How to Apply

2017 Application Eligibility and Deadlines

The 2017 Summer Session application will open in December 2016. Applications are processed in cycles with specific due dates and decision release dates. Please refer to the Application Deadlines table for more information. All required application materials must be submitted by the stated deadline to be included in that application cycle. The final deadline for international students to apply for the 2017 Summer Session is 9 p.m. Pacific Time on April 25, 2017. Applications started or completed after April 25, 2017 may be rejected.

Applications will be reviewed in accordance to the Application Deadlines table. Students offered admission to the program will need to complete the acceptance process within 3 weeks of receiving an offer of admission or by 9 p.m. Pacific Time on May 2, 2017 (whichever comes first), in order to be considered a confirmed student in the program.

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program (June 24, 2017).
  • Have graduated from high school or secondary school or equivalent.
  • Have successfully completed at least one term of college or university courses following graduation from high school prior to applying (students who have already graduated from college or university are also eligible).
  • Be able to verify fluency in the English language, using one of the methods described in the International Requirements section of the website.

In addition to submitting an online Summer Session application, students are asked to upload an unofficial transcript for all colleges or universities attended, and compose a short personal statement in response to a specific question.

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Course Registration: Registration for courses starts on Sunday, April 9, 2017, so students are strongly encouraged to have completed the entire application and acceptance process prior to this date. Late applications will continue to be accepted through April 25, 2017, though some courses may have filled by this date.

Housing Application: The deadline to apply for guaranteed on-campus housing is in early May. Students who apply for housing after the first-round deadline will still have a high priority for a housing assignment, but it is no longer guaranteed.

The Application Process

  1. The Application Interface

You will be able to work on your application as your schedule allows. If you need to exit the application at any time, simply close your browser. Any information you have entered will be saved, providing you have clicked the “Continue” button at the bottom of each individual webform after filling in your personal details. You will be able to modify all information within your application until you  submit it for review.

  1. Starting or Continuing Work on an Application

Click on the “Apply” link that appears within these instructions.

To begin or resume work on your application, you’ll start on the “Application Management” page. If you are returning to an existing application, click on the name of the application that appears in red under the header “Your Applications.” If this is your first time to the site, follow the prompts to “Create” your application. The information provided below will walk you through the entire application process.

New applicants will continue to “Register” their account. To get started on your application, please enter the information as requested.

Email Address: The email address you provide will become an integral part of your log in, and will be used for contact purposes throughout your connection with Stanford Summer Session.

First Name: Also known as your given name or familiar name. This should be your full, legal given name, as it appears on your passport or photo ID.

Last Name: Also know as your family name or surname. This should be your full, legal family name, as it appears on your passport or photo ID.

Although we realize that many languages include letters and punctuations that are not utilized in written English, our application is not equipped to handle these specialized characters. Please enter name and address information using only letters A to Z, with no accents or additional punctuation. In general, your name should be entered as it appears on the coded strip at the bottom of your passport’s identification page, although we request that you use both upper and lower case letters.

Birthdate: Enter your date of birth using the dropdown boxes provided.

Use the “Continue” button that appears at the bottom of each webform to advance your way through the online application. The information provided on the “Register” page will be used to create your account. A confirmation message will be sent to the email address provided to verify your ability to receive automated messages from our application system. Use the activation link and temporary PIN provided in this email to continue your application. You may also save this email and use the activation link to return to your application at any time.

Please allow a few minutes for this message to be delivered. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact our office for assistance.

Once you have successfully verified your account, you will return to the “Application Management” page. Use the red “Start New Application” link to “Create” and then “Open” your 2017 Stanford Summer Session application.

The application is designed to prompt you through each required webform, with instructions provided as needed within the application to assist you in its completion. If at any time you have questions about the application, please contact the Summer Session Office.

A special note about entering international address information: if you need to enter an address for a country outside the United States, please start by using the drop down box provided to locate the appropriate country name. Once you’ve made your selection, the associated text boxes will update to enable you to input accurate address information.

  1. Academics

You will be required to enter information about current or past post-secondary educational institutions you are attending or have attended – whether or not you have received a degree from the school. Do not list secondary school colleges that are equivalent to U.S. high school (grades 9-12). You should enter information about all post-secondary schools, up to a total of three institutions. Please start with your current or most recent school, and work backward from there. For dates of attendance at a school you currently attend, indicate when you anticipate the completion of your studies. Please note: the application will default to “No Degree Awarded or Expected” for each institution that you enter. If this is not accurate, be sure to indicate the correct information using the drop down choices.

If your institution does not utilize Grade Point Averages, list your GPA as 0.0 out of 0.0.

Please review this FAQ if you attend a university that does not issue grades during the first year of instruction.

The application interface will allow you to upload a digital version of your transcript or transcripts that cover all years of college or university education. If you are currently attending college or university, your transcript should include the most recently completed academic term. Transcripts do not need to be official.

Your transcript(s) must show:

  • Your full name
  • The name of your college or university
  • If your institution uses a non-GPA based grading system, you must include an explanation of your school’s grading scale. See example

Note for students who have attended international institutions: transcripts must be submitted in English. If translated from another language, upload both the original and translated versions. If your university does not issue transcripts please email summersession@stanford.edu.

  1. English Proficiency

You will be asked to verify your fluency in English when completing the “Personal Background” portion of your application. All international applicants are required to satisfy this requirement in one of three ways:

  • by being a native English speaker.
  • by successfully completing a full year (or more) of coursework at a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, by December 31, 2016.
  • by submitting test scores (uploaded directly into the application). Please view information on the International Requirements page at our website for detail on acceptable tests and scores.

For students who will submit test scores to verify their fluency in English, the “English Proficiency” section of the application explains the process of obtaining and submitting score results. Please note that you will enter test sore information within this section of the application, but will not upload actual test results until instructed to do so toward the end of the application process.

  1. Visa Status

Please answer all questions related to your current visa status.

  1. Personal Statement 

This is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself or explain part of your educational record. Recommended topic: Please provide a statement indicating your academic interests and what you hope to accomplish during your attendance at Stanford’s Summer Session. If you already have specific disciplines or courses in mind, please detail these and explain how they will help you grow in your academic endeavors. You may also add other interests that you would like to pursue while at Stanford. The statement should be no longer than 200 words in length and must be written in English. Students may type the statement directly into their application or copy and paste from a word processing program. Summer Session social media and blogging opportunities may be offered to a select number of students based on this writing sample.

7.   Silicon Valley Innovation Academy

Silicon Valley Innovation Academy (SVIA) is an intense, hands-on immersion in the practice and culture of the lean start-up methodology. To participate in this opportunity you must respond to a variety of questions and receive approval from Summer Session.

You will be notified of your status in this program at the same time your Summer Session admission decision.

8.   Review

Prior to submitting your application, you will be directed to a “Review” page. This will alert you to any information within your application that was overlooked or entered incorrectly. Please make updates as requested.

9.  Application Status

After submitting your application, you will arrive at the “Application Status” page. Here you will be able to pay the non-refundable application fee. You will also be provided with instruction regarding any additional information we require from you prior to processing your application for review. Students who are required to upload a copy of their English Proficiency exam scores will do so in this section of the online application.

All applications are reviewed by Summer Session administrators and evaluated for admission to the program. If additional information is required for any reason, you will be contacted via email. Please monitor your account for status updates, and watch your email for correspondence from our office.

Admission decisions are released according to the Application Deadlines. Admission decisions are sent via email.

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The Acceptance Process

The Summer Session Office sends notification of admission decisions via email. The message will instruct you to log in to your application and return to the “Application Status” page. Click on the link provided to view your “Status Update”. Students who receive an offer of admission have 3 weeks from the date the admission decision is released or by 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time on May 2, 2017 (whichever comes first) to complete the acceptance process.

A critical component of the “Application Status” page is a section titled “Important Documents to Read.” Early in the acceptance process, these documents consist of the “Program Handbook,” the “Residence Agreement,” and a link to “Your Summer Session Checklist.” The Summer Session Office keeps students apprised of upcoming deadlines, action items, and general information via email, and adds these messages to the “Important Documents to Read.” Refer to this section on a regular basis to stay up-to-date regarding critical information relevant to your Summer at Stanford. You are responsible for reading correspondence from our office and following through on action items as necessary.

To begin the acceptance process, complete and submit the “Reply to Offer of Admission” form. Once this form is received, your “Application Status” page will update and new forms and requirements will present themselves for completion. You must complete all forms and requirements to be eligible to receive a Stanford ID number. Your spot in the program is NOT CONFIRMED until the Summer Session Office has issued you a Stanford ID number.

The acceptance process is similar to the application process. Work through each webform, providing answers and information as required. If you need to exit the application at any time, use the Logout link provided in the “Account Tools” at the bottom of the page. Any information you have entered will be saved.


Confirmation: The Stanford ID Number

Once the acceptance process is complete and all required documents have been submitted and verified, you will receive your Stanford ID number via email within five business days. This ID number means you are confirmed in the Summer Session program!

Your Stanford ID number is critical for moving forward with the University processes of registering for courses and applying for housing. Confirmed students will receive timely instructions on how to complete these tasks, so watch your email and refer to the “Important Documents to Read” section of your “Application Status” page. We look forward to welcoming you to campus this June!