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Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA)

SSEA 2016

SSEA Overview

Established in 1998, Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA), offers incoming first-year students a dynamic, hands-on, intensive four-week residential experience. During this time, students take Math and CS courses taught by Stanford faculty and gain exposure to the wealth of resources on campus. SSEA facilitates the transition to Stanford for incoming first-year students who may be underrepresented in engineering fields (women, first generation and/or low-income, first in their family to study/pursue an engineering degree, or come from under-resourced schools or environments with limited exposure to engineering curriculum).

In 2018, SSEA will welcome 75 incoming first-year students to join a cohort of scholars and begin their Stanford experience with our cornerstone 4-week summer program. During the academic year, SSEA participants will have access to additional advising and support along with a community of peers and mentors to reinforce the skills and strategies acquired during the program.

CS Pathfinders:

New in 2018, 25 spots in SSEA will be decicated for students who are committed or highly interested in pursuing a degree in computer science, but may not have had prior exposure or opportunity to study CS. All students in SSEA will receive instruction in math and computer science, but the CS Pathfinders will receive additional daily instruction.

2018 SSEA Dates are: August 5, 2018 - August 31, 2018.  Mandatory orientation and check-in is scheduled for Sunday, August 5, 2018.

The SSEA Program

The four-week SSEA program covers bioengineering, biomechanical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, management science and engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering, as well as math and physics.

The program provides:

  • An overview of the engineering departments and degree programs from Stanford faculty
  • An opportunity to get to become acquainted with campus and fellow students before fall quarter
  • A fully integrated residential experience
  • Hands-on engineering and science work, including lab projects and field trips
  • Opportunities to interact and engage with Stanford faculty
  • An orientation to the many resources and programs offered at Stanford
  • Dinners with special guests from on campus and various industry partners


  • Morning and afternoon sessions. The morning sessions  cover different engineering or science topics. The afternoon sessions consist of math, computer science, and a learning strategy class covering a wide range of subjects. 
  • Attendance in class is mandatory, approximately 7 hours each day.
  • Here is a sample class schedule
  • Dorm activities  occur throughout the month 
  • Field trips to San Francisco and other Bay Area sites take place every Saturday 


The application for SSEA is available to incoming Stanford first-year students after they have accepted their Stanford offer of admission. A SUNet id is required in order to submit an application.

Decision notices will be emailed in late June and accepted students will have approximately one week to accept. We will maintain a wait list.


Inquiries regarding logistics may be directed to Gaby Velazquez, Office and Diversity Programs Administrator:

Inquiries regarding acceptance, advising, and academic matters may be directed to Lourdes  Andrade, Director of Diversity & Inclusion and SSEA Program Director
Phone: (650) 723-9636