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 the 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 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.

Choose a Program

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.

  • Business
  • Communication and Arts
  • History and Humanities
  • Law and Politics
  • Leadership
  • Stem

Earn College Credit

The College Intensive program offers rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit by engaging in challenging undergraduate level courses. International students who apply to the 6-week program are also eligible for visa sponsorship.

Focus on a Topic

Summer Immersion courses offer you the chance to take noncredit, experiential courses that allows rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to expand and deepen their knowledge of a topic through collaborative learning and an exploration of the diverse intellectual and cultural resources of Washington, D.C.

GW is offering a leadership course especially designed for English Language Learners called “Leadership in Action.” This course will take place July 29 – August 10 and will introduce international students to concepts of global leadership and provide an opportunity for them to engage with policy makers and practitioners across multiple disciplines such as social sciences, humanities and STEM fields. They will also gain global perspectives and develop problem-solving techniques that cultivate organization, teamwork and presentation skills to help them navigate the world.

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.

Sample Schedule

Weekdays

  • 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)

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

Residence Halls

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.

Residential Staff

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.

Dining

We work with 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

Eckles Library

As a member of the GW University Libraries, Eckles is dedicated to serving the information needs of all Pre-College students. Eckles provides a comfortable, relaxed academic environment for study, award-winning staff for research help, and free tutoring to help students excel.

Writing Center

The center is an open, welcoming, professional environment where you can go to receive dedicated attention to your writing and research projects.

Fitness Center

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.

Student Services

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.

Student Advising

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.

Choose a Program

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.

  • Business
  • Communication and Arts
  • History and Humanities
  • Law and Politics
  • Leadership
  • Stem

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.

Prepare for an unforgettable summer!

Program taught in:
  • English

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