Your first glimpse of the college experience

High School Summer Experiences offer highly motivated students the opportunity to experience WashU in the classroom and beyond. For complete information, eligibility requirements, and applications, visit the Summer Experiences website.

High School Summer Scholars Program

(5 weeks or 8 weeks, credit)

This program gives current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in high school an opportunity to enroll in undergraduate courses for credit.  Select from a range of stimulating introductory courses in humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences. Live on campus in one of our top-ranked residence halls and enjoy social and cultural opportunities with other students from around the world.

High School Summer Institutes

(1-3 weeks, noncredit)

The High School Summer Institute Program combines traditional classroom learning with an interactive lab curriculum. Experiences may include organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. These programs are open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in high school.

Choose from eight options:

Pre-Engineering

(3 weeks)

Delve into the diverse fields of biomedical, environmental, mechanical, computer, and electrical engineering. Solve problems, create new systems, and design structures by applying the scientific, economic, and social knowledge developed through this course.

Pre-Medical

(3 weeks)

Discover the ever-changing world of medicine. Sessions include faculty lectures, anatomy and physiology activities, clinical skills sessions, microbiology labs, field trips, and case study analysis.

Creative Writing

(2 weeks)

Analyze well-established published work, write pieces using innovative exercises, and receive mentorship from faculty on writing. Explore the thriving St. Louis literary scene, meet professional and creative writers, and learn about various writing-related professions.

Environmental Studies and Sustainability

(2 weeks)

Learn about current research trends in environmental science and sustainability. Visit several local institutions conducting research such as Tyson Research Center, Monsanto, Missouri Botanical Gardens, and Gateway Greening.

Global Leadership

(2 weeks)

Study politics, economics, and law to better understand the forces that affect competition and cooperation in a globalized world. Through debates and policy-making simulations, build practical leadership skills while applying new concepts and tackling global issues.

Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology

(2 weeks)

Explore the intersection of philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology. Ask philosophical questions such as “what is good?” and explore the basics of brain function. Research critical questions about the role of neuroscience in philosophy and psychology.

Humanities Institute

(2 weeks)

Explore the political impact of the arts in the past and in the present – on the role of artists as activists, social critics, visionaries, and, in some cases, creators of propaganda. Study how the relationship between politics and the arts has been understood at different historical moments and in different cultural traditions.

Young Leaders

(1 week)

Develop leadership skills, meet community leaders, and work in teams to research and analyze an issue in the St. Louis community and develop a community service project addressing it.

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

The Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts offers two pre-college programs, the Architecture Discovery Program and the Portfolio Plus Program.

For complete information, eligibility requirements, and applications, visit the Sam Fox School Pre-College Programs website.

Choose from two options:

Architecture Discovery Program (2 weeks, credit)

The Architecture Discovery Program (ADP) is an exciting yet rigorous two-week program offering intensive individual instruction by Sam Fox School faculty. The explorations carried out in the studio will provide students with quality material to add to their design portfolios in applying to architecture or design schools. This program is recommended for rising juniors and seniors in high school. Upon successful completion, participants will earn two college credits and may receive letters of recommendation for college admission.

Portfolio Plus Program (3 weeks, credit)

Experience college life while studying art this summer through Portfolio Plus. Recommended for rising juniors and seniors in high school, this three-week program features drawing courses in the mornings and electives in the afternoons. Studio work is rounded out by organized trips to museums, visits to artists’ and designers’ studios, and portfolio development workshops. Upon successful completion, participants will earn three college credits and may receive letters of recommendation for college admission.

Olin Business School

The Olin Business School offers two pre-college programs, Bold@Olin and the Olin Fleischer Scholars Program.

For complete information, eligibility requirements, and applications, visit Olin’s CampusGroups website.

Choose from two options:

Bold@Olin

Join other young women for a week of engaged discovery at Olin Business School. BOLD@Olin is WashU’s summer program for rising junior and senior high school women interested in business. During the week-long program students will be immersed in life-changing opportunities for personal growth. Students will gain mentorship from Olin Business School faculty; build professional relationships with accomplished female leaders; and uncover their leadership potential. For more information and the application, visit Olin’s CampusGroups website.

Olin Fleischer Scholars Program

How would you like to learn about business and entrepreneurship from one of the top business schools in the country? The Olin Fleischer Scholars Program provides a unique, week-long educational experience for high school students entering your sophomore, junior, or senior year. This program is designed to help students with limited financial resources, those from underrepresented populations, and first-generation college students prepare for college and career planning. For more information and the application, visit Olin’s CampusGroups website.