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1. When can I apply for SSEA?

The program application will open on Monday, May 1, 2023, and will close on Sunday, May 21, 2023.

2. Are international students eligible to participate?

International students have been an important part of our programs for years, but given the current nature of international protocols on travel this year, there may be additional barriers that could prevent participation. We are happy to consult with international students about the program requirements, commitment, and schedule to see if it will work for you. Please feel free to reach out directly to

3. What are my chances of being selected?

This year we are able to select ~60 participants. Each year we receive many more applications than we are able to accommodate. However, there are many resources and activities open and available to all undergraduates at Stanford and in the School of Engineering. 

4. Where is SSEA held?

SSEA has been preliminarily approved to host the 2023 program in person! SSEA looks forward to having an in-person program with some components of the experience being virtual. All programmatic and logistical decisions are contingent on guidance from the university.  

5. How much does SSEA cost?

Nothing! All costs to attend and participate in the summer are fully covered.

6. What are the dates of the 2023 Summer Program?

Saturday, August 5th to Saturday, September 2nd. Students are expected to fully participate for the duration of the program.

7. What is the time commitment during this program?

Students should expect to dedicate themselves full-time to the residential program during the month of August.

8. I am unable to commit to the entire 4 weeks of SSEA, can I attend only part of it?

No. Building strong relationships within the SSEA community is one of the most important parts of the program, and you will not be able to do this if you do not participate fully. Therefore, we are only accepting applications from students who are able to commit to participating in the entire 4-week experience.

9. What can I expect to learn from the SSEA curriculum?

Formally, you will take a computer science class and a math course that aims to reshape your mathematical mindset for success at Stanford. SSEA aims to jumpstart the path towards engineering by building community and introducing you to the resources, key skills, and faculty that will help you flourish at Stanford.

10. What happens after the summer program?

SSEA Scholars participating in the summer program will enroll in a one-unit course during the Autumn and Winter quarters of their first year. This weekly seminar continues the themes of leadership, community, and professional development from the summer while also preparing you to take advantage of your time at Stanford.SSEA hosts academic and social events throughout the academic year. 

11. Can I credit any of the work I do at SSEA towards my degree at Stanford?

SSEA Scholars will receive 2 units of credit in their Autumn study list for the participation and completion of SSEA. SSEA scholars will also earn 1 additional unit for the participation and completion of the SSEA seminar. The total 3 units of credit cannot be applied towards any prerequisites or WAYS requirements.

12. Can I apply to SSEA, Leland Scholars Program LSP, and SOAR?

Yes, in fact, you can apply to all of these programs using the same application! Please note that if you are selected, you will only receive an offer to participate in one program. Therefore, apply only to the programs you would be content with attending. The link to the application will be posted on all three websites.