High School Summer Institutes

Discover your passion

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.


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.

2021 Institutes

Information for 2021 programs will be available in November.

Program Fees

The program fee for High School Summer Institutes is $3,985 which includes all residential and most academic expenses. Need-based scholarship assistance is available.

Learn more about fees and scholarships

Pre-College Course

Students participating in our High School Summer Institutes are also enrolled in our Pre-College Community Course through Canvas. This course is designed to introduce students to our pre-college community and college life as well as to support students as they make the transition to undergraduate course work. The course includes: orientation materials, academic support and advising, ways to connect with peers, and wellness resources. Students complete a series of required activities as part of the course and earn a certificate of completion at its conclusion.

Through this course students also have the opportunity to earn a series of Learning Badges and a College Readiness CertificateThese optional enrichment activities are a great way for a student to build their resume over the summer and prepare for college success.

How to Apply

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

  • $35 nonrefundable application fee
  • Transcript
  • Teacher recommendation
  • International applicants must send a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score report.

The deadline to submit an application and all supplemental information is April 1, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Questions about applying? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page.

Applications for 2021 will open November 2020.

I have found my passion in life. This is my dream and I feel supported here to be on the right path to success.

―Marcelarising senior from Curitiba, Brazil