Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes engineering students working on a project.

Explore Your Passions

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.

Discover. Explore. Grow.

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.
Single-subject Study
Not for credit or grade, our 50+ courses provide in-depth and interactive exploration.
Global Focus & Real Connections
Bright peers and engaged mentors from around the world create a truly special and unforgettable experience.
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.
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.

Hear from Our Students

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Hear Claudia talk about her experiences at Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes. She and her sister came to our program for multiple summers before becoming a Stanford student herself.

Highlights

8-11

Grade Level

50+

Courses Offered Each Summer

100%

Of Students Live on Campus

50

States Represented

80+

Countries Represented

Find the Course that Excites You

Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes attending class.
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes engineering students working on a project.
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes students in class.
Each year, we refine our course offerings to better meet the interests of our students. Our instructors highlight new areas of research and findings to create an exciting learning opportunity for the students.

Summer Institutes provide a transformational learning experience for our participants. Students leave with increased confidence and new friends that will last a life-time. Students describe their time here as life-changing.

Rick Sommer, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

The Application for Summer 2018 is Open

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.

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