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Frequently Asked Questions

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General FAQs

  1. Who is eligible to apply?
  2. Are international students eligible to participate?
  3. Can I apply to LSP, SSEA, and SOAR?
  4. How can students be involved if they are not selected for LSP?
  5. What if I don’t have a laptop to use during LSP? 
  6. Will I have to get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to participate in LSP this summer?

G1. Who is eligible to apply?

Any Stanford student who will be enrolling in their first quarter at Stanford this fall is eligible to apply. We encourage first-generation and/or low-income (FLI) students and those from under-resourced high schools to apply, however those are not requirements to participate.

G2. Are international students eligible to participate?

Yes, international students are eligible to participate. For international students who are interested in the LSP residential program, please note that sometimes it can be difficult to get an updated visa in-time to come to campus for the start of LSP in August. We encourage you to think carefully about these complications before applying. Please feel free to consult with us if you have questions by emailing thelspteam@stanford.edu.

G3. Can I apply to LSP, SSEA, 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.

G4. How can students be involved if they are not selected for LSP?

During the fall and winter quarters, LSP hosts a weekly seminar for first-year FLI students.  We encourage you to enroll in the course and engage in other resources for FLI students.

G5. What if I don’t have a laptop to use during LSP? 

Participants in LSP’s residential program will have access to computer clusters in their residence hall and will have access to laptops to borrow for the duration of the program.  We will work with participants in LSP virtual’s program to ensure they have devices to access the virtual course and activities. 

G6. Will I have to get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to participate in LSP this summer?

All summer program participants will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless religious or medical exemptions have been granted in advance. For more information, visit the COVID-19 vaccine FAQs for undergraduate students. If there are concerns about being fully vaccinated before the start of LSP, please reach out to us at thelspteam@stanford.edu

Residential Program FAQs

  1. What are the dates of the 2022 summer program?
  2. What classes will be offered?
  3. How much does the program cost?
  4. What happens after the summer program?
  5. Will a stipend be offered to scholars who participate in LSP?
  6. What is the time commitment during the program?

R1. What are the dates of the 2022 summer program?

Saturday, August 6th to Saturday, September 4th. Students are expected to fully participate for the duration of the program.

R2. What classes will be offered?

Over the summer, LSP students will be enrolled in two courses (1 unit each) - a college-level writing course, a chemistry course or a math problem-solving course AND a research course. Students will be placed in the writing, chemistry or math course based on their previous experiences with the course material and academic interests. These hands-on, small group-oriented courses focus on enhancing analytical thinking, sharpening problem-solving abilities, and developing scholarly research skills. The courses are graded on a Satisfactory/No Credit basis. The credits you receive from these courses do not replace any course requirements for the academic year (eg., you will still be required to take PWR during the academic year).

R3. How much does the program cost?

It is free! All costs to attend and participate in the summer are fully covered. Please note: Student travel costs associated with the program will be covered by Stanford.

R4. What happens after the summer program?

Leland Scholars participating in the summer program will enroll in a one-unit course during the fall and winter quarters of their first year. This small, weekly seminar continues the themes of community from the summer while also preparing you to take advantage of your time at Stanford. Student-led LSP Council holds at least one academic and one social event per quarter. Full-time LSP staff provide one-on-one and group advising opportunities for students.

R5. Will a stipend be offered to scholars who participate in LSP?

Leland Scholars Program (LSP) is offering students a scholarship stipend of up to $800 to replace any wages you may have earned during LSP and  reduce your academic year earnings expectation to help you adjust to your first year experience. Students who have outside scholarships already replacing the academic year job expectation may use the $800 Leland Scholar stipend to reduce the purchase of a computer. The Financial Aid Office has information about the purchase of a computer here.

R6. 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.

Virtual Program FAQs

  1. What are the dates of the program?
  2. How much does the program cost?
  3. What classes will be offered?
  4. What happens after the summer program?
  5. What is the time commitment for LSP Virtual?
  6. Can I do the virtual math class on my own time?
  7. I will be doing a part-time job or another commitment over the summer. Can I still apply to the virtual program?

V1. What are the dates of the program?

LSP Virtual has two components:

  • Virtual/Remote - June 27 - July 29
  • In-person/on-campus - September 17-20

V2. How much does the program cost?

LSP Virtual is free! Please note that LSP does not cover your travel expenses for the pre-orientation program in September. Students will be expected to cover the costs of travel to campus in September, but please remember that travel expenses are included in your student budget for financial aid.  

V3. What classes will be offered?

All students will take a synchronous math problem-solving course

V4. What happens after the summer program?

Leland Scholars participating in the summer program will enroll in a one-unit course during the fall and winter quarters of their first year. This small, weekly seminar continues the themes of community from the summer while also preparing you to take advantage of your time at Stanford. Student-led LSP Council holds at least one academic and one social event per quarter. Full-time LSP staff provide one-on-one and group advising opportunities for students.

V5. What is the time commitment for LSP Virtual?

 LSP Virtual has two components:

  1. Completely virtual (remote) math course for five weeks (June 27 - July 29)
    • Classes are 1 hour a day, 3 times a week
    • Socials/Community building will be about 2-3 hours per week
  2. In-person pre-orientation community building and introduction to Stanford resources - Sept 17-20 on-campus

V6. Can I do the virtual math class on my own time?

No, the math class is synchronous meaning it is live and is held at a specific time of day.

V7. I will be doing a part-time job or another commitment over the summer. Can I still apply to the virtual program?

Yes--as long as your other commitment doesn't conflict with the times of the virtual program. LSP Virtual is meant to offer more flexibility for students who may hold a part-time job, have to take care of siblings, etc. However, attendance in class is required during the designated time and community building/social gatherings. Please keep in mind that our class is scheduled in pacific standard time.