Deadline: Early Decision 2

The application deadline for Early Decision 2 is January 31. Residential space is limited, apply early.

Summer Boosts

Explore. Discover. Transform.

This summer we’re offering five focused experiences designed to let you dive into a topic alongside like-minded classmates. Not to be confused with Stanford courses offered for credit, these Boosts are elective opportunities designed to complement your studies. Get a taste of something that interests you in the Boost of your choice.


Confirmed Summer Session students enrolled in two or more courses will be able to sign up for one Boost at no additional cost (a $500 value). We’ll share more details, including how to sign up for a Boost, in the coming weeks.

All times are Pacific time.

Innovation Studio

Whether you already know how you’re going to change the world, or you’re still searching for your passion, this virtual team and project-based experience will help you develop the right mindset and skills to take on a future technology “moonshot” challenge. Four 1-hour synchronous sessions, asynchronous team tasks, and open channel coaching check-ins will stretch over two weeks and culminate in a virtual showcase.

June 28, June 30, July 2, July 7, July 9
12 - 1 pm (other sections may be added to accommodate additional time zones)


Creating AI

What is artificial intelligence (AI)? How are AI products developed? How can we use data to make important decisions? How does machine learning work? This combination of theory and hands-on practice will introduce you to the booming field of AI over three 2-hour, synchronous Sunday sessions. Each session will be offered live twice to accommodate various time zones.

Sundays – July 11, 18, and 25
11 am and 4 pm


Introduction to Data Science

Using real data sets, you’ll explore a variety of hands-on tasks to get a taste of data science, including visualization of data, introductory machine learning concepts, and basic programming in R. Examples will come from real-world problems in weather, stocks, neuroscience, and other disciplines. Includes synchronous and asynchronous learning over four weeks, as well as individual practice.

Thursdays – July 1, 8, 15, and 22
7–8:30 pm 


The Daily Photograph

Use the camera of your choice—whether an SLR or your mobile phone—to explore photography as a means to foster creative visualization and your ability to see. Our learning includes a daily photographic prompt, a weekly office hour offered twice to accommodate different time zones, and a photo-friendly private online gallery in order to facilitate interaction between our community.

Every weekday – June 29 through July 27
Office Hours Thursday 7 pm and Friday 10 am


College Essay Bootcamp

Get a strong start on your college application with this series of sessions on the common app and supplemental essays. Led by expert, Junho Suh of Ivy Global, you’ll learn what makes a stellar essay and how to incorporate key traits that will capture an admissions committee’s attention and heart. Includes four 1.5-hour synchronous Saturday sessions as well as independent writing time.

The College Essay Bootcamp focuses on the common app and supplemental essays, and not on admission to Stanford. Stanford does not have a preference for students who attend Stanford-specific summer programs and this Boost is intended to provide general guidance around the college application process. What is important to Stanford—and, for that matter, many other colleges and universities—is how you learn, grow, and contribute because of your experiences.

Saturdays – July 10, 17, 24, and 31
1–2:30 pm

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