which includes all residential and most academic expenses. Need-based scholarship assistance is available.

Learn more about fees and scholarships

How to Apply

In order to apply to the High School Summer Academy, students must complete an online application, including two short essays, and submit the following supplemental information:

  • $35 nonrefundable application fee
  • Transcript
  • Teacher recommendation
  • International applicants must send proof of English ability

Once a student submits their application, they will receive information on submitting supplemental information. We review applications on a rolling basis. Once we receive all of the required supplemental information to complete an application, students are notified by email of the admission decision within 10-12 business days. Qualified applicants are admitted until all spaces in the program are filled or until April 1. We strongly encourage students to apply early!

Applications for 2020 summer have closed. Applications for 2021 will open November 2020.

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to the High School Summer Academy!

Learn about the next steps in the registration process