About

We invite high school students from around the world to discover, study, and explore in small classes with instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching.
Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes student working in class.

What is Enrichment?

Not for credit or grade, our challenging courses provide in-depth and interactive exploration of advanced topics.

The program emphasizes building skills along with acquiring knowledge, and is designed to create environments that foster creativity and collaboration where students learn from each other as well as from their instructors.
Evaluation & Certificate of Completion
Upon completion of the course, instructors provide a qualitative written evaluation and students receive a Certificate of Completion.
Special Projects
Students complete special projects and share their presentations during the final week of the course.
Good Citizenship & Integrity
We ask students to adhere to the highest standards of integrity in their academic work and personal conduct. Past students often remark on how much they learned from their peers.
Integration of Academic & Social Activities
Students live in small academically themed residences. The program includes activities that offer students the opportunity to exercise, socialize, make friends, and have fun.

A Taste of the Stanford Experience

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes group shot in Memorial Quad.

Expert Instructors

Our instructors design custom courses that provide a deep dive in their area of expertise and highlight new areas of research. The ratio of instructional staff to students is approximately one to five.
Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes engineering students working with power tools.

In-depth & Interactive Exploration

Our daily classroom instruction features advanced content more typically found in a college curriculum. At the end of the course, students receive a final evaluation and certificate of completion. We do not provide grades or credit for these enrichment courses.

A Deep Dive into a Single Subject

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Hear What Our Students Have to Say

Our courses feature a deep exploration into a single subject alongside peers who share the same academic passion. In this video, hear students from our engineering course talk about the highlight of their program: creating a Rube Goldberg Machine.

A Balance of Academics & Residential Life

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Experience Life on Stanford Campus

The summer experience in Stanford University residences provides students with memories that they will always remember.
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Learn & Grow in a Vibrant Community

Students live in residence with classmates attending the same course and interact daily with other students who share their interests and academic passions.
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Discover Summer Fun

Students establish new friendships while engaging in a variety of indoor and outdoor social activities. Students can spend their free time exploring campus and discovering the San Francisco Bay area on weekend and academic field trips.

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Who We Are

Memorial Quad on Stanford Campus

We are Excited to Host You This Summer

The Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies staff collaborate year-round on how to design and plan for an outstanding summer for all students. Improving upon the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes student experience is a top priority for our whole team.

Executive Director

Rick Sommer

Rick Sommer

Executive Director

Programs

Jeanette Cook

Jeanette Cook

Director of International Programs

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Carmalita Kemayo

Admissions Coordinator

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Sylvia Kincer

Diversity, Outreach and STEM Programs Coordinator

Grace Lee

Grace Lee

Interim Associate Director of Academic Programs

Daryn Moore

Daryn Moore

Diversity, Outreach and STEM Programs Coordinator

Tayy Qureshi

Tayy Qureshi

International Programs Coordinator

Alivia Shorter

Alivia Shorter

Director of Diversity & Outreach

Residential Education

Sara Dam

Sara Dam

Assistant Director of Residential Education

Kristen Mann

Kristen Mann

Program Coordinator, Residential Education

Matthias Schildwachter

Matthias Schildwachter

Associate Director & Director of Residential Education

Operations

Victor Aguayo

Victor Aguayo

Assistant Director of Finance and Administration

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Megan English

Finance & Operations Associate

Denise Ford

Denise Ford

Human Resources Administrator

Gina Gulyas

Gina Guylas

Finance & Operations Associate

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Tyler Hanson

Business & Facilities Administrator

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Nicole Hines

Finance & Operations Coordinator

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Hillary Hite

Finance & Operations Associate

Alison Ho

Alison Ho

Interim Assistant Director of Marketing

Heng Jin

Heng Jin

Software Developer

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Jenny Li

Financial Management Analyst

Franklin Liu

Franklin Liu

Senior Software Developer

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Susan Mailander

Senior Human Resources Associate

Yuliya Petrov

Yuliya Petrov

Human Resources Administrator

Lulu Zhang

Lulu Zhang

Senior Systems Administrator