Pre-College Programs

Washington University in St. Louis’ summer programs for current middle and high school students offer opportunities to earn college credit, conduct research projects, or develop a portfolio — and these are just a few of the options.

A&S Summer Experiences

Prepare for college success with one of our Summer Experiences. Earn college credit, explore a specialized field, and live and bond with students from around the country and the world.

  • High School Summer Scholars Program
    Enroll in two undergraduate courses or choose our Scholar-Athlete option. Students live on campus or commute from home and enjoy a variety of educational, social, and cultural opportunities.
  • High School Summer Institutes
    Combine traditional class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities in order to gain valuable academic and career experience. Topics include medicine, writing, engineering, leadership, and more.
  • High School College Access
    Mature, academically-successful high school juniors and seniors may enroll in undergraduate courses while completing their secondary school curriculum. Accepted students may choose from selected day, evening, or online courses during the fall, spring, or summer sessions.
  • Middle School Summer Challenge
    Combines advanced, noncredit coursework with leadership development. Students expand critical thinking skills in an exciting and innovating environment that includes hands-on learning, field trips, and much more. Residential and commuter options.​

Tyson Research Center

The Tyson Research Center offers high school students the opportunity to participate in two field-based informal science education programs in biology.

School of Engineering & Applied Science

The School of Engineering & Applied Science offers Explore Engineering, a free, one-day, hands-on introduction to engineering on campus for high school juniors and seniors interested in math and science.

High school students may also participate in the 2-week, Pre-Engineering Institute. Discover the exciting and diverse fields of biomedical, environmental, mechanical, computer, and electrical engineering. Learn how to apply scientific, economic, and social knowledge to solve problems, create new systems, or design a structure.

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

The Sam Fox School offers several opportunities for high school students to enrich their arts education on campus.

Portfolio Plus

Portfolio Plus is a a five-week introduction to the study and practice of making art, open to students 16 or older who have completed their sophomore year in high school. Upon successful completion, students will earn six college credits and may receive letters of recommendation for college admissions.

Architecture Discovery Program

The Architecture Discovery Program is an introduction to architecture and design for students between their junior and senior year of high school. Upon successful completion, students will earn two college credits.

Alberti Program–Architecture for Young People

The Alberti Program-Architecture for Young People is a problem-solving studio workshop about architecture, community, and the environment for fourth- through ninth-grade students from St. Louis area schools.

School of Medicine Young Scientist Summer Focus Program

The Young Scientist Summer Focus Program provides outstanding high school students with funded research internships at the Washington University Medical Center.

Summer Events at WUSTL

Join us for special events and ongoing programming on campus this summer. From a summer barbecue and pool party to weekly events, summer is a great time to meet up with classmates and other students.
Learn more and RSVP.

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