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 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.

Envision your summer on campus and in D.C.


WritePath to College Success

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What our students are saying about Pre-College

A Pre-college student in a classroom

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.”

A Pre-College student in a painting class

Find Your Passion

"The program helped me realize where my professional career interests lie and completely influenced my future choice of major.”

A Pre-College student with professor

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.”

A Pre-College student in a classroom

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.”