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Summer Bridge FAQs

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What are the differences between the programs? 

Summer Program Overview (all programs)

  • FREE programs offered at no cost to all students
  • Earn units towards graduation
  • Participate in lectures and activities with faculty/instructors from various disciplines at Stanford

SSEA Highlights

  • Get a jump start on math and computer science courses taught by Stanford lecturers/faculty and a data science project with instruction in Matlab or Python. Learn about and connect with Stanford opportunities and resources while building community with other Stanford first-year and upperclass engineering students. 4-week experience on-campus.

SOAR Highlights 

  • Prepare to be successful during your first year by taking a 5-week foundational online writing (prep for PWR 1, ESF, ITALIC, or SLE) or math course (prep for Math 19 & Math 20) taught by Stanford lecturers/faculty. Earn 1 university credit. Connect with important resources on campus that will support you in your first year.

LSP Residential Highlights

  • Get a jump start with a 1-unit college-level writing or math course taught by Stanford lecturers/faculty and a 1-unit research course. Learn about and connect with Stanford opportunities and resources while building community with other Stanford first-year and upperclass students. 4-week experience on-campus.

When are the program dates? 

SSEA: Saturday, August 3, 2024 to Saturday, August 31, 2024

SOAR Writing and Math: Monday, July 29, 2024 to Friday, August 30, 2024 

LSP Residential: Saturday, August 3, 2024 to Saturday, August 31, 2024

How can I apply to the programs?

  • Visit the LSP or SSEA websites to apply to SSEA and LSP.  Their joint application will be open until late May.
  • Visit the SOAR Math website or the SOAR Writing website to apply to those programs.  SOAR is accepting applications through mid-June.

Who can I talk to if I need help deciding which program is right for me? 

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