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High School Summer Scholars Program

Explore academic interests

Through our High School Summer Scholars Program, students have the opportunity to enroll in two courses for credit and study alongside undergraduates. Students select from a broad range of stimulating introductory courses in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics. This program is ideal for students who want to earn college credit, challenge themselves academically and explore courses in a specific major or subject. 

In addition to course work, High School Summer Scholars participate in specialized college readiness, community building, and academic support activities.

For the 2021 summer, the High School Summer Scholars Program will be offered remotely. 

2021 Dates

The High School Summer Scholars Program is a five-week program offered from July 19-August 19, 2021. Orientation for students will open June 7.


To be eligible for the High School Summer Scholars Program 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.

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2021 Courses and Schedule

Courses are taught by WashU instructors from across campus disciplines and research fields including humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics. Course offerings rotate every summer.

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Program Fees

The 2021 program fee for High School Summer Scholars is $5,195. Need-based scholarship assistance is available.

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Pre-College Community Course

Students participating in our High School Summer Scholars Program are also enrolled in our Pre-College Community Course through Canvas. This noncredit course is designed to introduce students to college life and support students as they make the transition to undergraduate course work. The course includes activities that help build college readiness skills for success both inside and outside of the classroom. Students complete a series of required activities as part of the course, and can engage in additional optional activities.

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

How to Apply

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

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • Transcript
  • Teacher recommendation
  • International applicants must send a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score report

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

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

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As a first-generation college student I am learning the skills in this program that will allow me to be more successful when applying to college. This program is strengthening my college readiness before I enter my senior year. I love this program so much, I already plan to apply again next year!

―King James "KJ"rising junior from Cleveland, OH