Skip to content Skip to navigation

Stanford Summer Engineering Academy

As of right now, we’re still planning to host SSEA 2020, please visit for more information on the developing COVID-19 situation. Please visit our FAQs or watch the Virtual Admit Weekend session for more information about plans for SSEA this summer.



The Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA) is a fully-funded, four-week summer program that welcomes a cohort of incoming first-year students from across the country and worldwide to campus every August for a dynamic, fully integrated academic and residential experience. 

We seek to illuminate the brilliance of 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, and eliminating barriers to educational access.


Summer at SSEA

​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.
SSEA students spend their evenings and weekends engaged in dorm activities and trips around the Bay Area. You can find the SSEA students fountain hopping, hiking the dish, painting in the lounge, singing karaoke, hosting movie marathons, and exploring all that campus has to offer.
Past weekend trips have included: San Francisco, The Exploratorium, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Hopkins Marine Station.

Program Application Process

SSEA 2020 will take place from Sunday, August 2 to Friday, August 28. The application for SSEA is available to incoming first-year students after they have accepted their Stanford offer of admission. A SUNet ID is required in order to submit an application.


The application is open from Monday, May 18th until Sunday, May 31st, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT). See frequently asked questions for additional information.

Apply Here!

You can preview the application questions here.


Meet our 2020 staff!

"I think that the RA’s are what make SSEA such a great and unique program. We have people who really do care about us and are willing to open up to us."



SSEA Seminar

We offer a seminar during the Autumn quarter for access to additional advising and support along with a community of peers and mentors to reinforce ​and build off of the skills and strategies acquired from the summer.
Students learn and finetune their leadership skills in areas including:  Goal-setting, networking, career/interest exploration, time management, team dynamics, effective communication, and self-advocacy.

For questions related to SSEA, please contact:

The SSEA Program Staff at