Washington University is counted among the world's leaders in teaching, research, and public service, and draws students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 100 nations. Our mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching, and learning.
About Summer Experiences
Summer Experiences at Washington University provide academically talented students from across the country and around the world the perfect opportunity to challenge themselves in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere by committing ourselves to the following goals:
- To develop challenging and innovative programming that aligns with the overall Washington University mission and goals.
- To create a positive academic and community atmosphere by implementing educational, cultural, and social activities for all students.
- To offer decision-making opportunities for students to develop their independence.
- To provide academic and residential support to enable all students to experience growth and progression in their academic abilities.
- To enforce policies and procedures to create a safe, respectful environment for all students.
Code of Conduct
By deciding to attend Washington University this summer, Summer Experiences students commit themselves to maintaining the highest academic and social standards. Read more about our Code of Conduct.
College Readiness Skills
Students in our programs develop skills that prepare them for college success, both inside and outside of the classroom. These skills include:
- Independent living
- Time management
- Group collaboration
- College writing
- Critical thinking
- Cultural understanding
Learn more about the benefits of attending a pre-college program with our free webinar.
Whether students choose to attend a for credit or noncredit Summer Experience the benefits are the same. Students gain invaluable experience managing time, studying for exams, writing papers, and collaborating with peers. Our dedicated staff is available 24/7 to provide academic and emotional support to enable student academic success. We have many resources in place to assist our students in their studies. Read more about the Academic Life of a Summer Experiences Student.
For our high school participants, the opportunity to live on campus in one of Washington University's top-ranked residence halls is one of their favorite aspects of a Summer Experience. Students experience independence from learning to live harmoniously with a roommate to making their own dining choices. They enjoy the cultural opportunities of Saint Louis from concerts, sporting events, ethnic cuisine, theater, and more. And most importantly, students make friendships and memories that last a lifetime. Read more about the Residential Life of a Summer Experiences Student.
Typically, about 90% of our students apply for undergraduate admission to Washington University. Of the Summer Experiences students who applied to Washington University in 2016, 35% were offered admission to the freshman class.
It is important to note that acceptance into the Summer Experiences does not guarantee acceptance into Washington University.