Joining Summer Start lets you take courses to get a jump on your degree requirements or explore interesting topics with your new classmates and plan for the year ahead by registering early for the fall semester.

Welcome to Summer Start 2020!

Due to concern for the safety and well-being of our students and staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are now planning a fully online Summer Start for Summer 2020.

  • Program Dates: June 8 – July 10 (or July 31 for certain courses)
  • Students may choose to take one or two 3-unit courses. Students may earn a total of 3-6 units of credit and satisfy degree requirements, including College Writing.
  • The deadline to apply to the Summer Start program is Wednesday, June 3 at noon CT.

Current course listings can be found here

Please send any questions to

Summer Start comes with many benefits including:
-meeting other incoming Wash U first-year students
-mentoring by current Wash U students
-building early relationships with faculty and staff
-learning how to use WashU’s resources like the Writing and Career centers to your advantage
-and you will earn credit, satisfy degree requirements and register early for fall courses!

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the courses or the program.