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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies advances the education of academically talented, intellectually curious, pre-college students. Our diverse academic programs fit a wide variety of student needs. Whether you're a rising freshman or a rising senior, interested in Aristotle or Astrochemistry, we have a program for you.

Our Programs At A Glance

Our participants are adventurous, highly motivated, and passionate in their desire to come together and deepen their learning. While exploring new subjects and making friendships to last a lifetime, they will gain new insights into themselves and what really motivates them.

All programs will be held online in summer 2021.
Diverse Students
With participation from across the United States and over 40 countries, our programs draw from the best and the brightest around the world.
Transformational Teaching
Our instructors are scholars in their fields and committed to sharing their love for their subjects with high school students.
Challenging Coursework
We offer advanced topics in mathematics, science, humanities, business, and other subjects rarely taught in school.
Community of Learners
Outside of the academic components, students will also find opportunities to engage and build community with their peers through a variety of student life seminars, workshops, and social activities.

Applications Currently Closed

The application for all summer 2021 programs closed on March 10. Join our mailing list to learn about future opportunities!

Featured Summer Programs

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes

Investigate advanced topics in small, discussion-based classes with instructors who are scholars in their fields and passionate about teaching. Choose from nearly 30 online courses in computer science, philosophy, business, engineering, and more.

Grade Levels: 
Current grades 8–11

Program Dates:
Session One: Monday, June 21 – Friday, July 2, 2021
Session Two: Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 23, 2021
Session Three: Monday, July 26 – Friday, August 6, 2021

Tuition
$2,500
Financial aid is available. 

Courses Include: 

  • Surgical Technology and Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry
  • Topics in Psychology
  • Number Theory
  • ...and more!

Stanford Summer Humanities Institute

Explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities and tap into Stanford University's excellence in the humanities and social sciences. Course instruction is delivered through on-demand video lectures from a Stanford professor and daily online class meetings led by graduate student teaching assistants.

Grade Levels: 
Current grades 10–11

Program Dates:
Session One: Monday, June 21 – Friday, July 2, 2021
Session Two: Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 23, 2021
Session Three: Monday, July 26 – Friday, August 6, 2021

Tuition:
$3,000
Financial aid is available.

Courses Include:

  • Racial Identity in the American Imagination
  • The Age of Jefferson
  • Revolutions
  • ...and more!

The learning environment created through this program was amazing. I got to learn alongside peers who were dedicated and incredibly interested in the subject. I also loved the opportunity to learn about a subject that I wouldn't have normally learned about in school.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes Participant