Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC)

About SARC

Stanford Summer Session is committed to robust academic support. In addition to Stanford’s world-renowned faculty and libraries, the Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC) offers free academic support services to visiting and matriculated Stanford students enrolled in the University’s summer quarter. SARC includes two programs: Summer Tutor Program (STP) and Academic Advising.

For Summer 2020, all SARC programs will be conducted online.

During Summer Quarter, students will also receive a weekly newsletter with the SARC schedule and updates. They can also find this information posted on the SARC Canvas Page. 


SARC Canvas Page

The tutoring schedule will be posted on our Canvas site week by week. If you have not received an invitation to the SARC Canvas Page, please email for an invitation.

The SARC Canvas Page is also available publicly to anyone with a SUNET ID!

Students can access tutoring by booking one-on-one appointments in advance or by visiting drop-in tutoring hours.


Summer Tutor Program (STP)


Tutors facilitate virtual drop-in and by-appointment tutoring sessions that support the majority of courses offered in the Summer Quarter. For tutoring by appointment, you need to register in advance and will meet with a tutor one-on-one. For drop-in sessions, you do not need to sign up in advance and do not need to arrive at the beginning of a session or stay for the entire time.

STP does not offer SAT, ACT, GRE, or other standardized test tutoring. Our mission is to support students for the Stanford Summer Quarter curriculum.

Services for Non-native English Speakers / ESL Students

Non-native English speakers can come to any tutoring session (STEM, Social Sciences, and Writing sessions). Some of our Writing sessions have an ESL focus; you can choose to go to those or to any Writing session. Some of our workshops also address topics that are particularly relevant to non-native English speakers and international students. Non-native English speakers can also request an English Language Conversation Partner to practice their English language skills.

To request an English Language Conversation Partner, email with your full weekly availability and our Program Managers will match you with an available tutor.

Academic Workshops

Academic Workshops are offered every week in a variety of areas. SARC workshops address core academic skills and academic life at Stanford. For Summer 2020, we are also designing workshops that support online learning. 


Summer Academic Advising

Summer Academic Advisors serve visiting Summer Session students (visiting undergraduate and graduate students and High School Summer College students). Academic Advisors assist with course selection and requirements, drop/add procedures, selecting and changing of grading options, course withdrawal and annulment processes, and the academic petitions associated with each of these areas.

Stanford matriculated students should contact their respective graduate and undergraduate advisors for Summer Quarter advising.

SARC offers by-appointment and virtual drop-in advising. The summer advising schedule will be posted here on or before June 22, 2020. 

For advising inquiries, please use the email address associated with your student population:

Available to all students.

Academic support services are available to all students enrolled in Stanford’s Summer Quarter free of charge.

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