Summer Programs for High School Students
High school students in the Pre-College Program spend a summer in Washington, D.C., taking advantage of GW's expertise in global development, international relations, public policy and administration, politics, diplomacy, history, biomedical engineering, museum studies, and the arts.
Top-tier faculty guide, inspire and empower students through immersive programs that connect academic experience with real-world practice.
Our summer programs are intensive and exciting, allowing students to experience the academic rigors of learning in a college environment. They are academically-challenging courses that integrate lectures and seminars with the exploration of area organizations.
Pre-College also offers a transformative introduction to college life. Students develop confidence in their ability to become part of a new community, participating in recreational and social activities while making friends with peers from around the world.
Make the Nation's Capital Your Classroom
Spend Your Summer at GW
Create bold opportunities. Discover Washington, D.C. Challenge your perspective. Pre-College gives you the opportunity to have an unforgettable summer in the nation’s capital.
Find the Perfect Fit for You
We offer a variety of programs in a number of subject areas, including STEM, the arts, leadership and more.
Pre-College provides students with an extraordinary opportunity for an enriching summer experience at a top university.
High school students benefit from GW's expertise in a variety of topics, including global development, international relations, public policy and administration, politics, diplomacy, history, biomedical engineering, museum studies, and the arts.
Our top-tier faculty guide, inspire and empower students through immersive programs that connect academic experience with real-world practice. Our program allows you to choose a topic you’re passionate about for an unforgettable summer in Washington, D.C.
- Communication & Arts
- History & Humanities
- Law & Politics
Earn College Credit
This program offers rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit by engaging in challenging undergraduate level courses.
Focus on a Topic
Expand and deepen your knowledge of a topic through collaborative learning and an exploration of the diverse intellectual and cultural resources of Washington, D.C.
A Taste of College
An introductory experience through exposure to a topic through collaborative learning, residential living, and an exploration of the diverse resources of Washington, D.C.
Student Resources & Activities
As a student in the Pre-College Program, you will reside at the beautiful, gated Mount Vernon Campus, which is nestled among 23 wooded acres in residential northwest D.C. The campus houses several academic buildings, a library, a swimming pool, baseball field and soccer field for GW. There are several large student residence halls and a dining facility on this campus.
Surrounded by private residences and embassies, the Mount Vernon Campus is located 10 minutes from downtown and is linked by a regular shuttle service to the Foggy Bottom Campus. Classes and program activities will take place on both the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses.
- 7:30am - 8:30am: Breakfast
- 9:00am - 5:00pm: Class, Study Sessions, Co-Curricular and College Experience Activities (lunch between 11:00am and 1:00pm).
- 5:00pm - 6:30pm: Dinner
- 7:00pm - 9:00pm: Recreational Programs
- 10:00pm: In-Room Curfew (11:00pm on weekends)
- Recreational Programs (schedules vary by program)
Commuting to Campus
If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, you may commute to campus. You must make arrangements for your arrival and departure from campus on all class days. Commuter students are welcome and encouraged to attend evening and weekend programming activities, but are responsible for their own meals during those times.
Living on Campus
Students who choose our residential options with our programs will be staying on campus in West Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus. Students live in shared suites with shared bathrooms. Rooms are furnished, air-conditioned, cable and phone ready and equipped with mini-fridges and microwaves. Entrances are secured with card key access only. Laundry facilities are in common areas on each floor or in one central location in the building.
The residence halls are staffed with well-trained and experienced resident advisors. They provide support, guidance and supervision while assisting in a full range of extracurricular activities.
We work with the GW Campus Dining to provide reasonable arrangements for each student. Admitted students will have the opportunity to note any food allergies, dietary restrictions or religious observations that require special dining arrangements in their Enrollment Packet.
Use of GW Facilities
As a member of the GW University Libraries, Gelman is dedicated to serving the information needs of all Pre-College students. Gelman provides a comfortable, relaxed academic environment for study, award-winning staff for research help, and free tutoring to help students excel.
TThe center is an open, welcoming, professional environment where you can go to receive dedicated attention to your writing and research projects.
The Fitness Center is equipped with free weights, PreCore weight machines, and a squat rack. For your cardio needs, the center has treadmills, adaptive motion trainers, ellipticals and recumbent bikes. Seven flat-screened televisions line the walls for entertainment purposes.
Safety and Security
GW values the health and safety of all the participants in the Pre-College Program. Several on-campus offices are dedicated to the well-being of students for the duration of the program.
If there is an emergency involving your student, our office will be in contact with guardians (listed as the Emergency Contact) to inform them of their child's well-being.
Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services (DSS) at GW works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff across the campus to foster a climate of universal academic excellence, while also promoting disability culture and GW’s broader diversity and inclusion initiatives.
You should indicate an interest in speaking with a member of the DSS staff on your enrollment forms, and our office will connect you to the appropriate person. Once you have discussed your needs with DSS, our offices work closely with your family to find ways to make reasonable accommodations during the summer program.
Multicultural Student Services Center
The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) is dedicated to building a welcoming, enriching, and inclusive environment at GW. The MSSC enhances the GW experience by preparing students for success in an increasingly diverse and global society. MSSC offers resources to students of varying cultural backgrounds, as well as religious and LGBT support resources. You are welcome to attend any events hosted by the MSSC, or just drop in to learn more about what the office does.
International Services Office
The International Services Office (ISO) serves as the primary administrative and advising office for the GW international community. ISO advisors are regularly available to help you with immigration questions related to your time at GW.
Our advisor is here to ensure that your summer experience at GW goes smoothly, and to offer help with questions related to your academic, personal or cultural adjustment. In advance of your arrival, our advisor will be available to help you set up your summer schedule according to your needs, and will offer open advising hours that students can visit without an appointment while summer classes are in session.
Pre-College Tuition & Fees
Below are Program Costs from Summer 2019. Summer 2020 costs will be released in Spring 2020.
College Intensive Tuition & Fees
College Intensive rates differ according to program length. Commuter student rates are also available.
The College Intensive program allows students to earn college credit in 3 or 6-week increments.
- Residential: $7,731.00 (tuition, program fee, room and board)
- Commuter: $6,249.00 (tuition, program fee, lunch)
Due to the academic rigor required of our students in this program, only residential and online options are available for students.
- Residential (tuition, program fee, room & board)
- 1 course (3 credits): $8,021.00
- 2 courses (6 credits): $11,629.00
- Online: $5,079.00 (per 3-credit course)
6-week international students who are receiving visa sponsorship will receive an additional $305 health insurance charge.
A student association fee of $3.00 per credit hour will apply, and lab fees when applicable. Books and supplies are additional as well as other incidental student expenses. Courses may not be taken concurrently. All 6-week courses that are 4 or more credits will incur an additional per credit hour cost of $1690 plus student association fee.
Summer Immersion (Two-Week) Tuition & Fees
Summer Immersion costs include program fees, supplies, room, and board. Commuter options are also available.
Summer Immersion Program is a 2-week, immersive program that allows students to focus on a specific topic.
- Two-Week Session: $3,950 (tuition, program fee, room, and board)
Pre-College students who attend 2 or more two-week Summer Immersion sessions will receive a 15% discount:
Multiple Course Discount
- 2 two-week sessions: $6,893
- 3 two-week sessions: $10,448
The multiple course discount totals include an additional charge to cover the days in between sessions.
Commuter Students (Two-Week Session Only)
- $2,950 (tuition, program fee, supplies, lunch)
One-Week Summer Exposure Tuition & Fees
Pre-College One-Week Summer Exposure costs include program fees, supplies, room, and board. Due to the length of this program, only residential options are available. There are no commuting options for this program.
Pre-College One Week Summer Exposure program is an introductory, residential only program that allows students to increase knowledge on a specific topic.
Due to the short length of this program, only the residential option is available for students. Students who wish to commute to campus can explore our Summer Immersion program
- One-Week Session: $2,000
Pre-College students who attend One Week Summer Exposure and 1 or more two-week Summer Immersion sessions will receive a 15% discount:
Multiple Course Discount
- Summer Exposure + 1 two-week Summer Immersion session: $4,079.15
- Summer Exposure + 2 two-week Summer Immersion sessions: $5,122.10
The multiple course discount totals include an additional charge to cover the days in between sessions. All residential rates include tuition, program fee, supplies, room, and board.
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