High School Summer Scholars Program

Live on campus, enroll in undergraduate courses, and earn college credit

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.


Through our High School Summer Scholars Program, students have the opportunity to enroll in courses for credit and study alongside undergraduates. Students select from a broad range of stimulating introductory courses in the humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences. 

High School Summer Scholars 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.

2020 Sessions

We offer three different sessions of the High School Summer Scholars Program: 

  • Session A: June 7-July 11 (five weeks)
  • Session B: July 12-August 14 (five weeks)
  • Session C: June 7-August 1 (eight weeks)


To be eligible for the High School Summer Scholars Program students should:

  • Be a current sophomore or junior in high school (graduating in 2021 or 2022).
  • Have an academic average of B+ (3.3/4.0) or better.
  • Have a combined SAT score of at least 1200 or a combined ACT score of at least 25.*
  • 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.

*We will accept the PSAT in place of the SAT or the ACT Aspire in place of the ACT, or you may submit an additional teacher recommendation if you do not have any standardized test scores to report.

2020 Courses

Students choose from a variety of introductory courses in humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences.

Learn more about 2020 courses

Program Fees

Program fees include all residential and most academic expenses. The 2020 fee for Sessions A or B is $8,385. The 2020 fee for Session C is $10,885. Need-based scholarship assistance is available.

Learn more about fees and scholarships

How to Apply

In order to apply to the High School Summer Scholars Program, students must complete an online application, including three 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

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 October 1, 2020.

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

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to High School Summer Scholars!

Learn about the next steps in the registration process