High School

High School Summer College

During Stanford University’s Summer Quarter, high school students from the United States and around the globe are invited to spend eight or nine weeks living and learning in the heart of Silicon Valley. Alongside visiting undergraduate and matriculated students, you will have an exclusive opportunity as a student in Stanford Summer Session's High School Summer College program to earn credit and a Stanford University transcript at one of the most competitive universities in the world. Choose from more than 145 courses offered by 30 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering. Summer courses feature a smaller class size, accessible instructors, and a diverse student body with students from over 30 different countries.

By balancing challenging academics with a rich menu of educational and social activities, you’ll have a learning experience that’s truly transformative. If admitted to Stanford Summer Session's High School Summer College program, you can participate as a residential or commuter student. Residential high school students must enroll in a minimum of 8 units. Commuting high school students must enroll in a minimum of 3 units and must live with a family or family friend within a 50-mile radius of campus. All students may take advantage of the resources available to registered Stanford students, including access to athletic facilities, libraries, academic support, and more. For more information about a summer at Stanford, please visit the Student Life section.

Program Requirements

Admission is a selective process, and applications are reviewed in accordance to the Application Deadlines listed in the Admissions section. To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be a current sophomore, junior, or senior, or a gap year student at the time of application.
  • Be 16 at the start of the program, June 22, 2019, and no more than 19 by the last day, August 18, 2019. There are no exceptions to these age restrictions.
  • Not be matriculating into Stanford as freshmen.
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Be able to verify fluency in the English language, using one of the methods described in the English Language Proficiency section on the International Students page.

In addition to submitting an online Summer Session application, you must upload your most recently completed semester grades, submit standardized test scores, compose two personally written essays, and receive a letter of recommendation through the application system. International students may be required to supply a TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge Exam Score. 

For more information, visit the Admissions section in the main menu.

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