Pre-College students on the National Mall in DC

High school students in the Pre-College Program benefit tremendously from 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 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.

Tuition & Fees

Program costs vary depending on whether you enroll in the College Intensive or Summer Immersion programs.

Make the Nation's Capital Your Classroom

Choose a Program by Topic or Format

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Earn College Credit

This program offers rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit by engaging in challenging undergraduate level courses.

Get a head start on college this summer
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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.

Immerse yourself this summer

Prepare for an Unforgettable Summer

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Apply to Pre-College

GW invites high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to apply for the Pre-College Program. Eligibility requirements differ for the College Intensive and Summer Immersion programs.

Apply now
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Admitted Students

We welcome our newly-admitted Pre-College students, and have outlined the next steps for you to prepare for an unforgettable summer in Washington, D.C.

Follow the steps to confirm your enrollment

Scholarship & International Opportunities

Pre-College students on GW Mount Vernon Campus

Scholarship Opportunities

Several of our summer programs offer scholarships for qualified high school students.

Find out if you qualify
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U.S. University Prep

This 4-week (6 credit) program is specially designed for international high schools students who wish to pursue university-level study in the United States.

Prepare for a U.S. university experience

What our students are saying about Pre-College

  • An Extraordinary Summer Opportunity
    Pre-College students in front of the Lincoln memorial in DC

    An Extraordinary Summer Opportunity

    “It was absolutely the highlight of my summer, and, more importantly, I believe I know what I want to do in the future now.”

  • Find Your Passion
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    Find Your Passion

    “The program I was placed in helped me realize where my professional career interests lie and completely influenced my future choice of major.”

  • Learn from Distinguished Faculty
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    Learn from Distinguished Faculty

    “My professor has helped me so much. I have gained so many great ideas that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

  • Make History
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    Make History

    “I got to experience college life before I attended. I will be the first member of my family to attend college. This is huge for me.”