Summer Boosts

Explore. Discover. Transform.

Boosts are elective opportunities designed to complement your studies. Silicon Valley Innovation Academy and College Essay Bootcamp allow you to dive into a topic alongside like-minded classmates. Read more below and explore each offering for dates, fees, and other details.

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Silicon Valley Innovation Academy

Silicon Valley Innovation Academy (SVIA) offers a limited number of Summer Session students the experience of a team-based moonshot project while at Stanford. Across four weeks, you’ll hone your leadership abilities in a team, in which you’ll explore, prototype, and communicate a world-changing, innovation opportunity. 

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College Essay Bootcamp

Get a strong start on your college application with this series of sessions on the common app and supplemental essays. You’ll learn what makes a stellar essay and how to incorporate key traits that will capture an admissions committee’s attention and heart. 

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