The LSP Story
About the Leland Scholars Program
Leland Scholars participate in a program in the summer prior to arrival on campus. This fully-funded program has a carefully crafted schedule of activities, coursework, and seminars designed to facilitate the transition to Stanford. There is an alternative virtual offering, established in the summer of 2022, for students who are unable to come to campus due to other responsibilities or commitments. During the academic year, Leland Scholars will have access to additional advising and first-year seminars that sustain the community and reinforce the skills and strategies acquired during the program.
In 2008, Stanford proposed the creation of a new summer transitional program for incoming freshmen, though due to economic challenges, the final implementation was delayed until 2011. The President’s Office approved funding for the Leland Scholars Program as an official Stanford Introductory Studies pilot initiative within the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
LSP Founder/Director: Warren Chiang hired to create and implement LSP program.
LSP I- inaugural LSP class in 2012; 33 students
LSP II- Second cohort enters in summer 2013; 40 students
LSP III- Third cohort enters in summer of 2014; 42 students
LSP IV- Fourth cohort enters in summer of 2015; 45 students. Lourdes Andrade assumes director position after Warren is promoted to Director of Residential Programs
LSP V - Fifth cohort enters in summer of 2016; 60 students
LSP VI- Sixth cohort begins with 60 students in summer 2017; additional 37 students join cohort through LSP fall and winter seminar course (97 students)
LSP VII- Seventh cohort begins with 60 students in summer 2018; additional 42 students join cohort through LSP fall and winter seminar course (102 students). Brandi Pretlow assumes director position after Lourdes joins School of Engineering as new Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
LSP VIII- Eighth cohort begins with 60 students in summer 2019; additional 50 students join cohort through LSP fall and winter seminar courses (110 students). Joy Robinson assumes Program Administrator position and Warren is promoted to Associate Dean and Senior Director of First Year Experience, Academic Advising.
LSP IX- Ninth cohort begins virtually with 75 students in summer 2020; additional 26 students join cohort through LSP fall and winter seminar courses (101 students). Joy Robinson assumes Program Manager position.
LSP X- Tenth cohort begins with 60 students in summer 2021; additional 60 students join cohort through LSP fall and winter seminar courses (120 students). Cecilia Martinez assumes Assistant Director position.