Your first glimpse of the college experience
Our summer programs offer highly motivated students the opportunity to experience WashU in the classroom and beyond.
Check the individual program pages for online or remote opportunities for Summer 2020.
For complete information, eligibility requirements, and applications, visit the College of Arts & Sciences Pre-College Programs website.
High School Summer Scholars Program
(5 weeks or 8 weeks, credit)
The High School Summer Scholars Program gives current 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 participate in specialized seminars, workshops, academic support groups, weekend outings, and evening social events.
High School Summer Institutes
(1-3 weeks, noncredit)
The High School Summer Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and small group activities in order for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. These programs are open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in high school.
High School Summer Academy
(3 weeks, credit)
Through our High School Summer Academy program, students enroll in one 3-unit course for credit taught by a distinguished WashU professor. In addition to the traditional classroom experience, students will participate in a series of research-focused sessions and off-campus field trips leading to the development of an original research project. This program is open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.
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.
Architecture Discovery Program (ADP)
(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 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. This three-week program for rising juniors and seniors in high school, this three-week program features drawing courses and electives in communication design, fashion design, or studio art. Studio work is rounded out by organized trips to museums and visits to artists’ and designers’ studios. Upon successful completion, participants will earn three college credits and may receive letters of recommendation for college admission.
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.
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.
Young Scientist Program
The Young Scientist Program (YSP) is designed to attract high school students from underrepresented backgrounds into scientific careers through activities emphasizing hands-on research and individualized contact between young people and active scientists. Summer Focus provides outstanding high school students with funded research internships at the Washington University Medical Center. Students from St. Louis area schools may apply when they are in 11th grade. The students are selected by a competitive application and interview process. Visit the Young Scientist Program website for information.
Through the Shaw Institute for Field Training (SIFT) and Tyson Environmental Research Fellowships (TERF) programs, St. Louis area high school students can explore environmental biology careers and work with local researchers and their teams.
Visit https://tyson.wustl.edu/high-school-opportunities/ for information
Visit https://washubears.com/camps/camps_and_clinics/index for information.