20+ Stanford Summer Programs for High School Students

Bonus Material: PrepMaven’s 2021 Summer Calendar

High school students have over 20 Stanford summer programs to choose from in 2021.

From philosophy to neuroscience, these programs give students a taste of college academics, campus life, and beyond.

Summertime is an important time for high school students, especially given the fact that many college applications ask students how they’ve spent their previous two summers. Pre-college programs like Stanford can bring a special focus to these valuable summers and give students rich material to draw upon when applying.

In this post, we’ve compiled over 20 Stanford summer programs that are up and running this year. We’ve included relevant details like application deadlines, session dates, and links.

We’re also giving readers access to PrepMaven’s 2021 Summer Calendar, which includes the top summer programs at elite U.S. institutions, including NYU and Princeton, in one easy-to-use spreadsheet. Grab it below!

Here’s what we cover:


Stanford Summer Programs for High School Students: Pre-Collegiate

There are currently 2 summer programs at Stanford that emphasize pre-collegiate studies and experiences.

  1. High School Summer College
  2. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes

Stanford’s High School Summer College

Get a taste of college academic life with Stanford’s High School Summer College, an 8-week program that gives students a chance to take actual Stanford courses for credit. Along with peers from over 40 countries, participants can study a wide range of subjects, from molecular genetics to Greek and Latin roots.

  • Program Cost: $3,919 – $10,084
  • Program Length: 8 weeks, June 19 – August 15, 2021
  • Rolling Admissions Deadline: June 1, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be all online for summer 2021

Note: There is a $95 application fee to apply to Stanford’s High School Summer College. Students find out within 20 days of applying if they’ve been admitted.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes

With Stanford’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes, you’ll have the chance to pursue your passions as a member of a vibrant intellectual community. Participants pursue a single-study program track for non-credit enrichment.

There are 30 possible courses spanning philosophy, humanities, engineering, math, writing, science, and more.

  • Program Cost: $2,500 per course (financial aid is available)
  • Program Length: 11 days
    • Session One: June 21, 2021 – July 2, 2021
    • Session Two: July 12, 2021 – July 23, 2021
    • Session Three: July 26, 2021 – August 6, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 10, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be all online for summer 2021

Stanford Summer Programs for High School Students: Arts & Humanities

Stanford has one Arts & Humanities related summer program for eligible high school students: the Humanities Institute.

Stanford Summer Humanities Institute

Rising juniors and seniors can participate in Stanford’s Summer Humanities Institute, a non-credit academic enrichment program that “explore the big questions at the heart of humanities” with Stanford professors. Students participate in daily group discussions and activities.

  • Program Cost: $3,000 (financial aid is available)
  • Program Length: 11 days
    • Session One: June 21, 2021 – July 2, 2021
    • Session Two: July 12, 2021 – July 23, 2021
    • Session Three: July 26, 2021 – August 6, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 10, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

We’ve added all of Stanford’s summer programs for 2021 to our Summer Calendar, which compiles summer programs for elite U.S. institutions like NYU and Princeton. It’s free, and you can download it below right now!


Stanford Summer Programs for High School Students: STEM Programs

There are 7 STEM-related summer programs for high school students at Stanford:

  1. Stanford University Mathematics Camp
  2. Stanford Medical Youth Science Program 
  3. Stanford Anesthesia Summer Institute: Medical Internships
  4. Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program
  5. Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience at Stanford
  6. Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math & Physics
  7. Stanford AI4ALL

Mathematics Camp

Current 10th and 11th graders around the globe are eligible for this three-week math intensive at Stanford. Take a deep dive into advanced mathematics through lectures, research, and group collaboration.

  • Program Cost: $3,250 (financial aid is available)
  • Program Length: 3 weeks
    • Session One: June 21, 2021 – July 9, 2021
    • Session Two: July 19, 2021 – August 6, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 10, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

Medical Youth Science Program

Through Stanford’s five-week Medical Youth Science enrichment program, students can take a deep dive into the world of medicine. This is specifically for low-income juniors from certain counties in Northern and Central California.

Over the five weeks of this program, participants work on a group research project and get valuable advising in college admissions and health careers.

  • Program Cost: Free for admitted applicants
  • Program Length: 5 weeks, June 21, 2021 – July 23, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 10, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be all online for summer 2021

Stanford Anesthesia Summer Institute: Medical Internship

At the Anesthesia Summer Institute, participants get valuable hands-on experience via Stanford’s School of Medicine over a rigorous two weeks. This institute qualifies as a medical internship and is led by Stanford faculty.

  • Program Cost: $3,999 (scholarships available)
  • Program Length: 2 weeks, July 26, 2021 – August 6, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 19, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be all online for summer 2021

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program

This eight-week summer program gives students a rich opportunity to conduct medical research with Stanford faculty, graduate students, and peers. Participants also receive a stipend for their work (minimum of $500).

  • Program Cost: Free to admitted applicants ($40 application fee, waivers available)
  • Program Length: 8 weeks
  • Application Deadline: N/A
  • Online/in-person: Cancelled for summer 2021

Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience at Stanford

Over a period of two weeks, participants in Stanford’s Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience get a rich introduction to neuroscience, psychiatry, and psychology through seminars and collaborative learning. Students complete a capstone project at the end of the program.

  • Program Length: 2 weeks, 3 sessions to choose from
    • Session 1: June 14 – 25
    • Session 2: June 28 – July 9
    • Session 3: July 12 – July 23
  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Will be online for summer 2021

Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math & Physics

High school students with a passion for math and science can take online advanced courses through Stanford for college credit this summer. Choose from 13 courses ranging from Multivariable Calculus to Light and Heat. Open to 9th through 12th graders.

  • Program Cost: $1,500 per course ($35 application fee) // financial aid available
  • Program Length: June 21, 2021 – August 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline: June 7, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Online

Stanford AI4ALL

This summer program, open only to 9th graders, aims to increase representation in the world of artificial intelligence. Through AI4ALL, participants experience hands-on learning in a vibrant peer community and take a deep dive into AI’s power to make the world a better place.

  • Program Cost: $2,000 (financial aid available)
  • Program Length: June 28 -July 16, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 29, 2021
  • Online/in-person: Online for 2021

Download PrepMaven’s 2021 Summer Calendar

High school students have a lot to choose from when it comes to Stanford summer programs this 2021.

That’s why we created PrepMaven’s Summer Calendar, which compiles competitive summer programs for high school students in one easy-to-use spreadsheet.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • An organized list of Stanford Summer Programs for 2021
  • Additional summer programs for 2021, including NYU and Princeton summer programs
  • Session start and end dates
  • Relevant links


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