High School Summer Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities in order for you to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions. You will have assigned readings and assignments throughout the program. Every student completes a student reflection essay and a final project which varies for each institute. In the evenings, students attend academic seminars, workshops, and social events.
Institutes are open to current high school students 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.
High School Summer Institutes are noncredit, academic programs--not summer camps.
We offer a variety of different institutes each summer. Select the category links below to view specific institute dates and descriptions.
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 a High School Summer Institute you should:
- Be a current high school student (see individual programs for specific age requirements).
- 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!