WashU Preview

WashU Preview provides students, especially those who might not be able to visit WashU independently, a chance to experience our diverse and supportive community.

This programming highlights opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds to find community at WashU (including but not limited to first-generation-to-college students, students from low-income families, students from rural areas, underrepresented students of color, and LGBTQIA+ students). 

Why Preview

During their time on campus, participants will learn about our commitment to student success, work with our staff to better understand the college admissions process, stay in on-campus housing, and meet peers from across the country.

Applying to Preview

WashU Preview is an invitation-based program. To be considered, students should submit the WashU Preview Application by Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CT.


  • Rising high school senior attending high school in the U.S. or its territories (graduating high school in 2025).

Application materials:

  • Copy of your transcript showing completed coursework through junior year (unofficial copies – including screenshots – are accepted)
  • List of confirmed or expected senior year coursework
  • Resume or extracurricular/activities list
  • A brief essay in response to prompt on application (250-word count)
  • School profile (optional)

Summer 2024 WashU Preview Dates

There will be two identical WashU Preview programs this summer. Space is limited and transportation to/from campus will be provided for invited students.

Invited students will be able to choose their preferred date when possible.  

  • Session 1 – Sunday, July 7 – Tuesday, July 9
  • Session 2 – Sunday, July 28- Tuesday, July 30

Invited students will be notified by June 7, 2024.

stay on campus

Students will stay in our residence halls on the “South 40” area of campus.

The South 40 is like its own small town, complete with dining facilities, a fitness center, meeting rooms, intramural fields, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and more.

Rooms are furnished with a twin bed, dresser, desk and chair, and closet. Linen packages are provided which includes a pillow, a lightweight blanket, two sheets, two towels, two washcloths, and a bar of soap. Please see the Summer Housing of our website to learn more about what to bring for your stay at WashU.

Summer HousingExplore St. Louis

Fun Facts

  • The Summer 2024 theme is “The Power of Storytelling.”
  • All students who apply to Preview will receive an application fee waiver!
  • Preview applicants who decide to apply for admission to WashU will have the option of using their Preview application essay in their admissions application.


Who can apply to attend WashU Preview?

Any interested rising high school senior (graduating high school in 2025) may submit our WashU Preview application. However, to be considered for WashU Preview you must attend high school in the U.S. or its territories.

What are the essay prompts?

WashU is a place that values diversity of perspectives. We believe those perspectives come from a variety of experiences and identities. In 250 words or less, respond to one of the following prompts to help us understand “Who are you?” (250 words or less):

  • Discuss a fresh perspective or opinion you brought to a collaborative setting or project.
  • Describe a community you are a part of and your place within it.
  • Tell us how your life experiences have impacted the way you view or interact with your community.
When will I know if I’m invited to WashU Preview?

We expect to send invitations to WashU Preview by June 7, 2024. Students will be notified via email about their decision.

What expenses are covered for attendees of WashU Preview?

All invitees to WashU Preview will have their transportation costs fully covered. This includes flights, mileage reimbursement if applicable, shuttles to and from the airport, as well as lodging and meals during the event. We want to ensure that your experience at WashU Preview is as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible, so we take care of these essential aspects for you.
However, while we cover all necessary expenses, we do encourage students to bring some spending money for any personal purchases they may wish to make, such as gifts for themselves or their families. This allows attendees to fully engage in the experience and take home memorable souvenirs if they so desire.

If you have any further questions regarding expenses or any other aspect of WashU Preview, feel free to reach out to us. We’re here to ensure your visit is both informative and comfortable.

What is “The Power of Storytelling”?

Through workshops, seminars, and interactive sessions, attendees will learn practical strategies for leveraging the power of storytelling in their college admissions journey. Additionally, attendees will be inspired to always believe in themselves and to use their voices effectively in any space they inhabit

I thoroughly enjoyed the WashU Preview events! I gained a lot of information about WashU regarding what the campus was like, the education, the students, and the community as a whole. I’m glad to have participated and am proud to say I will be applying! 

2022 WashU Preview attendee

Questions? Email admissions@wustl.edu.