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Continue on your path of academic excellence

Students may choose from one of the following summer programs:

  • High School Summer Scholars Program
    • Residential program for 11th grade (graduating in 2022)
    • Enroll in two undergraduate courses for credit 
  • High School Summer Academy 
    • Residential program for 11th grade (graduating in 2022)
    • Enroll in one undergraduate course for credit and one noncredit research development course
    • Create an original research project 
  • Early College Scholars Program
    • Commuter program for 11th grade (graduating in 2022) 
    • Enroll in one undergraduate course for credit
  • High School Summer Institutes 
    • Residential programs for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade (graduating in 2022, 2023, or 2024)
    • Interdisciplinary, noncredit programs with a focused theme
    • Exploration Courses 
      • Online, noncredit program for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade (graduating in 2022, 2023, or 2024)
      • Explore a specific topic more in depth
    • Middle School Summer Challenge
      • Commuter program for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students
      • Arts/humanities and STEM courses combined with leadership and team building activities

    Why WashU?

    This is a question we often hear from parents and students. There are many reasons a pre-college program at WashU stands apart from other universities:

    Commitment to academic success

    Whether students choose to attend a for credit or noncredit program the benefits are the same. Students gain invaluable experience managing time, studying for exams, writing papers, and collaborating with peers.

    Learn more about how we support students

    Development of college readiness skills

    Through our challenging and innovative programming, students develop skills that prepare them for college success, both inside and outside of the classroom.

    Learn more about our college readiness activities

    Clear community expectations and guidelines

    By deciding to attend our programs, students commit themselves to maintaining the highest academic and social standards. 

    Read our code of conduct
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    Dedicated One-on-one Support

    We know that attending a pre-college program can be an exciting, but sometimes challenging experience. We also recognize that each student will have their own individual needs during the program. This is why we assign each student a program assistant to provide academic, residential, and emotional support. Students meet regularly with their program assistant to discuss questions and concerns, provide insight on campus resources, and encourage social involvement.

    Not sure which program is right for you?

    Let us help!