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Below are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
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Does Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies provide airport transportation to and from Stanford campus?

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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies provides transportation from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for participants on designated arrival and departure days only. Participants flying into San Francisco International Airport who take advantage of transportation provided by Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies must arrive and depart on the designated days for the session that they are attending. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies is not able to provide transportation for participants if they arrive on other days. Participants who are admitted to the program will be given detailed information regarding the procedure for airport transportation. Participants using the airport shuttle service must provide their flight information to Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies; staff members will receive participants at the airport and accompany them back to Stanford University. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies also provides transportation to the San Francisco International Airport on the day of departure. The use of airport shuttle service on Arrival and Departure days is included in Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program tuition.

Can participants take part in other camps while at a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies summer program?

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No. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies summer programs are full-time and students are expected to engage fully in all course and program activities for the duration of the session. Students are required to arrive on the first day of the program and depart on the last day; late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.

What are the rules at a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program?

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Upon receiving an admissions offer, students will receive a link to the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies "Participant Guide" website. Students are expected to abide by the Rules for Participants, as well as the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies’ Code of Conduct, failure to abide by all rules and the Code of Conduct may result in dismissal from the program.

What do participants need to bring with them to Stanford University?

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Participants stay in the same dormitories used by Stanford undergraduates during the normal school year—please note that these residences do not have air conditioning. Each room has a bed, desk, closet or armoire, and dresser. Linens and a tower are provided. A complete list of what to bring is provided to all participants prior to beginning the program.

General

What is the daily routine like at a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies residential program?

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Days at Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies programs begin with breakfast at one of our many dining halls followed by engaging class time until lunch. After lunch, participants return to their residence where they have a study session lead by our Residential Counselors who act as teaching assistants and aid them with their homework and often teach them new information not covered in the class. After a quick snack, begins the Activities Period which consists of outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and other games and events that change every day of the week. This takes them up to dinner after which participants have some time to explore campus, work on homework, or socialize until they meet back at their residences for house meetings to wrap up the day. For further information, please visit the Schedule page in the Residential Life section.

What kind of supervision is provided?

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Participants are supervised by our residential staff members. This team is made up of current university participants who are assigned to their residences based on their academic areas of expertise making them not only counselors, but also excellent mentors. Each residence typically has five to seven residential staff members who tightly integrate academics with the residential experience. They ensure s are safe and create strong communities while also working as teaching assistants for courses in their fields of study. For more information visit the Residential Life section of our website.

Residences & Dining

What are the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies summer residences like?

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Participants are housed in residences used by Stanford undergraduates during the academic year, and live with others who share similar academic interests. Trained residential staff live in the residences with the participants to create safe and welcoming communities.

Rooms are assigned by gender, with male and female participants in separate areas of the residence, and typically on separate floors. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies is committed to providing an inclusive, safe, and welcoming residential environment for all participants, and gender-inclusive housing assignments can be provided.

Residences typically have their own lounge, computer cluster, laundry facility, and common area. All rooms are equipped with an extra-long twin bed for each participant as well as window coverings, desks and chairs, bookcases, dressers, and wardrobes. In addition, wireless connectivity is available.

What are the dining options?

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Participants eat in Stanford cafeteria-style dining halls, which serve a range of healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dining halls provide vegetarian and vegan options at every meal, and will cater to special dietary allergies or needs such as kosher or gluten-free food. Mid-afternoon snacks are served daily at the residences. Participants can look forward to special catered dinners typically served once a week.

Can students with food allergies and other special needs be accommodated?

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Yes, upon admission into the program, students will be asked to provide health information and may provide information regarding any other specific needs. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies administrative staff will work with participants to plan necessary accommodations.

How do students receive mail?

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All mail during the program can be sent to:

Participant Name
Name of Residence or Cluster C/O
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies
220 Panama Street Stanford, CA 94305.

Be sure to include the participants name, the name of the residence, and the name of the cluster in all mail. This information will be provided to all participants when admitted to the program, in their Participant Guide. Note that campus mail often takes longer than expected to reach its destination as it is first delivered to the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies main office to be sorted. There is no Saturday or Sunday mail delivery. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies is not responsible for undelivered mail. We highly recommend that valuables (monetary or sentimental) are not sent via mail to participants while they attend the program. We also ask that participants keep ordering to campus to a minimum and reserve it for things forgotten at home or for things necessary for use during their time at the program.

How are rooms assigned? Can students request specific roommates?

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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies participants are housed by course, with one, two, or three courses of similar subject matter and age ranges. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies does not accommodate roommate requests. In fact, to further enrich our students experiences, we purposefully pair students from different geographical areas in the same room. The program occupies residences all over campus, so it is very possible that with a student's program schedule, coursework, and location on campus, interaction with their friend or sibling will be very limited.

Extracurricular Activities

Can students continue athletic training while at a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program?

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No. Unfortunately, University policies do not allow conference or camp participants access to the gym facilities. Participants can use their sign out privileges to go on morning or evening runs or work with resistance bands in and around their residence.

Please be aware that Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies programs have rigorous academic schedules; if a student is on a strict training plan the program may not be best suited for their athletic goals.

What do participants do for fun?

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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies hires a special team of Activities Coordinators for the sole purpose of running and organizing activities for participants during their afternoon activities period (Monday–Friday in the afternoons) and other downtime. Popular activities in the past have included various sports, trips to Stanford shopping center or downtown Palo Alto, chess and other board game tournaments, karaoke, and arts and crafts. Our Activities Coordinators typically organize a scavenger hunt, a dance, a carnival, Dorm Olympics, and a talent show during each session.

What do students do on the weekends?

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The weekends are a mix of unstructured downtime and planned activities. Students can use the unstructured time to relax, bond with new friends, and explore the campus. Students can also be signed out of their residence by an approved visitor during this time. Planned activities may include talent shows, dances, carnivals, etc. Each weekend participants will spend one day (typically Saturdays) on a field trip to a local attraction. In past years trip destinations have included museums in San Francisco, Capitola Beach, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Participants must be present at any planned activities.

Medical Care & Parent/Guardian Policies

What happens if a participant needs medical care?

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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies employs certified nurses who assist with the medical care of participants. In the event of a participant illness or injury that cannot be treated by the nurses, a staff member will transport the participant to either the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Urgent Care Center (for noncritical medical care) or to the Stanford Health Care (SHC) Hospital Emergency Room (for critical or after hours care) depending on the medical services they require. Program staff will contact parents/guardians in the event that a participant receives medical care, and will remain in contact until the issue is resolved.

The PAMF Urgent Care Center, located near the Stanford University campus, provides standard, non-critical health care services (such as care for minor cuts, colds, and sprains) to summer youth program participants including foreign participant even if they do not have U.S. medical insurance. Medical insurance is not required to attend the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes, but we strongly recommend that each participant have sufficient medical insurance while attending the program. As PAMF does not bill non-US insurance companies, international participants are strongly encouraged to obtain medical insurance from a U.S. provider for the duration of their stay at Stanford. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes does not provide medical insurance and cannot assist families in working with insurance companies to obtain U.S. medical insurance. PAMF maintains a list of insurance health plans that they accept at www.pamf.org/physicians/healthplans.html. We encourage participants families to contact PAMF and their insurance provider to see if they will be covered in the event of medical treatment.

All participants should be prepared to pay a deposit at the time of service at either PAMF or SHC hospital, and non-U.S. patients must allow the medical facility to copy their passport. Later, they will receive a final bill from the medical facilities for care received. If final changes are less than the deposit, the difference will be refunded to the home address provided.

Please note that if a participant is uninsured and is taken to the SHC Emergency Room, the participants will not be refused treatment, but will be billed at a later time. It is very important to ensure that all prescriptions and medications, especially EpiPens, are up to date and will not expire during the program.

Can parents pick up students from the program for sports activities or family events?

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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies students are expected to be fully involved in the program while at Stanford.

Students are required to be present for all academic activities and any scheduled recreational activities (i.e. field trips). Our Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies programs are designed for students to attend all recreational activities so they get a well-rounded experience outside of the classroom. Students should be sure they do not have any commitments during scheduled activities. Students will have free time in the evenings after dinner and on one day each weekend students can be signed out by an authorized visitor. Activities Coordinators and Residential Counselors may use this free time to schedule house events and required meetings; students must ensure their authorized visits or sign out activities do not interfere with academic and/or residential events. In addition, free time is a critical part of the program when students can build relationships with their housemates.

We strongly discourage students from being signed out during their free time for more than a few hours at a time. Please email our office directly if there is a religious or medical issue regarding this.

Will parents or guardians be updated by residential or instructional staff on participants progress?

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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies instructional and residential staff are extremely busy during the program. Therefore, we ask that parents and guardians communicate directly with participants. In early Fall, participants will receive an evaluation from their instructor detailing their performance in the course. If participants have any concerns during the program, we encourage them to speak to their head counselor directly so that a solution can be found as quickly as possible.

Around Stanford Campus

Can students continue athletic training while at a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies program?

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No. Unfortunately, University policies do not allow conference or camp participants access to the gym facilities. Participants can use their sign out privileges to go on morning or evening runs or work with resistance bands in and around their residence.

Please be aware that Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies programs have rigorous academic schedules; if a student is on a strict training plan the program may not be best suited for their athletic goals.

Will students be able to explore campus on their own?

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After the first few days of the program, once students have oriented themselves to the campus, students will receive sign out privileges from their head counselor. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies students can only walk around the main campus and may not go to the mall or off campus. Wandering elsewhere may result in students losing their sign out privileges or other disciplinary action.

Will participants have the opportunity to speak to someone in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions?

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While not guaranteed, a representative from the Stanford Office of Undergraduate Admissions is often scheduled to give a presentation to students during their stay at Stanford. If participants are interested in a more formal meeting with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, they must make arrangements independently. Please note that these arrangements must not interfere with any scheduled program activities.

Will participants get to take a campus tour during their stay at a Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies summer program?

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Informal campus tours will be provided by our own staff, as most are Stanford students and are very familiar with the campus. If participants are interested in a more formal tour of the campus, they should make arrangements independently. Please note that these arrangements must not interfere with any scheduled program activities.