U.S. High School Students

Summer Quarter is a great time for anyone thinking of taking a college course to check out the University of Washington – including U.S. high school students. Find out what college classes are really like, earn UW credit and check out our scenic campus by taking a course this summer.

Why UW Summer Quarter?

  • The UW Experience – Attend classes in an engaging atmosphere on a classic university campus.
  • College Credit – Earn college credit and start building your UW transcript.
  • Diverse Student Body – Study alongside current UW students, adults and students from abroad.
  • Top Teachers – Learn from well-respected UW faculty and instructors.

Wide Variety of Courses

With nearly 2,000 courses offered in more than 100 different fields of study at the UW in the summer, there is something that will appeal to any adventurous high school student. To learn more about what’s available during UW Summer Quarter, see the time schedule or MyPlan (which requires a login).


For information on how to register for Summer Quarter courses, see the High School Students Registration page.

Eligibility Requirements

High school students interested in attending the UW during Summer Quarter must be U.S. high school students and have completed their freshman year by June 30 of the year they plan to attend. Applicants should have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 (B+) or higher. Students under the age of 16 and their parents are required to submit a Memo of Understanding, which will be mailed to you after your application is received.

Academic Credit

High school students taking Summer Quarter courses will establish a UW transcript. Grades earned in the summer are included in a student’s GPA if they later enroll at the UW as a matriculated (degree-seeking) student. In most cases, credits earned by high school students in UW Summer Quarter can also be transferred to other colleges and universities.

Summer Foreign Language Offerings

Learn a language this summer and get a head start on college requirements. The UW offers one of the country’s largest intensive foreign language summer programs. Choose from courses in everything from American Sign Language to Swahili.

Other Youth Programs

For information on other summer offerings for high school students, please visit the Summer Youth Programs 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.