Stanford's High School Summer College has offered bright, motivated high school students the chance to enroll in college-level courses since the late 1960s. The Summer Session Office works hard to ensure that all the students we admit are ready to handle the challenges of the program, both socially and academically. We appreciate the confidence each family places in us to provide their son or daughter with a safe and enriching experience. Student safety and well-being are important qualities that the program takes seriously.
High School Summer College is designed to closely replicate the college experience while giving students the extra guidance they need to be self-reliant and master their college-level courses. Our Mentors, who live in the residence with the high school residential students, are carefully selected and trained Stanford undergraduates. The Mentors are chosen for their maturity, warmth, and ability to be outstanding role models. They are accomplished young scholars who are eager to provide the guidance and tools that high school students need to succeed.
In addition to Mentors, there are graduate students living in residence as House Directors who are available to provide guidance and supervision. To assist with course planning and management, High School Summer College provides academic advising and tutoring for core academic courses for the duration of the program.
If a student in our program requires medical treatment during their time on campus, the Vaden Health Center is conveniently located on campus and provides excellent, caring service. Stanford Hospital is only minutes away in the event of a medical emergency.
Stanford has a long and successful history of helping students and their parents and guardians negotiate and thrive in the college environment. We offer a rich and rewarding college experience. Students in the Summer College program will acquire lifelong memories, amazing friendships, and enhanced self-confidence. Parent and guardians should feel free to contact us directly with any additional questions and concerns.