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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 

  • Get a jump start by choosing between a 5-week foundational online Writing or Math course taught by Stanford lecturers/faculty. Earn 1 university credit.

LSP Residential Highlights

  • Get a jump start with a 1 unit college-level writing, math, or chemistry 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.

LSP Virtual Highlights

  • Get a jump start with a 1 unit online math course.  Learn about and connect with Stanford opportunities and resources while building community with other Stanford first-year and upperclass students through this unique blend of online coursework and early September arrival.

When are the program dates? 

SSEA: Saturday, August 6, 2022 to Friday, September 2, 2022 

SOAR Writing and Math: Monday, July 25, 2022 to Friday, August 26, 2022 

LSP Residential: Saturday, August 6, 2022 to Saturday, September 3, 2022

LSP Virtual: June 27, 2022 to July 29, 2022 (online) & September 17-20, 2022 (on-campus)

How can I apply to the programs?

There will be one application for all of the programs. The application link will be available in May.

Can I do LSP Virtual and SOAR since they only overlap for four days?

The math class offered through both LSP virtual and SOAR uses the same curriculum so it would not make sense to be part of both programs, as the material covered would be redundant. There might be a small possibility to do LSP virtual and SOAR writing together, as long as space permits and the class times do not conflict. Our priority is to give the greatest amount of students an opportunity to participate in one summer bridge program.

Can I do SOAR and then come to campus and do the residential aspect of LSP virtual?

Sort of. You are able to do SOAR and then the in-person aspect of LSP virtual but you would have to apply for the in-person experience separately through FLI Student Orientation (FLI-SO).

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

You can contact LSP here and SSEA here. We also strongly encourage students to join the Summer Bridge Programs Community on Cardinal Quad for updates on virtual office hours.

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