Top reasons to study here

  • All Summer Session courses carry Stanford University academic credit and visiting students earn an official Stanford transcript.
  • Quality of instruction, engaging class environment, rigorous curriculum, enriching social activities, and creative approach.
  • Stanford Summer Session successfully shares the University’s culture of innovation, academic excellence, and global responsibility.

Short Courses

Social Sciences (64)
Humanities (61)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (55)
Engineering & Technology (33)
Computer Science & IT (24)
Arts, Design & Architecture (23)
Education & Training (21)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (17)
Business & Management (14)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (13)
Medicine & Health (4)
Journalism & Media (3)
Law (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)

About

History

Stanford University was founded in 1885 by California senator Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, “to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization.”

Education

Stanford Summer Session includes the most sought-after courses from departments in the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering. Choose from more than 170 courses in 40 departments.

Research

Stanford’s culture of collaboration drives innovative discoveries in areas vital to our world, our health and our intellectual life.

Services

Student services

Academic advisors are available during the Summer Quarter for all registered students. Advisors can assist with course selection and changes, grading options, as well as academic petitions, and are available for drop-in visits or by appointment. Schedules, office location, and contact information will be distributed to all confirmed students at the start of the Summer Quarter.

Housing services

Become part of the Stanford family in a truly unique way. Living on campus can be a transformational experience – and an economical option. You’ll have convenient access to trips and speakers, as well as weekly programming organized by the Summer Session team.

Students apply for housing online via Axess after they have been issued a Stanford ID number. The housing application opens in early April. Undergraduate students are guaranteed housing if they apply by the first-round deadline in mid-May, and select all housing options for which they are eligible. 

Library services

You will have access to noteworthy print and digital collections at nearly 20 libraries on campus, where you may browse journal articles and other scholarly sources in more than 1,000 licensed databases and use SearchWorks to discover books, films, and maps. Subject librarians provide research consultations across all disciplines.

ICT services

The libraries also provide a variety of individual and group study spaces, basic and specialized computer clusters, and wireless Internet access.

Medical services

Vaden Health Center is Stanford’s campus health care clinic. Within the center, there are many branches including Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), an X-ray clinic, a physical therapy center, and an allergy, immunization, and injection clinic.

Student Life

Campus life

Stanford University is located on 8,180 acres in the center of the San Francisco Peninsula. Stanford is a self-sustaining community featuring 49 miles of roads, two separate water systems, three dams, three open water reservoirs, 88 miles of water mains and a post office.

Sports facilities

Summer Session students have access to the exercise facilities on campus. (Some facilities require a Stanford ID card for entry). Students interested in participating in non-credit group fitness classes can purchase a Group Fitness Pass, provided by the Stanford Recreation Fitness Program.

Student clubs

When you come here for the summer, you become a part of the Stanford tradition. Speaking events, academic roundtables, and trips let you take full advantage of all that Stanford and the Silicon Valley have to offer. And with the fourth quarter’s intimate campus community, you’ll have ample opportunity to develop lasting bonds with faculty, staff and peers.

Stanford, California, United States