Enrollment Options

Regardless of whether a student lives on campus or commutes from home, Stanford High School Summer College offers a challenging summer of academics, enrichment, and opportunity for personal development.

Residential or Commuter—Your Choice!

All students—residential or commuting students—may take advantage of the resources available to registered Stanford students, including access to athletic facilities, libraries, and more. Program participants may also utilize the academic tutoring and advising services sponsored by the Stanford Summer Session. All students are invited to attend the Stanford Summer Intensive Speaker Series scheduled throughout the Summer Quarter.

Students pay a program fee upon accepting their offer of admission to High School Summer College, which covers most of the cost of these activities. Weekends and evenings are packed with field trips, informal discussions with Stanford faculty, outreach projects, intramural sports, residence hall activities, and more. Popular outings include San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Bay.

Residential Option

High School Summer College residential students stay in a classic undergraduate residence hall. Most students have a roommate.  Most may be placed on co-ed floors with self-identified males living on one side of the floor, self-identified females living on the other side of the floor, and staff members living in the middle.

The Summer College residence halls have their own laundry facilities and computer clusters. The complexes are organized into houses, and each house has its own lounge and common area. Students eat meals together in a nearby dining commons. All Stanford residences feature convenient access to Tresidder Memorial Union, the Campus Bookstore, and classroom locations.

Carefully chosen and trained staff of Stanford undergraduates live in residence as program Mentors. Each house has a graduate student House Director in residence as well. Summer staff members provide guidance and supervision and plan social and extracurricular activities that round out the summer experience.

Residential students are required to enroll in a minimum of 8 units of coursework, 6 of which must be from academic departments.

Commuting Option

Students who can live with family or family friends within a 100-mile radius of campus may opt to attend as commuting students. Commuters select from the same courses as residential students, are able to access the same on-campus facilities, and can participate in extracurricular activities. Commuting students can register for as few as 3 units of coursework.