Your Summer at Stanford.

A living memorial to Leland Stanford Jr., Stanford University has redefined higher education since its founding in 1891.

Situated on over 8,000 acres of land that previously housed the Stanford Family horse farm, Stanford University has been home to innovative thinking from day one. Guided by the words on the University seal, “Die Luft der Freiheit weht” (“the wind of freedom blows”), Stanford makes its students “useful for life” by promoting freedom of mind and the pure search for knowledge.

Experience liberal education and imaginative entrepreneurship.

Stanford Summer professors are leaders in their fields, and your classmates are some of the most brilliant young minds from around the world. We’ll help you synthesize and integrate your skills and knowledge to apply them in new contexts. You can even immerse yourself in the field of your choice with the Intensive Studies program.

Enjoy life outside the classroom.

When you come here for the summer, you become a part of the Stanford tradition. Speaking events, academic roundtables, and trips let you take full advantage of all that Stanford and the Silicon Valley have to offer. And with the fourth quarter’s intimate campus community, you’ll have ample opportunity to develop lasting bonds with faculty, staff and peers.

A note from us to YOU!

Learning happens when students come together, engage in conversation and dialogue, and work collaboratively.

Jess Matthews

Thank you for your interest in Stanford Summer Session! We are thrilled that you are considering joining us for our fourth academic quarter. You’ll earn a Stanford transcript and experience an unforgettable summer of personal and intellectual growth.

If you choose to live on campus (and we hope you do), you’ll be in residence with peers from Stanford and around the world. Residential education is an important complement to the learning happening inside the classroom. Every week throughout your stay, we’ll organize trips around the Bay Area, book speakers who create impact on an international scale, and invite Stanford professors to share their latest research and discoveries with you.

Our staff is small and personally committed to helping you succeed throughout your stay on campus. Please take some time to explore our website. You’ll find answers to all of your questions, and you can also learn a little more about us.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Farm this summer!

Stanford Summer

The Team

Take a moment to get to know our dedicated team.

Photo Credit: David LaFlamme Photography

Larry Lagerstrom is a historian of science with degrees in history, physics, mathematics, and interdisciplinary studies. He has 20 years of teaching experience at Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and U.C. Davis, including an online course on “Understanding Einstein: The Special Theory of Relativity” with 30,000 students from around the world. He joined the Summer Session team in 2017.

Larry Lagerstrom

Director and Associate Dean

Lisa Pritchett graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a BS in Business Administration. The parent of two college-aged children, she keeps herself busy supporting her son and daughter in their various academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities. She’s been a member of the Summer Session team since 2003.

Lisa Pritchett

Associate Director

Jimmy Moore received his BA in Journalism from the University of Central Florida and master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. In addition, Jimmy has notably worked as a professional speaker motivating and inspiring college students around the country. He has been part of the Summer Session Team since 2013.

Jimmy Moore

Associate Director, Marketing and Special Programs

Renee Connor graduated from Western New England University with a BS in Business Administration. As a transplanted New Englander, she loves the Bay Area climate. Having raised two athletic sons, she now enjoys Stanford Athletics, especially football and tailgates! She has been part of the Summer Session team since 2003.

Renee Connor

Administrative and Technology Manager

After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Linguistics, Patricia Hall taught English as a Foreign Language in both Japan and Costa Rica. Later, she earned an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College (in Spain and Argentina). In addition, she has visited over 25 countries. She joined the Summer Session team in fall 2015.   

Patricia Hall

Student Services Coordinator

Erin Sarmiento graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with a BA in Journalism. Native to Nebraska, Erin moved to the Bay Area in early 2013 and loves exploring her new home. She is an avid concert goer and huge fan of all the food the Bay Area has to offer. Erin has been part of the Summer Session team since 2014.

Erin Sarmiento

Marketing Specialist

Suzi Jones earned a BS in Psychology and a MEd. in High Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a lover of sports, sushi and dogs. In her free time, she is usually exploring the Bay area with her husband and toy poodle, Violet. She joined the Summer Session team in Summer 2016.

Suzi Jones

Special Programs Coordinator

Alex Bly graduated from the University of California, East Bay with a BA in Economics. Having lived most of her life in Illinois and Texas, she loves the year-round outdoor activities in the Bay. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking and playing video games. Alex joined the Summer Session team in 2015.

Alex Bly

Administrative Associate