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A complete application consists of a submitted Online Application, a Teacher Recommendation and receipt of payment for the application fee, if any. If an application is incomplete, It is possible that the recommender has not yet submitted a recommendation.  Applicants should contact their recommenders or check their Online Application account page to manage your recommendations.

To Delete a Recommender:

Applicants can not delete a recommender once that recommender has been entered into the Online Application system. Applicants may list up to 4 recommenders, so one of the remaining spaces may be used for a new recommender.  As long as one recommendation is received by the deadline, the application will be complete.

To Change a Recommender's Information:

If the application has been submitted, applicants cannot edit recommender information however, they can send a reminder email to their recommender(s).  Applicants should sign in to the Online Application system and click the "recommendations page" button below the list of recommenders. Applicants then click "Edit" next to the recommender they would like to send a reminder email to and we suggest also sending a personal email to your recommender as well since sometimes those emails get filtered into a junk or spam folder. If there is an issue with the email address please email our offices at precollegiate@stanford.edu and let us know the issue.

On the “Recommender Info” page of the Online Application applicants will enter the name and contact information for their recommender(s).  When applicants click “Submit Recommendation Request” the system will generate an email to the recommender with a web link to the online recommendation form.  The recommender clicks the link provided and completes the online recommendation form on the applicant's behalf.  If the recommender would like to submit a written letter of recommendation in addition to the online form, they will have the ability to upload a supplemental document on this page.

Depending on the spam filters for your recommender’s email, the automated email could end up in their spam or junk folder.  We suggest that applicants send a personal email or speak with their recommender(s) prior to and after they have submitted the recommendation request to ensure that they receive the request in a timely manner.  The email will have the applicant's name in the subject line.

One teacher recommendation is required to complete an application, but applicants may request up to four recommendations.  After applicants have submitted their application, they must log into their Online Application account to track their recommendation progress.  Please note that an application will not be considered complete, and therefore will not be reviewed, until at least one recommendation has been submitted.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor the progress of their recommendations.  Pre-Collegiate Institutes staff will not monitor the status of teacher recommendations for any applicant.

No. Recommenders may submit a recommendation before or after the Online Application is submitted. Once an Online Application is submitted, applicants will be able to check the status of their recommendation requests by logging onto their Online Application account.

Please note that applications will not be considered complete, and therefore will not be reviewed, until a letter of recommendation has been submitted.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor the progress of their teacher recommendations.  Summer Institutes staff will not monitor the status of teacher recommendations for any applicant.

Applicants may skip around in the application by clicking any one of the pages listed on the left side of the page. Keep in mind that certain pages are not visible in that menu until the Courses page has been completed.

An application cannot be modified once it has been submitted. Similar to placing a paper application in the mail, all applications are final once they have been received by the admissions committee. 

For Applicants:

1. Check your spam/junk folder of the email address where you recieved the Preliminary Application Email. Sometimes the Instructions email get filtered into that folder rather than your inbox.

2. You can go to the Online Application account login page here and click forgot password. This will prompt another email to be sent with temporary credentials so you can create your password and access your application.

3. If you do not receive the forgot password email please email our office at summerinstitutes@stanford.edu and we will check to see if there is an issue with your email address in our system.

For Parents:

1. Parent email addresses do receive the Preliminary Application Email however they do not receive the Instructions email. That email is only sent to the Applicant's email address since they are the ones who should be filling out the application.