Your first glimpse of the college experience
Our summer programs offer highly motivated students the opportunity to experience WashU in the classroom and beyond.
Please note a few of our programs will be offered virtually this summer while others are being planned to take place on campus. As the university continues to monitor and respond to the pandemic, the health and safety of our community remains the highest priority. Any changes in programming, including a transition to a virtual environment, will be made with careful consideration and will be communicated to students and families.
For complete information, eligibility requirements, and applications, visit the College of Arts & Sciences Pre-College Programs website.
High School Summer Scholars Program
(5 weeks credit)
Our residential High School Summer Scholars Program gives rising high school seniors an opportunity to enroll in one or two undergraduate courses for credit and study alongside undergraduates. Select from a range of stimulating introductory courses in humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences. This program is ideal for students who want to earn college credit, challenge themselves academically and explore courses in a specific major or subject.
High School Summer Institutes
(2 weeks, noncredit)
Our residential High School Summer Institutes allow rising juniors and seniors to discover a new passion, or dive deeper into an existing one, through a noncredit, interdisciplinary environment. These programs are ideal for students who want to experience undergraduate curriculum without the pressure of a letter grade.
High School Summer Launch
(1 week, noncredit)
Through our residential High School Summer Launch rising sophomores and juniors participate in a series of daily lectures, workshops, and seminars designed to build a strong foundation for academic studies and prepare students for the college application process.
(2-5 weeks, noncredit)
Exploration Courses provide students the opportunity to experience WashU from home over the summer. Through these online, noncredit courses, students explore a topic or subject through a series of interactive activities, lectures and discussions with pre-college peers from around the world.
The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts offers two pre-college programs: the Architecture Discovery Program and the Portfolio Plus Program. Studio work for both programs is rounded out by tours and lectures from local architects, artists, and designers, as well as sessions on portfolio development and college admissions.
For complete information, eligibility requirements, and applications, visit the Sam Fox School Pre-College Programs website.
Architecture Discovery Program (ADP)
(2 weeks, credit, for rising juniors and seniors)
The Architecture Discovery Program (ADP) is an exciting introduction to architecture and design for high school students. Our rigorous two-week program offers intensive individualized instruction by Sam Fox School faculty. The Design Studio–the heart of the program–drives creativity and discovery to foster passion and compassion in design. This course is complemented by Architectural Drawing, which teaches students how to better observe the world around them and communicate through drawing. Projects introduce the design thinking process and sustainability in architecture. The explorations carried out provide students with high-quality pieces to add to their design portfolios.
Portfolio Plus Program
(3 weeks, credit, for rising juniors and seniors)
In the Portfolio Plus Program, high school students take college-level art and design courses that highlight the major tracks offered in the Sam Fox School. All students will take a Drawing course, where they’ll use a variety of wet and dry media to learn the fundamentals. In addition, they will pursue a studio concentration of choice: Communication Design, Fashion Design, or Studio Art. With guidance from Sam Fox School faculty, students will work throughout our intensive three-week program to build a solid body of work that showcases essential skills for incoming college students.
The Olin Business School offers three pre-college programs: BOLD@Olin, the Olin Fleischer Scholars Program, and Gateway to Business. Each of these programs allows students to experience WashU, learn from Olin faculty, network with current WashU students and professionals, and gain skills inside and outside of the classroom.
For complete information, eligibility requirements, and applications, visit Olin’s Pre-Collegiate Programs website.
(1 week, rising high school juniors and seniors)
BOLD@Olin is a one-week residential summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in learning more about business and leadership. Students will be immersed in life-changing opportunities for learning, networking, and personal growth as they gain experience working on case studies and discover the many areas of study available at WashU Olin. For more information and the application, visit the BOLD@Olin website.
Olin Fleischer Scholars Program
(1 week, rising high school juniors and seniors)
The Olin Fleischer Scholars Program is a free, one-week residential program for first-generation college-bound students or students from low-income households. This program is designed to help rising juniors and seniors prepare for the college admission process, learn about business and entrepreneurship, and develop leadership and presentation skills. For more information and the application, visit the Olin Fleischer Scholars Program website.
Gateway to Business
(3 one-day virtual sessions + one-week residential experience, credit, rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors)
Gateway to Business is a comprehensive introduction to business, leadership and teamwork skills, and career preparedness for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The three-credit course includes three virtual sessions and a one-week residential experience on WashU’s campus. For more information and the application, visit the Gateway to Business website.
Young Scientist Program
(rising high school seniors)
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. The Summer Focus Program provides outstanding high school students with funded research internships at WashU. 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 more information.
Through the Shaw Institute for Field Training (SIFT) and Tyson Environmental Research Apprenticeship (TERA) programs, St. Louis-area high school students can explore environmental biology careers and work with local researchers and their teams.
The SIFT program trains rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in field safety and scientific exploration of the natural world at Shaw Nature Reserve. The TERA program places SIFT graduates as summer fellows on ecology and environmental biology research teams at Tyson Research Center.
Visit tyson.wustl.edu for more information.
Visit washubears.com for information.
The WashU Rural Scholars Academy is a weeklong program for rising high school juniors designed to introduce them to WashU, the college application process, and the greater St. Louis community. The all-expenses-paid program will be hosted on WashU’s campus.