Frequently Asked Questions

1) What are the dates of the 2020 summer program?

Sunday, August 2nd to Saturday, August 29th. Students are expected to fully participate for the duration of the program.

2) What classes will be offered?

Over the summer, LSP students will be enrolled in two courses (1 unit each) - a college-level writing and research course and either a chemistry-based problem-solving class or math problem-solving course. Students will be placed in the chemistry or math course based on their previous experiences with the course material and academic interests. See The LSP Summer Experience for course descriptions. These hands-on, small group-oriented courses focus on enhancing analytical thinking, sharpening problem-solving abilities, and developing scholarly research skills. The courses are graded on a Satisfactory/No Credit basis. The credits you receive from these courses do not replace any course requirements for the academic year (eg., you will still be required to take PWR during the academic year).

3) What supports are there to help students connect to LSP virtually?

For students who do not have a laptop/tablet and/or access to stable internet connection, we will work with campus resources to provide these items.

4) What will LSP be like in a remote environment?

Each week of LSP will vary but generally, students will have classes or workshops for about 1.5-2 hours in the morning and the afternoon with a break in between. Every evening, there will be social events facilitated by student staff members and students will be expected to attend at least one to two social events per week. There will also be opportunities to virtually meet campus partners, build academic skills, and learn about other resources Stanford offers its students.

5) How many hours per week should I expect to dedicate to LSP during the program?

Leland Scholars should expect to dedicate approximately thirty to thirty five hours per week to classes, social activities, group meetings, etc. during the program.

6) Will a stipend be offered to scholars who participate in LSP?

Leland Scholars Program (LSP) is offering students a scholarship stipend of up to $800 to reduce your academic year earnings expectation to help you adjust to your first year experience.  Students who have outside scholarships already replacing the academic year job expectation may use the $800 Leland Scholar stipend to reduce the purchase of a computer. The Financial Aid Office has information about the purchase of a computer here:

7) How will I participate in the program if I am in a different time zone?

Certain components of the program (eg., course lectures, discussions) will be synchronous and require students to participate at specific times. We will provide small group activities at varying times to be inclusive of different time zones. We are available to consult with students before the program to determine if the LSP schedule and requirements will work with their schedule.

8) What happens after the summer program?

Leland Scholars participating in the summer program will enroll in a one-unit course during the fall and winter quarters of their first year. This small, weekly seminar continues the themes of community from the summer while also preparing you to take advantage of your time at Stanford. Student-led LSP Council holds at least one academic and one social event per quarter. Full-time LSP staff provide one-on-one and group advising opportunities for students.

9) How much does the program cost?

It is free! All costs to attend and participate in the summer are fully covered. Please see our information about "Funding" for more details.

10) Who is eligible to apply?

Any Stanford student who will be enrolling in their first quarter at Stanford this fall is eligible to apply. We encourage first-generation and/or low-income (FLI) students and those from under-resourced high schools to apply, however those are not requirements to participate.

11) Are international students eligible to participate?

International students have been an important part of our programs for years but given the virtual nature of the program this year and uncertainty for the fall quarter, there may additional barriers that would prevent participation. We are happy to consult with you about the program requirements, commitment, and schedule to see if it will work for you. Please feel free to reach out directly to

12) Can I apply to LSP and Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA)?

Yes, in fact you can apply to both programs using the same application! Please note that if you are selected, you will only receive an offer to participate in one program. Therefore, apply to both programs if you would be content with attending either.

13) What time will the program run? Can I have other commitments during the month of August?

There will be a variety of activities that students will be expected to engage in each week day from about 9:30am - 6pm PDT (with several breaks throughout the day).  As mentioned before, we expect students to dedicate about 30-35 hours a week to the program.  There are fewer (some optional) activities on the weekend.  LSP students are welcome to engage in other commitments as long as it doesn’t conflict with the program schedule.

14) How can students be involved if they are not selected for LSP?

During the fall and winter quarters, LSP hosts a weekly seminar for first-year FLI students.  We encourage you to enroll in the course and engage in other resources for FLI students.