Stanford Summer Session's Veteran Accelerator program is a full-scholarship opportunity for military veterans in their first two years of study and are headed towards a four-year degree or beyond.
The eight-week program (June 23–August 19, 2018) builds upon a veteran's significant military experience to further develop important academic, professional, and personal skills needed to thrive at a four-year institution.
Veteran Accelerator students enroll in two (minimum) to three (maximum) courses during the Summer Quarter.
- PWR 6VT (required): All Veteran Accelerator students must enroll in the PWR 6VT writing and rhetoric course, which is designed to build upon the skills and knowledge you have gained from a first-year writing course and advance your academic writing and research skills.
- Units: 3
- Grading Option: For a letter grade only
- Student-selected academic course (required): In partnership with the Program Director, this student-selected course is meant to help you explore your interests, intended major, or an area of study you want to learn.
- Units: Varies by the course; read the course description for units
- Grading Option: Varies by the course. For more information about courses with an Optional Grading Basis, please familiarize yourself with the University's grading system.
- Physical Education course (optional): Stanford Summer Session offers several physical education courses for one unit that are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory scale.
- Units: 1
- Grading Option: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
You can earn Stanford University credit that may be used in pursuit of a two-year or four-year degree at other institutions. However, Stanford Summer Session cannot guarantee that credits earned will transfer. You must check with your home or future home institution(s) to determine if the credit will transfer. Many universities require an official transcript and possibly a course syllabus to transfer units.
Advising and Support
The Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC) is available to all students throughout the summer for academic advising, tutoring, and workshops. Academic advisors assist students with course selection, selecting and changing of grading options, and much more. Tutoring and workshops are available in most subject areas. Many students in the program use SARC resources to improve their writing and to get support in their academic courses.
In addition, the Veteran Accelerator program plans speakers from both university and military backgrounds to share their knowledge and expertise with students in the program. Topics of discussion include how to use military experience in an academic setting, how to apply your unique skill set as a veteran to traditional learning models, transfer and non-traditional student strategies, veteran benefits, college application strategies, and academic success challenges.
Engagement and Residential Experience
The Veteran Accelerator program encourages you to make the most of your time on campus. Aside from academic obligations, you will commit a considerable amount of time to program-specific activities. You are required to go to most of the Veteran Accelerator events that are planned throughout the summer. You are also required to live on campus, where you will reside with other students in the program. Academic, professional, and social events are planned to support your development and are designed to complement your in-classroom experience. It is also encouraged for you to sign up for off-campus excursions planned by Stanford Summer Session that allow for hands-on exploration of the Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Admission is a selective process, and applications are reviewed in accordance to the Application Deadlines listed in the Admissions section. Students will be evaluated as a group with final admission offers distributed after the application closes. All applicants are required to complete an online Veteran Accelerator application.
To be eligible to apply, students must:
- Have graduated from high school or secondary school or equivalent.
- Have not graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.
- Have completed nine units of college level courses prior to applying (Military transcripts, such as a Joint Service Transcript) are not included in this 9 units.
- IF YOU ARE NOT A NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER: Be able to verify fluency in the English language, using one of the methods described in the English Language Proficiency section.
Additional notes about program eligibility:
- Because the Veteran Accelerator program is built specifically to support veterans navigate important transitions into higher education, children of military veterans are not eligible.
- You are expected to dedicate all eight weeks towards Stanford Summer Session and the Veteran Accelerator program. Please carefully consider applying to the program if you foresee potential obligations that will require you to leave campus during the program.
- If you are considering applying to Stanford as a transfer or graduate student, please refer to our FAQ page.
In addition to submitting an online Veteran Accelerator application, students must upload an unofficial transcript for all colleges or universities attended, receive a letter of recommendation, and compose short personal statements in response to a specific questions. 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.
University Billing and Payment
Program-covered costs include: tuition, course fees,* on-campus housing, and a 19-meal/week meal plan. Students are also given a $400 stipend* to help cover the costs of textbooks. Any incidentals (i.e. damage to a residence hall dorm room, lost library book, etc. will be paid by the student)
*Please note that course fees and the $400 book stipend will likely first need to be covered by the student and then will be issued a reimbursement from the program.
Using the GI Bill/ Vocational Rehabilitation
While the Stanford Veteran Accelerator program covers costs associated with participating in the program, you might be considering using Veteran benefits during the summer. A few common questions are addressed below. These FAQs are based on a student who is enrolled full-time (8 units). The University's Office of Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) processes Veteran educational benefits and counsels students on the details associated with using benefits during the Veteran Accelerator program.
Am I eligible to use the GI Bill during the Veteran Accelerator program?
You are eligible if you are pursuing a degree at another college or university.
If I use the GI Bill during the Veteran Accelerator program, how many days of the GI Bill will I have used?
Classes start June 26, 2018 and the last day of finals is August 18, 2018. Five days in June, the full month of July, and 18 days in August would be used.
How much would my BAH stipend rate be?
The BAH is the same as the rate for an E-5 with dependents, which is $3756 per month. The stipend is prorated for 5 days in June and 18 days in August.
What documents do I need to provide the Office of Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) at Stanford to receive my GI Bill benefits?
- Certificate of Eligibility
- A copy of the student’s DD 214 with SSN
- Complete the Stanford "Rights and Responsibilities" web form for GI Bill beneficiary students
- Transient letter (parent school letter) from school’s certifying official sent directly to OMAC
What documents do I need to provide the Office of Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) at Stanford to receive my Vocational Rehabilitation benefits?
VA 28-1905 from your C&RE Counselor emailed directly from the counselor to OMAC