GW Summer Response to COVID-19

As The University continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision to protect public health and minimize risk will be our top priority. More information about Summer 2021 will be updated on our website in the coming months.


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

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
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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.

Get a taste of college 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 and Exposure programs.

Start your Application Today
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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
Chat with us via Skype

Skype Chat Hours

Chat hours will resume March 2020.

We are eager to get to know you and answer your questions about our summer programs, application requirements, campus life and more.

Add gwsummer to your Skype contact list and message us during our chat hours: Mondays, 10:00-11:00am & Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm EST.

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
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    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 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.”