How to Apply

2017 Application Eligibility and Deadlines

The 2017 Summer Session application will open in December 2016. Admission is selective and applications are processed in cycles with specific due dates and decision release dates. Please refer to the Application Deadlines table for more information. All required application materials must be submitted by the stated deadline to be included in that application cycle. The final deadline for domestic students to apply for the 2017 Summer Session is 9 p.m. Pacific Time on May 25, 2017.

Applications will be reviewed in accordance to the Application Deadlines table. Students offered admission to the program will need to complete the acceptance process within 3 weeks of receiving an offer of admission or by 9 p.m. Pacific Time on June 1, 2017 (whichever comes first), in order to be considered a confirmed student in the program.

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program (June 24, 2017).
  • Have graduated from high school or secondary school or equivalent.
  • Have successfully completed at least one term of college or university courses following graduation from high school prior to applying (students who have already graduated from college or university are also eligible).

In addition to submitting an online Summer Session application, students are asked to upload an unofficial transcript for all colleges or universities attended, and compose a short personal statement in response to a specific question.

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Course Registration: Registration for courses starts on Sunday, April 9, 2017, so students are strongly encouraged to have completed the entire application and acceptance process prior to this date. Late applications will continue to be accepted through May 25, 2017, though some courses may have filled by this date.

Housing Application: The deadline to apply for guaranteed on-campus housing is in early May. Students who apply for housing after the first-round deadline will still have a high priority for a housing assignment, but it is no longer guaranteed.

Step-by-Step Application

  1. The Application Interface

You will be able to work on your application as your schedule allows. If you need to exit the application at any time, simply close your browser. Any information you have entered will be saved, providing you have clicked the “Continue” button at the bottom of each individual webform after filling in your personal details. You will be able to modify all information within your application until you submit it for review.

  1. Starting or Continuing Work on an Application

Click on the “Apply” link that appears within these instructions.

To begin or resume work on your application, you’ll start on the “Application Management” page. If you are returning to an existing application, click on the name of the application that appears in red under the header “Your Applications.” If this is your first time to the site, follow the prompts to “Create” your application. The information provided below will walk you through the entire application process.

New applicants will continue to “Register” their account. To get started on your application, please enter the information as requested.

Email Address: The email address you provide will become an integral part of your login, and will be used for contact purposes throughout your connection with Stanford Summer Session.

First Name: Also known as your given name or familiar name. This should be your full, legal given name, as it appears on your passport or photo ID.

Last Name: Also know as your family name or surname. This should be your full, legal family name, as it appears on your passport or photo ID.

Although we realize that many languages include letters and punctuations that are not utilized in written English, our application is not equipped to handle these specialized characters. Please enter name and address information using only letters A to Z, with no accents or additional punctuation. In general, your name should be entered as it appears on the coded strip at the bottom of your passport’s identification page, although we request that you use both upper and lower case letters.

Birthdate: Enter your date of birth using the dropdown boxes provided.

Use the “Continue” button that appears at the bottom of each webform to advance your way through the online application. The information provided on the “Register” page will be used to create your account. A confirmation message will be sent to the email address provided to verify your ability to receive automated messages from our application system. Use the activation link and temporary PIN provided in this email to continue your application. You may also save this email and use the activation link to return to your application at any time.

Please allow a few minutes for this message to be delivered. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact our office for assistance.

Once you have successfully verified your account, you will return to the “Application Management” page. Use the red “Start New Application” link to “Create” and then “Open” your 2017 Stanford Summer Session application.

The application is designed to prompt you through each required webform, with instructions provided as needed within the application to assist you in its completion. If at any time you have questions about the application, please contact the Summer Session Office.

A special note about entering international address information: if you need to enter an address for a country outside the United States, please start by using the drop down box provided to locate the appropriate country name. Once you’ve made your selection, the associated text boxes will update to enable you to input accurate address information.

  1. Academics

You will be required to enter information about current or past post-secondary educational institutions you are attending or have attended – whether or not you have received a degree from the school. You should enter information about all such schools, up to a total of three institutions. Please start with your current or most recent school, and work backward from there. For dates of attendance at a school you currently attend, indicate when you anticipate the completion of your studies. Please note: the application will default to “No Degree Awarded or Expected” for each institution that you enter. If this is not accurate, be sure to indicate the correct information using the drop down choices.

The application interface will allow you to upload a digital version of your transcript or transcripts that cover all years of college or university education. Your transcript(s) must show your full name and the name of your college or university, as well as an explanation of your school’s grading scale. If you are currently attending college or university, your transcript should include the most recently completed academic term. Transcripts do not need to be official.

Note for students who have attended international institutions: transcripts must be submitted in English. If translated from another language, upload both the original and translated versions.

  1. Personal Statement 

This is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself or explain part of your educational record. Recommended topic: Please provide a statement indicating your academic interests and what you hope to accomplish during your attendance at Stanford’s Summer Session. If you already have specific disciplines or courses in mind, please detail these and explain how they will help you grow in your academic endeavors. You may also add other interests that you would like to pursue while at Stanford. The statement should be no longer than 200 words in length and must be written in English. Students may type the statement directly into their application or copy and paste from a word processing program. Summer Session social media and blogging opportunities may be offered to a select number of students based on this writing sample.

  1. Summer Session Tuition Grant Application (Optional)

Partial financial assistance is available as a Summer Session Tuition Grant, and is based on demonstrated financial need and course enrollment. Grants will be awarded to qualified students until all funds are depleted. Opting to apply for a Summer Session Tuition Grant will not impact an applicant’s admission decision, which is based on academic merit.

Eligibility: To qualify for financial assistance, you must be a U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident, attend university in the United States, and have completed a FAFSA application for the 2015-16 or 2016-17 school year for your current school (not for Stanford University). Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for financial assistance. Grants will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need as indicated by the EFC on your Student Aid Report (SAR). Students who elect to complete the optional Summer Session Tuition Grant section of their application will be instructed to upload a screenshot of their current Student Aid Report (SAR) to verify financial need. Here is a sample online SAR and paper SAR.

Deadline: Tuition Grant awards are subject to the same deadline. To secure your Tuition Grant, you must complete the acceptance process and be eligible to receive a Stanford ID number within 3 weeks of receiving an offer of admission or by 9 p.m. Pacific Time on June 1, 2017 (whichever comes first).

Options: Tuition Grants are available for select academic programs. Please pay special attention to the enrollment requirements for each grant. The Summer Session Office will monitor registration throughout the Summer Quarter, and failure to adhere to program requirements will result in forfeiture of the full amount of a specific grant. Tuition Grants are available for the following programs of study: the Human Rights Intensive, International Management Intensive, Service Learning Intensive, and Technology & Innovation Intensive.

Summer Session Tuition Grant recipients who enroll in and complete the Human Rights Intensive, International Management Intensive, Service Learning Intensive or Technology & Innovation Intensive will receive a total Tuition Grant of $5,000. Please note that the grade requirement listed for the Intensive is not a requirement to receive the Tuition Grant. You do not need to earn the Certificate of Completion to retain your Tuition Grant.

Application: When filling out the Tuition Grant section of the online application you must declare your intention to enroll in one of the grant eligible Intensives. Grants are not interchangeable. If you receive a Human Rights Tuition Grant and elect to alter your program of study to Technology & Innovation, for example, you may not be eligible to receive a Technology & Innovation Grant. Specific questions should be directed to the Summer Session office.

Enrollment: All courses required for a Tuition Grant must be enrolled in prior to the Final Study List deadline of July 7, 2017. If you apply for and receive a Tuition Grant, but fail to maintain the stated requirements (with the exception of the final grade requirement), the entire award will be revoked and you will be responsible for the full amount of tuition.

Potential Impact: Though this assistance is not administered through the Stanford University Financial Aid Office, and is not shared with any outside party, we encourage visiting students to consult with the Financial Aid Office at their home institution to ascertain any impact on their individual award package.

  1. Silicon Valley Innovation Academy

Silicon Valley Innovation Academy (SVIA) is an intense, hands-on immersion in the practice and culture of the lean start-up methodology. To participate in this opportunity you must respond to a variety of questions and receive approval from Summer Session.

You will be notified of your status in the program at the same time you receive your Summer Session admission decision.

  1. Review

Prior to submitting your application, you will be directed to a “Review” page. This will alert you to any information within your application that was overlooked or entered incorrectly. Please make updates as requested.

8.   Application Status

After submitting your application, you will arrive at the “Application Status” page. Here you will be able to pay the non-refundable application fee. You will also be provided with instruction regarding any additional information we require from you prior to processing your application for review.

All applications are reviewed by Summer Session administrators and evaluated for admission to the program. If additional information is required for any reason, you will be contacted via email. Please monitor your account for status updates, and watch your email for correspondence from our office.

Admission decisions are released according to the application schedule. Admission decisions are sent via email.

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The Acceptance Process

The Summer Session Office sends notification of admission decisions via email. The message will instruct you to log in to your application and return to the “Application Status” page. Click on the link provided to view your “Status Update”. Students who receive an offer of admission have 3 weeks from the date the admission decision is released or by 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time on June 1, 2017 (whichever comes first) to complete the acceptance process.

A critical component of the “Application Status” page is a section titled “Important Documents to Read.” Early in the acceptance process, these documents consist of the “Program Handbook,” the “Residence Agreement,” and a link to “Your Summer Session Checklist.” The Summer Session Office keeps students apprised of upcoming deadlines, action items, and general information via email, and adds these messages to the “Important Documents to Read.” Refer to this section on a regular basis to stay up-to-date regarding critical information relevant to your Summer at Stanford. You are responsible for reading correspondence from our office and following through on action items as necessary.

To begin the acceptance process, complete and submit the “Reply to Offer of Admission” form. Once this form is received, your “Application Status” page will update and new forms and requirements will present themselves for completion. You must complete all forms and requirements to be eligible to receive a Stanford ID number. Your spot in the program is NOT CONFIRMED until the Summer Session Office has issued you a Stanford ID number.

The acceptance process is similar to the application process. Work through each webform, providing answers and information as required. If you need to exit the application at any time, use the Logout link provided in the “Account Tools” at the bottom of the page. Any information you have entered will be saved.


Confirmation: The Stanford ID Number

Once the acceptance process is complete and all required documents have been submitted and verified, you will receive your Stanford ID number via email within five business days. This ID number means you are confirmed in the Summer Session program!

Your Stanford ID number is critical for moving forward with the University processes of registering for courses and applying for housing. Confirmed students will receive timely instructions on how to complete these tasks, so watch your email and refer to the “Important Documents to Read” section of your “Application Status” page. We look forward to welcoming you to campus this June!