Units & Course Load

College-level coursework is demanding and grading, and for most students is far more rigorous than in high school. Stanford High School Summer College students are graded in the same way and on the same scale as the university’s matriculated undergraduates.

You Are a Stanford Student

All High School Summer College courses carry Stanford University credit. Grades are recorded on an official Stanford transcript along with the course name and credit earned. Transcripts are available upon request from the Registrar. Stanford’s calendar is based on the quarter system. The unit of credit is the quarter unit.

Unit of Credit

Every unit for which credit is given represents approximately three hours of work each week for the average student. In a lecture- or discussion-based course, for each unit of credit, one hour each week will be allotted to the lecture or discussion and two hours for preparation or subsequent reading and study. Studio, field, or laboratory courses require three hours of class time for each unit of credit. During the Summer Quarter, the typical 10-week term is condensed to 8 weeks; course load requirements increase proportionally.

Course Load

Students may enroll in more units than required below, but costs will increase accordingly. The maximum allowable enrollment is 12 units. Typically High School Summer College students stay in the 8 to 10-unit range to allow time to balance academics with extracurricular, social, and educational activities planned through the residence.

There is no option to audit courses in Stanford High School Summer College.

Residential

Residential students in Summer College must enroll in a minimum of eight units, six of which must be from academic departments. Students must maintain this enrollment for the duration of the Summer Quarter.

International Students on a Stanford sponsored I-20

International Students on a Stanford sponsored I-20 in Summer College, regardless of residential or commuting enrollment option, must enroll in a minimum of eight units, six of which must be from academic departments. Students must maintain this enrollment for the duration of the Summer Quarter.

Commuter

Commuting students may enroll in as few as three units.

Online

Online students may enroll in as few as five units.

Grading

Academic courses taught during the Summer Quarter are typically offered for a letter grade, or for an elected Credit/No Credit grading option. Non-academic courses are offered on a Satisfactory/No Credit basis. When enrolling in a specific course, students have the ability to select their preferred grading scale from the options provided within Axess.

All courses offered as part of High School Summer College carry academic credit, regardless of how they are graded. For students who prefer a letter grade, the “Letter Grading” option should be chosen when available within Axess. Please note that letter grades not only provide useful feedback on course performance, but they also may be required in the future when a student is transferring credits to another educational institution.

Students have the ability to revise their grading selection until the Change of Grading Basis deadline.  Once the Change of Grading Basis deadline has passed, it is no longer possible to adjust this aspect of course enrollment.

The Registrar’s Office maintains a full list of the General University Grading System.