Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes is a three-week summer residential program held on Stanford campus that provides academically talented and intellectually curious students currently in grades 8–11 with intensive study in a single course.
Explore Your Passions. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes provides a taste of the Stanford classroom experience and challenges students with advanced content not typically found in the high-school curriculum.
Not for credit or grade, our 50+ courses provide in-depth and interactive exploration.
Live on the Stanford Campus
Get a taste of the Stanford experience. Live and study alongside peers that share the same talents, interests, and curiosity.
Global Focus & Real Connections
Bright peers and engaged mentors from around the world create a truly special and unforgettable experience.
Learn from Expert Instructors
Attend courses designed, created, and taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. Many courses highlight new areas of research and professional practice.
Subject areas include:
- Arts and Humanities
- Computer science
- Legal Studies
- Social Science
- Physical and Biological Science
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes believes that valuable growth experiences take place inside and outside of the classroom. We intentionally design learning opportunities to happen throughout the day, evening, and weekends. Academic and residential experiences are woven together in a vibrant community of participants from across the country and around the globe.
Residential staff are current undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates from the Stanford community or other top universities from around the country. Many were Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes students themselves, and staff regularly return to work with the program year after year.
Cost and Session Information
We seek intellectually curious students, grades 8–11, ages 13–17, with a record of achievement inside and outside the classroom, and a passion for learning. Admission is selective.
2018 Session Dates
- Session 1: June 25–July 14
- Session 2: July 17–August 4
Financial Aid is Available
The Admissions review gives full consideration of all complete applications. Aid is granted based upon need, as well as other factors including merit. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Students who wish to be considered for both partial and full scholarships should submit a complete online financial aid application and all required income documentation. Only complete Financial Aid applications will be considered for aid.