Washington University in St. Louis is committed to making higher education more accessible to first generation students. 

To help talented high school students from our own region succeed at the college of their choice, Washington University launched the College Prep Program in 2014. Participating scholars live and learn on campus, prepare for their own college career, and connect with other talented students. The program is free.

The College Prep Program is an immersive, on-campus learning experience at Washington University. Incoming scholars live on campus for two weeks the summer following freshman year and for three weeks the summers following sophomore and junior year. College Prep scholars also attend workshops, lectures, and campus activities throughout the school year. Graduates of the program leave ready to excel — academically and socially — in college.

The goal of the Washington University College Prep Program is to prepare scholars for success at a selective college or university that best matches their interest and needs. Application to Washington University is not required and admission to Washington University is not guaranteed.

Download the College Prep Flyer.


Know a candidate?

Do you know a 9th grade scholar in the St. Louis region who loves to learn?

“I’ve grown so much during my time here. I want to study medicine when I get to college and I feel like I am learning what it takes to really succeed on a college campus.”

— Zuan Le, McKinley Classical Leadership Academy

“I’m really focused on becoming a doctor, so I need to know what it’s like to live on campus. The main thing for me is that I don’t come from a rich family. As far as adjusting socially, I’ll be fine.”

— Denye Mickens, Metro Academic and Classical High School

“I’m glad I came because I love this campus. It’s huge and full of delightful people, people who are harmonizing with each other.”

— Marques Davis, University City High School


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Support for the College Prep Program provided by AT&T.