2024 Program Information


Architecture Discovery Program July 14 – 27, 2024

Portfolio Plus Program July 14 – August 3, 2024

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

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Architecture Discovery Program 2024

Portfolio Plus 2024

Finalized 2024 schedules will be provided to students upon arrival.

Updated: May 7, 2024


Students admitted to ADP and Portfolio Plus are required to fill out and submit the required forms by June 1, 2024 via Docusign. An email was sent with details about how to submit.

Updated: May 7, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

If I’m local, can I commute to the program? Our program is an immersive experience, so all students, local, national and international live in the residence halls on campus. It creates an equitable and holistic experience and helps students bond. Housing and meals are included in the program fee.

Do you have a waitlist? Yes, we will let students know if they are on the waitlist. Waitlist applicants will be notified the first week of May if there is a place in the program.

Do you offer an application fee wavier? Yes. If the application fee presents a financial hardship, email courtney.cushard@wustl.edu and she can provide an application fee wavier.

I’m a freshman in high school. Can I participate? No, the program is for rising juniors and seniors in high school.

I keep Kosher. Can the program accommodate me? WashU has an excellent Kosher kitchen on campus, which is unfortunately closed in the summer. But don’t worry, we partner with the local Kosher deli to order and deliver meals for you throughout the program.

Are there classes or activities on evenings and weekends? Yes, check the sample schedule above to see what kind of activities we have. Open studio in the evenings is required and necessary to keep up with assignments.

I’m a home school student, can I still apply? Yes. Just make sure the recommendation letter is from an individual who can speak to your academic abilities, and not from your parent/guardian.

I take medications. Can someone at the program help me manage my medicines? No, staff of the University cannot help administer or manage any medications. You are responsible for the management of your medications. If you cannot manage them on your own, then this may not be the right program for you at this time.

When will I get my admissions decision?  You can expect to get an admissions decision within one month of submitting your application. If your recommender delays in submitting their recommendation letter, this will delay your admission decision. An application is not complete without the recommendation letter.

How many students participate in the program? Architecture Discovery Program has between 50 and 60 students participate each summer. Portfolio Plus has about 30 students.

Can I participate in another program while I do ADP or Portfolio Plus? No, students cannot be in another program, virtual or in person, while they do ADP or Portfolio Plus. Our Pre-College programs are very intensive and require a full time commitment for the length of the program. 

Can I miss a few days of the program due to other commitments? We strongly encourage students to commit to the full length of the program and to schedule other commitments when the program is not in session. Missing any part of the program can impact the student’s experience and academic performance. 

Do you provide chaperones from the airport? We coordinate shuttles to and from the airport on the arrival day and departure day of the programs. More information will be shared close to the start of the program.

Is the credit earned transferable? Upon completion of for credit course work, students may request a transcript from WashU that will list their coursework and grades earned. Every university has its own pre-matriculation transfer credit policy and we encourage students to do their research as they make future plans. For current guidelines on pre-matriculation credit at WashU, please review the Pre-Matriculation Units section of the WashU Bulletin.

If students intend to use credit earned for high school graduation requirements, that must be arranged by the student with their high school. 

Do you offer travel stipends? Our scholarships do not include travel to and from the program.

What is the supervision of Pre-College Students? Living in the residence hall are our program assistants, current WashU students who provide academic advice, plan social activities, and ensure the rules and regulations of the program are followed. Our program assistants participate in online and in person training programs designed for working with youth. All staff have passed background checks and are CPR/First Aid certified. We also have a program supervisor to oversee the residential aspects of our programs and act as an emergency contact for students.



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 2024 programs includes tuition, meals, housing on campus, field trips, and all materials.

Architecture Discovery Program: $4,091

Portfolio Plus Program: $6,091

In order to secure your spot, please submit your $250 nonrefundable program deposit no later than May 1, 2024. The deposit is applied toward your total program fee due. The remaining balance is due no later than July 8, 2024. 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 & Attendance 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 5, 2024: Last day to cancel and receive 100% refund (with exception of materials if they have already been purchased.)
  • After July 6, 2024: 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.

Attendance is required for the duration of the program.