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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.

Now Accepting Applications

We are currently accepting applications for the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes. In light of the cancellation of the residential program due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that all submitted applications will automatically be considered for the online alternative program being offered this summer.



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Find the Course that Excites You

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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 students.

Hear from Our Students


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

From a course on Logic and Problem Solving to declaring a major in Bioengineering, Claudia's academic path demonstrates the transformational power of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes.

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

Rick Sommer, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

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