High School Summer Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities in order for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions that include assigned readings, daily assignments, and a final project. High School Summer Institutes are noncredit, undergraduate-level academic programs--not summer camps.
High School Summer Institute students live on campus in one of our top-ranked, air-conditioned residence halls. In addition to coursework, students participate in specialized seminars and a variety of weekend and evening social events. Learn about life on campus during a WashU Summer Experience.
We offer several different institutes each summer:
Throughout the program, we offer a variety of seminars focused on developing college readiness and independent living skills as well as seminars designed to explore topics such as diversity and college admissions. These seminars are included in the program fee and are optional to attend. Students who do attend all seminars in a series will be offered a special certificate of participation.
Weekend Outings and Nightly Social Events
Program Assistants lead weekend outings and arrange nightly social events that introduce students to the vibrant, exciting city of St. Louis and life on campus at WashU. Weekend outings are organized based on student interest and include trips to local museums, attractions, and restaurants. Nightly social events include activities such as capture the flag games and movie nights. Weekend outings and social events are included in the program fee and are optional to attend.
Program fees vary by institute and include all academic and residential expenses. Scholarship assistance is available for students who demonstrate financial need. See 2017 Institute Program Fees for more information on fees and scholarship assistance.
To be eligible for a High School Summer Institute students should:
- Be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school.
- Have an academic average of B+ or better.
- As an international student, provide documentation of your ability to complete coursework in English (equivalent of a TOEFL score of 90).
How to Apply
In order to apply to a High School Summer Institute, students must complete an online application, including three short essays, and submit the following supplemental information:
- Teacher Recommendation
- International applicants must send proof of English ability
We review applications on a rolling basis. Once we receive all of the required supplemental information to complete an application, students are notified by mail of the admission decision within 10-12 business days. Qualified applicants are admitted until all spaces in the program are filled.
Please note that many of our programs fill before the April 1 application deadline, so we strongly encourage you to apply early.