High School Summer College is a selective, application based program. The application process is designed to parallel the Common Application, and requires completion of an online checklist and submission of supporting academic documentation. Students offered admission must accept their offer by completing a formal acceptance checklist and submitting required materials. Once the admission and acceptance processes have been fully executed, the Summer Session Office will send students a Stanford ID number. A student’s place in the program is not secured until the Stanford ID number has been generated on their behalf.
High School Summer College has options available for students who require on-campus housing, and students who are able to stay off-campus within a commutable distance.
All student applicants will be notified via email when they have fully completed the application process, submitted all required academic documentation, and moved on to the review stage. Applicants will receive their admission decision approximately two weeks after receiving their completion email. For student applicants who apply for a partial scholarship, both the admission decision and the scholarship award will be available at the same time.
For detailed information about the application process, please refer to the How to Apply section.
If a student is offered admission to attend High School Summer College, it’s important to realize their place in the program is not guaranteed until they’ve formally accepted their offer and received a Stanford ID number. Detailed information on how to complete the acceptance process will be provided along with the offer of admission. The offer of admission will arrive via email, and will include a link to the online Program Handbook – a vitally important document containing information about the program. Students will also receive detailed instruction on how to complete the acceptance process. It is important that admitted students fully review all admission materials and the Need to Know section for information regarding the acceptance reply process, instructions on how to sign up for classes, a detailed description of the billing process, directions to campus, and additional materials related to program attendance.
Summer College students enjoy all the privileges of admitted Stanford students. Courses taken during the Summer Quarter are regular Stanford undergraduate courses, and credit is usually transferable to the student’s future college or university. How each institution values the Stanford course credit is up to the institution's discretion, so it’s important that students keep their course syllabi and other materials for future review. Courses completed during the Summer Quarter may not apply toward a credential or Stanford degree unless the student is later admitted to regular standing. If the student applies to Stanford and is admitted, the work completed in High School Summer College may be applied toward the requirements for a Stanford University degree or credential.
Acceptance to the High School Summer College program does not imply admission to Stanford University as a matriculated student.