Rosario Summer Program

Summer 2024 Dates & Deadlines

Before Rosario:

Rigby Scholarship Deadline: Friday, 12pm, February 21, 2024

Financial Clearance Deadline: Friday, 12pm, June 1, 2024 

At Rosario:

Cabin check In: Monday, June 24, 2024

Registration & Textbooks: Monday, 6:30pm, June 24, 2024

Classes Begin: Tuesday, 8am, June 25, 2024                          

Classes End: Friday, 2pm, August 16, 2024       

Notify Rosario's Administrative Assistant of any necessary travel plans that require arrival before or after these dates:

View detailed information about our summer courses.

You must enroll through Walla Walla University to take courses at Rosario.

IMPORTANT: any non-WWU students who plan to enroll through WWU in order to attend the Rosario Summer Program, but do NOT plan to enroll at WWU as a student, should complete a special application for NON-MATRICULATED students after they submit their Rosario application.

Limited housing at Rosario necessitates restricted enrollments in most classes, consequently application does not guarantee acceptance.  Early submission of application may increase the probability of acceptance (see acceptance criteria below)


Acceptance criteria
The number of applications received usually is greater than the number of students that Rosario can accommodate in regards to classroom and housing space. Therefore, applicants will be accepted as follows:

General Biology students in the following order:

  • Priority Group #1: Students currently enrolled at WWU and teachers.
  • Priority Group #2: Students currently enrolled at other institutions.
  • Priority Group #3: Incoming freshmen who have been accepted at WWU.
  • Priority Group #4: Other (including students applying to take only one or two quarters of General Biology).

Upper-division and graduate students in the following order:

  • Priority Group #1: Students currently enrolled at WWU and teachers.
  • Priority Group #2: Students currently enrolled at other institutions.
  • Priority Group #3: Other (including undergraduate students applying to take only one course with no accompanying approved research activities).

Applications will be held until March 1, at which time they will be prioritized according to the above order. Students applying after March 1 will be accepted on a "first-come first-serve" space available basis.

All students must make financial arrangements with the WWU Student Financial Services office before arriving at Rosario Beach. Additional financial information is available in the Summer Program Finances link. 

Single students are required to pay the housing fee and eat in the cafeteria. Exceptions can be made for students who need to prepare their own food due to medically-documented food allergies. Graduate and married students are not required to pay the housing fee or eat in the cafeteria; however, they may choose to do so.

Single students will be assigned same-gender housing with shared bedroom and bathroom. Married students or students with families will be assigned individual cabins. If you have specific roommate preferences please let us know (   

Textbooks are sold at Rosario and must be paid for with cash, check, or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover). WWU students may charge books and supplies on their accounts only if they have made previous financial arrangements to do so with the WWU Student Financial Services office. We cannot charge books to accounts for other than WWU students. For those paying cash for books, plan on having about $250 at the time of registration.

Driving?  Search Google Maps for "Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory", or use the address, 15510 Rosario Beach Road, Anacortes WA 98221. If you are coming by air, fly into Seattle (SeaTac Airport). We will not be able to pick you up in Seattle (it's a two-hour drive one way from Rosario); you should contact the Airporter Shuttle ( which will take you from SeaTac Airport to the "Anacortes Shell" at 1312 Commercial Ave. in Anacortes (only 12 minutes from Rosario). Amtrak and Greyhound can bring you to 105 East Kincaid St. in Mt Vernon, WA (30 minutes from Rosario).  Emailing us in advance will help us in arranging to pick you up. When you are making your travel plans for your departure at the end of the summer, be sure to allow sufficient time to finish your last exam, which may not be over until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday August 13.

All students must have health insurance while they are enrolled in courses or conducting research at Rosario.  Students are responsible for obtaining and maintaining their health insurance. Rosario has no medical clinic or personnel, only Band-Aids. Payment for medical treatment at the local medical facilities must be handled by you on a private basis. For more information on finding a health insurance  plan, please go to the SFS insurance information page

Walla Walla University covers all registered undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students with excess accident insurance with a $5,000 limit. Students injured while on a WWU campus, in campus-owned housing, or participating in off-campus University-sponsored activities (excluding intercollegiate athletic accidents) may complete a Non-Work-Related Accident/Incident Report form and the A-G Excess Student Accident Claim Form and provide them to Risk & Safety Management for authorization prior to filing a claim and submitting to A-G Administrators.

All residents living or storing items in university-owned housing should strongly consider personal property insurance to cover personal items (bikes, books, computers, electronics, etc.) that may be lost, damaged, and/or destroyed by accident, theft, or other means. Walla Walla University does not provide insurance to cover a resident’s personal items; this is the responsibility of the resident. Family homeowner policies may provide limited coverage or rent insurance. Residents’ personal property insurance coverage is highly advisable and can be purchased for a nominal fee online (examples below). You should check with your insurance agent and request a written note on what is and is not covered under your homeowners policy. Some things you should verify are whether there are limitations on computers, electronics, or other such items, the coverage limit and deductible amount, which is typically much higher than a Student Personal Property Insurance Policy.

For more information on renter’s insurance for college students, look up "Renters insurance for college students" on and "Should you buy residence hall insurance" on

Examples of companies specializing and providing student personal property/rental insurance include and

Your summer mailing address will be:

Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory
15510 Rosario Beach Road 
Anacortes WA 98221

Message phone: (360) 293-2326
Fax: (360) 293-2325

Living at Rosario will be similar to living in the residence hall on any college campus, except that rooms are significantly smaller than typical residence hall rooms. Students (and faculty) usually dress very casually; shorts, jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and flip-flops are normal attire.

See a list of items that current students have suggested.

Because of the number of students living in a small area, as well as our attempt to maintain the wildlife that is normally present, students may not bring any pets to Rosario.

Rosario has a computer lab with full internet access during the summer. Buildings and most areas at Rosario have wireless internet capabilities.

If you plan to travel to Canada you must have your passport and any required visas.

Rosario does not provide daycare service. All children (anyone under the age of 18) must have direct and immediate supervision by a legal parent/guardian at all times. A parent/guardian actively involved in academic or research activities does not constitute appropriate supervision. Children are not allowed in any academic/research areas without adult supervision and permission of the appropriate faculty member. Parents/guardians who continue to violate this policy may be excluded from the Rosario campus.