Through our High School Summer Scholars Program, students have the opportunity to enroll in courses for credit and study alongside undergraduates. Students select from a broad range of stimulating introductory courses in the humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences.
High School Summer Scholars live on campus in one of our top-ranked, air-conditioned residence halls. In addition to coursework, students participate in specialized seminars, academic support groups, and a variety of weekend and evening social events. Learn about life on campus during a WashU Summer Experience.
We offer three different sessions of the High School Summer Scholars Program:
- Session A: June 11-July 15 (five weeks)
- Session B: July 16-August 18 (five weeks)
- Session C: June 11-August 5 (eight weeks)
Choose from a variety of introductory courses in humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences. 2017 courses will be available beginning December 1st. See Summer Scholars Courses for a list of 2016 courses.
Academic Support Groups
Daily academic support groups provide an opportunity for students to meet and discuss issues outside of the classroom and further develop their time management, research, presentation, and study skills. These groups, led by our Academic Supervisor, are designed to assist students with understanding the syllabus and course expectations as well as providing structured study time. These groups also aid in identifying students who may need tutoring or other additional support during the program. Attendance at these academic support groups is mandatory.
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.
High School College Access
The High School Summer Scholars Program is a residential only program. For St. Louis area students interested in commuting to campus, see High School College Access. Online courses are also available for students living in and outside of the St. Louis area.
Program fees include all residential and most academic expenses with the exception of textbooks. The 2017 fee for Sessions A and B is $8,085. The 2017 fee for Session C is $10,585. Scholarship assistance is available for students who demonstrate financial need. See 2017 Summer Scholars Fees for more information on fees and scholarship assistance.
To be eligible for the High School Summer Scholars Program students should:
- Be a current sophomore or junior in high school.
- Have an academic average of B+ or better.
- Have a combined SAT score of at least 1200 (or 1800 on old SAT format) or a combined ACT score of at least 25.
- As an international student, have a TOEFL score of at least 90.
Upon completion, students may request a transcript from WashU that will list their coursework and grades earned. Every university has its own pre-matriculation transfer credit policy and we encourage students to do their research as they make future plans. For current guidelines on pre-matriculation credit at WashU, please review Undergraduate Admissions Procedures.
It is important to note that participation in the High School Summer Scholars Program does not guarantee admission to WashU.
How to Apply
In order to apply to the High School Summer Scholars Program, students must complete an online application, including three short essays, and submit the following supplemental information:
- ACT or SAT Score Report
- Teacher Recommendation
- International applicants must send a TOEFL Score Report
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.
Congratulations on your admission to the High School Summer Scholars Program! Learn more about the next steps in the registration process.