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.

College 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.


Highlights-Summer Academy

  • Academic Sessions: STEM Learning Sessions: Solar Energy, Biofuels, and Biology; Writing Center Sessions; Young Scientist Program
  • College & Career Preparation: College Prep 101 & 102; Panel Discussions; Vision Board Presentation
  • Engagement & Enrichment: Wellness-Zumba, Cardio, and Yoga; Coming to the Table (CT3)- Identity Development Sessions; Talent Show; True Colors; Demoball-Laser Tag

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

To see what our scholars thought about Summer Academy 2017, click here.

2018 Summer Academy

Cohort 3: June 10 – 28, 2018
Cohort 4: June 10 – 29, 2018
Cohort 5 (new students): June 3 – 15, 2018


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

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?