June 19-July 8, 2016 or July 17-August 5, 2016
current 10th-11th graders
Engineering is one of the fastest growing career fields in the world. Discover the exciting and diverse fields of engineering and learn how to apply scientific, economic, and social knowledge to solve problems, create new systems, or design a structure. We offer the Pre-Engineering Institute in both June and July.
Institutes are open to current sophomores or juniors in high school from across the country and around the world. You will live on campus, enjoy a variety of social opportunities, and prepare yourself for college success! Learn about life on campus during a WUSTL Summer Experience.
In the mornings, you will explore St. Louis through the eyes of an engineer. Visit the iconic St. Louis Arch, discover space travel at the James S. McDonnell Prologue Room at Boeing, visit local engineering firms, and learn about biotechnology at Monsanto.
Instructors will lead lectures and small-group discussions that give you an introduction to the various fields of engineering and allow you to explore concepts such as innovation, entrepreneurship, and biomedical ethics. This broad classroom experience is designed to prepare you for what it will be like to major in engineering, and answer questions such as "What field of engineering do I want to study?" and "What career opportunities are there in engineering?"
You will spend your afternoons in the School of Engineering Teaching Lab participating in a variety of labs focused on electrical, computer, biomedical, and systems engineering. You will design your own Arduino project that will be 3-D printed.
Each student completes an individual app proposal, a 250-word reflection essay, and a group research project. In groups of three, you will research a topic of your choice that is relevant to the current engineering community and create a poster project that you will present in a "science fair" style format to Washington University faculty and staff. Awards are presented to top projects in all three categories.
In addition to final projects, students will have various other in-class and homework assignments and be responsible for keeping a lab notebook for afternoon labs.
Program fees vary by institute and include all academic and residential expenses. Scholarship assistance is available. See 2016 Institute Program Fees for more information.
To be eligible for our Pre-Engineering Institutes you should:
- Be a rising junior or senior in high school during the 2016 summer.
- Have an academic average of B+ or better.
- Submit an online application with 250-word essay.
- Submit a teacher recommendation.
- As an international student, provide documentation of your ability to complete coursework in English.
How to Apply
Applications are now available. See Summer Institutes Application to apply today. We have limited enrollment for our institutes. We have rolling admission and qualified students are admitted until spaces are filled. Consider applying early! Your online application and supplemental materials must be received in our office no later than April 1, 2016. Be aware that our programs usually fill before the deadline.
All admission decisions are mailed to your home within two weeks of receiving your completed application, transcript, and teacher recommendation.
Information for Admitted Students
Congratulations on your admission! Learn about the next steps in the registration process!