Pre-College

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.

Session Dates, Tuition & Fees

Program costs vary depending on whether you enroll in the College Intensive or Summer Immersion programs. To see the programs organized by session date, download the Pre-College Programs Session Dates (PDF).

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

Other Summer Opportunities

GW offers other summer programs for high school students through its various schools and colleges. Be sure to check out their individual pages for specific details:

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
    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.”

  • 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
    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.”