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Experience all facets of college life in our High School Summer Scholars Program, open to current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a participant in this selective five-week program, enroll in two undergraduate courses taught by Washington University faculty and study alongside college students. Select from a broad range of stimulating introductory undergraduate courses in the humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences, or choose from one of our suggested pre-professional course options, designed to jump start your exploration of a specific area of interest or possible career path. The credit you earn can be transferred to most accredited colleges or universities.
This can be the perfect stepping-stone to the next stage of your education!
Prepare for College Success
In your first college experience, you'll be fully supported by our College Success Seminars, Academic Support Groups, and Exploration Seminars. And after all your hard work, you'll be rewarded with social opportunities to get to know your fellow scholars and the great city of St. Louis.
Select Your Program Option
- Residential Option: Participants enroll in two undergraduate courses and live on campus as part of the precollege residential community. Living on campus allows you a full introduction to balancing social and academic involvement.
- Commuter Option: Participants enroll in two undergraduate courses while commuting from home. You will enjoy all of the supplemental academic and social programming options available to the residential students. Your program fee will include access to campus facilities such as the athletic facility and the library, a metro pass, and a partial meal plan for times when programming extends into the evening. For St. Louis area students interested in taking just one course this summer see High School College Access.
- Scholar-Athlete Option: (NEW THIS YEAR in Session A) Participants enroll in one undergraduate course and in our non-credit Smart Fitness course, "Athletic Development and Human Performance."
Choose Your Courses
- "U Pick 2" allows you to choose any two of our vast selection of introductory undergraduate courses, with exciting options in foreign languages, humanities, math and sciences, and social sciences. Visit our 2014 Course Listings for full descriptions of all your course options.
- "Pre-Professional Course Options" provide you with preselected suggestions designed to give you a glimpse into a particular area of study, such as pre-engineering, pre-medicine, pre-business, pre-law, or writing.
Session A: June 8-July 12, 2014
Session B: July 13-August 15, 2014
Learn about our 2014 Summer Scholars Fees and information about scholarship assistance.
How to Apply
Visit How to Apply for complete information on the application process and to download application materials. While we do employ rolling admission, we encourage you to apply early in order to ensure your enrollment in the courses you want.
- Early-Bird Application Deadline for Sessions A and B (waives the application fee for U.S. applicants):
- Application Deadlines for Session A:
U.S. applicant -- May 2
International applicant -- March 14
- Application Deadlines for Session B:
U.S. applicant -- June 6
International applicant -- April 11
All International applicants should read very carefully the Guidelines for International Applicants.
Be sure to check our Admission Eligibility guidelines before applying. As a High School Summer Scholar, you must be at least 15 years of age by the first day of your session and have completed your sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school.