High School Summer Institutes allow students to discover a new passion, or dive deeper into an existing one, through a noncredit, interdisciplinary environment. Each institute has a specific theme or focus and includes traditional undergraduate classroom activities like lectures, discussions, small group collaboration and final projects. Students interact with WashU instructors from across a variety of disciplines and examine the connections between these different fields of study and research. These programs are ideal for students who want to experience undergraduate curriculum without the pressure of a grade and network with a variety of departments and instructors.
High School Summer Institute students live on campus in one of our top-ranked, air-conditioned residence halls. In addition to coursework, students participate in specialized seminars, workshops, academic support groups, weekend outings, and evening social events.
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 Institute students should:
- Be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school (graduating in 2024, 2023, or 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.