Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Program offers two-week, online summer courses, providing academically talented and intellectually curious students currently in grades 8–11 with intensive study in a single course. We invite high school students from around the world to discover, study and explore in small classes with instructors who are scholars in their fields and passionate about teaching.
What is Enrichment?
Not for credit or grade, our challenging courses provide an in-depth and interactive exploration of advanced topics.
The program emphasizes building skills along with acquiring knowledge and is designed to create environments that foster creativity and collaboration where students learn from each other as well as from their instructors.
- Real-Time Online Instruction
Courses meet for two hours each day (Monday–Friday) for live online classroom discussion with their instructor and peers. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments tailored to each course. Please visit our course catalog for details about each course’s unique meeting time.
- Active Student Engagement
Active participation in class discussion is key to creating an online community of engaged learners. Outside of the academic components, students will also find opportunities to engage and build community with their peers through a variety of student life seminars, workshops, and activities.
- Evaluation & Certificate of Completion
Upon completion of the course, instructors provide a qualitative written evaluation and participants receive a Certificate of Completion.
- Good Citizenship & Integrity
They ask participants to adhere to the highest standards of integrity in their academic work and personal conduct. Past participants often remark on how much they learned from their peers.
Application Procedure for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Program
- Create a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes application account. The application account should be made with the student applicant’s legal name, but a parent email address may be used to receive application communications.
- In addition to the online application form, a complete application includes:
- Academic Records
Unofficial transcripts are required for each school or academic program you took graded courses at from Fall 2018 through Fall 2020. If you have multiple grade reports from one school, rather than one transcript from that school, please combine that into a single file for upload. Homeschooled applicants should submit a document similar to a transcript with their coursework from the years listed above. Homeschooled students should also submit transcripts from any graded courses they took with a school or program during this period.
- Work Sample(s)
At least one sample of student work will be required. Two may be required based on the courses the applicant indicates interest in. Work samples must have been completed as a school assignment within the past year and must demonstrate a student’s best effort. If possible, your sample should show graded work and the prompt or directions, but graded work is not required. No work sample older than two years will be accepted. Please see the Online Application for more detail about the subject your work sample should be from.
- Teacher Recommendation(s)
At least one recommendation letter is required. Two recommendations from different subject areas may be required based on the courses the applicant indicates interest in.
- Video Essay (Optional)
This video essay is an opportunity to share more about yourself. You can consider it a conversation between you and Stanford’s Admissions Committee, or you may also choose to tell us something you haven’t mentioned elsewhere in the application. If you attend a school in which the primary language of instruction is a language other than English, we strongly encourage you to complete the video essay.
- $65 Application Fee
You may submit the $65 application fee online using a credit card. Please see instructions for payment at the end of the Online Application.
- After completing your application, return to the Application Status and Materials Checklist page to make sure all of your application materials have been submitted. When your admissions decision is ready, you will receive an email notification that prompts you to log in to this page for the decision.
2021 Program Dates
A variety of courses will be offered in three sessions this summer. Each session runs for two weeks, with courses meeting Monday–Friday. Please note that students may only attend one course per summer.
Session One: Monday, June 21 – Friday, July 2, 2021
Session Two: Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 23, 2021
Session Three: Monday, July 26 – Friday, August 6, 2021
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