The George Washington University's Pre-College summer programs provide high school students with hands-on learning opportunities in and outside the classroom by taking advantage of GW's strengths in research, diverse communities, and a vast network of local and global partnerships.


Drawing from the rich resources of the University and Washington, D.C., students are engaged in programs at the center of the nations political, intellectual, and cultural activity. Students may enroll in non-credit or credit-bearing courses, which include co-curricular site visits around DC to enhance classroom learning in an applied context. Evenings also include activities such as movie nights, pool parties, and chaperoned excursions around the city. GW residence halls are staffed with resident advisors who provide guidance, supervision, intercultural and social programming, and who are on call to respond to emergencies.

The College Intensive program gives rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit by engaging in challenging undergraduate coursework. These programs emphasize the academic rigors of college, but also the freedom and independence of college life. The 6-week session allows students to enroll in summer courses alongside GW undergraduates in over 20 introductory level courses taught by GW faculty in a wide variety of academic disciplines.

The non-credit Summer Immersion option is open to students in grades 9-11. Students live at the university's Mount Vernon campus in Northwest DC. This two-week highly-structured program taught by GW's faculty provides interactive, non-graded experiential sessions that integrate lectures and seminars with applied activities and site visits. Students are able to expand and deepen their knowledge of a topic through collaborative learning and an exploration of the diverse intellectual and cultural resources of Washington, DC.

Whether students are engaged in influential site visits to the US Capitol, or have front row access to guest speakers who influence the world, students are connected to a community of the next generation of global leaders and inspired to forge solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. These are "only at GW" moments.

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