Stanford High School Summer College offers academically outstanding high school students the opportunity to take Stanford college courses and earn university credit.
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.
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.
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Age Level Requirement: 16 – 19 years old
To be eligible to apply, applicants must be currently in High School or gap year students at the time of application, and must be 16 on the first day of instruction, June 26, 2017, and no more than 19 by the last day of instruction, August 19, 2017. Applicants may not be matriculating into Stanford as freshmen.
There are no exceptions to these guidelines.
Financial Aid Scholarship awards are determined by family need and are intended to assist students who would not otherwise be able to attend Summer College. Partial scholarships are by far the most common type of scholarship awarded to those admitted to the program.
Scholarships typically cover a portion of the total cost, and families should be prepared to pay a majority of the program expenses and fees. Students should talk with their guidance counselors and others in the community about alternative sources of financial assistance. Application fee waivers aren't available for the Summer College residential, commuter, and online programs.
The High School Summer College office will make financial aid determinations on a rolling basis, continuing until all funds have been depleted. It is suggested that students who require a scholarship complete their applications early and carefully review their admissions offers if admitted to the program. Scholarship awards are time sensitive and must be accepted within the timeframe stated in the formal offer. As overall funds diminish, total award amounts may decrease in size. All financial information is confidential. It doesn't figure into program admissions decisions, which are need-blind.
Financial Aid Eligibility
To be eligible for a financial aid scholarship, students must complete the High School Summer College application and indicate that they wish to apply for financial aid. Students must upload their family’s tax returns from the previous year. U.S. Federal (1040) tax returns are appropriate documentation for domestic students. International students should provide proof of year-end family earnings in the form of a tax return required by your country of residence. Specific information about required documentation is available in the application. We reserve the right to request further documentation regarding family income, as needed.
International students seeking scholarship funds should also talk with their guidance counselors and others in their home countries about sources of financial aid. Some organizations, such as the Ivy Education Group, help high-achieving, low-income students from China and Taiwan find funding for academic summer programs. Other countries may have similar organizations committed to promoting higher education opportunities for high school students.
Scholarship are determined by the High School Summer College office. An applicant's scholarship information is retained by the High School Summer College office and won't be shared with Stanford University or any outside party. Summer College financial aid scholarships are awarded based on internal policies which are not the same as those used by the university in calculating student financial aid packages.
NOTE: High School Summer College is actively looking to partner with schools and outside organizations to remove the financial obstacles that prevent top-performing secondary-school students from coming to campus for the Summer College program. We invite inquiries from such organizations and schools about possible partnerships in this regard.
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