Be a Stanford Student This Summer
High School Summer College gives qualified high school students the extra guidance they need to be self-reliant and master their college-level courses. Program participants enroll as visiting undergraduates in Stanford’s Summer Quarter and take the same courses, taught by the same Stanford faculty, as matriculated Stanford students.
Students interact with peers from across the U.S. and around the world, and have ample opportunity to explore the unique recreational activities available on campus and in the culturally rich San Francisco Bay Area. By embracing a diversity of socioeconomic, cultural, and racial backgrounds, Summer College creates an inclusive community of learning where students are challenged to reach their fullest potential—while at Stanford and beyond.
Stanford High School Summer College is one of the leading college-credit bearing programs in the world. Learn what sets us apart from the other college summer programs.
What is Stanford High School Summer College?
It's Not a Camp or a Casual Summer Activity
Stanford’s Summer College is a college program for high school students. The university has offered bright, motivated high school students the opportunity to enroll in college-level courses since the late 1960s. The High School Summer College office works hard to ensure that all the students we admit are ready to handle the challenges of the program, both socially and academically.
It's a College Experience
The experience starts with the application process, which mirrors the Common Application used by many college admissions offices. We require that students complete their own application online. Parent and guardian contact details are provided as part of the application, and our office strives to keep our parent and guardian population up-to-date with a parallel online checklist and copies of critical email messages. We cannot stress enough the importance of reading emails regarding attendance in our program. We strongly encourage parents and guardians to add firstname.lastname@example.org to email address books to avoid missing important updates.