2023 Program Information

We are planning to host in-person programming for the 2023 summer based on current University guidelines.

Architecture Discovery Program July 9-22, 2023

Portfolio Plus Program July 9-29, 2023

We will communicate via email with students and parents, so please add courtney.cushard@wustl.edu and alex.evets@wustl.edu to your email contacts in order to ensure our messages are not sent to your junk or spam folder.

Curious about campus? Take a virtual tour and learn more about WashU!


Examples of the 2022 Program schedule:

Architecture Discovery Program schedule

Portfolio Plus schedule

Finalized schedules will be provided to students upon arrival.

Updated: May 16, 2022


Students will have access to all the technology they need complete program assignments, but having a personal computer is suggested. If you don’t have a computer, or don’t want to bring yours, we have computer labs available on campus.

Platforms we may use include WUSTL Box to share files, Adobe Creative Cloud, etc. All of these tools will be accessible using an individualized WUSTLkey login students will get once they’ve completed registration for our program. Adobe Creative Cloud Suite is used for digital editing of photos and drawings.

Please visit our Technology Guide to get started accessing WUSTL systems and programs.


Students will receive an email prompting you to create your WUSTL Key. This is the login system for university matters like transcripts, registration, and billing. Below are instructions on how to find that email and next steps. 

Check your inbox and spam folder for an email from CFU Registrar WUSTL Key (registrarwustlkey@email.wustl.edu ) prompting you to create a WUSTL Key. It will be sent to the email address used in the pre-college application. This is how students log into WashU’s online system to see their classes, grades, and bills. The subject line of that email is ‘Activate Your WashU WUSTL Key and Email’. Add the registrar to your contacts to avoid missing important emails in the future. Please find the email and follow the instructions to create a WUSTL Key. 

If you are unable to find the email in your inbox or spam/junk folder, please contact WUSTL IT Services at 314-933-3333 for assistance. You will need to provide your student account number—please contact Rachel at youn@wustl.edu to receive your number.


Your WUSTL email address will be the main form of communication used between you, your professors, and your teaching assistants during the program. To check your WUSTL Email, you can add it as an account to your preferred app either on computer or phone, or you can access it 24/7 online at https://email.wustl.edu. You will log in using your WUSTL Key.


Materials for both the Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program are included in the cost of tuition. Materials will be provided to each student at the start of the program.

Field Trips & Lectures

We have field trips and lectures throughout the program, particularly on weekends. We looking forward to sharing some of the most unique things about WashU and St. Louis with you. You will also meet some of our other Sam Fox School faculty, visit artist studios and architecture firms, hear directly from artists and designers about the profession.

WashU Undergraduate Admissions

We will be offering a few activities throughout the program to introduce students to life at Washington University. The Sam Fox School Admissions Counselor will host a session on portfolio preparation and documentation.

Washington University does not require interviews as part of the admissions application process, however students will have a chance to sign up for an interview with the Sam Fox School’s Undergraduate Admissions Counselor.

Program Fee

The program fee for the summer 2023 programs includes tuition, meals, housing on campus, field trips, and all materials.

Architecture Discovery Program: $3,915

Portfolio Plus Program: $5,839

In order to secure your spot, please submit your $250 nonrefundable program deposit no later than May 1, 2023. The deposit is applied toward your total program fee due. The remaining balance is due no later than July 8, 2023. Instructions to make online payment will be sent by email when balances are posted to student accounts. This will probably be in late June. 

Student Accountability Chart & Code of Conduct

The Student Accountability Chart is meant to serve as a general guide to the accountability process to promote consistency in our pre-college community. This chart includes a list of program rules, policies, and regulations according to our Code of Conduct. Parents and students should review the chart before the start of the program.

Cancellation Policy

Should personal unforeseen circumstances require a student to cancel their registration for the program, we will issue a refund of the program fee as follows:

  • July 8, 2023: Last day to cancel and receive 100% refund (with exception of materials if they have already been purchased.)
  • After July 9, 2023: No refunds will be issued

No refunds will be issued for students who leave a program early.

WashU is not responsible for reimbursing costs not included in the program fee, including travel expenses, textbooks, or personal expenses.

Application fees are nonrefundable.