Enrollment Options

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

Residential, Commuter, or Online—Your Choice!

All students—residential, commuting, or online 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.

Online Option

Students who can’t make it to campus have the option of taking one of Stanford’s online classes. Stanford Summer Session offers a handful of online courses each year, and available courses will be announced mid-April.  Online students have access to the Summer Tutor Program, which offers free-of-charge academic skills workshops, group tutoring, and individual tutoring. Local online students may join the residential and commuting students in extracurricular activities including field trips, informal discussions with Stanford faculty, outreach projects, intramural sports, and more.  These students can register for as few as 5 units of coursework.

When applying for online courses, students need to indicate which course interest them.  Be aware, however, that acceptance into the High School Summer College Online program doesn’t guarantee enrollment in those courses.  Students will need to sign up for courses through Axess. If the class into which the student was accepted is full, the student will work with an Academic Advisor to find an alternative or may be withdrawn from the program.