Summer Bridge programs, at a glance

All summer program participants will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless religious or medical exemptions have been granted. For more information visit the COVID-19 vaccine FAQs.

Here is an overview of the summer bridge programs offered for incoming students. To learn more in detail about each program, we encourage you to visit the program’s website.

This table shows options for comparing Summer Bridge Programs: LSP, SSEA, and SOAR. Columns show programs and rows show comparative criteria.
Program Leland Scholars Program (LSP) Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA) Stanford Online Academic Resources (SOAR)
Dates July 31 – Aug 28, 2021 July 31 - Aug 27, 2021 July 25 - Aug 27, 2021
Program Size 60 Students 60-65 Students Math: 80 Students
Writing: 30 students
Learning Objectives LSP’s summer experience supports FLI (first-generation and/or low-income) students and students from under-resourced high schools with their transition to Stanford. During the summer program, students will:
  • Develop a community network of support (eg., peers, student staff, instructors, staff) to enhance their sense of belonging and mattering at Stanford
  • Learn how to navigate, access, and engage with academic and social resources at Stanford
  • Enhance their proficiency with fundamental, prerequisite problem-solving skills in mathematics to prepare for success in Calculus and further mathematics courses at Stanford. (Math)
  • Build critical reading, rhetorical thinking, and college-level research skills to support with crafting and presenting well-reasoned arguments. (PWR)
We seek to provide access to students from underrepresented backgrounds in engineering, such as wxmen, first generation and/or low income, first in their family to study/pursue an engineering degree, or environments with limited exposure to engineering curriculum while providing a diverse network of support systems. The SOAR program offers incoming first-year students at Stanford an opportunity to take summer online courses in foundational mathematics and writing. With small class experiences, personalized curriculum, and a friendly learning community, we cultivate positive, preparatory learning experiences for future mathematics and writing courses at Stanford.
Student Experience Students will engage in a variety of activities outlined below:
  • Belonging and Community Building:Student staff spotlights, social events, interest groups
  • Academic Experience:Courses, office hours, group research project, connections with instructors and departments, advising
  • Resource Connection and Engagement:Skills workshops, info sessions with campus partners
Our program offers the opportunity for students to have an immersive experience on campus before the start of the school year by participating in computer science and math classes, lab projects, and resource fairs.
SSEA students gain preparation for studies in engineering, discuss transitioning to college, explore campus and the Bay Area, bond with fellow cohort members, and start to find their unique place at Stanford.
The program fosters a community of critical thinkers and socially conscious leaders through sessions exploring technological impacts in society, visits with industry partners, and daily guest lectures by Stanford faculty from a multitude of departments within the School of Engineering.
The SOAR Math course covers important topics leading up to calculus and which will help bring students up to speed on the specific math skills they need to succeed in the Math 19-20-21 sequence during the academic year. The course applies to students planning to take either Math 19 or 20. The course will include some assessment along the way to provide students feedback on progress through the course material. There will be exercises, but no exams.

The SOAR Writing course will empower incoming first-year Stanford students to develop greater confidence in their academic writing practice and will prepare students for taking PWR 1, ESF, or ITALIC 95W during their first year. Through discussion, reading, and, both informal and formal writing activities with a community of your peers, we’ll understand how audience, purpose, and cultural context can shape the decisions you’ll make in your writing here at Stanford.
Classes All students will take a Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) course and a math problem solving course. Computer Science (106A or 106B), Matlab big data project, Math (reading math, problem solving, and customized content geared towards Math 50 series) Math: 4 online sections
Writing: 2 online sections
Number of Units 2 2 1
Application The application will be open from May 10 - May 31. Application link for 2021 is coming soon.  The application will be open from May 10 - May 31. Application link for 2021 coming soon Application link for 2021 coming soon