Scholars make a three year commitment to the College Prep Program.

Students take classes for college credit, prepare for the ACT, and learn more about the college application and financial aid process. They also engage in many of the things that make college life fun — eating meals in the dining hall, playing basketball on the outside courts, and bonding with fellow classmates.

img_2122College Prep begins the summer after freshman year of high school and continues until high school graduation. The first summer academy includes a two week residential experience on the Washington University campus. Scholars return to campus for the second and third summers for three weeks each.

Scholars also participate in on-campus academic and enrichment activities throughout the school year. These activities typically take place on Saturdays and can range from ACT prep and writing workshops to WashU football games and campus concerts.

Check out this overview of what the first summer in the College Prep Program is like.

2017 Summer Academy

Cohort 2: June 11 – 29, 2017
Cohort 3: June 11 – 30, 2017
Cohort 4 (new students): June 4 – 16, 2017


The College Prep Program is offered at no cost to scholars or their families.


We are looking for high school students who:
• Are current St. Louis area ninth graders
• Will be first-generation college attendees
• Have limited financial resources
• Are excited about learning and interested in attending a rigorous pre-college program

If you know an eligible St. Louis area ninth grade student, nominate him/her here.

Support for the 2016 College Prep Program provided by AT&T.

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