Continue on your path of academic excellence

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.


Students may choose from one of the following summer programs:

  • High School Summer Scholars 
    • Credit, residential program for 10th and 11th grade
    • Course options include humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences
  • High School Summer Institutes 
    • Noncredit, residential programs for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade
    • Topics include medicine, engineering, writing, leadership, philosophy, and environmental science
  • High School Summer Academy 
    • Credit, residential program for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade
    • Research focused
  • Middle School Summer Challenge
    • Commuter program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
    • Arts/humanities and STEM courses combined with leadership and team building activities
  • Early College Scholars Program
    • Commuter and online program 
    • Noncredit and for credit course options available.

Not sure which program is right for you? Let us help!

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:

  • Development of college readiness skills
  • Dedicated one-on-one support
  • Exceptional residential experience
  • Commitment to academic success
  • Clear community expectations and guidelines

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.

Residential Experience

The opportunity to live on campus in one of WashU's top-ranked residence halls is one of our high school students' favorite aspects of their experience. Students develop their independence from learning to live harmoniously with a suite mate to making their own dining choices. And most importantly, students make friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

Learn about life on campus

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. 


Code of Conduct

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

Read our Code of Conduct