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High School Students

High school students can earn college credit by enrolling in UW courses during the summer through the Advanced Study Program. Students take regular UW courses taught by regular UW faculty side-by-side with regular UW and summer-only students.


The Advanced Study Program is designed for high-achieving students who have completed their high school freshman year by June 30. Applicants should have grade-point averages of at least 3.3 (B+). Applicants under the age of 16 and their parents will also be required to submit a Memo of Understanding that will be sent to them after the application is received.

Earning UW Credit

Each student enrolling for credit establishes a UW transcript. The grades earned in the Advanced Study Program are calculated into the overall grade-point average if a student later applies for and is accepted by the UW as a degree-seeking student. The credits can, in most cases, also be transferred to other colleges and universities.

Some school districts grant students credit toward high school diplomas for the UW courses taken. For more information, a student or his or her parents should consult the student's guidance counselor regarding the district policy.

Advanced Study Program participants pay undergraduate tuition rates.

Enrollment Process

To apply, a student* should send the following materials to the UW Registration Office, Box 355850, Seattle WA 98195-5850:

  • a completed copy of the Summer-only Application Form (do not use the online application form) and the nonrefundable application fee of $60;
  • parent/guardian consent and a statement of responsibility for the actions and travel arrangements of the student;
  • a copy of the student's high school transcript; and
  • a statement describing the course(s) the student wishes to take, and how it will enhance his or her general education.

It is in each student's interest to review course descriptions and prerequisites in the University of Washington Course Catalog or to contact an academic adviser in the department offering the course; the Undergraduate Advising Center, 206-543-2550; or the Summer Quarter Academic Advising Office, 206-543-6160, for additional information.

For information on other summer offerings for high school students, please visit the UW Summer Youth Programs Web site. High school students may also earn UW credit during the school year through the UW in the High School program or through UW Online Learning.

* Students who will graduate from high school in 2014 and are not new incoming UW freshmen can use the Summer-only application form and do not need to send a letter of recommendation or a copy of their high school transcript.