Summer Programs FAQ

Summer Writers Institute

Why is there an evening/weekend format?

Like numerous writers before them, many participants work full-time day jobs.  By condensing the format and offering evening and weekend meetings, we hope to make Summer Writers Institute accessible to more participants. 

How do I apply?

There is no application for SWI.  Simply enroll as you would for any University College course. Registration opens March 31, 2021.

What is an institute?

An institute is a genre-specific course. Led by an SWI faculty member, students read, write, and share their work with each other in a guided format.


Where do I park?

Students and faculty who do not have a parking permit are considered visitors. Visitor Parking is available for a nominal fee in the East End garage and the Danforth University Center (DUC) garage.

Free parking is available along Forsyth Avenue in Zone 2. A parking permit is not required beginning at 5:00 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.

Students, faculty, and staff with a valid parking permit may park in their designated parking zone.

We recommend contacting Parking and Transportation for information about summer construction limitations and zoned parking.

I'm not from St. Louis. Is there anywhere for me to reside on campus?

Yes! On-campus housing is available on a first come, first served basis. After you complete your registration in SWI, you must complete a housing request. If you have any issues with housing registration, please contact Tiffanie Fleschert, Assistant Manager of Summer Programs and Conference Services:

Phone: (314) 935-6680

Visit Summer Conferences and Programs for more information.

What transportation service do you recommend I use for traveling to campus from the airport?

Drop-off Location: Washington Univ.Campus/Dorms

Address for your drop-off location: 6618 Shepley Drive. Clayton, MO 63105

Upon arrival, go to the Summer Programs and Conference Services office to formally check-in.


Who is eligible to take MedPrep?

MedPrep I is open to all students.

  • All full-time WU undergraduate students should register through WebStac.
  • Students who are NOT full-time WU undergraduates or who are enrolled in the University College Post-Bac Premed Program should register through the University College.

Med Prep II is available only to Washington University students who meet the stated prerequisites below:

  • Completion of MedPrep I (Bio 2651).
  • Must be a full-time WU undergraduate or University College student enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program.
  • Not currently enrolled in PEMRAP (Bio 2652) or PEMRAP II (Bio 2658).

How do I register?

Students must FIRST pre-register through the MedPrep Program website. This will ensure the program coordinator knows who you are while your registration through University College is being processed.

What is the attendance policy?

MedPrep I 

  • MedPrep I is a pass/fail course with no homework or exams. Class attendance is required.
  • For the Fall 2020 semester, MedPrep I will be taught virtually via Zoom. All sessions will be synchronous.
  • Attendance is taken during each session.
  • Up to 2 synchronous lectures may be missed and made up by watching the video of the session and answering the embedded quiz questions.

MedPrep II is pass/fail and there is no homework or exams, attendance at all classes is required. Excused absences are granted only for extenuating circumstances and students must contact the instructor before the class session to receive an excused absence. An unexcused absence will result in a failing grade in the course.

Details for Summer 2021 have yet to be determined.

Master of Science in Biology for Science Teachers

What kind of housing is available?

Apartment style accommodations comprised of 3-4 single rooms in each apartment. Each apartment has two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a living room. The lower level has a laundry room and vending/ice machines. There are common areas on each floor. Village East rooms contain a full bed, dresser, desk and chair, closet, and telephone. The furnishings provided vary between buildings. Linen packages are provided and include a pillow, a lightweight blanket, two sheets, two towels, two washcloths, and a bar of soap.

What is the class schedule like?

The classes will be full university graduate school classes. Summers will be compacted into three weeks with each course worth two credits. During the academic year, an on-line course will be delivered each semester worth three credits and a capstone course worth three credits will be spread over the entire academic year. During the summer, you should expect to work for a couple of hours per night on each class. The online course loads vary.

What is the curriculum?

Required Courses: 30 Units

Academic Year / Online Courses

  • Tropical Marine Biology (BIO 4080)
  • Program Capstone I (BIO 521)
  • Chemistry for Biology Teachers (BIO 509)
  • Case Studies in Biology (BIO 529)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 5322)
  • Conservation Biology and Biodiversity (BIO 5432)
  • Applications of Biology to Global Health Issues (BIO 563)
  • Program Capstone II (BIO 5771)
  • Immunology
  • Human Genetics

Summer Courses

  • Plants and People (BIO 523)
  • Matter and Energy Transformations (BIO 5925)
  • Molecular Basis of Heredity (BIO 5924)
  • Ecology and Environmental Sciences (BIO 524)
  • Biological Evolution (BIO 525)
  • Neuroscience and Behavior (BIO 5926)

Do I need any special clothing?

If you plan to stay on campus during the summer, pack what you need for a three week stay (unless you plan on going home on the weekends). Apartments have laundry facilities. During July, the weather in St. Louis is often very hot and humid. The dormitories have air conditioning as do the classrooms. Ecology and Environmental Science is conducted at an outdoor biological research park owned by the university. Our classes for those days will be held partly outdoors and there will be some hiking (light hiking of a mile or less, but in hot/humid weather). While this will be a fun few days, you should wear clothing that is light, but protective against ticks. This includes sturdy shoes, long socks, hats, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. We will provide various tick sprays and recommend that you bring sunblock lotion. You may also bring along something to change into once we leave the field and go into a classroom.

Do I need a computer?

A laptop is suggested as we will be putting all of the presentations and labs on line for you to reference. If you do not have one available, let us know in advance and we can make arrangement for you to borrow one while you are here.

What is St. Louis like?

What if I have special needs?

If you have special health needs or reasons that would compromise your participation, please let us know prior to your arrival. The Washington University campus has a large international student body, so a wide variety of foods are usually available and vegetarian needs are accommodated.

What do I need to Apply?

Note: the MS in Biology for Science Teachers is only available during the summer semester.

The online application is available on through University College. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.