students walking

Admissions & Registration

Join students from around the world for a summer at Washington University in St. Louis. Our course offerings are carefully crafted with flexibility in mind, to ensure you receive optimal instruction in an accelerated format. Choose day or evening courses; online, face-to-face, or a hybrid of both; or immerse in one of our themed institutes or programs.

Washington University's Summer School has an open admission policy for undergraduate courses and welcomes students from other colleges and universities and adults who are seeking career advancement or enrichment. A transcript is not required for students who have earned a high school diploma, or its equivalent, by June. However, all students are expected to have completed the stated course prerequisites.

Summer School Timeline

Course Browsing Opens

View course offerings and details starting Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Course Registration Opens

Officially enroll in any of our summer course options Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Summer Session I Begins

Session I is a 3-week session from May 18 - June 5.

Summer Sessions II & III Begin

Session II is a 5-week session from June 8 - July 10. Session III is an 8-week session from June 8 - July 31.

Summer Session IV Begins

Session IV is a 5-week session from July 13 - August 13.

Admission Information By Group

WashU & Undergraduate Visiting Students 

Undergraduates in good standing at a U.S. college or university are welcome to enroll online through the Summer School's open admission policy. Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to consult with their home institution advisor prior to registering. Students may live on campus by requesting housing through Summer Programs and Conference Services, live off-campus through Quadrangle Housing, or obtain housing off-campus independently.

Visiting students interested in taking courses during the fall and spring semesters may participate in the Undergraduate Visiting Student Program in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

International Visiting Students 

International students currently studying on an F-1 or J-1 visa sponsored by a U.S. college or university may enroll in any summer course or institute through the Summer School office. You must first complete a Student Information Form and return it to summerschool@wustl.edu at least one week prior to your desired course start date. Visiting international students are required to provide proof of housing while in St. Louis. Housing options are avialable both on and off campus. The Summer Programs & Conference Services office offers a variety of amenities for students to reside on campus.

If you have questions about your current visa status, please contact Martha Turner within the Office of International Students and Scholars.

International students not currently studying in the U.S. may apply to join our International Summer Study program. The program runs from July 10 - August 14, 2020. The application cycle opens December 1, 2019 and closes May 8, 2020.

Adult or Professional Students

Students interested in continuing their education, may enroll in a degree or certificate program, or one of our hundreds of online, evening, or weekend courses that cover a variety of interests and professions. Enrollment takes place through the University College portal.

Pre-College Students

Middle and High school students can discover residential and non-residential academic programs offered through the Pre-College Office. Students looking for year-round programming may apply to join the Early College Scholars program.

Summer course browsing opens January 21, 2020


Summer course registration opens March 25, 2020

Browse Courses

Sessions, Dates & Deadlines

Registration and Refund Deadlines, Summer 2020 Session I
May 18 - June 15

Session II
June 8 - July 10

Session III
June 8 - July 31
Session IV
July 13 - August 13
Last day to drop and receive a lab fee refund May 22 June 12 June 15 July 17
Last day to register without a late fee & instructor approval May 22 June 12 June 15 July 17
Lasy day to drop without a "W" May 22 June 12 June 15 July 17
Last day to drop and receive a 100% refund May 22 June 12 June 15 July 17
Last day to drop and receive a 50% refund May 26 June 16 June 22 July 21
No refunds given after May 26 June 16 June 22 July 21
Last day to change grade option June 1 July 6 July 20 August 7
Last day to withdraw from courses June 1 July 6 July 20 August 7

Session 5 (Special Session)

  • If the course meets 3 days or fewer, it must be dropped prior to the start of course for 100% refund. Thereafter, no refund is applied. 
  • If the course meets for 4 calendar days up to 1 week, you have 24 hours after the first class to drop for 100% refund. Thereafter, no refund is applied. 
  • If you are taking a Special Format course (for example, Weekend or Intensive Format) that meets 2 - 4 weeks, you have 48 hours after the first class to drop for 100% refund. Thereafter, no refund is applied. 
  • If the course meets for 5-6 weeks, you have 4 days after the first class to drop for 100% refund, and 8 days after the first class to drop for a 50% refund. Thereafter, no refund is applied. 
  • If the course meets 7 weeks or more, you have 7 days after the first class to drop for 100% refund, and 14 days after the first class to drop with a 50% refund. Thereafter, no refund is applied.

Additional registration details

Independent Study: Written proposal is required for independent work. Registration and Refund deadlines may vary. Call (314) 935-6700 for more information.

The last day to drop without a W-Withdrawal is the same as the 100% refund date for all courses.

Lab Fee Refunds: Lab Fees are refunded only if the course is dropped during the 100% tuition refund period or if the course is canceled.

Registration & Refund Guideline

More questions before you register?

Frequently Asked Questions