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Summer Scholar

Become a Summer Scholar

Save Money. Get Ahead.

Do something for your future and distinguish yourself on your college application by taking an online college course this summer:
  • Save hundreds of dollars on tuition
  • Get a head start on college
  • Transfer credits to all UW schools and most private or out-of-state schools
​The Summer Scholars Program gives high school students the opportunity to take a 4-week online college course while saving money on tuition. Students have the choice of three in-demand courses, which offer easy transferability:
Course Dates: July 13 - August 9, 2020
Class Description
Introduction to Computing & Internet Technologies Introduction to the history of computing, overview of computers, how they work, and relevant applications, especially to web site creation. Introduction to procedural programming using Microsoft Web Development tools part of the Microsoft Visual Studio.NET programming environment, the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
Natural Hazards Exploration of the dynamic character of the Earth System by characterizing and understanding the causes and consequences of natural hazards. Hazards considered will include earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic hazards (local, regional, global scales), meteorological hazards (hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, coastal erosion), and landslides.
Contemporary Social Problems Sociological analysis of the nature, extent, causes, and potential solutions to selected major social problems such as poverty and wealth, racial and gender discrimination, crime and violence, drug abuse, family problems, quality of education, inadequate health care, population problems, intergroup conflict, and threats to the environment.
$600 per course
a 55% Savings on tuition and fees

Please note:
  • Courses taken through Summer Scholars are not eligible for the Early College Credit Program
  • All costs are the responsibility of the student/family.

Step 1: Register
Let us know you want to become a Summer Scholar and are ready to get ahead and save money on your college education. 
Step 2: Apply for a Class
Apply for the specific course you're interested in. We provide a step-by-step guide to walk you through the process.
Apply for a Class

Admission Requirements

Students must be:

  • 2019-20 high school sophomore, junior or senior; AND
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher*
* Students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an exceptional basis if they are able to provide substantial or convincing letters of recommendation and/or data demonstrating high ability in a specific area within their preferred area of study. Please contact Meagan Strehlow at for more information on what should be addressed in letters of recommendation. 

For questions about the Summer Scholars Program, contact the K-12 and Community Relations office at