Admitted Student Information


We are excited to welcome you and other talented students to our summer programs. 

After an extremely successful remote learning  program in summer 2020 for Architecture Discovery Program (ADP) and Portfolio Plus Program (Port Plus), we have decided to offer both programs remotely again for summer 2021. Please visit the sections below to read more about our plans for an engaging and educational online remote learning program.

Architecture Discovery Program July 11–24, 2021

Portfolio Plus Program July 11–31, 2021

We will communicate via email with students and parents, so please add and 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!

Remote Learning for ADP and Portfolio Plus

In 2021, Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus are both remote learning programs due to the coronavirus. 2020 was a great opportunity to redesign our program to support remote learning while still meeting our goals of giving you an amazing educational experience. We had even more success than we imagined. Our students and their families had wonderful things to say about our program. Our faculty, staff, and undergraduate program assistants made an engaging and fun curriculum that gave the students a real WashU experience, while still being away from campus. In 2021, our faculty will help you make portfolio-level projects and help you to connect to a diverse network of students all around the country.

Below we outline the basics for how we will run our 2021 programs and what that means for you.  


Below are samples of the 2020 Summer Pre-College Programs. In 2021 the will be taught synchronously again. Please refer to the schedule created specifically for your time zone.

The schedules for 2021 will be posted here when they are available. They may not matche these schedules exactly.

Architecture Discovery Program

Eastern Time (EDT)
Central Time (CDT)
Mountain Time (MDT)
Pacific Time (PDT)

Portfolio Plus Program

Eastern Time (EDT)
Central Time (CDT)
Mountain Time (MDT)
Pacific Time (PDT)

Updated: February 2, 2021

Student Survey – Please Complete

With school out of session in the summer and many states and cities implementing stay-at-home policies to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it is important to understand your learn-from-home environment so we can design a curriculum that takes into account the possibilities and limitations you may face at home.


We will use Canvas, our online classroom platform, and Zoom, a video conferencing platform, to connect students with their teachers, teaching assistants, and classmates, and to deliver live lectures and “face-to-face” remote instruction. We will use WUSTL Box to share files. All of these tools will be accessible using an individualized WUSTLkey login students will get once they’ve completed registration for our program. Additionally, students will be given access to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite for digital editing of photos and drawings they create.

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 ( ) 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 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 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 by mail in advance of the start of the program. The mailing address used on the Registration Forms you submit (below) will be used to mail materials to each student.

Studio Culture

Studio culture is a core part of art and architecture education. Through our online platforms, our students and faculty have already had success creating a remote studio culture as they complete this spring semester off-campus. We plan to bring all we have learned from that experience to our summer program. The teaching assistants and faculty will work together, and you will connect directly with your peers to have an immersive studio experience. These are examples of student work from the Summer 2020 ADP and Portfolio Plus Programs.

Field Trips & Lectures

While field trips and lectures will not happen in person, we are looking forward to sharing some of the most unique things about WashU and St. Louis with you. You will have a chance to meet some of our other Sam Fox School faculty through remote lectures. Visits to artist studios and architecture firms are planned as remote visits; you will still get to hear directly from artists and designers, ask questions, and learn about the profession.

Portfolio Images

Collecting high-quality photos of your work is an important part of the Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program. We will be hosting tutorials and workshops that teach you the best methods for photographing and editing your own work to get it ready to present in a portfolio.

WashU Undergraduate Admissions

We will be offering a few activities throughout the program to introduce students to life at Washington University. The Admissions office will host an information session with students to share more about WashU’s undergraduate admissions process.

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 after the program.

WashU COVID-19 Policy

Per interim University policy, our program staff are working remotely. We encourage you to send any inquiries via email to Rachel Youn ( and Courtney Cushard ( 

After careful and thoughtful discussion, and with the health and safety of our instructors, staff, and students in mind, we have made the decision to offer both Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program remotely for the summer 2021. Please read the information on this website thoroughly to learn about our plans for an engaging and educational online remote learning program this summer. 

WashU is closely tracking the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Please visit the WashU COVID-19 website for the latest updates.

Program Fee

The program fee for the summer 2021 programs includes tuition, access to the Adobe Creative Cloud software, and all materials which will be shipped to each student.

Architecture Discovery Program: $2,980

Portfolio Plus Program: $4,305

In order to secure your spot, please submit your $250 nonrefundable program deposit and completed registration forms no later than May 1, 2021. The deposit is applied toward your total program fee due. The remaining balance is due no later than July 10, 2021. For information on how to make a payment online, see the instructions in your acceptance letter.

Course Materials

Materials for both Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program are included in the cost of tuition. Materials will be provided to each student by mail (UPS) in advance of the start of the program. The mailing address submitted on the Registration Forms  will be used to mail materials to each student. PO Boxes are not allowable for use as a mailing address.

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

  • July 10, 2021: Last day to cancel and receive 100% refund (with exception of materials if they have already been purchased or shipped)
  • After July 11, 2021: No refunds will be issued

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

In the event that the University decides to cancel a summer program, students will receive a full refund of the program fee including the nonrefundable deposit.

If a student is unable to attend a program as a result of travel or visa restrictions enacted by the U.S. government, the student will receive a full refund of the program fee including nonrefundable deposit. Please note that the U.S. government will not issue refunds for SEVIS fees or for non-immigrant visa fees. WashU is not responsible for refunding SEVIS or non-immigrant visa fees.

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

Please note, application fees are nonrefundable.