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Health & Wellness

Promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being

We are committed to providing an environment that supports the physical, mental, and emotional health of our students and staff. Listed below are some of the ways we promote health and wellness in our programs.

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. Students meet regularly with their program assistants to discuss questions and concerns.  

Mindfulness Space

Within our residence hall, students will find our dedicated mindfulness space. This space allows for quiet reflection and contains activities designed to help relax the body and mind and help reduce stress. Students can use the space as often as they want during non-curfew hours. 

Recharge Sundays

After a busy week, we take time on Sundays to recharge, reflect, and relax. Students are encouraged to sleep in and participate in restful activities such as: 

WashU Spaces for Prayer and Reflection

WashU offers a number of quiet campus areas where students can pause and reflect. A list of these spaces is available through the Office for Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life..

South 40 Fitness Center

The South 40 Fitness Center is conveniently located on the South 40 residential area of campus not far from the residence hall. This center includes cardio and strength equipment. This facility is available for use by our students during the summer Monday-Friday from 5:00-7:00pm. A signed parent waiver is required in order to use the facility.

In addition, there are a number of outdoor spaces that students can use during the program including:

  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • Ultimate Frisbee/soccer fields
  • Recreational pool (not ideal for swimming laps)
  • Outdoor track

Students should plan to bring their own equipment if they choose to use any of the above listed outdoor spaces. 

Medical Care

If students become ill during the program, we will support them in making arrangements to visit Total Access Urgent Care. Routine and preventative care is not available on campus during the summer. For guidelines on medication and medical care during the program, please review Notification Regarding Medications and Medical Care.


All pre-college students must provide proof of immunization for the following:

  • Two vaccines each for measles, mumps and rubella after the age of one year old. A blood test to check for immunity (titers) may be provided in lieu of the immunizations. 
  • Meningococcal vaccine (Menactra, Menveo, MenQuadfi, MCV4, MenACWY, MPSV4).
  • One tuberculosis test (PPD skin test or blood test such as T-spot or Quantiferon gold) in the past six months for students at high risk of tuberculosis. High risk for tuberculosis includes: born in a high-prevalence country; travel for more than two months to a high-prevalence country; contact with active tuberculosis; HIV positive; suppressed immune system from illness or medication (e.g., organ transplant, prednisone treatment); medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer or kidney failure; body weight 10% or more below ideal body weight; work in prison, nursing home, homeless shelter or hospital; work in lab with mycobacteria; history of abnormal chest X-ray.
  • As a condition of employment, enrollment, and/or access to Washington University and affiliated facilities, all University employees, students, and trainees must be immunized by vaccination against COVID-19 unless granted a medical or religious exemption from the University. Additional information on immunization requirements can be found here.