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Rosario summer program

Summer 2019 Session Dates
Monday, June 24 —Thursday, August 15

Registration is on Monday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. You should plan to arrive at Rosario on June 23 or 24.  Arrangements for arriving earlier than June 23 should be made in advance; please contact us ( Please plan to be at Rosario through 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 for final exams.

View detailed information about our summer courses.

Official Rosario summer acceptance letters will be sent in early March. You must enroll through Walla Walla University or one of its affiliates (see List of Affiliate Institutions) to take courses at Rosario. Students enrolling through WWU to attend Rosario only and who do not plan to enroll at WWU in the future will complete a special application during registration at Rosario. 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.  Please read these Acceptance Criteria.

All students must make financial arrangements with the WWU Student Financial Services office before arriving at Rosario Beach. Detailed financial information will be sent to accepted students in early March, and is available in the Summer Program Finances link. Students from affiliate schools should make arrangements with their own institution for their tuition and lab charges; however, payment for room, board, and textbooks will be to Walla Walla University prior to arrival at Rosario.

Single students are required to pay the board 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 board 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 11.

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

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. You will be given a computer account at registration on June 25. 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.

Last update on September 5, 2019