Tips on Applying

Application Tips

  1. Tell a story about yourself and your interest in the subject. Faculty look for students with diverse backgrounds and attitudes. The better the instructor can understand your motivations and approach, the more likely he or she will be to keep you in mind in constructing the final class list.
  2. Write a well-crafted paragraph or two for the application questions.
  3. Proofread and share your essays with an advisor, family member, or friend.
  4. Keep an open mind about what might interest you. Remember that while some seminars are over-subscribed, others will have spaces available after the application deadline.  Prior artistic training is not required unless otherwise noted in the course description and application.
  5. Save your applications as you write, and be aware of deadlines. Your application will not be accepted after the deadline.

Important Dates

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   September 3 -
   September 20, 2019



April 9:  AI Student Application Deadline

May 3: Student application status is posted

Late May: Course Meetings

September 2:  AI Student Move in

September 3: First Day of AI Classes


Student Arrival Date: September 2, 2019, 12-5PM

AI Dorm Meeting: 7 pm

Classes Begin: September 3, 2019 (check with faculty for time)

AI Opening Event: September 3, 2019, 4PM

Students and AIPAs Move to their On-Campus Fall Housing Assignments: September 13, 2019, 5-8PM

AI Showcase and Program Ends: September 19, 2019, 12-3PM

Stanford University First Day of Classes: September 23, 2019