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Stanford Summer Engineering Academy

The Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA) is a fully funded, four-week summer program that welcomes a cohort of incoming first-year students to campus every August for a dynamic academic and residential experience. Through labs, lectures, and excursions on and off campus, students are well equipped to take on their freshman year.

We seek to illuminate the brilliance of students who have been systemically marginalized in engineering. We welcome applications from all students, including womxn, first generation and/or low income, first in their family to study/pursue an engineering degree, or those from environments with limited exposure to engineering curriculum.


SSEA students spend their evenings and weekends engaged in dorm activities and trips around the Bay Area; you can find them fountain hopping, hiking the Dish, painting in the lounge, singing karaoke, hosting movie  marathons, and exploring all that campus has to offer.


SSEA Objectives

Give students a real feel for life on campus with discussions on how to transition to college, and the opportunity to bond with fellow cohort members. Students also have the chance to explore campus and the Bay Area.

Prepare students for college-level engineering studies by engaging them with computer science and math classes, lab projects, and resource fairs. 

Challenge students to think critically through sessions exploring technological impacts in society, visits with industry partners, and daily guest lectures by Stanford faculty from the School of Engineering.

Application Information


SSEA Seminar

SSEA scholars pose in formal attire with Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne

SSEA offers 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 fine-tune their leadership skills in areas including: goal-setting, networking, career/interest exploration, time management, team dynamics, effective communication, and self-advocacy.


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Frequently asked questions

Equity and Inclusion Initiatives staff

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A group of six SSEA students smiling in front of Memorial Church in the Main Quad on Stanford campus

“I think that the RAs 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.”