Summer Experiences at Washington University in St. Louis offer academically advanced middle and high school the unique opportunity to prepare for college success. We offer a variety of programs during the summer.
High School Summer Scholars Program
Through our High School Summer Scholars Program, students have the opportunity to enroll in courses for credit and study alongside undergraduates. Students select from a broad range of stimulating introductory courses in the humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences. High School Summer Scholars live on campus in one of our top-ranked, air-conditioned residence halls. In addition to coursework, students participate in specialized seminars, academic support groups, and a variety of weekend and evening social events.
High School Summer Institutes
The noncredit High School Summer Institutes provide high school students with an avenue to explore a specialized interest during the summer. Institutes combine traditional class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities in order for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. Students live in a secure residence hall and join other high school program participants in additional educational, social, and cultural opportunities. Possible topics include medicine, writing, engineering, research, and leadership.
Middle School Summer Challenge
Our Middle School Summer Challenge program is designed to expand students’ critical thinking skills in an exciting and innovative environment. During this two-week program, students enroll in one morning course and one afternoon course specifically designed to build on their strong academic foundation. Course topics include math, history, science, leadership, philosophy, foreign language, and writing. Students in Middle School Summer Challenge commute to campus. We provide a full daily schedule that includes classes, lunch, and additional social and team building activities.