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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 course pairings, 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
- Weekly Academic Support Groups provide an opportunity for students enrolled in the same academic areas to meet and discuss issues outside of the classroom. Led by our program staff, these groups are also designed to assist with understanding the syllabus and course curriculum.
- College Success Seminars explore a variety of topics such as time management, how to interact with professors, and how to study for an exam. You will learn useful tips and strategies to help you be successful during your time here at Washington University, as well as in your future college experience.
- Exploration Seminars, led by University staff and faculty, explore a variety of majors, career options, and fields of interest, as well as how to apply to college and how to prepare for a college admissions interview.
- Social Events promote precollege community by providing opportunities for you to bond with fellow Scholars while exploring the city's rich cultural heritage, world-class museums and institutions, and quirky, only-in-St. Louis destinations.
- 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: (NEW THIS YEAR) Participants enroll in two undergraduate courses while commuting from home.
As a commuting student, 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 weekday lunches and selected dinners when programming extends into the evening.
- Scholar-Athlete Option: (NEW THIS YEAR in Session A) Participants enroll in one undergraduate course and in our non-credit Smart Fitness course.
Aimed at increasing your physical literacy, the smart fitness course will improve your level of fitness through conditioning and weight training, while at the same time help you learn about nutrition, the risks of supplement use, kinesthetics and injury prevention, and sports psychology. You will have a chance to meet with student-athletes and coaches to learn more about the expectations for collegiate athletes and best strategies for balancing the classroom with the playing field. This option is appropriate for current athletes who want to maintain and increase fitness over the summer, as well as non-athletes who recognize that as part of the body, the brain—and its outcomes in the classroom—is affected not only by how much we study, but by our overall health and fitness.
- Session A: June 8-July 12, 2014
(see dates and deadlines)
- Session B: July 13-August 15, 2014
(see dates and deadlines)
See 2014 Summer Scholars Fees for more information.
How to Apply
Visit the How to Apply section of our website 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.
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.