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An intensive online summer program, Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes brings together like-minded peers to engage in rigorous single-subject courses, giving students exposure and hands-on experience in the field.
Courses are offered in a range of subject areas, including Business, Bioscience, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Engineering, Math, Philosophy, Physics, and more. Each course is customized by its instructors to give students deep exposure and hands-on experience. Academics and social activities are integrated into every aspect of our program.
All 2022 summer programs were conducted online.
Our 30 summer courses provide in-depth and interactive exploration of academic material. Courses are ungraded and are not awarded credit. Courses are available in subjects including computer science, math, creative writing, philosophy, engineering, and more.
Live Online Classes:
With small class sizes, our online classes allow students to engage in every aspect of a course through real-time discussions in which instructors and students see, hear, and interact with one another.
Global Focus and Real Connections:
Bright peers from around the world create a truly special and unforgettable experience. Study and discuss academic topics alongside peers that share the same talents, interests, and curiosity.
Learn from Scholarly Instructors:
Attend courses designed, created, and taught by instructors who are knowledgeable in their fields and passionate about teaching. Many courses highlight new areas of research and professional practice.
Students in grades 8–11 at the time of application submission are eligible.
• Academic Records
We require unofficial transcripts for each school or academic program you took graded courses at from Fall 2019 through Fall 2021. If you have multiple grade reports from one school, rather than one transcript from that school, please combine that into a single file for upload. Homeschooled applicants should submit a document similar to a transcript with their coursework from the years listed above. Homeschooled students should also submit transcripts from any graded courses they took with a school or program during this period.
• Work Sample(s)
At least one sample of student work will be required. Two may be required based on the courses the applicant indicates interest in. Work samples must have been completed as a school assignment within the past year and must demonstrate a student’s best effort. If possible, your sample should show graded work and the prompt or directions, but graded work is not required. No work sample older than two years will be accepted. Please see the Online Application for more detail about the subject your work sample should be from.
• Teacher Reccomndation(s)
We require at least one online recommendation form. Two recommendations forms from different subject areas may be required based on the courses the applicant indicates interest in.
• Video Essay (Optional)
This video essay is an opportunity to share more about yourself. You can consider it a conversation between you and our Admissions Committee, or you may also choose to tell us something you haven't mentioned elsewhere in the application. If you attend a school in which the primary language of instruction is a language other than English, we strongly encourage you to complete the video essay.
The application period for 2022 is now closed. The deadline for regular decision was Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
Please note that some courses may require the purchase of additional materials such as course readers or textbooks. These materials are not included in the program tuition and will not exceed $100.
Financial aid is granted based upon demonstrated financial need. Aid is open to all applicants and applying for financial aid does not have an effect on your admissions decision.
Who Should Apply:
If the tuition cost is a barrier, we encourage you to apply for financial aid. Please be sure to include any relevant clarifications of your family's circumstances in your Parents’ Financial Statement. Aid can be awarded to both domestic and international participants.
When to Apply:
We ask that applicants submit their financial aid application at the time of submitting their application for admission. Please reference the application deadline on the Admissions page on our website.
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